Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUN 2019

Qualified Remodeler helps independent remodeling firms to survive, become more professional and more profitable by providing must-have business information, namely best business practices, new product information and timely design ideas.

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Quality Product Blanco recently launched Empressa, a wide-rang - ing collection of four versatile models that were inspired by the manufacturer's German heritage. Each faucet in the collection boasts a silhouette fashioned aƁer the shape of vintage wine presses found across Europe. Empressa offers features such as a pull-down spray on a bridge faucet, which eliminates the need for a side spray element. "Consumers and specifiers are combining mod- ern and traditional elements in the home," says Tim Maicher, director of marketing. "So we are offering a wide range of products and finishes that have traditional elements but are served in a modern or contemporary fashion that matches with today's kitchens. Pull-down spray faucets are really pop- ular, as are [our] semi-pro models." BLANCO Empressa kitchen faucets draw inspiration from vintage European wine presses and come in four models: semi-professional (left), pull-down, bar and bridge (above). Circle 4 on inquiry card DELTA FAUCET uses details of global architecture for its Pivotal Kitchen Collection (above) and now offers VoiceIQ Technology for the Trinsic Kitchen Faucet (left). Circle 5 on inquiry card In addition to the Pull-Down and Semi- Professional models, Empressa also includes Bridge and Bar faucets. Blanco debuts two new finishes for the collection, Polished Nickel and Oil- Rubbed Bronze, to supplement its Stainless Finish and Polished Chrome. A matching soap dispenser can be paired with any Empressa faucet, embody- ing classic elements as well as modern refinements. "They must work in a living kitchen setting, meaning that they have organic elements that work within the context of a whole home versus a back- room kitchen," Maicher explains. "Kitchens today are open to the rest of the living area, and the faucet must blend in—as well as offer the functionality and power [that] homeowners need and want. "Faucets are an investment," he adds. "Cheap faucets can create their own set of issues with- in a year or two, [so] a remodeler is better off recommending a quality product from the start to avoid bad reviews, complaints or callbacks. [Quality faucets] are far easier to maintain and to update." Blanco faucets have an easy-to-replace ceramic disk cartridge that extends the life of the product, he notes. Connected Home Global architecture helped inspire the newest kitchen faucet by Delta Faucet, the Pivotal Kitchen Collection, which offers a clean, simple and sleek look with angular cues. The confident slant of the Pivotal Kitchen Collection makes the faucet a striking addition to the contemporary geometry of a kitchen and makes a statement to all those who enter, says Adriana Miller, product manager. QualifiedRemodeler.com June 2019 53

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