Some Suggestions...

Here are some suggested items for the Kitchen

This is a commercial style pre-rinse faucet.  It also has a pot filler spout.  Chrome would be the suggested finish.  The single basin sink is 16 gauge steel (the small the number the thicker the steel) as opposed to the 18 and even 21 gauge that some folks use.  It also has sound deadening on the bottom and sides.


Here is a polished chrome cabinet pull that comes in various sizes that would work for the Kitchen and Bar.  It comes in sizes from 3" to 12" which would allow us to match it to the Ref panels.  The 12" version is shown below.  With the curve, it is comfortable to hold and no corners on which to catch the pockets of cargo shorts.

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Here is the 5" version.

The cabinet pulls in the Mud Room, Pantry and Guest Bath Rooms have the same requirement of ease and finish. We could also use these on the towel cabinet in the pool bath.   The piece below would accomplish our goals while allowing the Kitchen hardware to stand alone as a special item.  It also comes in various sizes (but none so large as to be used on an appliance).  Again I would suggest chrome.  The sparkle is nice and is "gutsier" than a satin nickel.

For the Pool Bath and Secondary Guest Baths (not the Powder Room) there are a couple good options.  I would suggest that we make them all the same.  Both brands have good reputations and are easy to get replacement parts for.  Here is the American Standard group.  For the Tub/Shower combo units, we would use the trim and valve as shown.  For Guest Bath 3 with the large shower only, we would use the tub shower trim and add the hand held to the main head.  The diverter would allow the guest to chose which they would prefer to use.  Or we can get a valve and trim that has only the single shower head with no diverter.  The hand held unit does make cleaning the shower easy and is helpful to guests who don't want to get their hair wet.

Here is a Kohler group.  The sink faucet is about 1" taller.  The sinks are interchangeable.

This would be a great toilet for all bathrooms (except the Master).  It uses the latest double cyclone flush technology and scores at the top of the flushing system tests.  This is the Toto Carolina II.  There is a toilet from American Standard that also performs very well BUT is only available in a super traditional style.  It looks like something that would go in a very traditional bathroom.

In the Master Bath things do get a bit more complicated.  There are two options.  First we look at the Toto NeoRest.  This unit is fully self contained.  Secondly, there is the Inax seat which can be placed upon any toilet.  Both have remote controls.  Inax is the pioneer in luxury Japanese toilets.  Here is the difference:

The Neorest is an order of magnitude more complex than the Inax toilet seat alone. Simply, here is much more that can go wrong, which is not saying that something will go wrong, merely that opportunities for failure compound with added complexity.

So which is better?

There is a 27 degree difference between the Inax line of advanced toilet seats and the Toto advanced toilet seats. Inax, which invented the category, determined in its research that for the posterior cleansing function, the optimum angle at which the spray should contact the user is 70 degrees from horizontal or, to put it another way, 20 degrees from vertical. Extending the spray wand properly to deliver the stream of warm water at 70 degrees, however, the wand was not well placed for the feminine (bidet) function, so Inax toilet seats use a second, dedicated, wand for the bidet function.

Toto designed a single wand to perform both the posterior cleansing and bidet functions (from two independent nozzles in the same wand). That necessitated a compromise of the angle of the spray for posterior cleansing. The Toto posterior spray hits the user at an angle of 43 degrees from horizontal, which is to say, 47 degrees from vertical: a 27 degree difference from the Inax.

So for this reason and due to our experiences in Japanese travels, we chose the Inax.  On the plus side for the NeoRest, it provides on demand water heating rather than using a small tank so the hot water for the bidet function doesn't ever run out.


Here are a series of solid front doors that I think would be handsome.  Ignore the glass sidelights.  They are not required but we could do a transom for a bit more light.  One of the things that is cool about the wood doors is that we have the option of having a single door with panels that match to each side and it could even be offset on the Porch.  The types of handle and hardware would be determined.


Here are additional items for consideration....