Choosing bathroom tap sets actually didn’t take long. We wanted black, of course, but Australian plumbers will not install tapware that is not Watermarked (this covers the plumber legally). Being Watermarked simply means that the product complies with Australian Quality Standards. And having that Quality Standard on black taps and faucets and showerheads comes with a hefty price tag. So our options were pretty limited.
We did manage to snag this shower set online for just under $400. In shops, a similar style would set you back around $900. A bit of a no-brainer there.
I have my heart set on this basin faucet. It keeps in with the ‘natural materials’ theme of the bathroom, keeps in with the colour; I fell in love with it as soon as I spotted it. It is not Watermarked, so no plumber will install it. We will put this one in once we have taken possession.
While it is required to have the appropriate plumb-ery installed by a qualified plumber for a new house to pass a final building inspection, a Watermark does not guarantee quality. This bath faucet with mixer was Watermarked. We didn’t love it, but it would do.
It failed the plumbing test immediately and miserably. May have just been a dud, but if it made it out of the factory, the quality testing to achieve a Watermark is not as stringent as one may assume.
Of course, as is expected, this was a last-minute thing. We had to decide right then what we were going to do. And right at that moment, the only thing we could do was ask the plumber to install a standard, boring chrome bathroom tap and faucet set. We did ask him to change the tap from a mixer to a hot/cold tap set (which we actually wanted in the first place, so silver lining there). Once we have taken possession, we will change the taps, but for now, they’re just going to not match.
For the vanity basin, we are actually using the kitchen faucet. As it is a swan-neck, the base will sit close enough to the basin to make swapping it out with the one I love easier. (And for the time being, the faucet being used in the kitchen is the cheapest of the cheap, totally basic make which cost about $20, until we can transplant the tapware.) I’m sure we made it all more difficult than it had to be, but where’s the fun in doing everything in an orderly manner?
Note: None of these have actually been installed yet.
The swan neck faucet over the basin looked absolutely ridiculous. It was way too big for the vanity and basin. No matter, it is to be swapped out with the bamboo one that I love.
The shower head (more adventures with the shower here) looks pretty schmick! The taps that came with this set were, according to the installing plumber, designed for a basin set, not a shower set. So they actually didn’t fit. Instead, we have these adorable standard chrome bathroom taps that the builder chose.
They match the bath set, so there you go, we do have some matching bathroom tap ware! They adjust temperature dismally, so these need to swap out with better quality (and black).
This bath set is apparently the third bath tap set the plumber installed. The second (the one after our black ones failed), had a pinhole somewhere, so they failed, too. Another indication that just because it’s Watermarked, doesn’t mean you’re getting top-notch quality.
So, the bathroom tap update is not final, but it’s what’s happened so far!
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