We had fun shopping at Pearl Hardware to select some of the fixtures for the house. We will be getting all of the fancy lighting, bathtubs, showers, toilets, sinks and faucets from them since they are a locally owned store and sell high quality products. It’s a little bit overwhelming having to choose all of these items ourselves (whereas most builders have predetermined packages that come with the houses) so we decided to take it slow and just make a few decisions at a time.
The owners are very kind and great to work with. They happily showed us around their store, gave us their recommendations and opinions and helped us make our selections.
We started with the bathtubs. The master bathroom has a 6.5 foot space in the plan for a freestanding bathtub so we were quickly able to narrow our choices down to the tubs that would fit and cross off the ones that were too big or too small. We also knew the budget so sadly had to say no to a gorgeous steel tub, but alas, it shortened our list of possibilities and kept us on track. Lastly, we knew we wanted it to be comfortable! Dan had no problem jumping in all the possible tubs to determine which one was the best. Needless to say, this one got all the check marks.
We love the shape and feel of this tub and think it will make a great statement in the master bathroom. We also added standard tubs, toilets and vanity sinks (bowls, not the type that rests on top of the counters) to the order for the other bathrooms.
Next decision: kitchen sink.
This was a more challenging decision for us to make since there were many more options. Size, shape, colour, material, single, double or triple? All questions that needed to be answered. The most important question in my mind was single or double compartments.
Let’s start with the pros and cons of a double sink. What I find frustrating about them is that it’s very hard to soak casserole dishes and baking sheets. With our current set up, I have rotate the dishes in the water, letting them soak one side at a time. However, I like being able to wash dishes on one side and vegetables on the other side with no problem.
I polled a few friends and family members with single sinks for their opinion and also consulted with Google since I don’t have any personal experience with single kitchen sinks. What I found was that once people experienced a single sink, they fell in love and questioned why they never had a single sink to begin with. The majority of people use dishwashers so the sink would really only be used to rinse or soak larger items that don’t go in the dishwasher. If you needed to rinse produce, just get in the habit of stacking dishes on one side, leaving the other side clear. Or, use a small basin as a temporary divider. At the end of the day though, being able to soak large casseroles, pots and baking sheets was a major selling feature for a lot of people.
So, can you guess which way we went?
We took the risk and went with a single sink. But not just any single sink. We went for the traditional farmhouse sink. You know the one… with the white apron front in a bright white finish! I think it will be stunning with a navy island.
We paired it with a very nice faucet and called it a day.
Overall, we had a successful shopping trip. We were able to check some items off the list and mentally prepare for what is to come: lighting.
When choosing fixtures for your home, what factors come into play? Do you prefer to keep it simple or take some risks? Trust the pros or go with your gut?
If you’d like to see the Pearl Hardware showroom for yourself, visit them at 1275 Broad street in Regina, SK.