At Amish Cabinets of Texas, our clients often have many questions about bathroom remodeling. We’re always here to help, so let’s look at some questions we frequently hear.
What is a bathroom vanity?
Technically, the cabinets sitting under your bathroom sink are called vanities. The cabinets have a special name because they work slightly differently than kitchen cabinets.
First, vanities must be able to hold a lot of weight. Many homeowners choose granite countertops or other heavy materials for the vanity top. While kitchen cabinets can handle a lot of weight, they’re designed to have stronger shelving.
In addition, a vanity needs to have an opening at the top and back. The opening at the top is a placeholder for the sink and countertop, while the back space allows the pipes to enter the wall.
What types of vanities are available?
You have many options when you pick a vanity. So, where do you even start? First, consider your needs.
Before you do anything, measure how much room you have. This is THE most critical step. While a longer vanity gives you great storage, it’s not suitable for smaller bathrooms.
Vanities are so helpful when it comes to tucking away items no one wants to see. Plus, many items are cleaners we need to either keep out of reach or find a place to stow. Thankfully, there are many storage options.
On the other hand, if you’d like to store personal care items like a hairbrush, makeup, etc., you may want a design that has drawers. However–and this is a big however–you absolutely must choose the bathroom cabinet layout carefully. Why?
Let’s just say not all bathroom cabinets were designed well. In fact, some vanities don’t allow you to use the drawers because the sink’s piping and water connections are in the way!
This is where a general contractor comes in handy for your home improvement project. If you’ve never replaced a vanity before, it can be challenging to foresee all the problems you may encounter.
There are so many different designs to choose from when it comes to bathroom cabinets. You can choose between traditional style, farmhouse look, antique style, and more for your Katy TX custom vanity.
Further, some vanities now come with foot protection to prevent people from banging up the bottom of the vanity when they wash their hands.
The bad news is your pipes and faucet connections won’t work with all vanity designs. Your current one may be much taller than the new one. Or, the drawers may not be positioned in a way that you could use them.
Further, not all companies cut openings in the back of their vanities to all for plumbing. Or worse, the holes are in an entirely unhelpful position.
Sink and countertop
Your sink and vanity top may not be the same piece. In fact, many homeowners today have a separate counter and sink bowl. So what does that mean?
It means you’ll have to make sure the sink bowl you pick will fit in the vanity and the vanity top that you choose. While that may seem like a breeze, there are some specific measurements.
For example, you’ll need to make sure your faucet connectors will reach the tubing coming out of the wall. If they don’t, you’ll either have to buy new connections or choose another sink.
Another measuring problem is the sink bowl depth. Some sinks sit a lot lower in the vanity than others. So, if you choose a shallower bowl than your current one, it’s possible the piping leading from your sink to the outside world won’t be long enough.
Is it hard to install a vanity?
Yes, it is hard to install a vanity. Even for experienced contractors, the process is a lengthy one. They’ll need to take many measurements to make sure they choose the suitable bathroom cabinets, sink, and countertop to match your plumbing.
Further, they’ll need to find a match that you like. Unfortunately, not all styles on the market will work for everyone’s bathroom design.
Choose an expert to get the best Katy TX custom vanity design
With so many considerations, the best option for vanity replacement is to get a custom design. This offers the benefit of ensuring your new vanity will fit perfectly while simultaneously looking the exact way you want it.
Further, what’s difficult for homeowners is easy for general contractors. Many homeowners try to take on the difficult task of replacing a vanity without realizing how complex it can be. Unfortunately, this often leaves them running to the nearest home improvement store multiple times to fix problems they didn’t predict.
Worst-case scenario, a homeowner may end up needing to turn the water main off while replacing the sink. If the parts you need aren’t in, you’d have to wait for a plumber to come help you out.
Amish Cabinets of Texas designs and installs high-quality, hardwood, custom cabinets for kitchens, bathrooms, and more. We proudly serve our local residents, from Houston to Katy, Texas, and beyond. In addition, we serve our out-of-town customers.
Our team starts each project with a consultation so we can listen to your dream design and discover your project’s needs. Then, we’ll thoroughly design your cabinets and give you an estimate for free.
At Amish Cabinets of Texas, our clients are more than just a paycheck. That’s why we always let you keep your dream design, even if you choose to work with another company.
The next time you’re looking for the best place to install a Katy TX custom vanity, we hope you’ll give us a call.
Fun Facts about Katy, Texas
- Katy’s Heritage Park features restored historical buildings.
- The City’s downtown area is called Old Town Katy and is home to specialty stores, including antique shops.
- Katy is often called a Tree City because there are established trees throughout the city, as well as acres of green space.
For more fun facts, visit the Katy website.