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Unread 04-02-2006, 10:29 PM   #1
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Advice (technical and/or aesthetic) on faucet location, please.

This is one of those last-minute "uh-oh" moments. I'm nearing the end of a bathroom renovation (total gut) and I've outsourced exactly one item - cutting and installing a granite vanity countertop. The guy came here a few weeks ago, took the measurements, took my undermount sink template and off he went. He should be back in, uh, 8 or 9 hours with the finished slab, ready to mount the sink and drill the (single-lever) faucet thru-hole.

The problem is that, some time in the past 10-15 minutes, I have come to realize there simply won't be enough room to mount the faucet directly behind the sink because (a) the sink just barely fits in the cabinet (b) there's a nice thick granite backsplash being installed and (c) the drain lever is directly on the back of the faucet.

The question is ... how bad would a single-level faucet look if mounted off-center? And how far off-center? Is a right-handed sink preferable to a left-handed sink? Opinions?

Thanks for any and all advice.
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Unread 04-02-2006, 10:34 PM   #2
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I have seen rectangular sinks that were designed to have the faucet mounted in a corner.

Since you have no choice, the most important thing is to place the faucet so that it looks like the position was purposely planned, and not just stuck where it would fit. What shape it the sink? Since you mention off centered placement I suspect it is not rectangular, as the space between the sink and the 'splash would be the same all the way across.
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Unread 04-02-2006, 10:40 PM   #3
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Hi Jeff. Thanks for the quick response. It's an oval white porcelain sink.
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Unread 04-02-2006, 10:45 PM   #4
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I'd put the faucet on a 45 degree angle such that the faucet arm is pointed directly at the drain. You want it far enough off center to look like a purposeful design statement. Tell everyone you got the idea from Architectural Digest.

Which side is up to you.
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I don't think it would look particularly out of place off-center. You might consider adding a soap dispenser on the opposite corner to balance it out. In my kitchen, I put my faucet on the side because it was easier to reach instead of back of the moderately large D'shaped sink. You don't seem to have much choice...
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You could also try asking the installers for options. Since they do this day in and day out, they may well have seen interesting ideas.
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Unread 04-02-2006, 11:05 PM   #7
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Thanks, guys. I like the "Architectual Digest" idea, although much of the bathroom is probably more of a candidate for "Psychology Today".
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Unread 04-03-2006, 09:56 AM   #8
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They came, they sawed, they conquered.

Footnote time. The installers just left and the faucet hole is, in fact, directly behind the (undermounted) sink. They ripsawed off some internal bracing in the cabinet, mounted the sink as forward as possible (all the slab overhang is at the front) and, finally, notched the lip of the sink (which I strongly suspect is not recommended by Kohler).
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Pictures please?

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