His & Her Vanities
His and her master bathroom vanities are very popular right now. When we remodeled our first home I came up with a master bathroom his and her vanity design that we liked so much we built it in the new house also. The picture shows the vanity design that I used in our first home.
The his and her vanity design has two features that I’d like to focus on:
Countertop Supported Cabinetry
Even though we installed recessed medicine cabinets I felt that we needed more storage space. So I came up with an idea that you sometimes see in kitchen designs. We installed a set of three drawers sitting directly on top of the granite counter along with a wall cabinet above the drawers. The drawer cabinet is only 12 inches deep to match the depth of a wall cabinet and leave counter space in front. This set up works great for us, we use the drawers to store tooth brushes, jewelry and other small items. The upper wall unit is great to store things we want out of our children’s reach.
Modified Sink Base Cabinets
The other design technique we used was to modify the sink base cabinets. Typically sink base cabinets have two doors with a false drawer on top to simulate a normal cabinet. The false drawer front creates quite a bit of wasted space. Most cabinet lines allow you to make small design changes. One of those design changes is the ability to “reverse” the cabinet design. Basically that allowed us to have a functional drawer on the bottom of the cabinet with the doors above. If you look closely in the photos you’ll see the drawer down on the bottom of the cabinet. With this small design change you’re able to pick up two additional drawers you wouldn’t otherwise have.
Check with your cabinet designer to see if this feature is available. We did this with Kraftmaid Cabinets and also Thomasville Cabinets. Also you may want to use a Lowes Coupon to save some money on your next remodeling project.