Hey, hey y’all! Glad that these Building101 topics are starting to get fun and interesting! When building I wanted to jump right in to finding the good stuff like lighting, plumbing, flooring, etc. So let’s get down to business! I will quickly break down plumbing fixtures I’ll be covering in this post.
- Bathroom & Kitchen faucets
- Bathtub faucet and shower heads
- Freestanding tub
- Kitchen farmhouse sink
- Tankless Hot Water Heater
Plumbing fixtures – Bathroom & Kitchen faucets
I bought a TON of our plumbing fixtures off Amazon for our home. Why? Because it was fast, easy to make returns, and it was the perfect price point for us. I also purchased from Home Depot, Wayfair, and Overstock! You can click the image below to shop any of the items I talk about in this post and more on my Liketoknow.it shop!
Below, are the faucets we bought for our bathroom and the boys bathroom. These faucets were only $88 at the time, and helped us stay in budget for sure! Although, after using them for two years, I’ve started to notice some of the white calcium build up on the boys bathroom, and I’m sure its cause they don’t wipe down their faucet if it’s wet. Jeremy and I don’t really have that problem, and haven’t seen any build white build up. I knew though that these cheap faucets will hold us over for a while, and eventually I could choose a nicer brand later.
These are oil rubbed bronze, and you can click the link above to purchase these faucets, or any other product I talk about in this post!
For our little guest half bath, I decided to change up the look and order a waterfall faucet. I think it’s fun way to upgrade the feel of the bathroom for our guests. It is from Amazon and is matte black. No calcium build up on this faucet!
Next up, is our kitchen faucet. Jeremy wanted a pull down sprayer and I wanted a bridge faucet to give the old farmhouse feels to the kitchen sink. Well there aren’t many options out there like that! Many pull down faucets are modern looking, and the bridge faucets normally have a separate sprayer. Amazon had a few cheaper brands, but I didn’t like them once I saw them in person. So I knew I was going to have to spend a little more money to get the quality and look. I didn’t mind this because the kitchen sink is something we use frequently on the daily! Kohler had the PERFECT one! The quality of it is outstanding! There is always water on it, but there isn’t a spec of calcium buildup! I recommend 11 out of 10! 😉
Yes, it has an oil rubbed bronze finish to it, but it blends in perfectly with the black hardware and other finishes we have in our home. Many oil rubbed bronze finishes blend well with black, so don’t be afraid to mix them!
To quickly touch on pot fillers, I personally don’t cook a lot, but I wanted a pot filler for two reasons, 1.) from a design point of view, it helps visually break up the space between the range and the vent hood, without changing up the backsplash and 2.) my sink isn’t right next to the range.
The pot filler was not included in our plans, but our plumber asked if we wanted one. He said that he wouldn’t charge extra, and it was easy to do since the tankless hot water heater is right above the range. Pot filler plumbing fixtures can be really expensive or really inexpensive. All depends on the look you want, the finish, and where you are shopping at! I found mine on Amazon for only $88! Like I said, I don’t use it often, but it has been perfect and is serving the purposes I wanted to do.
Bathtub & shower Plumbing fixtures
Moving on to shower faucets, I kept our shower head and the boys shower heads really simple. I also order these from Amazon, and haven’t had any problems with them, even with calcium build up. We also purchased a shower head extender so the water reaches over further to our bench! You can see in the images below the difference with the shower extender (left) and before it (on right). Also, I knew I wanted a shower wand to make cleaning the large shower easier!
The boys shower faucet, and ours are oil rubbed bronze. Again, we mixed a lot of oil rubbed bronze in with out black finishes because it blends well, it’s cheaper, and it there are more style options. I’m sure by now there are more styles available for black finishes! Sorry, I don’t have a photo of the boys bathtub shower head, but it’s pretty basic!
The bathtub faucet is matte black, and is made by Kingston Brass. It is also from Amazon. I LOVE the old time farmhouse feels it brings it the modern looking tub!
Plumbing Fixtures – Freestanding Tub
I’m more of a shower person, than a bath person, but I knew I wanted a place for a freestanding tub. From a design point of view, I wanted to be able to see our tub through our double doors in our bedroom. Jeremy didn’t want to spend the money on one, because we don’t really take baths. Here was my three arguing points, 1. I’ll take more baths if I have a nice bathtub (which we haven’t ever had) 2. It is good for a selling point later on and 3. I want to have the design look of one. Purchasing one I knew that I would have to find one that was an outstanding price point, and it had the look to it that I was going for. Well, Wayfair came through for me. I found this tub for about $700. Jeremy couldn’t argue with that!
Farmhouse Fireclay Sink
I knew from the start I wanted a white apron front sink in the kitchen, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted a single basin, or double basin. We chose a double basin, that was split 60/40. We chose this because we could easily separate dishes t o on one side, if we needed the other side for something. It would also take less water and time to fill up a split sink, then one big sink! This sink size is 33X18 and we purchased it from Overstock. This sink is also double sided, allowing you to pick the smooth size, or panelled side. We obviously chose the smooth side! 🙂
Tankless Hot Water Heater
Now, I know this isn’t really under the plumbing fixtures topic per say, but it is what gets the water flowing to them all! Also, I didn’t know where to fit this in to any other topic! Jeremy kind of picked out our tankless hot water heater, cause I know nothing about them. But I do know that Jeremy will research and find the best products for the best prices! Tankless hot water heaters can go in the attic, which is nice since I don’t have to make a space for it somewhere on the main floor.
The tankless hot water heater is very Eco friendly because it saves us money by not using the hot water. The hot water heater will only turn on when you turn on the hot water, thus saving you money. We only turn the hot water knobs on when we really need hot water. This is also a big reason why we bought widespread faucets, so we could only turn on the hot water when needed. So its a positive that it saves money, but it does take about 15 seconds for the water to get hot when you turn on the water, which is something I’m willing to sacrifice for saving money! I don’t have a photo of it, cause it’s not very pretty! Haha! It is linked in the image at the beginning of the post to my LTK.
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