This week I installed a vessel sink and a vanity, replacing a traditional vanity and sink. Wow, is this thing ever gorgeous! But if everyone starts to buy them maybe they won’t be so special anymore.
Buy Vessel Sink and Vanity
One reason is that you’re probably NOT going to see a rush on these things anytime soon is the cost. Give me a break, these things are really expensive. Of course, any nice vanity and sink is going to be pretty expensive. Nice is the operative word here. So much of what’s in the home centers a junk and look like crap in five years.
Okay anything nice is going to cost you a pretty penny, as the saying goes. And as the saying goes, so goes the dollar bills out of your wallet. But if you care about what your place looks like, you’re going to buy something that’s made of good materials. Definitely steer clear of vinyl covered vanities. In a bathroom with the humidity it’s really bad, and for that matter they are junk where ever you put them.
Love Retro Style
A vessel style sink has a general appearance similar to a ceramic or porcelain bowl placed on top of a piece of wood furniture. Then a faucet is placed alongside of the bowl, off to one side.
But some of my clients want a vessel style sink in the bathroom. I think it’s a retro and traditional look going back to the 19th century and before. You can get a faucet that has a handle reminiscent of well pump. You’ve seen them I’m sure. Placing the faucet alongside really fits this design into the days log cabins, and I think it’s a desire for a simpler way of life. Good luck on that!
A La Cart Means Quality
The “normal” vanities you buy usually have sinks molded in polymer. But these vessel styles are usually metal covered with porcelain or just a nice hammered metal. I love all the new sink styles that are coming out and particularly for the kitchen, but they’re always more difficult to install though.
The molded polymer sinks have an integrated counter top, molded one piece. The holes are also molded into place. These come in varying qualities and they usually stain easily. Granite will also stain if it’s not sealed regularly, like at least one a year. Quartz you don’t have to seal, but costs a lot more.
Vessel Sink Installation
So, if you get a granite top for your new bathroom vanity design you’re going to have the top installer drill holes for the exact placement of your bowel and faucet. This isn’t really a problem if you have all these items on-hand when the countertop installers arrive. But I think you can see that’s it going to cost your more all the way around. But the holes are included in the price of the new granite countertop.
So usually you’re going to buy the vanity and top separate along with the bowl and a faucet. But they are starting to come out with prefab stuff for even this now. Please watch the quality on these prefab step-ups or in 5 years you’ll be sorry.
Also, one more thing, if this is retrofit (no pun intended) into an existing bathroom be aware that a vessel style installation will have a lower vanity counter height than your former vanity. That could potentially leave you with a 6-inch gap to the existing backsplash. Of course, nothing is ever goes really all that easy anyway, so you’ll figure something out. Enjoy!
See my Remodeling page for some more ideas.