The story behind the sink in the bedroom of your apartment and why so many SF homes have them
Searching for a new apartment in San Francisco is always an adventure. One shows you encountering a mysterious kitchen cabinet with its own window, while in another you discover a random sink in the corner of a bedroom.
It may seem a bit dorm-esque to have a sink in your bedroom, but it was actually quite common during the Victorian era in San Francisco. Before 1900, indoor plumbing was still a luxury, and most residents would have used buckets to draw water from outdoor wells to wash themselves and all household items. But as the modern innovation of backwater became more accessible, it became a common addition to homes as soon as a homeowner could afford it. If the house was originally built without interior plumbing, this was the first renovation feature on a homeowner’s list.