Door in the way of vanity, plus tub length question
First time poster! I've browsed these forums a lot looking for help, tips and inspiration, and now I have a question of my own:
My husband and I own a 2 story 2 BR 2.5Bath condo. The upstairs front (guest) bedroom has a builder's grade bathroom which I hate. The tub is... weird with a shower door (hate- although admittedly helpful when giving the cats a flea bath), there's a builder's grade mirror, cheapo sink and shower faucets, terrible vanity lights and a vanity that by all accounts makes no sense.
I'm planning on remodeling the whole front bathroom myself (much to my husband's dismay) and my main question is about the vanity. Our current one is only 30 inches tall (!), 21 inches deep and 37 inches wide. Because of how the bathroom is positioned the door to the bathroom opens to the front of the vanity. Because of this, the door when open sits in front of the vanity so you can't pull the drawers out all the way without shutting the door. We don't use the bathroom much, but it infuriates me nonetheless.
I also think a 37 inch vanity (at least the one we have) just looks.... too wide for the size of our bathroom (and it doesn't help that it's way shorter in height than it should be). So I'm at a bit of a loss at to what to do. I can't change the layout of the bathroom because of the neighbors and we'd have to re-arrange all the pipes which just won't happen.
So do I buy a shorter (in width) vanity that I keep away from the right wall and therefore the door so that you can actually open all the drawers while the bathroom door is open? Doing so would then leave me with a gap of a few inches (6 or 7 if I go with a 30 inch vanity) between the vanity and the wall. I don't want a vanity that's any shallower than the one I currently have because I think the 21 inches is a good fit and it'd have to be like 16 or 17 inches to get the drawers fully open.
I can't make the bathroom door swing outward because then it would swing into the bedroom (big no-no). I even thought about installing a pocket door which would solve the issue entirely- but from reading this forum it seems like people aren't for having a pocket door in a guest bedroom.
I was considering getting a vanity with an offset sink so that the counter space looks more.... reasonable. But I'm still stuck with the issue of drawers not opening fully unless the door is shut. Does this actually bother anyone else or perhaps am I just over-thinking this? Any advice? Would a 6-7 inch gap on the right of a vanity between the wall be an issue? I like the vanities with the open shelf at the bottom and if you had a swifter or a broom I don't think it would be too difficult to clean in that space...
A girl I knew in college redid her whole bathroom with the help of her husband and father http://kissletsathome.com/2012/08/21/master-bathroom-reveal/ and I'm looking to do something very similar because I just LOVE LOVE LOVE how it turned out. Her tub especially is amazing, and available at Home Depot. My question is- how do you know if the tub will fit? I measured the tile to tile opening in my shower and it's 58.5 inches. How can I tell if a tub that's 60 inches will fit without first ripping out all the tile and cement board (or whatever is under the tile)? I'd hate to demo the bathroom only to find out that the tub I actually ordered doesn't fit. Help?
Sorry it's a lot- thanks in advance for any replies!