This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms. To access the lead post, please select the link in the prior sentence.
This post is also part of a short sub-series about the phrases of remodeling projects.
Why do I describe the installation of the vanity, countertop, sink, and faucet as a “phase” of your bathroom remodel?
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Simply because they all go together and are installed together, typically on the same day.
From the perspective of the building inspector, the only parts that really matter are:
- Is the incoming water done properly?
- Is the drain done properly?
- Is the vanity properly bolted to the wall?
Lumping all these items together as a phase is merely a convenience.
However this does bring up one interesting question which is not truly significant in the overall scheme of things, but does need to be decided.
What do you install first, the vanity or the flooring? Let’s assume a tile floor. Do you tile under the vanity or do you install the vanity and tile up to the vanity?
There are two considerations:
1) Will the extra 1/2 inch of height mess things up? If it will, you have no choice, you tile up to the vanity.
2) Are you likely to want to change the vanity in a few years? If you think you will, it may make sense to tile under the vanity. That way if the vanity in the future has a smaller footprint, the tiles does not need to be redone. Alternatively you can get a cabinet style vanity that sits on four feet now, which requires flooring underneath it.
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