It has been said by real estate experts that the bathroom is second only to the kitchen in terms of importance in a home. When people go house hunting, they want to see modern baths with up-to-date fixtures and extra design features. So why do we keep settling for the boring sinks and vanities of days gone by? Why does every sink and vanity look like the next one?
Manufacturers continue to churn out standard pedestal and basin sinks along with vanities that fail to inspire for their plainness. But there is another option. You do not have to settle for a boring sink and vanity for your bathroom remodel. Instead, consider a custom concrete sink designed and installed by a functional artist.
Salt Lake City’s Modern Craftsman is just one functional art studio whose services include concrete sinks. They say that concrete is versatile enough to accommodate just about anything. If you can dream it, a functional artist can design and build it.
More Than Just Basins
Most of us understand the bathroom sink as a shallow basin installed in a vanity or resting atop a pedestal. In almost every case, the bathroom sink is white. It might be made of porcelain, fiberglass, or some sort of plastic composite. Either way, there isn’t much to the standard basin sink.
When you go with a custom concrete design, you have so many more options. Here are just a few of them:
- Barrel Sinks – A barrel sink resembles the inside of a barrel in terms of its shape. It is a concave sink, usually narrow but long. If you can imagine cutting a piece out of a barrel and installing it in a vanity, you get the idea.
- Bowl Sinks – A bowl sink is designed to give the appearance of a large bowl either sitting atop a counter or sunk into a vanity.
- Ramp Sinks – The ramp sink is quite popular right now. It is so named because it slopes downward, like a boat ramp. Water flows down the ramp and exits through a series of small slits built into the bottom of the unit.
- Wave Sinks – A wave sink is a shallower and less rounded version of the barrel sink. It is a more appropriate choice when you don’t want the bathroom sink to be too prominent.
If none of these four styles appeals, custom shapes are not out of the question. Again, a functional artist can bring to life just about anything you can imagine. Concrete can be formed into an endless number of shapes. You can also customize color, finish, and texture.
A Whole Concrete Bath
Does a concrete bathroom sink intrigue you? If so, do not be surprised when the installation of your new sink inspires you to order a custom concrete tub or shower. Your new sink could end up being the foundation of a whole concrete bathroom.
Custom concrete tubs are every bit as appealing as concrete sinks. And as long as you are replacing tub and sink, you might just as well take a look at concrete wall panels, too. Even concrete flooring is on the table.
The beauty of concrete is in its simplicity. Concrete is a fundamental building material with its roots in ancient civilizations. Yet it is by no means complicated. It is easy to work with, easy to look at, and very modern in its appeal. So no, you do not have to settle for a boring sink and vanity. Set aside those mass-produced pieces and open your mind to concrete.