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5 Tips for Creating a Radiant Master Bathroom Remodel

December 17th, 2014

By Stephanie Cernivec

Remodeling projects require time, money and effort, which is why many homeowners choose their renovation after some careful thought. They want a return on their investment when they sell the house as well as new home features that benefit them immediately. A good number of homeowners decide to upgrade their bathrooms because people spend a lot of time in these spaces, and they are an important feature for buyers. Of course, there’s still the question of: Which bathroom gets the new look? According to a survey conducted by Houzz, 60 percent of people who renovate a bathroom choose the master.

Heated Bathroom Flooring

Come up with a plan before you begin to renovate the master bathroom so that the finished product will reflect your personal tastes and meet your needs. Here are a few considerations to help you with the process:

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What is the Standard Depth of a Bathroom Vanity?

December 15th, 2014

Standard depth of a bathroom vanity is 21″. This measurement is taken from the front of the cabinet to the rear of the cabinet and does not include any overhang of the countertop. This addresses the question regarding standard depth of a vanity minus the countertop.  Standard measurement does not include the countertop so there is no need to subtract the countertop overhang. Bath vanities typically range between 20″-23″ with shallow depth vanities also available for narrow bathroom layouts.

Although the Standard Height of a Bathroom Vanity can vary, there is generally a higher consensus on the standard depth of a bathroom vanity. According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, “The standard depth is 21” to the front of the box plus the thickness of doors and drawers. Some vanity cabinets used in small baths will be as little as 18” or 16”.”

You can find a forum discussion on the topic at Do It Yourself and a confirmation on from Elaine Martin Petrowski from This Old House.

How to Shop for Bathroom Vanities by Depth

Follow the steps below to shop for vanities by depth:

  1. Visit this page to shop for vanities by size.
  2. Click on the width rang you would like to shop for.
  3. On the next page, There will be a column on your left hand sidebar that will allow you to select the depth of the cabinet.

For further assistance with this feature, please call 1-888-900-0477 or send us an email.

Tips for Deciding on the Depth of Your Vanity

Say for example you have a vanity with 21″ depth and a 22″ countertop. Your depth would be 21″ with a 1″ overhang. Installing a slim vanity can increase open floor space and make small bathrooms look bigger. You can find narrow bathroom vanities with depth dimensions as low as 8 inches.

A Collection of Standard Depth Bathroom Vanities

The following vanities are all Standard Depth (exactly 21″) and receive Free Shipping.  Enjoy Zero Sales Tax on orders outside of CA.

Single Sink Vanities Standard Depth

Worotan Gray Bathroom Vanity

The 36″ Worotan Single Bath Vanity. $1,495.00.

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RTA Cabinets vs Assembled Cabinets

December 5th, 2014

Getting ready for a big bathroom remodel and you may be thinking to yourself, “I can handle this” but in the back of your mind you may be thinking, “Am I getting in over my head.” Ready-to-Assemble Cabinets or RTA Cabinets are an option to manufactured cabinets that arrive fully assembled.

Are they really that hard to assemble? Will I run into any problems? Is it really as easy as they say it is? Surely all of these sobering questions have run through your head. Here’s the run down on what you should know about RTA Cabinets.

RTA Cabinets vs Assembled Cabinets

Photography by Scott Lewis.

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Framed vs Frameless Bath Cabinets: What’s the Difference?

December 3rd, 2014

One of the main issues that you’re going to encounter when shopping for bath (and kitchen) cabinets is the debate between framed and frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets dominated the market in the past but frameless cabinets have become much more desirable in recent years. Frameless cabinets are characteristic of European style cabinetry and are sometimes even referred to as European Cabinets.

The difference between a framed cabinet and a frameless cabinet is the face frame. A face frame is a frame that is affixed to the front of the cabinet. Imagine a cabinet without doors attached. The face frame is added to the front of the box cabinet to create a lip. This face frame adds strength and style to the front of the cabinet.

Frameless Bathroom Cabinets

Frameless Bathroom Cabinets

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How to Make a Bathroom Vanity Taller

November 24th, 2014

Raising a bathroom vanity can accomplished in several ways. Whether you have back problems or would just like your basin to be a raised a few inches, it is possible for you to raise your vanity to a height that is more comfortable and easy to use.

A short bathroom vanity can lead to a hunched back and extreme discomfort for taller individuals. When people want to raise their vanity, it’s most commonly because their existing vanity is 30″-32″. This was common in older homes built prior to the post-war boom where parents shared a restrooms with their children in 2/1 bedroom & bath combinations.

How to Raise a Bathroom Vanity

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  1. Standard Height Bathroom Vanity – 32″
  2. Comfort Height Bathroom Vanity – 36″ and up
  3. Vessel Sink Bathroom Vanity Height – 30″

If you don’t have a bathroom vanity with adjustable legs, you can raise your bathroom cabinet by using one of these methods.
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Integrated Sink Bathroom Vanities Inspired by Design

November 21st, 2014

Bathroom vanities with integrated sinks have gained popularity with a distinct sense of appeal and unique design. Integrated sinks blend the wash basin with the countertop into a single one-piece top that is attached directly to the cabinet.

Many of these sinks offer curved and modular designs that blend with the facade of the cabinet with smooth lines that are only made possible with the molding of the basin. Integrated sinks are wonderful in the bathroom because they are easy to clean and offer a change to something new.

Integrated Sinks for Bathroom

Integrated sinks are different from undermount sinks in that the sink and the countertop are one piece. With an undermount sink, the basin is mounted (attached) beneath the countertop often giving it the appearance that it is part of the countertop.

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5 Dogs Using the Bathroom Bring a Whole New Meaning to Doggy Business

November 19th, 2014

Dogs just do the darndest things and these pups, will put a smile on your face or make you wonder if they’re really humans.

We’ve compiled a list of the funniest dogs doing just plain strange things in the bathroom. From dogs getting pampered in the wash basin to dogs that are a little too thirsty, you’ll be amazed at what some of these guys can do. Try training your dog to use the toilet like the one in #3. This one one talented dog!

1. The look of nonchalance. Looks like this isn’t his first rodeo.

Dachshund Taking a Bath in the Wash Basin
Source: Gian Franco Morini

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11 Facts About Medieval Hygiene that Will make You Thankful for the Modern Bathroom

November 19th, 2014

As modernists, we like to think of ourselves as civilized, efficient, and forward thinking. Looking at the way that people used to use the bathroom in times of past will reinforce this notion. To think that we were so apalled when we found out that toilet seat liners don’t work. These fun facts will make a port-a-potty first class.

This will address some of the claims that the modern bathroom is inefficient. Although it’s not perfect, let’s take a look at how far along the bathroom has come. Warning, you don’t want to read this before you eat or even use the bathroom.

Herstmonceux Medieval Festival

This is not what it was like in Medieval Times. (CC)

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Designing a Bathroom That’s Safe for Senior Citizens

November 13th, 2014

When you get older, simple things like getting in and out of the shower can become a struggle. Universal design becomes more and more important as we get older. Suddenly, you and you’re loved ones are forced to think about things that you probably took for granted at one point in your life. Designing a universal bathroom design that lends itself to easy accessibility and full functionality will improve your overall quality of life.

Greg Cantor from Murray Lampert Design brings up an important point; buying a home is a lifelong commitment. Sooner or later, you will have to make some changes to accommodate your aging body. 90% of senior citizens said they would stay in their homes if they could. Why not design a bathroom that you can use for the rest of your life? Today, we’re going to show you how to design a bathroom that is safe for seniors and those with disabilities.

Accessible Bathroom Design

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Fact: 14% of bathroom injuries take place on the toilet.

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Pedestal Sink vs Vanity: 3 Things to Consider

November 12th, 2014

Making the decision between a pedestal sink and a traditional bathroom vanity has some large implications. This decision will completely shape the functional and visual experience of guests in your home. Pedestal sinks are ideal in powder rooms and half baths while small vanities are the option of choice when you need storage in a small space.

You can read this Bathroom Vanity Buying Guide for even more detailed information. It’s a very comprehensive guide put together by myself and it will take you through each step of the process. You can also flip through this slideshow if this helps you stay focused longer!

3 Things to Ask Yourself

  1. Do you need storage space? If you need storage, pedestal sinks will not work.
  2. Do you want a traditional or modern styling. Pedestal sinks have a simple and traditional feel but the don’t offer any decorative options.
  3. Will this be used in the primary or secondary bathroom? For the primary bathroom that’s used on a daily basis, vanities work better.

John posed this question on Young House Love a while ago. As you scroll through the pages of comments, you’ll realize this is a hotly debated item with staunch proponents for both styles.

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