Building or renovating a home is filled with decisions.

Some are easy like how many bedrooms you need, how many bathrooms. But the big questions, many you may never have considered, can end up being the most important long term.

What goes behind the walls are early, important decisions. Trying to make changes after a home is built can be expensive and even impossible. These top decisions center around the plumbing and electrical systems. Multiple times a day we depend on getting water and power instantly. This is not the time to skimp on the quality of these home essentials.

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I chose Danze Plumbing fixtures and Gerber Toilets and sinks for Bill’s bathrooms’ plumbing fixtures. Both brands are preferred by plumber because of their reliability and by designers for style and selection. A faucet can look great but it’s even more important what’s inside. How they are engineered and manufactured.

Danze has beautiful contemporary selections. We selected the Sirius Collection in a chrome finish for the Master Bathroom. For the other two guest bathrooms, we combined the Sirius collection with the Reef and Mid-town collections to obtain the exact look we wanted for each space.

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Faucets by Danze

For the kitchen, scullery and laundry room, I turned to Blanco. They have always been a leader in stainless steel sinks and faucets for the kitchen. But for the kitchen and scullery I couldn’t wait to introduce Bill and our team to Blanco’s Ikon sinks and faucets.

Ikon sinks are made from Blanco’s patented Silgranit material. It is resistant to scratches, stains and heat. A few years ago, I toured the Ikon factory and saw with my own eyes how fantastic this elegant material performs. Bill loves to cook and entertain and demands products that will perform and clean up easily. Available in eight beautiful designer colors, a variety of styles including apron front (farm sink) makes it easy to find a style that’s right for you.

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Sinks by Blanco

Electrical components aren’t just wire and plugs. Eaton has revolutionized residential electrical systems. From power panels to decorative wall plugs and switches, choosing Eaton provide security, efficiency and designer style to Bill’s home.

I choose stainless steel tiles for Bill’s kitchen and scullery backsplashes. Normally this would create a design issue when it comes to electrical outlets but not with Eaton. Eaton’s Silver Granite wall switches and plugs blended seamlessly into the décor. The screw less, faceplates make clean up quick and easy.

Progress Lighting has been one of top choices for decorative interior and exterior lighting by homeowners and designers. But did you know that they are also builders and electricians go to brand for recessed cans, under cabinet lighting, bath exhaust fans, ceiling fans, landscaping and security lighting?

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Lighting by Progress Lighting

We used Progress Lighting’s LED, 4” recessed cans. The energy efficient design provides up to a 75% energy savings and up to 50,000 hours of LED life. With 14’ ceilings you don’t want to be climbing a ladder changing bulbs. They are also dimmable allowing you to control the lighting in each room.

I had such a great time selecting all the decorative lighting for the interior and exterior of Bill’s home from the huge Progress Lighting selections. More about what I choose in a later Blog.

But while you’re waiting, check out their blog to discover get tips for decorating with lighting.