Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets

Sometimes a rather small change can make a big difference- we just switched out our kitchen faucet for one similar to these (though I’m not going to post it because it got bad product reviews, which isn’t a good sign) and it felt like we updated our whole kitchen. I would recommend the version on the right, because it has the regular faucet option. Also, if you’re handy with tools, switching out a faucet is no big deal, but if it makes you nervous, hire a plumber and save yourself the stress.

Single Handle Pull-Down Pre-Rinse Kitchen Faucet: $199.00
Luxury Pre Rinse Kitchen Faucet: $250.00

Update: These items are no longer available through original retailer, but if you follow the link you’ll find several similar faucets. (11/19/09)

Purchase Information:

Price: $199.00
Availability: Buy Pull-Down Kitchen Faucets here

Create this room: the kitchen from 40 Bond residences

The new Herzog & de Meuron designed residences for the new Ian Schrager project 40 Bond in NYC are nothing less than you would expect from the H & de M/Schrager design and real estate powerhouses.

The kitchen features high-grade materials and appliances throughout, and to reduce cost, use GE in a hidden microwave and in the garbage disposal. Each kitchen features:

-Wide-plank oak flooring.

-Custom italian imported cabinets with a high gloss lacquer doors by Varenna (est. $20,000-$40,000 depending on configuration).

-Integrated sink with Corain countertop and backsplash. ($445 for sink, ~$2500 for counters depending on linear feet)

Vola faucet and pullout spray in polished chrome. ($1096.00)

-Custom hand-blown glass pendant light fixture. For a similar effect, you could choose the supernova pendant light. ($1,774.00)

-Up lights and under-cabinet recessed lights.

-Miele 24″ť four-burner stainless steel gas cook top. ($1,249.00)

-Miele 24″ť stainless steel fully-vented exhaust hood. ($2,749.00)

-Miele 27″ť stainless steel electric convection oven. ($3249.00)

-Miele dishwasher with integrated panel to match cabinetry. ($1,249.00)-

-27″ť Sub-Zero refrigerator with integrated panel to match cabinetry. (price withheld by manufacturer, but prepare to spend > $4000)

-GE stainless steel microwave, concealed in kitchen cabinetry. ($170)

-GE garbage disposal.

-Also features the Miura Stool by Konstantin Grcic. ($296 each)

Of course you can cut some corners by switching the appliances to less expensive brands, or even sticking with Miele, but downgrading to a more affordable model. To reduce overall cost considerably, you could try the SOLAR cabinets from Ikea with integrated handle, reducing your cost to $2500-$7,000 for cabinets. The construction technique for Ikea cabinetry is pretty similar to the Poliform cabinets, which also features full overlay doors on standard white-box frames. You could also go with the Axor faucet instead of the Vola faucet, saving almost $800.
Lastly, you could choose a different countertop instead of Corian, such as Silestone or another Quartz surface if you don’t mind losing the integrated sink option.

AXOR Uno Kitchen Faucet

This is not a bad price for such a well designed and proportioned faucet, and is a good alternative to the pricier versions that top out at over $1,000.

Purchase Information:

Price: $317.85
Availability: Buy AXOR Uno Kitchen Faucet here

Prologue Kitchen Sink w/Work Surface

It’s nice that this sink has a work surface incorporated…would make for very easy cleanup.

* 18-gauge stainless steel
* No faucet hole drilling
* Undercounter installation
* Single basin with recessed wet work surface
* Custom fit cutting board and colander included

42″L x 18-3/4″W x 9-3/4″H

Purchase Information:

Price: $1425.00
Availability: Buy Prologue Kitchen Sink w/Work Surface here

Jenn-Air® Tall Tub Dishwasher

I like how there are no buttons visible, just a handle.

“Fully integrated controls provide a smooth exterior. This dishwasher also features a tall tub interior with 5-level/7-tier UltraClean wash system and Sensor Clean cycle with ClearScan™ sensor that determines the proper cycle based on how dirty the dishes are.”

Purchase Information:

Price: $949.00
Availability: Buy Jenn-Air® Tall Tub Dishwasher here

Bulthaup B3

I LOVE the new Bulthaup kitchen.

More information:

View Bulthaup B3 here

Recycled Glass Terrazzo

Terrazzo was originally invented by the Romans by mixing small pieces of marble in a cement mixture of lime, clay and water. Today, EnviroGLAS uses 100% post-consumer recycled glass instead of going to the quarry.

Can be used for flooring and countertops.
Available in an assortment of colored glass and epoxy.

Erika Kitchen System

You might have seen this in the recent Dwell magazine, but if you haven’t, take a look. You can put the different pieces together any which way you want.

More information:

View Erika Kitchen System here