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Bathroom vanity and shower/tub design dilemma

last year

I'm renovating my main bathroom and will keep the same floor plan.

Problem 1: The vanity is right next to the shower/tub combo. I am currently unable to use a shower curtain, only a liner, so I thought of leaving a 3" gap between vanity and tub so I can use and close the shower curtain all the way. My contractor doesn't think this is a good idea. I think I can fit a broom to clean the floor. The vanity will be custom fit to the space and want to install one without legs because that style would be similar to another bathroom in my home.

Problem 2: My current counter is only 15" deep. New vanity counters are usually about 21" deep. This means that when I go to bathe a small child in my tub, I will now lose about 6" and it will be hard to reach the tub faucet handle when on my knees. What can I do about this?

Thank you in advance for your design ideas!

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