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Accent the Old with a Little New

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A brand new look on a budget

Homeowners may find it costly and timely to keep up with yearly evolving style trends. So why not introduce them to the idea of creating accents? Instead of starting from scratch, why not advise them to update what they already have with a little more than just a fresh new paint job. Changing faucets and hardware in a room (i.e. a bathroom or kitchen) is probably the easiest way to create the illusion of a facelift.

A faucet like the Pfister Elevate EXT , for example, makes a bold contemporary statement and becomes a great focal point for any out-dated room. In the process, why not sell your client on the fact that it not only changes the look of their space, but also adds practicality to their lifestyle. A faucet like the above mentioned, allows the homeowner to adjust the height up or down – great for filling pots!

When selling a space-changing idea such as accenting, be sure to make it about more than just providing a different “look.” It’s guaranteed that the homeowner will appreciate you not only giving them a great new space to enjoy, but also one that will benefit their everyday needs.



Heidi Filici is a freelance writer based in Toronto and a part-time contributor to Canadian Contractor.



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4 Comments » for Accent the Old with a Little New
  1. Chris says:

    I don’t want to be negative, but Price Pfister?
    Please do not recommend to your clients.
    There is a reason it is called Fisher Price in the plumbing trade…

    • Robert Koci says:

      Strong words. Tell me what your plumber friends say. Are you a plumber yourself?

      • Leighton says:

        Price Pfister is a division of Black and Decker, and is to plumbing fixtures what Black and Decker is to tools. Light duty home owner grade all style and no substance.

  2. Dan says:

    Price Pfister comes in two grades. Contractor grade (low quality) and professional grade. For the Parisa bathroom tap, the good quality one is 8A2-VK00. It has flexible (and replaceable) 3/8″ supply lines and is made of nickel-plated brass. The low quality one is F-042-PRKK has solid copper 1/4″ lines (with 1/2″ connectors! The high velocity through the thin lines will cause it to fail within 15 years) and is made of nickel-plated plastic.
    I bought the good one at Home Depot in Canada for $140, and the bad one at Home Depot in the USA for $80.

    The taps look identical but the brass one is much heavier.

    The differences between these taps were pointed out to me by a professional plumber.

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