Raised Height Vanities
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A growing trend in the American master bathroom is the creation and integration of a raised height vanity. As suggested, these are typically found in the master bath as they clearly focus upon the accessibility, function privilege, and aesthetics desired by the adults in the household. Although, it’s quite possible that a homeowner may not be so exclusionary and, instead, opt for these raised height vanities in the common or half-bath furnishings; but, should this be the case, it is likely such decisions were predicated upon pure aesthetics and a thematic mission rather than that of utility!
Raised height vanities are, for the most part, a transcribing of the Victorian era of design. It’s important to note that the styles and fashions displayed in these vanities reach well beyond the Victorian styling and, of course, may be created to suit any defined design requirement. The stylistic origin may be best visualized as the classic ‘dry sink’ model which was replete with a fine china basin and matching water pitcher. As you might remember, or imagine, these were common and remarkable pieces of furniture, found in nearly every home prior to the advent of modern plumbing. Not only were they designed and capable of storing everything associated with the bathroom or hygiene functions, but they were also used to store linens and fine collectibles, or heirlooms.
Fast forward now, to modern times. The raised height vanity translates this ‘dry sink’ modular furniture visual into a permanently affixed bathroom furnishing; and yes, it still looks and functions much like its dry-sink ancestor. The exception here, of course, is that these vanities will come equipped with a fully functioning sink as well as a top surface treatment that is more akin to what is expected in a contemporary bathroom. In modifying the height profile of the vanity from 30” to 36” (typical adjustment), this vanity takes on an entirely new identity and visual. While it is assumed that the height differential could, in fact, deter the servicing of anyone who may require an ‘accessible’ sink feature, it should be clarified that this is simply a matter of styling adjustment. Although the gross height may be higher than typically fashioned, it’s perfectly appropriate to create a centralized drop-down of the sink services—thereby satisfying the accessibility requirement while still adhering to the model of a fine piece of furniture for your bathroom.
The impetus for choosing a raised height vanity is not always storage driven. In other words, that precious six-inch height difference does establish the opportunity for additional drawer or cabinet space; but, realistically, the drive seems to be the flexibility of aesthetics as much as anything else. With a raised height vanity, the vanity itself doesn’t need to be a box that rests upon the bathroom floor but, instead, be suspended above the floor by the visual representation of legs—much like your fine furniture. Given this modular appearance, there’s really no limitation as to the style or thematic direction that a homeowner or designer may choose to influence. In doing so, these raised height vanities can easily become and demand the center of attention in any bathroom configuration. Another consequence of their application, and one worth noting, is that because of their modest increase in height, it seems, the users of these vanities are not so taxed with bending over so far in certain hygiene practices—unless, of course, you happen to be in the NBA!
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