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Since grooming is the main task at the vanity, it’s important to have plenty of surface area to put things down. While the his-and-her double sink configuration has been popular in the past, it often makes sense to have a single sink and more counter space. Couples I work with usually realize that the second source of water is less important than the additional countertop,” says Carolyn Cheetham, president of Design Works by Cheetham in Alberta, Canada. Besides maximizing the counter space, opting for a single sink vanity saves you the expense of the second sink and faucet. And eliminating a set of plumbing expands the available storage space inside the vanity.
Your fixtures are going to take up space, so choose them with care. You may opt for a vanity style sink with a cabinet underneath for storage. But if you find that you don’t require storage space under your sink, consider a pedestal sink. It has a sleek, clean look and takes up less space than a vanity style sink. If you do need under-the-sink storage space, go for a single rather than a double vanity.
Here is what the Master Bath looked like when the home was up for sale. It’s a very spacious room measuring about 17′ deep by 12′ wide. It has tall ceilings and a skylight. The main problems for the new homeowners was the short cabinet height, poor lighting, outdated shower and tile. The previous homeowners had done a lot of remodeling but had yet to tackle the bathroom. Our plan was to replace the vanities, the vanity tops, add lighting, put in a new tub, re-tile the shower and tub surround, paint and add trim molding, and add new hardware. We wanted to do all of this while keeping the same footprint of the bathroom.
You can see in the pictures that we had added crown molding. We did this when we first moved in when we thought that we would just freshen the room up a bit by removing the wallpaper and giving it a new coat of paint. However, that wallpaper was applied with 1967 wallpaper glue, which will not be removed without a major fight. So we never painted the crown and it went to the large dumpster in the sky along with the rest of the carnage once demo was complete. But I digress, so back to the tour. Here is the view of the sink from inside the shower.