One of the most frequently used rooms in the home is the bathroom, but it may still not be your top priority when it comes to design. That would be a big mistake. The quality of a bathroom is often the deciding factor when buying a home, and even if you don’t plan on selling anytime soon, a nice bathroom is always going to increase the value of the home. The great thing about a bathroom remodel is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg to do it. Often, all you need is to spruce up your vanity if you already have a good quality toilet and shower. The bathroom vanity is the show stopper in the mix. Here are some things you might want to consider when planning your bathroom remodel.
Redesigning your bathroom vanity
Not all bathrooms include a vanity, but despite the name, bathroom vanities are more than an esthetic element. Vanities have important functional features, such as storage and workspace, and it does create a certain air that a bare sink will not impart.. Even if you have a small bathroom, you can work in a vanity if you plan it right.
If you happen to already have one, then good for you. For your bathroom remodel, however, you should seriously consider putting in a stone countertop.
Stone vanities will definitely give any bathroom a look of elegance, even luxury. The gleam of stone makes the vanity stand out as a feature of interest. It doesn’t have to be very expensive. You can opt for a pre-made vanity if the budget is really tight. However, if you have a little more wiggle room, a custom stone vanity is the best way in which to invest your money, especially if you have a small or odd space with which to work Throw in a good quality stone top and you will up the value of your bathroom past the money you sink into your remodel.
Choosing the right stone for your bathroom is an important one, though. Here are some of the things you need to ask yourself before you start remodeling.
Questions to ask before you remodel
The first question you should ask is how much moisture do you expect to have in the bathroom. The nature of the room presumes at least some moisture, but some bathrooms get more of it than others. A common bathroom, for example, gets a beating when it comes to showers and sink use, while a powder room probably gets a lot less traffic. For each situation, you will need a different type of stone.
Natural stone is typically porous, although some granites are much less so than others, and definitely less porous than marble. If you expect heavy use of your vanity top, you might want to consider quartz stone. On the other hand, you could also seal granite or marble to protect it from moisture if you prefer natural stone anyway. For powder rooms and guest bathrooms, you could choose any stone you want.
Your second question should be on how cool it looks. It is natural that you would choose a vanity top because of the way it looks, and that’s the biggest advantage of stone tops. Did you know that any kind of stone will outlast any other material? You can place hot irons, sharp objects, and cosmetic products directly on granite and it won’t warp, break, or scratch. The same can be said for quartz stone, but not for marble, which etches and scratches easily. However, such abuse will leave its mark on the stone’s surface, so if you want it to look pristine, you need to be careful with putting it through the wringer.
Lastly, you should find out what stones are currently popular in the market, just in case you decide to sell your home in the future. Stone countertops are usually in style, but you should choose a color and pattern that will not date. Fortunately, most stone top designs are classics, so you should be safe. The same cannot be said for sinks and fixtures, however, so choose wisely.
Finding options for your bathroom vanity will not be a problem. We have a wide array of colors and designs for both natural and quartz stones, so your real problem will be trying not to get dizzy. To help you make the right decision, here are some of the pros and cons of the most popular stone types for bathroom vanities.
For sheer good looks, nothing can beat marble. The look and feel of it imparts understated elegance to any room. Aside from esthetics, marble is still a stone, so it is also functional. Because it is always a few degrees cooler than the ambient temperature, it is a great choice for homes in warm climayes.
• Relatively durable with proper care and maintenance
• Takes a high polish as well as a matte finish equally well
• Incomparable beauty and elegance in any situation
• Relatively expensive, especially exotic stones; typical prices start from $50 per square foot
• Highly porous; stains easily
• Relatively soft; etches and scratches easily
• Requires sealing at all times
Granite is probably the most popular stone used for bathroom vanities, just as it is the usual choice for kitchen countertops. It is very popular because it is the most abundant stone on earth and a very durable one. Granite is an igneous rock, which means it was formed from magma under immense pressure over a long time. It will take a lot to damage granite irreparably, so it is ideal for use in situations of heavy use and abuse. Additionally, no two natural stone slabs are the exactly the same, so you avoid a cracker box look to your bathroom even if you use a standard design. You can legitimately claim that your bathroom vanity top is the only one of its kind.
• Typically light, but also available in many medium and dark colors and patterns
• Relatively affordable compared to other stone types; prices start at $45 per square foot
• Very durable
• Resistant to scratches and stains
• Heat tolerant
• Requires little maintenance
• Long lasting
• Light colored granites are porous and require sealing
• May be hard to find matching slabs
Quartz stone are synthetic, engineered to simulate the look and feel of natural stone. It is comprised in large part (at least 90%) of quartz crystals, and may include recycled materials as well as polymer resin as a binder, and coloring agents. Quartz stones are readily available in many colors and designs under several brand names, the top ones of which include HansStone, MSI, and Stone Design.
• Extremely durable
• Non-porous, so it does not need sealing
• Resistant to scratches, stains, and heat
• Readily available in a wide variety of colors, designs, and thickness
• Requires practically no maintenance
• Heavier than natural stone, so installation may cost more
• More expensive than natural stone, price starts at $60 per square foot
• Possibility of color fading under direct sunlight (dark stones)
• High polish finish shows smudges and fingerprints
• Abrasive materials and caustic chemicals can dull the surface