The Plumber: Look into a modern bathroom mirror

By Ed Del Grande
Tribune News Service

Dear Ed: I value your opinions. We’re looking to do some bathroom updates and since we have plenty of vanity storage I was thinking of a new trendy mirror in place of our existing medicine cabinet. What type of mirror do you think can work for us?

— Claire, Virginia

A bathroom makeover will go much more smoothly with a written contract that has everything spelled out.

Dear Claire: I’ve done articles on bathroom sink mirrors over the years and trendy mirrors are a hot topic. Some homeowners enjoy the mirror-only concept in place of having to open and close a medicine cabinet door while trying to get ready.

With that in mind, many of today’s bathroom mirrors have had a complete makeover from the mirrors of the past. Aside from frameless designs, another exciting trend is having bright LED lighting strips that are actually built into the mirror. This modern lighting feature can be controlled with a dimmer switch to set a relaxing evening mood as well.

Another nice option can be pivoting side mirrors on each side of the middle mirror section. The side mirrors can easily direct the light and reflections to capture your updated bathroom beauty and your own natural beauty from any angle.

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