Keys to Selecting the Perfect Vanity

A well-sized and properly positioned vanity can make or break a bath’s look, feel and functionality. The key factors to consider when selecting a vanity include:

  • style and aesthetic preferences
  • the materials used to make the vanity
  • counter top material
  • desired number of sinks/bowls
  • placement
  • storage space required
  • existing infrastructure and available space

When selecting a bath vanity for the master bath, powder room or any other bathroom in the Upper Valley, the pieces should complement the home’s existing décor. While there is a benefit to adding an occasional piece or accent that contrasts stylistically, putting a modern European vanity in the powder room of a Victorian home would seem awfully out of place.

Vanities made specifically for bathrooms account for fixtures and plumbing, and they are crafted with moist environments in mind. The height of the vanity influences plumbing fixtures needed to meet your goals. For example, vanities that are less than 34 inches tall are best suited for a vessel-style sink.

Another critical factor in selecting a vanity is the finish used to seal and decorate the cabinet. Finish refers both to the process used to seal the wood and the materials used to change the appearance of the wood. Finishes used to seal bath vanities can withstand moist and humid environments.

The counter top selected for the bath needs to account for functional and practical considerations. Bathroom counter tops come into contact with nail polish remover, cosmetics,

toothpaste, shaving cream, hygiene products, hairdryers, curling irons and more! Many bath products can damage a counter top that is not appropriately sealed or not made to withstand abuses that occur in the daily use of the bathroom.

Aesthetically, we advise our clients in the Upper Valley to pick a counter top before selecting tile or other floor and wall covering materials. It’s generally easier to match surfacing materials, e.g., tile, stone, wood, to a unique counter top material or design than the other way around. The goal is to select materials that compliment, as opposed to compete, with one another.

Most of our clients the Upper Valley select a vanity that features two bowls. With two bowls, those using the bath have their own space.  Separate grooming stations make it easy for multiple people to prepare for the day at the same time. However, in bathrooms where space is at a premium, a double bowl vanity might not be possible. The size of the vanity should work in the area. You don’t want to order a vanity that blocks doors or limits movement if the cabinet drawers and doors are open.

A well-designed bathroom is an organized bathroom. To maximize the efficiency of a bath, homeowners in the Upper Valley should identify the products and accessories that they use daily, e.g., curling iron, hairdryer and cosmetics. This exercise helps you determine what needs to be stored and identify possible storage locations inside and outside of the vanity cabinet.

The existing infrastructure also can influence the type of vanity you select and its placement. If you want to replace what exists in the same location, selecting a vanity of similar size should not create issues. However, if you need to reconfigure plumbing, electrical and ventilation, that could add to construction costs if not accounted for in the initial planning phases.

If you would like additional information on how to select the perfect vanity for your bath, please call our showroom at 603-448-9700 or visit us at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH.

Maintaining Your Kitchen

Maintaining Your Kitchen

Regular maintenance of your new kitchen will increase the useful life of cabinets, appliances, faucets, back splashes and hardware and also enhance your enjoyment of the space. We always ask clients in the Upper Valley how often they plan to cook, entertain and eat in their new kitchen. We also ask what other activities regularly take place in the kitchen. Other variables to consider include who will clean the kitchen and how much time and effort you want to keep your kitchen spotless. We consider all of this information to develop a road map for specifying the right flooring, counter tops, back splashes, walls, appliances, plumbing and fixtures for you.

Cabinets attract grease, spills, and fingerprints and require regular care to maintain their look and feel. Inset doors require more care, maintenance and effort to clean than their flat panel counterparts. Inset doors feature recesses and grooves where dirt, grease and dust can more easily accumulate.

White kitchens remain the most popular according to a recent Houzz study. White offers an unlimited palette to add pops of color, incorporate metallic tones and make unique design statements with textures, materials and contrasts. White cabinets are also easier to maintain than those with dark paints or stains because darker colors show dust and fingerprints. Scratches and nicks in stained cabinets are easier to fix than those on painted cabinets.

The type of wood finish also affects maintenance requirements. Oak, hickory, beech and other species where the grain shines through are less likely to show stains and scratches.

Ceramic and porcelain tile are easier to maintain than wood or stone floor coverings. Ceramic and porcelain floor coverings are moisture-, stain- and scratch-resistant. You never need to seal ceramic or porcelain, but hat’s not the case with stone.

Due to its durability and aesthetic, stainless steel has become a kitchen staple for appliances, counter tops, sinks and range hoods. But, as much as we’d like it to be true, it turns out stainless steel is a misnomer.

Stainless steel is highly susceptible to water stains and fingerprints. Additionally, dirt, grease, grime and dust can cause your stainless steel surfaces to rust if they regularly cleaned. It’s not difficult to keep your stainless-steel sinks and surfaces in top-notch condition with daily maintenance and proper cleaning agents.

Quartz is a virtually maintenance-free counter top material, and that is one of the reasons more homeowners in the Upper Valley are making quartz the number one counter top material for their new kitchens. Quartz is scratch- and stain-resistant and can be cleaned easily with soap and water.

Are you leaning toward painted cabinets and walls? A popular and easy to maintain choice is a satin finish due to its durability and ability to absorb light. Semi-gloss paint is a smart choice for baseboards and trim due to its ability to resist moisture damage, stains and scratches better than other paint finishes.

Brushed finishes for cabinet hardware, faucets and other components are popular because they hide fingerprints and water spots much more effectively than polished finishes or chrome.

What finishes will work best in your new dream kitchen? Give us a call at 603-448-9700 or visit our showroom at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH and let us help you spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying your home.

In your Laundry Room Wrinkled?

Laundry rooms are often treated as the C52B265B-A7F4-2948-22F640D4F4713FC7_blogimgpoor stepchild of the home. It’s a place that sees lots of traffic and activity. Shouldn’t it be as nice as every other room in your home? We think so. That’s why we have team members in our showroom who specialize in laundry room design using the same skill sets, quality of materials and budget guidelines Continue reading “In your Laundry Room Wrinkled?”

Cabinet Construction

Most of our clients begin their kitchenC4227802-C0F4-D5C9-503DEE16EEEA2E47_blogimg remodel with cabinets. There is almost an unlimited number of choices that can meet any aesthetic and budget need. You may have already encountered industry nomenclature that describes cabinet options as stock, semi-custom and custom. Did you know that those terms refer to the different production methods Continue reading “Cabinet Construction”

The Five Steps Involved In a Kitchen Renovation

To help you better prepare to renovate your kitchen, 0D933E07-9783-6CC6-927086A87346E893_blogimg.jpgreduce your anxiety and familiarize yourself with kitchen makeover processes, our showroom typically uses a five-step approach to a kitchen renovation.
Step 1 is the initial meeting in our showroom. Our designers want to get to know you, what you like, Continue reading “The Five Steps Involved In a Kitchen Renovation”

Use Color to Create Value

The color scheme that you select for your new kitchen or bath impacts not only your enjoyment and use of two of the most CC_8010important rooms in your home, but it can also affect your home’s value. We know that black and white schemes enable our customers to make distinctive design statements in their home. Red-tones turn heads and our clients who opt for green enjoy and appreciate its relaxing qualities. Continue reading “Use Color to Create Value”