It has been awhile since a plumbing fixture or fitting earned #FFFFind status. I recently learned about the coolest innovation in lavatory (sink) and tub drains, and wanted to share it with you.
What’s that you say…a “cool” drain?
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You know those typical sink and tub drains where that little metal disc is sticking up, and you have to push down a rod behind the faucet spout to close the opening and fill up the sink? The Zero Drain from California Faucets is not your typical pop-up drain. In fact, it isn’t a pop-up drain after all. It is a pop-DOWN drain.
A Zero Drain is actually flush with the flange and sink/tub surface when open (instead of closed, as with a pop-up drain). And to close the drain opening, you simply press down on the center button. It goes down instead of up.
Check it out…
Not only is this MUCH better aesthetically (no lever thingy sticking up in the back, and a nice non-protruding drain), I happen to think it is far more intuitive for kids to use, should they need to. Push-button operation is second-nature to most kids; it just makes sense to push something down to close it. I myself have even been confused about whether or not a drain is open, with a pop-up drain (is this drain slow or am I pushing/pulling the lift rod the wrong way??). I hope I’m not the only one, or else I will feel very silly! Assuming the latter is in my favor, this can benefit people of all ages, not just children.
It even looks like a cinch to clean and maintain…don’t you think?
Even better, the Zero Drain comes in 28 different finishes, to coordinate with California Faucets’ other offerings. That’s a LOT of choices for a humble drain!
I am planning to use the Zero Drain in the bunk room bathroom at the home we are building in the Berkshires. We’ll have a trough sink with two faucets and drains. The finish for both will be classic Polished Chrome (the product images did not both come that way).
I think it’s going to look amazing!
This find inspired me to continue along the theme of the challenges of designing kid-friendly bathrooms for my next blog post, which I’m already working on for this coming Tuesday. So stay tuned for that!
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Happy July 4th weekend!!