Huette. Vanity. September 25th , 2017.
Bathroom vanities seem to be the newest "it" item in bathroom re-design and remodeling. Blending the elements of both form and functionality, these easy-to-install appliances instantly add sophistication and elegance to any bathroom. Installing a vanity will make your bathroom seem warmer and more inviting than ever before. When it comes to selecting a bathroom vanity, you have quite a lot of options. Vanities are often contemporary or traditional in design, respectively yielding a sleek, clean, and polished look or a more rustic, wamer, and cozy personality. While most vanity cabinets are manufactured in wood, ranging from oak and mahogany to cherry and teak, some are built from quality metals like stainless steel or bronzed copper plate. As far as countertops go, you have a nearly limitless selection: tempered glass, steel, copper, sealed zebra wood, granite, onyx, marble, and porcelain, to name a few. The styles and colors vary, as well. But perhaps you arent interested in previously constructed bathroom vanities? Maybe you want a more personal design, perhaps one that reflects your personality a bit more clearly.
Take every aspect of your bathroom into consideration before you choose a vanity. The size, the shape, the existing décor (if any), lights and even the position of the window are all very important. You cannot just ignore one and concentrate on another. Also, remember that you will have to put up the vanity where the plumbing line already exists; otherwise, you will have to redo it from scratch. Therefore, where you put up your new vanity is also very important. Start your search for the perfect vanity only when you have considered all these. You will find that there are three styles of vanities - antique, transitional and contemporary. While the first two types of vanities are bulkier and more ornate, a contemporary bathroom vanity is more simplistic in design. It blends well with todays style of bathroom décor and available bathroom fixtures. It also goes well with the preference of the modern generation.
You can find everything from chrome pedestals that stand on the floor to cantilevered wall mounts that support the basin in mid-air. Prefer fine cabinetry? Common wood choices range from wenge (usually painted ultra dark brown, almost black) to oak. Exotic hardwoods, such as sapele or zelkova become available from time to time. These rich grained woods are highly prized by custom furniture makers. Its even possible to find a free-standing vanity that looks and functions exactly like an antique chest of drawers. Freestanding vanities eliminate the installation problems mentioned above because the open designs are easily accessible. The drain hardware is also designed to stay out in the open. P-trap drains, in particular, are very modern in design so you dont mind them being in plain view.
Whatever type of vanity top you choose from one of the big box suppliers, the tops that you can take with you are fairly limited and conventional in appearance and configuration. However, those retailers always have a wide selection of vanity tops from various manufacturers that can be custom ordered. Prices are reasonable and you can choose from a wide variety of sink shapes and placements in the top. If youre re-doing an older house or simply prefer a traditional built-in vanity, this is an excellent way to add a little pop to your bathroom while maintaining a traditional appearance. Another thing to consider, if youre planning on doing it yourself, is the relative difficulty of connecting the supply lines and the drain. When it comes to modern sink and faucet installation, it has gotten simpler for do-it-yourselfers to make the necessary connections. The problem lies in access to the connecting points. With built-in vanity bases, as well as some of the fine furniture versions and the occasional free-standing ones, youre going to wind up with your head stuck in a cabinet, trying to thread a nut in a hard to reach area.
If you are looking for bargains one of the best places to go is your local home improvement super store. You can often find incredible discounts that equal huge savings for you when it comes to buying a vanity. These are mass-produced and marketed vanities so they will not by any means be unique but they are inexpensive when compared to custom made vanities, which can cost a small fortune. Bargain shops are also another great place to find the occasional bargain for bathroom vanities. Sometimes you can really hit the jackpot of another persons remodeling project where very nice bathroom vanities are being sold at a fraction of their worth.
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