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Little conveniences create optimal bathroom experience

Last time we looked at the basics of designing an ideal bathroom. This time, we'll get down to the fine points of fixtures, hardware and lighting. All of these aspects need to be planned out in detail ahead of time, including the exact placement of bath hardware and lighting fixtures, which many people treat as an afterthought. If space is at a premium, a cabinet-mounted lavatory sink is preferable to a pedestal sink, since it provides both counter space and storage. Either way, though, each lavatory bowl should have a towel bar or ring for face towels and a GFI-protected electrical outlet within arm's reach. The so-called "standard" lavatory sink height of 32 inches dates back to a time when people were much shorter, and nowadays this height is usually too low for comfort. Since this is your bathroom and not Napoleon's, make the lavatory sink high enough to use without having to stoop. If you're using a ready-made lavatory cabinet, consider using a base to raise...

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