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So you want a new bathroom vanity? Now What?

So you want a new bathroom vanity? Now What?

Is your bathroom in need of a makeover? Choosing a new vanity base and vanity top will rapidly become one of your most important considerations. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Both built-in and freestanding vanities are available. If you're looking for a vanity that seems like it's part of the room, built-in is just what you're looking for.

A free-standing vanity is a great option for people who like a more contemporary look or who are redesigning a bathroom in a contemporary home, loft, high-rise condominium, or expensive townhouse. Smaller bathrooms and powder rooms in today's new architecture benefit from the aesthetic impact of these vanities.

Traditional Bathrooms with Built-In Vanities

There are two stages to creating the built-in vanity. The first step is to choose the vanity's foundation. In any home remodeling facility, you'll find rows of stock vanity bases that are ready to be bolted into place and topped with a vanity top, and you're done. There are only a few stylistic changes, such as the number and positioning of doors and drawers, as well as the length and height of the piece. Your best bet is to go with a more conventional look if you live in a more traditional house.

Having chosen your vanity foundation, the only thing left to choose is the vanity top. Cultured marble, ceramic, or granite are common materials for vanity tops; the sink is generally an integrated element of this one-piece unit and will not leak, making it ideal for bathrooms with little space. When installing a double vanity, the vanity top may include a cutout (or cutouts) to enable the basin (or basins) to be dropped in.

If you buy a vanity top from a large box retailer, the tops you may take with you will be restricted in terms of design and style. Vanity tops from a variety of manufacturers are available for custom order from these shops. Sinks come in a broad range of forms and sizes, and the tops may be placed in a number of ways. A good option to add some "pop" to your bathroom while still keeping the look of an older home is by using a classic built-in vanity like this one.


If you're going to do it yourself, you'll want to think about the complexity level of connecting the supply and drain lines. Do-it-yourselfers may now connect the essential components for contemporary sink and faucet installation more easily than ever before. Access to the connecting points is the source of the issue. A nut in a hard-to-reach position is likely to get you in a lot of trouble with built-in vanity bases, as well as certain beautiful furniture and occasional free-standing ones.

The naming of these built-ins is a big part of the difficulty when it comes to using them. You can't get to the water pipes by moving the base or countertop. To minimize structural damage to the cabinet, it may be essential to completely reroute the water supply line, depending on the precise layout of your bathroom lines. It's possible that pulling the whole unit out for a supply line adjustment in the middle of the project may result in a slew of colorful epithets being added to your vocabulary. According to the military, preparation is the best way to avoid bad results.

Contemporary to eclectic: Freestanding Vanities

Vanity bases that are freestanding enable you to be more creative in terms of design. For the most part, they include the vanity top as well as the base, as opposed to built-in options. As a result, you have the opportunity to consider the whole appearance before committing to a certain design. The tops of certain free-standing bases resemble those of built-ins, such as granite or glass, giving them an elegant appearance. Ready to be installed are the holes for the vessel and faucet.

These vessel bowls are modern, creative, and even exotic in their design. From tempered glass to copper, cultured stone, actual stone, and stainless steel, the options are almost limitless. While some are meant to be placed on top of a level counter surface, others are designed to be placed within the vanity top with just a few inches of the vessel protruding above the surface. In any situation, the supply and drain lines are often left visible. If you want to be on the cutting edge, these sinks and containers may be custom-made for you.

Also available are counters and sinks that come together as a single unit, often in ceramic or glass designs. You can use some of the most cutting-edge sinks (vessels) on top of a solid stone or glass vanitytop.

The options range from floor-standing chrome pedestals to cantilevered wall mounts that hold the basin in mid-air. What about high-end cabinetry? Wenge (a dark brown, nearly black wood) and oak are among the most popular options. Sapele and zelkova are examples of exotic hardwoods that become accessible from time to time. Custom furniture manufacturers have great regard for the richness of these grains. When it comes to bathroom vanities, you may even have a vanity that appears and acts like an old chest of drawers.

The open designs of freestanding vanities eliminate the above-mentioned installation issues. Additionally, the drain hardware is meant to be exposed. P-trap drains, in particular, have a sleek, contemporary appearance, so their visibility isn't a problem.

Get creative and build what you need yourself!

There is a third vanity option that should be mentioned briefly. Customizing a vanity foundation from scratch is the main point. This allows you to use whatever exotic hardwood you choose in your project, which is sometimes the only option if your room is unusually shaped. This is a risky path to follow since completing such a job frequently requires the expertise of an experienced carpenter with a keen sense of perspective.

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