There are bound to be hiccups during the home redevelopment process. Sub-contractors quit, wood flooring is too thin to be sanded and refinished one more time and lumber for decking disappears – unfortunately all of these things have recently occurred and we have worked through them and kept going. This week one of the head aches we have struggled with the most is trying to find a way to reuse the clawfoot tub for The Genessee Project. As Kansas City’s environmentally friendly home redevelopment company we aim to repurpose what’s existing instead of buy new whenever possible.
The tub was left in the house by the previous homeowner but had never been installed. Seeing as it goes with the character of this century old victorian property, we opted to reintegrate it into the hall bathroom. With naive optimism we assumed finding hardware and installing plumbing would be as easy as a Sunday afternoon soak… Select a tub faucet, handle, shower faucet done – right? Let’s just say, after hours of searching, conversing about and re-searching faucet options – we still don’t feel like we have determined how this bathroom will take shape.
In place of continuing to shop for faucets that don’t exist, I turned to a google search for “clawfoot tub images.” This will help give me some direction for what to look for, I thought. It didn’t take me long to find almost exactly the tub we have in the house with the same three holes and where they are positioned. Enlarging the image showed it was attached to an article link entitled “Why You Shouldn’t Install A Clawfoot Tub.”
Oh the irony… If we hadn’t already invested so much time and been so stubborn about making it work – it may have ended up out in the yard as a planter. I’m making this declaration heard: We will be conquering the clawfoot and this bathroom will be a masterpiece!