It’s like that with me and claw-foot-style tubs and pedestal sinks. The logic says: bad choice. And a previous posting on this blog brought many well-thought-out comments from readers on why pedestal sinks stink.
Still, I love that jolt to my pulse when I behold a pedestal sink and claw-foot-type tub and frankly I want that jolt on a daily basis.
And so I was happy to read the thoughts of Utah interior designer Anne-Marie Barton in the Salt Lake Tribune, who expressed this opinion:
Vessel sinks and free-standing bathtubs are visually classic choices and actually cost less money in a remodel because tile and countertops do not need to be installed.
For instance, in the Los Angeles bathroom pictured here, the wooden bead board wainscoting is perfectly suitable, whereas a material less susceptible to water damage (tile, fiberglass, stone) would have been needed for a built-in tub installed snug to the wall. (You can still spend a bundle on wall treatments with a free-standing tub. Check out this travertine bonanza I saw not too long ago.)
Likewise, the wood counter under the pedestal sinks works here. However, if those sinks were flush to the counter, a more durable countertop, and backsplash, would be necessary. The same could be said for a pedestal sink, which needs no countertop at all.
So for me, this a nice melding of emotion (I like the feeling!) and logic (it saves money!).
Does this money-saving argument hold water?
(Photo: Los Angeles Times)