There was this one time that I had to go pick out all my plumbing fixtures with this wild 3 year old…yeah that’s her dancing in the shower to something that’s blaring from an iPhone. You know in the echoey all tile building where people are conducting business and such.
Don’t worry you probably won’t have to expect that when you shop for your plumbing, but I wanted you to get a feel for my state of mind. I was thinking I need to have a blog post just to prepare people for what they are about embark upon. So. Many. Choices.
Here are some plumbing terms/things to think about before you wander into a showroom:
1. Finish – oil rubbed bronze, gold, nickel, brushed nickel….
These are bathroom faucets that sit on a 4″ base. They are typically the cheapest style you will find. Most brands have a variety of different finishes for each style. Look at the difference between each of these. The spout height, shape of the hands, hot + cold levers vs 1 lever…
More bathroom faucets except these are 8″ widespread which means they have no base. They are “fancier” (read: more expensive). Most models come in a cheaper 4″ centerset option as well. Again the finishes, handles, and spouts come in so many different options.
There are several more faucet option, but these 2 are typically what you see in bathrooms.
This option was our “in budget” choice. No those quotes aren’t unnecessary. This faucet was pretty significantly over the allotted amount for bathroom faucets (even in the 4″ choice), but it was the cheapest option. Add that to the wild kid, and I was pretty irritated.
There’s nothing wrong with this faucet. It came in several finishes all at the over- budget price. For the price point I wasn’t impressed with this faucet. I mean I’m not an expert on faucet prices, but I just wasn’t happy.
We moved onto shower heads. The middle option was again “in budget”. I wasn’t a fan of the size of the shower head especially for the price. Now I’m not trying to be snobby or rude, but I was being very picky. I mean when you are looking at paying more than a hundred dollars over budget per item, you want something that you feel like was worth it. It adds up fast with 5 sink faucets, 3 shower heads, 5 sinks, a kitchen sink, a kitchen faucet, a master bathtub, and a utility sink + faucet.
Sorry I feel like I’m whining instead of giving you useful information. Here is my advice when you have to select an entire houses worth of plumbing – faucets, sinks, tubs.
1. Know what finish you want. We love brass but knew that was going to be out of budget, so we needed to come up with a finish that wouldn’t clash with the brass accents we knew would be in the same space.
2. Know what shape/style you are going for. Traditional, modern, transitional…what kind of handle do you prefer? What height do you want for the spout?
**The key here being know what you want for the room. Be thinking about the space as a whole – the finished space – to help select the finish and style of your pieces.
3. Find something reasonably priced for what you WANT.
Something we are learning is budget can’t be the only factor. Otherwise we wouldn’t have any plumbing fixtures in the house. Seriously. I do think when you are building you have to think creatively about what you want/can live with in your house as well as balance the reality of the budget. There has to be some give and take. Cut here to spend here or other solutions.
Did you catch the word creatively? We are the Wills yo. You know we got something up our sleeve to solve this problem.