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The Kraus 30 inch Undermount Single Bowl 16 gauge Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink -  KHU-100-30
Undeniably Exquisite
Merging fashion and function, the Exquisite Collection fixtures operate as seamlessly and beautifully as they look.”

Kraus USA is pleased to announce the successful launch of the Exquisite Collection of faucets and accessories. Ever since its debut in early 2012, homeowners and dealers have been raving about the elegant forms and enduring quality.

We change the conventional perception of bathroom fixtures from static pieces of hardware to dynamic and exciting centerpieces of luxury. Constructed from solid brass, the quality and substantiality of an Exquisite collection faucet is undeniable from the moment you pick it up. Bonded to principles of timeless craftsmanship, we dedicate ourselves, the quality and substantiality of an Exquisite Collection faucet is undeniable from the to engineering products that perform endlessly and give our customers a full range of aesthetics. Whether someone chooses a clean and classic shape or a timeless traditional profile, each Exquisite Collection product is a perfect blend of style, performance, and value.

Outstanding detail is prevalent throughout the entire collection. The intricate patterns on the ceramic plate of the Apollo faucets create a finishing touch in any traditional space. The smooth form of the Illusio faucet and the dramatic curved spout of the Unicus models each have a unique character that makes a distinct creative statement to illuminate your bathroom.

To encompass a multitude of tastes, Exquisite Collection faucets are available in several immaculate finishes. Whether you prefer a mirror-like surface of a triple-plated chrome or a warm, classic feel of an oil-rubbed bronze, your style preferences can be matched. Each model is compatible aesthetically with our full line of complimenting accessories that are plated to match the finish options of the faucets.

Merging fashion and function, the Exquisite Collection fixtures operate as seamlessly and beautifully as they look. Silky-smooth lever action and perfectly aerated water flow create a spa-like experience that exudes luxury and sophistication. Every faucet undergoes extensive inspections and quality control testing to ensure a lifelong, trouble-free operation.

For more information on the Exquisite Collection or to make a purchase, please visit our Where To Buy page.
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Q & A: Design Build 4U Chicago
We love the architectural lines and the rectangularity
of a Kraus sink. It really gives the kitchen a sense
of elegance even when using white appliances.”

This is the first in a series of chats with designers and remodelers who have chosen to use Kraus products in their designs and remodels. Here’s our Q&A with the team at Design Build 4U Chicago, a Chicago home renovation company, which provides complete residential remodeling including: design-build services for home additions, attic remodeling, kitchen renovation, and bathroom remodeling. We found one of their recent remodels on Houzz.com, which featured a Kraus kitchen sink, and wanted to get the full scoop…

Where do you think the residential remodeling industry
is heading?

All indicators show the market is strong and growing from an economic perspective, which we are grateful for. But, most remodeling companies are merely construction focused - we think that in order to compete, they are going to have to provide design as a service in order to make the confidence to make all the design decisions that go into, say, a kitchen remodel.

This is what separates us from the pack. We provide a “turn-key” service that makes it easy for the client to co-design the kitchen/bathroom/addition of their dreams and they only have to spend maybe 6-8 hours over 30 days making decisions on the project. We help them avoid the alternative: Spending two or three weeks of their lives visiting multiple vendors, working with designers at each location, and struggling to design their kitchen on their own but lacking total confidence that they are making the right decisions. We help them define their style, come up with three design options complete with color renderings and samples, and their own personalized shopping catalog with three options for each item that has to go into their remodel. Our clients love our design process and rave about it on Angie’s List and other review sites. They say things like, “it was so easy,” “I got exactly what I wanted,” and “my kitchen is a show stopper and I couldn’t have done it without them.”

What are people looking for in the market? Do you see pricing as a huge decision factor?

Pricing will always be a factor. If it is a HUGE decision factor then they are not the client for us. We are never the least expensive, nor the most, but somewhere in the upper middle range. We think there is a growing segment of the population that are “do-it-yourselfers” where price is the dominant factor. But people who don’t have the time or the skill will

Kraus 30" Undermount Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink - KHU-100-30

always appreciate value and will be willing to pay for it as long as it comes with solid references and good examples of work accomplished.

Tell us more about the project we found on Houzz.com (pictured below):

We started by assessing what the client wanted to keep. The client had a good refrigerator and a good stove and didn’t want to replace them, and, as you can see, they are white. This was actually a design challenge for us because white appliances usually connote lower quality and thus lower design standards, but we took to the challenge. The client lives in a one hundred year old building and wanted to keep some semblance of the character of the building so we went with Shaker style cabinetry in Cherry. We also refinished the Maple hardwood floors in the kitchen. The “ah ha!” moment when the design came together was when we decided to do a white countertop, thus pulling in the white appliances. We chose CaesarStone Oyster which is slightly speckled, and so more interesting than a pure white countertop. Then we did the backsplash in a celadon green 3x6 subway tile, Rittenhouse Square Cyprus #1452. It all really pulled the look together.

Bottom line: The client wanted a design that would reflect their style and personalities, be functional, attractive and incorporate their white appliances, and they wanted cherry cabinets. They left the rest up to us.

How did you plan and execute the redesign? What inspired you?

We give our clients a homework assignment and then walk them through our Personal Style Workshop. The results of that workshop give us a clear understanding of what the client likes and doesn’t like. We then shop for the products needed, design the cabinets for the space, and create color renderings that clearly show the client three options of what their kitchen could look like. We then give them three options for everything else as well, including the sink. This Kraus sink just happened to be one of the options.

Why did you choose the Kraus model that you did?

We love the KHU-100-30. We love the architectural lines and the rectangularity of it. It looks more expensive than it is, and it really gave the kitchen a sense of elegance even when using white appliances. We’ve used it at least once or twice in other projects that called for it. For this particular project and client, the client felt the same way we did - the kitchen needed it!

What elements of this redesign are your favorite and why?

It’s difficult to work with white appliances so we approached this project with foreboding. In the end, we had a tremendous sense of accomplishment to design such a beautiful kitchen that the client absolutely loves.

For more photos of this remodel, please visit the Houzz.com project.

To view the KHU100-30 on KrausProducts.com, click here
Q & A: Jordan Iverson of Iverson Signature Homes
I learned from past experience using Kraus that it’s products are high quality, efficiently priced, and very well designed.”

We recently had a chat with Jordan Iverson of Iverson Signature Homes. He shares what his clients are looking for, in home design, and walks us though one of his warm, modern kitchens.

Tell us about your company.

I’m a design + build company focusing on highly customized, efficiently designed, and innovative homes. I personally design the floor plans, all interior + exterior finishes, colors, details and general contract each home out.

Do you ascribe to a certain aesthetic? Modern, Country, Traditional?

I’m definitely known for leaning towards urban modern design, but it’s usually described as a “warm modern.”

Where do you think the design/build industry is heading?

I believe in the near future there’s a huge chance for growth in niche markets. I’ve been growing each and every year, and built a following of people who have really appreciated the thought, details and style I’ve put into each project.

What are people looking for in the market? Do you see pricing as a huge decision factor?

In my market niche, people are looking for luxury and innovation at an obtainable price. Pricing definitely comes into play. I can’t compete with production builders, but none of my clients would ever consider a production home. They are paying for a home that is designed and built to fit their specific needs and lifestyle.

Featuring Kraus Pull Out Faucet KPF-1612 and Kraus Farmhouse Sink KHF203-36
Featuring Kraus Pull Out Faucet KPF-1612 and Kraus Farmhouse Sink KHF203-36

Walk us through what the client desired from this redesign (pictured above).

This was a rustic modern industrial designed kitchen. It features metallic glazed porcelain tile backsplash, Caesarstone quartz counters in haze, reclaimed barnwood floating shelves, an island detail, Eco-Resin cabinet panel inserts, Rustic Hickory custom built cabinets with a charcoal stain and engineered birch flooring.

Bottom line: The client wanted a design that would reflect their style and personalities, be functional, attractive and incorporate their white appliances, and they wanted cherry cabinets. They left the rest up to us.

What inspired you with this redesign?

I was inspired to blend all the materials together and tie them back into the surrounding rooms in the home. I wanted to create an urban space, but also one that felt comfortable and solid. Materials that are easy maintenance and long lasting were also important.

What type of budget were you working with?

Mid Range

How did that lead you to Kraus?

I learned from past experience using Kraus that it’s products are high quality, efficiently priced, and very well designed.

Why did you choose the model that you did?

I chose the modern farmhouse style sink to tie in with other industrial modern elements in the kitchen and throughout the home. I wanted the exposed stainless farmhouse style sink to be one of the main focal points of the space.

What elements of this redesign are your favorite and why?

I love how the modern and rustic elements, with the reclaimed barn wood shelves and island detail, blend with the modern stainless sink and clean quartz countertops and fixtures.

*Visit Jordan on Houzz