Q: Hello! I just purchased my first home, a brownstone in Brooklyn, and I came into the situation knowing full well that it was a fixer upper and that a lot had to be changed. There is no bathroom on the master bedroom floor, and I wanted to add a story on top of the back addition to create a bigger space for my bathroom, and then of course add plumbing to the space. Long story short, this will probably happen in the springtime or maybe even next fall, but I have started to collect fixtures for the bathroom — salvaged and inexpensive ones that I can not pass up.
I got a clawfoot tub for 25 dollars and a cast iron sink from the 40's for 70 dollars. They are currently sitting in the middle of my front parlor, which we only use for watching tv, so it doesn't matter to us. The thing is, I know that everything I want to do in terms of the addition and just adding plumbing up there will run up a high bill, so I thought I could scrimp on fixtures to create a bigger budget for all of that. Should I keep doing this? Does it make me a hoarder? Is this the equivalent of a future bathroom hope chest?!
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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and son in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.
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