The bathroom is one of the most functional rooms in the house. But sometimes it ends up being the last room to be decorated and updated.
In fact, because they are usually smaller, some well-thought out improvements and a few quality materials can make a big difference, turning an average room into an intimate masterpiece that you get to experience throughout the day.
Turning an Average Bathroom into a Masterpiece
Opt for a Custom Vanity
It’s easy to make a big statement with your vanity. If you have an average sized vanity (anywhere from 24″ to 60″ or 72″), you will likely be able to find a granite or marble remnant to use.
When Arch City Granite cuts up slabs for kitchens, we often have large pieces left over. These will be less expensive and you don’t need an entire slab, which means you can get a higher-end countertop.
Add a Tub Surround or Shower Cladding
Granite is not just for your counters! Here’s another great way to create a more functional space that also looks incredible: if you have a drop-in tub, you can have a custom surround made from your granite or marble.
If you have a walk-in shower that would have tile on the walls, you can instead choose “cladding,” which is where the wall is covered with a single smooth piece of beautiful granite.
Instead of having to watch grime gathering in your grout lines every time you shower, you can discover new colors and mineral formations as you gaze onto a soothing natural stone.
Shower cladding and tub surrounds can be expensive since they require a lot of stone and labor, but they will last longer than tile.
Adding the Best Type of Countertop for Your Bathroom
Granite remnants for Bathroom projects
Except for the unusually large and luxurious bathroom, most vanity counters can be fabricated from remnants, the large pieces of granite or other stones leftover from bigger projects.
Particularly when it comes to higher-end granites with more unique patterns, remnants rarely match new slabs, meaning that fabricators will usually sell the remnants at a considerably discounted rate.
These beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces are the best way to get a great, affordable vanity top.
Quartz for Bathroom Countertops
Quartz counters are the next most popular choice for vanity counters. They will have the same durability level as granite when installed in bathrooms.
However, your fabricator may not have as many remnants of quartz. The consistency of pattern and color across different quartz styles means that any remaining pieces can be used for future kitchen projects.
If you visit a fabricator who stocks quartz, they can sell you a smaller piece at the normal price rate.
Marble for Bathroom Countertops
White marble and white quartzite are two more popular and dependable choices for vanities. For those who would prefer marble in the kitchen, but are wary of the risks, this is a great place to enjoy a classic like White Carrara Marble.
In the bathroom, there are far fewer risks that an acidic substance or stray knife or heavy pot will be able to damage your marble.
Properly sealed, there’s no reason a white marble can’t stay looking fresh and clean.
Arch City Granite has worked with hundreds of homeowners and contractors in the St. Louis area in installing vanity tops and tub-deck surrounds.
You should be able to pick the right stone for your project from our inventory of more than 100 colors of Granite, Quartz, and Marble slabs in our St. Louis showroom.
In case your project needs only a small portion of a slab or partial slab, we have several beautiful granite remnants at our location.