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September 2014

 

The bathroom is one of the busiest rooms in your home and it is important to be organized! The request we hear from most of our customers is “How do I get a vanity with more storage?” Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps us figure out where to put all of our stuff in the bathroom in this month’s expert blog!

 

 

Vanities are a big decision. They need to be functional but can also be a main focal point in the bathroom. How do I even begin to make this decision?

 

At Splashes, we have many furniture and vanity suppliers from Ronbow, Robern, Duravit, American Standard and Duval. Each showroom has different items on display around the province, but we all have the catalogs for you to review.  As you know this will be a focal point, choosing the colour to best complement your room is important. We have vanities in many colour such as Glossy White, Cherry, Steel Grey, Vintage Honey and even Glass that has a full range of options!  Start with a colour theme in the bathroom, are you doing a cool bright white room? If so, maybe a shade of grey is what will suit the palette.  

Some items are ready to ship, as we can't keep all the choices at our warehouse, and some are 4-8 weeks away. So be aware of this if you have a tight renovation timeline.      

 


What is new and unique that I can look for?

Our Robern vanities are available in Digital Wood that feature a glass front with a pattern on the back of different grains of wood that shows through. This is a great way to add uniqueness to your room while keeping it durable for easy clean up. They have matching mirrors and cabinets to coordinate the look. Inside some of their units you can have electrical plugs for the hairdryer, or above for the toothbrush.  Some have towel bars on the side for easy access to help keep you tidy! 

 

 

 

What are my options in vanities for the most doors and drawers to optimize my storage?


Ronbow is a great option for optimizing space as you need it with their modular units. Using good quality Canadian wood construction you can choose on vanity with cupboard space with both drawers and doors. You can also choose two 24” vanities with various size “bridges” to put the two together from a 60” unit with one continuous top and a 12” shelf.   There are pullouts that fit the "little" things so well, and this keeps everything in its place and a place for everything. You can plan out where the doors will open, if it is against a wall in a tight corner, maybe a pull out drawer is a better choice. As long as you know the sizes and style, we can show you a solution.

 

 

What about the top and sink options for these vanities?

 

Most of our vanities will have two or three choices for the sinktop.  It may be a granite top, with an undermount sink or a sink that covers the entire vanity in a smooth ceramic style. 

If you are looking for a well-priced choice, we have units from Duval Bathworks. These are sweet and simple vanities that we sell exclusively. The vanities and tops typically fall under $400 so all you would need to add is the bathroom faucet.



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Do you find this expert advise helpful? Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions. 

 



August 2014

 

The summer is already coming to a close. After the kids go back to school, perhaps your fall plans include updates to your home – let us help! Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres helps us to look at some sink specifics in this month’s expert blog!

 

 

I need a simple bathroom sink upgrade. Isn’t the sink sizing standardized 21” x 17”?

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If it is time to update the bathroom sink, there are a myriad of choices!  Most homes start out with a drop in sink that is oval and 21" left to right and 17" front to back. They sit on the top of a vanity with a counter top which may be of a laminate material. There is a hole roughly cut into the top and the sink covers this.

 

Yorkdale Sink AmStdEven if your sink is 21" x 17", the hole may not me a true oval so you might have to buy a bigger sink to accommodate an odd shape. One sink that "fits" these requirements is the Ellisse from American Standard as it is just slightly bigger all around. 

 Ellisse Sink American standard

If you can’t find something to fit your needs, bring your measurements into the showroom and ask one of our consultants, they may be able to find the perfect fit with another manufacturer that you didn’t know about.

 

 

How do I know what bathroom faucet to choose for my upgrade?

 

The holes for the faucet are pre drilled to accommodate the faucet hookups.  The three main styles are single hole, three holes close together (often called mini spread or 4"cc- from center to center), and three holes farther apart (often called widespread with the holes 8"cc).

 

 

If you are updating the faucet as well as the sink, make certain that the sink has all three configurations, or you may be back to the store to buy something to fit the faucet you fell in love with!!

 

 

How much should I splurge to get more than the basic option in my bathroom?

 

If you are ready to commit to a bigger renovation project, then it may be time to think about an upgrade to your counter or vanity including perhaps an undermount sink or a built in sink in the counter top.

 

 

The usual suspects are clean ovals or rectangles, but there is a sink out there for every one! Ask your showroom consultant if they can find something unique for you.

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The picture attached is a glass Ronbow undermount sink which needs a solid counter of Granite, to be able to install properly.  This Ronbow sink has great colour and can be put under the counter, or above as a vessel sink.  Each new sink has its own best fit with the faucet, but there are no strict rules when it comes to designing your oasis.

 


Ask your Questions

 

Do you find this expert advice helpful?  Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.