What You Need to Know about Custom Cabinets and Stock Bath Vanities

July 28th, 2014

Learn everything you need to know about custom cabinets and stock bath vanities!  This is the first step in materializing your bathroom remodeling project.

Custom cabinets offer the highest flexibility but they will cost you the most. Stock vanities come in a variety of sizes with increments of 3″. If you can’t find a stock cabinet that will fit your design, then you can order a custom or semi-custom cabinet to fit the exact dimensions of your layout.  Here’s how you can determine whether or not you should take the custom route.

Custom Bathroom Cabinets


Being that you are at the researching stage in the buying process, I highly recommend checking out the Bathroom Vanities page to learn what to look. There’s tons of great information that is all there for you to read for free!

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10 Solid Wood Bathroom Vanities that Will Last a Lifetime

July 23rd, 2014

Scroll through a list of the top 10 solid wood bathroom vanities from top manufacturers like Virtu USA, Fresca, JWH Imports, and Design Element. Over the years, I’ve notices real wood becoming highly desirable in the market. Rightfully so as the demand for quality products has been met by manufactures who have place an emphasis on timeless pieces.

As you know, water, humidity, and moisture can wreak havoc on your bathroom furniture. Personally, I like to hold onto things for as long as possible; heirloom items if you will. Solid wood vanities are the strongest material for a bathroom vanity. They are typically heavier and also command a slightly higher price.

Top 10 Bathroom Vanities with Solid Wood Construction

1. Naked Lune Single Bathroom Vanity from JWH Imports

The Naked Lune is an all new line from JWH Imports that features a beautiful clear coat finish. I’ve yet to find a vanity like this. Each of these vanities has its own unique pattern and color tone. In this way, no two vanities are the same. Not only does it look gorgeous, it’s made from solid oak hardwoods that are guaranteed to last a lifetime.  Also available with a black glass top.

Naked Lune Solid Wood Bathroom Vanity
Click here to learn more about the Naked Lune Solid Wood Vanity.

2. Caroline Avenue Double Sink Vanity from Virtu USA

Ahh the Caroline Avenue Double Sink Vanity, one of the most popular vanities from the prestigious Virtu USA Collection. This vanity has a pristine finish that is complemented to perfection with an Italian White Carrera Marble countertop. Not to mention, this vanity is safe for the environment using water resistant, low V.O.C sealers that don’t emit toxic emissions like most other vanities that use formaldehyde adhesive glues in the production process.

Virtu USA Caroline Solid Wood Vanity
Click here to learn more about the Caroline Solid Wood Vanity from Virtu USA.

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How to Determine CFM Size for a Bathroom Exhaust Fan

July 21st, 2014

Learn how to calculate CFM for a bathroom exhaust fan! Having the right size for your bathroom is very important! Bathrooms with higher ceilings and larger dimensions require more powerful fans to keep moisture and humidity at appropriate levels.

Bathroom exhaust fans, or extractor fans, come in variety of sizes. Knowing what size bathroom fan you need is easy to calculate. All you need is a tape measure and a calculator. “What size bathroom fan do I need Cheryl?” Here’s how to size a bathroom fan!

IMPORTANT: An extractor fan MUST be routed to the exterior of your home. Make sure your contactor, doesn’t take a short cut and run all that moisture into the attic! Read this to understand why.

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Why Modern Bath Design is Efficient, Accessible, & Safe

July 16th, 2014

I recently came across an article on The Guardian that poked at my curiosity. Lloyd Alter, Managing Editor at Tree Hugger, noted that the modern bathroom is “wasteful and unhealthy.” Although I agree that we still have miles to go, I’d like to highlight the ways in which modern bathroom design has promoted sanitation and responsible use.

The design of the modern bathroom was initiated in order to promote hygiene and reduce plumbing costs. I propose that while the modern bathroom does allow you to use excessively, there are many ways to reduce water consumption in the bathroom. The choice is up to you.

Efficient Bathroom Design

Water Efficiency and Hygiene in the Bathroom

The bathroom; how peculiar is it that this is the place in which we both wash up, and handle our dirty business. It almost seems counter intuitive to have a these two fixtures within a shared vicinity, especially so with open-space bathrooms. Yet and still, this architectural layout was planned for a reason. By placing the toilet, shower, and wash basin in the same room, you would decrease the cost of running plumbing to different areas of the home. Steven Corley Randel did a great piece on Houzz about bathroom measurements that explains this well.

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What’s the Best Material for a Bathroom Vanity Cabinet

July 11th, 2014

Find out what’s the best material for a bathroom vanity cabinet from the Bath Vanity experts at Tradewinds! Choosing the right material is a long-term decision. After all, a typical vanity will be installed for 20 years.

I’ve seen many different materials in the bathroom and many of them were very much under par. People think that price is the only thing to look at but this is the wrong approach to take. Think about the money you’ll have to spend if you end up replacing your cheap vanity when the frame warps.

60 inch Peruga Double Sink Vanity - Cottage

The 60″ Peruga Double Sink Vanity shown in a Cottage finish. Grade A, solid kiln-dried Oak consturction.

2 Reasons Why Your Vanity Needs to Be Built Out of Quality Materials

  1. Moisture and humidity can wreak havoc on a low-quality vanity made from particle board. These conditions can cause your vanity to crack, warp, and discolor over time.
  2. Vanities must be strong enough to support the weight of a heavy countertop. Poor materials will lead to sagging and drooping in the center of your vanity where the countertop and basin are the heaviest. Over time, sagging will worsen. In most cases it won’t collapse completely but it will lead to cracks. The seal between your vanity and it’s top will likely break as well.

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Read This Before You Toss Out Your Shampoo…

July 2nd, 2014

A new study released in by Cone Communications and Johnson & Johnson reveled the reasons why we fail to recycle in the bathroom. The study surveyed respondents in order to discover what’s holding us back from recycling bathroom products. 56% of consumers recycle in the kitchen and around the house; what makes the bathroom so different?

This 2014 Recycling in the Home Survey coincides with the #CaretoRecycle program that has been initiated by Johnson & Johnson. I touched on this back in November 13′. These are the 2 main reasons why we forget or don’t mind to recycle in the bathroom:

  1. Convenience: No recycling bins in the bathroom.
  2. Lack of knowledge.

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MDF or Wood in Bathroom – Bathroom Vanity Blog

June 26th, 2014

Every bath remodeling project encounters the debate between MDF or wood in the bathroom. MDF has built a bad name for itself by many woodworkers and purists. You may be surprised to find out that MDF is actually a good material to use on bathroom vanities. I’ll explain below.

Don’t write off real solid wood vanities either. Real wood is still a great material to use in the bathroom. Humidity plays a large role in the decision to use MDF or Wood in bathroom. According to the NAHB, bathroom cabinets can last a lifetime if properly cared for.  Read the full report here.

MDF or Wood in Bathroom

(Photo Credit: Chalon Handmade)

MDF or Wood in Bathroom? The decision depends on what’s more important to you. Each has advantages and minor disadvantages but they are both fine for use in the bathroom.

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What is the Standard Height of a Bathroom Vanity?

June 24th, 2014

The standard height of a bathroom vanity cabinet is 32″. Bathroom vanities range from 30″-36″ in height. Modern bath cabinets have become taller in recent years in what is known as “Comfort Height Vanities.”

Vanities come in a variety of height arrangements including standard height, comfort height, and vessel sink height. Standard vanity height is often contested and there’s not really a regulated “standard height.” The standard height of a bathroom vanity is determined by averages of the most common heights of bath vanities.

Standard Bathroom Vanity Height

Standard Bathroom Vanity Height is 32″. Vanity countertop height ranges from 30″-36″.

Standard Bath Vanity Height – 32″

Standard bath vanity height is 32″. Generally speaking bathroom vanity countertop height can range anywhere from 30″ -36″. Standard height vanities work well in homes that have young children that may be at a disadvantage while using taller vanities.

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Troubleshooting Gurgling Drains

June 23rd, 2014

Getting to the Root of Gurgling Drains

Help, my shower gurgles when I flush the toilet! Gurgling drains are usually caused by obstructions in the venting system. The gurgling sound is caused by air being forced through water in your drain trap. It’s like pouring milk too quickly (glug, glug glug).

While the gurgling sound often comes from the shower/tub, it can also come from your vanity sink or toilet. Gurgling drains are a sign of improper ventilation of your plumbing system. This post will address the following questions:

  • Why does my sink gurgle when I flush the toilet?
  • Why does my shower drain gurgle when I flush the toilet?
  • Why does my toilet gurgle when I flush?
Gurgling Drain - Underground picture of Bathroom Plumbing

This photo shows what your plumbing looks like underneath the bathroom. You can see the p-trap in plain view. (Photo Credit: Nate Vack)

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Why are American’s Holding Out on the Bidet?

June 18th, 2014

America, Home of the Clean and Land of the Brave. America is known across the world as a prestigious country hailed for a high standard of living and sanitary conditions. Why then, have we yet to adopt the bidet in the bathroom?

Could it be that we’ve become too accustomed to the toilet paper that we stock up on every month? Maybe the idea of washing the rectal area with water seems invasive. Whatever the reason, everyone else is using the bidet and we’re still behind in this area.

Bidet Use in America

Could bidet’s become a part of the American Dream? Image courtesy Tiffany Terry.

What is a Bidet in the Bathroom?

A bidet is a bathroom fixture that shoots out a stream of water to clean your bottom after using the toilet. Okay, maybe stream isn’t the best word for those of your who are squeamish. It gently cleanses your body to help keep your system clean and free of possible infection. No it’s not a water fountain so do not make that dreadful mistake.
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