Bathroom activity centers around sinks and choosing the right bathroom vanity increases the chances of a remodel you’ll be happy with. No matter if you’re redoing a powder room of creating a spa-like master bath for your Sun Prairie WI home, the sink – or sinks – set the tone for the room.
In addition to paying attention to style, a new sink, vanity combination must perform. Style choices are abundant. Before going too far into the selection process there’s one question that must be answered: “one sink, or two?” You can have a standard, under counter installation, above the counter basins or space-saving pedestals. How you use the room most often dictates what’s best.
Before you decide to order the “perfect” sink and vanity, consider the overall dimensions of the space, the daily use (and abuse current facilities get) and space available for something new and different.
Making Room For The Perfect Bathroom Vanity
If your bathroom’s footprint after the renovation will remain about the same, making sure the new vanity fits the space. If walls are moving and the floorplan changing you have much more room for creativity. There are dozens of vanity and sink combinations to work with. So, when your bathroom upgrade includes a total makeover, not just a new sink, you have fewer concerns of making any one item fit.
There are two elements of vanity design that deserve the most attention: storage space and countertop space. As you think through the plan, ask yourself: “how much do I need?” Do you need a lot of deck space for daily toiletries or drawers to keep them out of sight? Will wall-mounted shelves work or do you need extra space beneath the sink?
The most sought-after features of modern vanities include:
- Shelves – rather than traditional drawers and enclosed cabinets, there’s a trend toward open shelving. These features are most popular for powder rooms and guest bathrooms where fewer daily-use items are required.
- Unique styling – remodeling a bathroom in 2019 proves that “anything goes.” The popular farmhouse trend continues with “barn door” cabinetry. Or, there’s the ultra-modern end of the scale with floating vanities that appear to come directly off the wall.
- Multiple Sink choices – no longer are choices among the sink products limited. Do you want one sink or two? Do you want the sinks molded into the countertop or mounted to it? Your sinks dictate size and shape of the new vanity.
- Color combinations – combining designer colored sinks with colored and textured fixtures provides design accents to work with room colors and accessories. The vanity is not just a place to store cosmetics and hold a sink, it’s now bathroom furniture.
Sink Choice Dictates Bathroom Vanity Options
Once thought of as just a place to clean up, the sink has become a décor feature. And the vanity is more than “a table for it to sit on.”
The list of sink options for a bathroom remodel is a long one. Are you redoing a guest bathroom? Maybe updating a powder room or expanding your master bath? No matter the size or scope of your remodeling plans, there are sinks just for you. Among the choices are:
- Integral countertop sinks – sinple, streamlined designs combine counter and sink in one structure. Because they are one-piece, seamless creations they are easy to clean.
- Drop-in sinks – also known as self-rimming sinks, they standard sinks fit a variety of countertops. They are ideal for high-traffic family bathrooms.
- Under-the-counter installations – also clean, modern and distinctive while providing plenty of useable counter space. With no rim they are easy to keep clean.
- Traditional Pedestals – very popular for powder rooms and guest baths where storage isn’t important. Available in almost any style from elegant traditional designs to sleek contemporary styles or rustic, farmhouse looks.
- Wall-mounted sinks – a modern look these basin-style sinks hang from the wall. They come in many decorative styles and materials. These unique choices require custom installation because they require custom plumbing connections.
- Above counter vessels – more and more unique containers like classic wash basins or custom glassware sitting on top of the counter. Dramatic in even large master bathrooms they are especially suited to powder rooms and guest baths where countertop space isn’t as important. Note: counters are installed lower than standard height to accommodate the extra height of the basin. Specialty faucets are required as well.
- Customized creations – One of the most popular choices for small bathrooms is a corner-mounted sink. These are available as wall mounts or pedestal installation.
Adding Finishing Touches – Bathroom Fixtures
You’ve selected a sink style, color and size. You have the perfect vanity to go with it. However, there’s one more decision: what type of faucet do you want? Some sink and vanity designs take that decision out of your hands by their unique style, but most give you plenty to think about. There are many shapes and finishes. What’s best: ultra-modern, traditional, farmhouse or something unique? Some sinks, counters and vanities come with punch-out holes to accommodate various faucet sets.
To complete your bathroom remodeling plan and select the right ingredients call Sims Exteriors & Remodeling at 608-825-4500, or email us. We welcome an opportunity to sit down and go over all the options and ideas for the perfect bathroom vanity in your Sun Prairie WI home.