When we originally designed the bathroom layout, I did not plan on making all the cabinetry myself for multiple reasons. Mostly, I was concerned about the amount of time I knew it would add to the project. But, after searching for vanities that would work in the space allotted and fit the overall style, we decided that I was going to have to just go ahead and make them custom. In the end, I’m actually glad we did it this way. We got exactly what we wanted and though it cost time, these are way nicer than anything we could have bought off the shelf. Plus, I guarantee we saved thousands of dollars vs. having them custom made for us.
On a side note, I had all the solid lumber for this project in my shop already. The walnut was from a tree that we cut down on our property in Knoxville, and the oak was from a local sawmill that I frequented when we lived there.
Inspiration And Design
Here’s where I had to get creative. I wanted the areas under the sinks to be as short as I could make them. But I also had to leave enough room for the plumbing traps to fit, since they dip below the height of the stub outs on the wall. So I mocked up one of the traps and used it to adjust the final height of the shelf that divides the under sink area from the drawer below.
Due to the size of the cabinet, I thought building in place would work better than trying to make it in the garage and then move it to the master. Since I was working alone, it would have been tough to get it through the house without damaging the walls, floor or the cabinet itself.
Completing The Look
We were going for clean lines and a timeless modern aesthetic. Though our inspiration dresser is walnut and cherry, the classic wood of Craftsman style is white oak. And white oak and walnut work beautifully together. I picked a sheet of rift-sawn plywood and I laid out the cuts with continuous grain for the doors and drawer fronts.
Making Up Makeup
For the makeup vanity, I mimicked the same walnut base/oak cabinet design, with a few special touches. We knew going in that we were going to do a waterfall edge on this vanity as well as on the shower bench. We found a beautiful slab of white marble that looked like rock salt compressed into sheet form and we wanted to highlight it in the overall design of the bathroom. That meant I had to design a cabinet that had a sturdy right side for the marble to rest against. The space was not wide enough for a set of drawers on the right and still provide adequate leg room, so I designed a “column” on the right.
That’s about it for the master bath. I’ll do a final wrap up in my next post to discuss the finishing touches, but I’m ready to move on.