Plumber: Don’t forget medicine cabinet in new bathroom

Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

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

Dear Peter: Lots of effort usually goes into choosing fixtures such as 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 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