Vessel Sink Alternatives
LESLIE: David in California finds The Money Pit on The Quake – KQKE. What can we do for you?
DAVID: Well, we’re remodeling the bathroom and my wife wants to change from the standard bathroom sink basin – whatever you call it – to the one that has the glass bowl sitting on top.
TOM: Oh, OK.
LESLIE: Oh, OK.
DAVID: And I’ve priced around and they’re like $300 to $500.
DAVID: I’m trying to find alternatives and I was told that you can’t use regular crystals or regular bowls because it has to be tempered and (INAUDIBLE) the heat and [lot of different] (ph)things. I’m just trying to find something … either alternatives (INAUDIBLE) retailers here or another (INAUDIBLE) that’s just less pricey because the fixture alone is going to cost me another $200 to begin with.
TOM: How about making it funky? You can use a tin bucket …
DAVID: Mm-hmm. (laughing)
TOM: … poke a hole in the bottom of it (laughter), get a garden faucet and you’ll be good to go. Yeah, those bowls are very expensive. They’re gorgeous, but they are expensive because …
LESLIE: And I have to tell you, $300, David, is actually a very inexpensive price in comparison to some of them.
TOM: (overlapping voices) That’s what I was thinking, too. Yeah.
LESLIE: I mean I’ve seen some beautiful hand blown pieces that are upwards of $1,500 to $2,000.
TOM: Yeah, it’s not the kind of thing that you can make yourself. You really do want to invest in a good quality bowl. And I think that that’s kind of one of the trends. In fact, when Leslie and I go to places like the National Kitchen and Bath Show, where we see all these like to-die-for kitchens and bathroom designs, that’s a very, very common and popular design. And they come in glass and they also come in more of the granite sort of stoneware.
LESLIE: They even come in hammered metals and coppers. I mean some really beautiful choices out there. It depends on the material that you’re interested in.
TOM: I don’t think you’re going to find them, though, for much cheaper than 300 bucks, Dave.