Our project goes ahead very quickly at the moment. One day when visiting the house I realised that, I might need to have a word with our project team, as the hot and cold water pipes had been installed already and without even approving the bathroom plans. It is wonderful that we don’t have the problem of typical spanish mañana workers, but I still rather would decide the tap types first, and then do the installations. If something annoys me, it’s doing things twice. But at this very moment, what can you do, but redraw the pipes. Thankfully the pipes were more or less on the right walls, but the locations on the walls were incorrect. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting them to pull the pipes yet and without informing us first.
So the decisions for the taps were needed immediately. I do have my favourite brands and models, but I also had to do my research and see the price range in Spain. So I went to the local hardware stores to see the collections. It’s also important for me to understand which brands the spanish value, in case we’ll sell the house. I found quite many unfamiliar and super cheap brands, but generally every hardware store were selling mostly Roca, Hansgrohe and/or Grohe. I was playing with the idea of ordering the taps from Finland to show you the beauty of the bidet tap. But only to make my life easier, I ended up choosing Grohe, the brand that is for sure wellknown by all of the plumbers. Grohe manufactures special bidet taps to Finland, so I can order them separately and this way make sure I will not have a mix of brands in my house. This seems to be the case in most of the houses I have here visited. The mix and match collection of taps and styles is hilarious. When you live in this kind of house, it’s not that funny anymore to face not so well working taps daily. So in our house the taps have to be well made and all from the same manufacturer.
So why did I choose Grohe? I normally specify Hansgrohe or Oras (the Finnish one), but Grohe is as good as the other two and I actually just wanted to test it. The user experience with these three has always been great. You can trust that they’ll work well for years and years. I also needed some installation experience from Grohe. Grohe has a good collection of different styles to choose from. I ended up ordering most of the taps from Atrio range. It has a modern feeling, but Atrio taps also fit in traditional interiors. And it has the floor model for bathtub mixer. My priority is to try to choose the spanish materials and equipment for our house. Unfortunately I couldn’t find wide enough product range from Roca, nor the models that would have give the sparkle.
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