Take a stor­age stand

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bath­rooms are un­doubt­edly su­per-lux­u­ri­ous. The good news is you can eas­ily get your­self a swanky van­ity unit at home with the right amount of space and a rea­son­able bud­get. Here are some easy-to-fol­low tips for re­mod­elling:

Make space

En­sure there is easy ac­cess to the van­ity unit – you should be able to stand at the basin com­fort­ably at all times, even if the shower cu­bi­cle door is open. If you open the cab­i­net doors or draw­ers there should still be plenty of space.

Con­trol costs

It makes sense to keep the sink in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion to avoid the ex­pen­sive process of rerout­ing pipes and re­lo­cat­ing drains, which means you can spend more on the ac­tual van­ity unit and fit­tings.

Create per­fect har­mony

If your bath­room is tra­di­tional, go for a deep round sink with brass­fin­ished taps. Look for cab­i­nets and coun­ter­tops with lac­quered wood ve­neers. If your bath­room is mod­ern or fu­tur­is­tic, opt for glass sinks, sleek coun­ter­tops and space-age faucets. De­cide how much stor­age you need. Con­sider roll-out draw­ers, slid­ing shelves and cab­i­net or­gan­is­ers. If you like to keep a lot of items out, you can use the coun­ter­top to store your cos­metic bot­tles and brushes.

No splashes

The van­ity area will of­ten be hu­mid and wet, so use suit­able ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes. For the basin, vitre­ous china is a great op­tion. Think sealed wood ve­neers, lam­i­nates, ther­mo­foil and glass for coun­ter­tops and cab­i­nets. No mat­ter the style of van­ity unit, you shouldn’t ig­nore light­ing. Sconces placed ei­ther side of the mir­ror will en­sure a clean, clear re­flec­tion, while fix­ing lights in­side your cab­i­net will make look­ing for things eas­ier.

Basin styles

There are sev­eral types of van­i­ties on the mar­ket in­clud­ing a

Pedestal Basin, which stands on a nar­row col­umn and is good for small spa­ces, but has few stor­age op­tions;

Wall-mounted (or con­sole) Basin, which is fixed to the wall, wheelchair­friendly and good for small ar­eas; and

Full Van­ity Set, which com­prises of a sink/ basin, faucet, coun­ter­top, cab­i­net, mir­ror and light­ing.

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