Charlie and I have begun to think about the individual elements that will make up the renovation to The Glade. Among them are plumbing fixtures which, while traveling in Europe, we had discovered should include tall spigots. While meeting with our architect, she mentioned that she really likes Grohe faucets for the bathroom and kitchen.  She further explained that they’re very well-made and they have a nice feel when being used.

Then she said something that made a lot of sense to me. When you’re spending money on the house put extra consideration and money into those things that you touch and use on a daily basis.  I’ve had a kitchen sink faucet that didn’t work well and it was at best an annoyance and at worst a nuisance which finally needed to be replaced.


First I checked Amazon.com and Overstocks.com to see what kind of price range we’re talking about. The faucet pictured above is about $418 at Overstocks, $410 at Amazon, and  at Lowes $358.56

The Lowes display includes many brands - Grohe fixtures are on the dark gray units

 After searching for Grohe on the internet we realized that our local Lowes store carries Grohe. Charlie and I went out to look at Grohe fixtures in person. When we arrived at the fixtures display Charlie moaned and looked forlorn because there were so  many choices.  I said, “For starters let’s just look at the Grohe.”

 That’s what we did.  Then the plumbing associate from Lowes came over to ask if we had any questions.  He had recently questioned the Grohe rep to find out what is so special about these faucets.

3 different styles of Grohe shower wands in stock at Lowes

 Grohe is a German company.  Its faucets are made of solid brass then covered with the outside material.  They’re heavy. The controls move very smoothly and stop just where they’re set, almost like a hydraulic lever.

Zoomed: GROHE StarLight Chrome Vitalio Convertible Showerhead

I like the stick style of shower wand pictured above as an addition to a regular shower head. At this point we’re sold on Grohe faucets and shower heads for all our new installations which at least includes 2 kitchen sinks, 2 bathroom sinks, and 2 showers.

We’ve even honed in on the designs we prefer so the next step is to find the best price on the things we’ve chosen.  Without a lot of checking around Lowes seems to be the place. Update:  National Builders Supply has the same faucet (SKU 32298000) for $290.95.  Oooooo!

What do you splurge on?  Is it permanent or temporary?


Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

One thought on “Faucetted”

  1. when I am shopping for things and I find a big discrepancy in prices like that it really pisses me off. I hate vendors, stores or whatever you want to call them that price gouge!!

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