If you ever lived or visited the east coast of the United States, then you may be familiar with the refurbished, redecorated, and furnished colonial homes in coastal cities, cities stretching from Boston to Virginia. The tourists that pass through such homes get to see what preceded the first bathroom basin. In places like Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, they normally find a pitcher and washbowl atop each bedroom dresser.
During the time of George Washington, there were no bathrooms. Yet even when homeowners did start to enjoy the convenience of an indoor bathroom, that replacement to the old outhouse did not have anything that looked like a bowl on top of a dresser. First of all, those bowls had been different colors, while the first bathroom basins were white. In addition, a number of the early bathrooms had a wall-mounted sink. Thus, a homeowner relied on the dependability of a drainage system, a feature unheard of during the Colonial era.
The first bathroom served a strictly utilitarian function. The early bathroom designers focused on providing each sink with a pair of bathroom basin taps. They realized that such taps would go at the end of two pipes. They did not envision a way for tap water to flow into a vessel on a stand. They could not imagine the vessel sinks of today.
Today, however, bathroom designers have learned to think beyond the simplicity of the early bathroom basin. Some designers have used their creativity to fashion a vessel sink. They have called for the production of vessels made from glass or steel, as well as materials that are more traditional—such as ceramics. The same creative minds also introduced the public to the attention-grabbing effects of a square vessel sink.
In the past, the stand under any type of bathroom basin was firm and thick. Today the creative minds that design square vessel sinks also come up with oddly shaped stands for any type of vessel sink. They have introduced unconventional items such as the spring-shaped stand and the wave-shaped stand. They have even put a sink-like vessel atop a stand with curved legs, legs made of stone forest iron.
The contemporary vessel sink matches well with a bathroom that has a futuristic mood. One such sink has been placed on a wall-mounted stand, one that has a medicine cabinet above it. Yet such a stand lacks an important characteristic, one that can add to the functionality of a bathroom basin.
Such a stand lacks a great deal of storage space. The homeowner that wants both a new sink and additional storage space needs to think about buying one of the bathroom basin sinks.
So if a vessel sink atop a stand seems more like a bathroom fixture of the future, then why do so many homeowners continue to request the installation of a bathroom vanity basin? The storage space within the vanity basin explains the continuing interest in vanity sinks. After all, if a future bathroom is apt to have a number of gadgets, then those gadgets need to be stored somewhere. The presence of a vanity sink makes such storage fast and easy.
The vanity sink lets the homeowner hide any items that are to be stored under the sink. Yet some homeowners like to show off the lovely towels that they have placed under the sink. Such homeowners favor the use of the pedestal sink. A pedestal sink usually has a drawer, a rack, and of course a bathroom basin. A pedestal sink blends well with either a modern or traditional home decor.