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We bought our house knowing it needed a fair bit of work, but we could never have guessed how complicated the job would get in the end. It turns out not only do we have asbestos in the walls, but also, at some point, the previous owners had some asbestos insulation put in the roof. There are a lot more precautions that we need to make as result but, I'll feel a lot better knowing we aren't cooking and eating our meals near asbestos. Our remodeling contractor has been great and has stepped us through the whole process. Join us on our remodeling journey!

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Removing asbestos during a remodel

Mixer Taps That Suit Countertop Bathroom Basins

by Joanne Sullivan

Freestanding countertop bathroom basins, where a basin is mounted onto a flat surface such as a vanity unit, are a popular trend at the moment. Simply looking like a large dish or bowl, the clean, uncluttered lines of countertop basins evoke a calming atmosphere in your bathroom. When choosing a mixer tap to pair with your basin, you need to consider the size of both the tap and benchtop to make sure they harmonise together.  

Some countertop basins have a pre-drilled tap hole so a mono mixer tap can be fitted directly to the bowl. More commonly, however, countertop basins are simply moulded as a large bowl (in various shapes and sizes) without any predrilled tap holes. Mixer taps, in these cases, can be fitted to the vanity unit or fitted to the wall.

Tall Mixer Taps

Countertop basins and tall mixer taps form a favourite duo. Because countertop basins sit on top of the vanity, a mixer tap needs to reach high over the rim. Tall mixer taps vary in height, as countertop basins vary in depth, so you will need to measure the dimensions of both to make sure they pair well. A tap that is too high can cause splashing, and one that is too low will not leave enough room for easy handwashing. 

As well as comparing the relative height of the tap and bowl, you need to check the available space on the vanity unit. If a tall mixer tap is being fitted to the vanity (rather than the basin itself), make sure there is room for both the bowl and faucet.

Wall Mounted Mixer Taps

Another mixer tap that pairs well with a countertop basin is a wall mounted tap which can be fitted at any height to optimise your particular bathroom setup. Wall mounting the faucet leaves the vanity unit free of clutter, creating a streamlined, minimalist impression in your bathroom. To reduce more clutter still, the tap can be installed without a backplate. Choosing a waterfall spout mixer tap, where the water flows out of the wall with a waterfall effect, will produce a fantastic luxurious result.

Two favourite basin mixers to complement a countertop basin are tall mixer taps, and wall mounted mixer taps. Both of these styles can accommodate extra basin height, and both will streamline your bathroom by leaving the basin itself to stand alone and show of its contour and design.