Fortunately I always carry a sponge in my bag of tricks.

Reblogger Brian Persons
Home Inspector with Brian Persons Front Range Home Inspections

I see similar bathroom fixtures alot more now and its true that sometimes the form takes priority over the function. Be aware of those beautiful items.

Original content by Charles Buell

Form follows function---or not!

Nice sinkI know I am tilting at windmills when it comes to even suggesting that the shape of things should have anything to do with function.  We have gotten so good at making things, that we have come to expect, even demand, that things look the way we want them to---regardless of that thing’s function.

Whether it is the quest to make a better mousetrap or whether it has more to do with the simple fact that we make things look the way they do because we can, humans seem to find no end to being “creative.”  We use the excuse that we are trying to make something better, but it seems that more often we are merely making it different looking because we can.  In some cases, to justify our jobs perhaps.

While I can make a strong case that it has less to do with being “creative” and more to do with being “inventive,” I don’t want to bore you with the distinction in this post---although having that discussion in the comments might be fun.

At an inspection the other day I came across a sink that epitomizes this problem.  This sink pushes the envelope of “form” so far, function is truly secondary.  Now while the problem with this sink is little different from a sink that has no overflow at all (something I would argue is a problem regardless) this sink does have an overflow---it just isn’t functional.  When there is in fact an overflow present, wouldn’t it be logical to take the leap of faith that it might actually function?

Sink about to overflow onto the floor 

 Sink about to overflow onto the floor

When this sink is filled, water actually flows over the low edge before it goes down the overflow---I know, I learned the hard way. 

Fortunately I always carry a sponge in my bag of tricks.

 

 

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

 

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Wow!  That's wild!  Glad I didn't put one of those in any of the houses I built.

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Too bad about that sink, it looks so pretty. But mostly I just stopped by to tell you that my brother has the same name as you. Brian (David) Parsons. :)

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Brian, thanks for the reblog :)

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