A bridge kitchen faucet is a good example of form meeting function. It connects up and off the exposed bridge pipe to compete a dramatic look.

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Q: I am thinking of installing a new kitchen sink with a bridge-type faucet. While I find this faucet attractive, does the bridge styling have any functional advantages as well?

A: A bridge kitchen faucet is a good example of form meeting function. Bridge faucets are two-handle kitchen faucets with the water connector pipe between the hot and cold valves exposed above the sink. This is what gives it the “bridge” look. The faucet spout connects up and off the exposed bridge pipe to compete a very dramatic look.

Since the main body of the faucet sits above the sink, one advantage is you can get extra spout clearance for washing or filling large pots. And since the faucet has no deck plate, it’s a very easy faucet to keep clean.

Keep in mind that in most cases, your kitchen sink may need to be special ordered to fit this faucet style, but you can cross that bridge when you come to it.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.