At Home: Don’t overlook medicine cabinet when remodeling

Trendy items include anti-slam hinges, customized shelving

When planning your medicine cabinet, start with the basics: how you want to mount the unit and which direction you want the door to open. (Kohler)

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

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, especially 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. Visit or write Always consult local contractors and codes.


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