Fixtures for bungalow bathrooms

March 31, 2009

So, we now have a new shower valve (though still no new tile!) As it turns out, though, we also need a new tub faucet (or at least parts for a faucet, but I’m just going to suck it up and buy a new one so that the fixtures match, because even old chrome and new chrome look awful right now!) That pesky leak wasn’t fixed by $400 worth of plumbing parts and labor, sadly, and now seems to be the fault of a bad faucet diverter.

That brings me to….trim decision making. We got a cheap-o valve trim from the plumbing place over the weekend so we’d be able to use the shower in the interim, but now that I need to go faucet hunting, I’m revisiting the trim choice. Might as well make it all match. (Incidentally, the cheap trim was under $30, which I’ve discovered was a mighty fine deal, even up against eBay—props to the independent retailers!)

Here’s what I’d ideally like, leaving aside for the moment the fact that we missed a golden opportunity to replace our shower valve with something other than the generic single handle valve—ah, well. What’s done is done. (Though it reminds me of a friend’s recommendation—do a little research on all of the pieces of your house even if you have no plans to replace them, so that if you have to replace something unexpectedly, you know roughly what it is you want and don’t buy the easiest thing that lands in your hand!)

The trim must be:

  • Compatible with Kohler’s Rite-Temp single-handle shower valve
  • Somewhat vaguely period appropriate for a 1915 bathroom (flexible, given that we don’t have the clawfoot tub or anything)
  • Either polished nickel (ideal) or polished chrome (second best)

Here are a few options I’ve found so far:













Any of these can be had in a variety of finishes; some are way too expensive—the “Antique” one would eat up the entire project budget at list price!—but for right now I’m just trying to settle on a few that would be workable. Who knows what deals may lie in the depths of EBay, after all. I’ve also decided not to stress about matching the style of the pedestal sink faucet in any way, though for what it’s worth, I plan to use a traditional faucet with cross handles, either with porcelain handles or just porcelain buttons.

Sadly, I’m just not in love with any of these—and am really hoping it wasn’t a mistake to go with the Kohler valve. If we’d had a little more time to plan, it would have been great to put in the three-handled Sign of the Crab shower valve, for instance. (The only other option at our local store was Grohe, though, which was even more expensive.)

What would you put in a bungalow bathroom?



  1. Do you have the book “Bungalow Bathrooms” (http://www.amazon.com/Bungalow-Bathrooms-Basics-Jane-Powell/dp/1586850814) by Oakland’s own bungalow restoration specialist Jane Powell? It’s full of great ideas for classic bath remodels.

    Good luck with your reno!

  2. Thanks Leah—we don’t have that one, but do have Bungalow Kitchens (amazingly, a Freecycle find!) which has been a great source for fixture ideas. I’ll have to check it out!

  3. We chose the two-handle (temperature and pressure) version of the Kohler Bancroft for ours. I don’t know if it counts as perfectly period, but it looks good to me.

  4. Thanks, Eric—that’s the direction I’m leaning as well (though we opted for the temperature-only valve since we already have a shower head that moderates pressure, and didn’t want to deal with taking more tile out!) The polished nickel version of the Bancroft suite is pretty affordable as those things go, so it seems like a good option.

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