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Old 06-21-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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We have a GC who will be starting on my Grandpa's bathroom. My Grandpa is 90 and we while he is not in a wheelchair, we are looking to the future and are trying to make it fairly accessible. Instead of going with my idea of taking a regular vanity cabinet, taking out the floor and installing a pocket door system to move the doors if he is in a wheelchair, my mom wants to install a floating vanity similar to what is pictured.

I will be hanging out to keep an eye on what is done during construction as I know a bit more than my mom, however I know nothing about building and supporting a vanity. She is planning on having a nice stained piece of wood around the bottom (until she changes her mind) instead of the tile.

Can anyone give me an idea of what the process will be so I will have an idea of what the GC will be doing so I will know if he is doing something wrong?

I will also see if I can draw up the basic floor plan as well. The vanity will have a wall on the left and the toilet will be on the right.
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Really there is no wrong way to do it per say. If I was doing it, I would have bracing that goes continuously from the front of the vanity into the wall to the back of the wall cavity and is secured to the studs behind the wall so the uplift force when someone leans on it is countered. All you can really do is let the G.C. do what he does and if it fails have him come back out and fix it. If you are worried about it you can always have him draw it out for you and look over it. Text or mail with any questions...

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Old 06-21-2011, 02:26 PM   #3
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One really good thing is the wall behind the vanity will be unfinished so it can easily be accessed from the other side
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That should make it very easy for the gc to do what ever he needs to do. Good job.

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There are a dozen ways to do this incorrectly and a few to do it right.
Welding "L" brackets and bolting them to the studs will give you the support you need. You would incorporate the slab with the sink and bolt it to the metal.
The number of brackets and their size would be determined by the size of the vanity top and the potential projected downward force.
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There are tons of correct ways to do it. General contractor typically won't do it incorrectly.

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There are tons of correct ways to do it. General contractor typically won't do it incorrectly.
That's right, out of the box scenarios are rarely screwed up by contractors.
You want to quote Mike Holmes again?
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That's right, out of the box scenarios are rarely screwed up by contractors.
You want to quote Mike Holmes again?
You really do have a vendetta against me don't you?
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I'm actually more worried about the trench drain he is going to put in, but I feel better that he told us he hasnt installed one before.
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You really do have a vendetta against me don't you?
A good 1/3 of my business is fixing previous contractors screw ups.
It has nothing to do with you, it has to do with almost 30 years experience in the remodeling business seeing crap done by idiots who supposedly are licensed contractors.
My point of reference isn't a TV show.

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