Water closets are part of the conversation when we renovate the master bath. As long as there is plenty of room, many folks prefer to hide the toilet in its own little space away from a beautiful tub and fresh penny tile. It’s not something many of us spend time pondering until it is time to remodel…yet it is something we all use daily- the water closet; the WC, the loo, the bathroom and most distastefully, the crapper. I know… gross, right? However you refer to it here’s a short lesson in its origin and another slang word that you may not have known its origin.
According to Wikipedia, “The flushing toilet was invented by John Harington in 1596. Joseph Bramah of Yorkshire patented the first practical water closet in England in 1778. George Jennings in 1852 also took out a patent for the flush-out toilet. But it was Thomas Crapper, a plumber by trade, who brought the unspeakable into common vernacular by promoting the new invention of sanitary plumbing. He opened the first bathroom fittings showroom in the mid-1800’s showcasing bath, toilets and sinks. A common story of how his name was popularized was that American servicemen stationed in England during World War I saw his name on cisterns and used it as army slang, i.e. “I’m going to the crapper.”
Today, they are a place of much debate in households we visit. Men want a separate room, women don’t care as long as they can fit a double vanity. Compromises are made and more often than not the infamous “crapper” finds its way behind some sort of partition allowing its patron the privacy we all desire!
Whatever your preference when it is time to renovate, a recently completed master bath in Wellesley shows it off in the best light. See other bath renovations here.