Start by deciding if you want a recessed unit or a surface-mounted wall-hung cabinet, and if a right-hand or left-hand door-swing would be more convenient.

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Q: We are planning to do a bathroom-remodel job this spring, and we wanted to ask you what you feel is the most overlooked item when planning a new bathroom.

A: Lots of effort usually goes into choosing fixtures like toilets, faucets and tubs when planning a new bathroom. But there is another fixture to think about that I feel is just as important and often overlooked: the medicine cabinet. It’s especially true nowadays when a lot of new features are available.

When planning your medicine cabinet, start with the basics. Decide if you want a recessed unit or a surface-mounted wall-hung cabinet. Also, decide if a right-hand or left-hand door-swing would be more convenient.

Finally, look for quality construction with some cool features built into your medicine cabinet. Hot items include frameless mirrored doors with internal LED lighting, anti-slam hinges, customized shelving, internal charging stations, and water-resistant finishes and trim.

Bottom line: A good medicine cabinet can be just what the doctor ordered to create the perfect bathroom.

 

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.