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Old 05-20-2012, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Default Bathroom vanity / how many sinks?

Time has come to replace our 30 year old vanity. I'm trying to decide whether we want to go with one sink or two. I really like all the extra cabinet space having only one sink will afford. Drawers, drawers, and more drawers! Really prefer having drawers to open door areas. But ... two sinks are nice, too.

Honestly, we get by with one sink fine and rarely need it at the same time, but I hear people make SUCH a big deal out of it when they're buying houses. It's always a possibility that we'd need to move and sell, so while I do things I like, I try to make them things that also make the house easier to sell if that day ever comes.

I'm not interested in moving anything in the bathroom around - want to keep costs down. So, I'm keeping the walls where they are, and just replacing the cabinets between them. Figure we're looking at stock cabinets, and I know that they tend to be available in all the same general sizes and types. For reference, picked up an order sheet from HD, but I'm assuming at this point that most stock cabinets anywhere will be roughly the same: require a spacer between wall and cabinet so nothing sticks (great because nothing in the house is square, too), have generally the same options of doors and drawers, and many colors to choose from.

So, basically, we want to replace the old, smelly, useless vanity entirely, and do it relatively inexpensively. That means stock parts as much as possible. But, I also want it to appeal to as many people as possible, and choosing a one-sink configuration over two involves getting more storage but ...losing a sink. One-sink config likely means stock countertop; two-sinks is likely to put the sinks in a non-standard configuration, meaning custom countertops.

Attaching two screenshots from my little home program that show what I'm talking about. The cabinets are sized to match what the order form I have available shows. Note that the wall cabinets with a single mirror won't work with two sinks; hubby insists on symmetry. Two sinks = two mirrors, period, for him.

- How important do you think it really is, when people buy a family home, to have two sinks in the master bath if there's room?

- What's the easiest, best-cost way to get a nice-looking durable countertop and sink in? In a two-sink config, we'd probably have to go custom... which kinds of tops might be something to start looking at? (I will not do a tile countertop.) (can you even find a 6' stock countertop?)

- Formaldehyde. This goes right into our bedroom, basically. I plan to let it set in the garage for a few weeks, and as I understand it, the situation there has improved: California put in new laws a few years back, and if the cabinets claim to meet the standard, then probably less of the urea-formaldehyde glue was used to make the crapboard furniture is made of today. Practically speaking, is this true enough? Are there particular brands that are better than others?

Thanks!
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Last edited by jenlion; 05-20-2012 at 09:51 PM.. Reason: adding original photo
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:49 PM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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One sink.
Set it to one end of the countertop... NOT centered.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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How about a pic of your current bath?
I gather it's one sink- is it centered with the space?
Changing to two bowls is not a simple matter of adding another sink- you'll have to open the wall and see where the stack is, or what size the vent is.
Supply lines can be another issue- if you currently have just the one sink, your supplies are probably 1/2". Tapping onto those for another sink will probably reduce flow to an unexceptable level. So, depending on where the trunklines are you could be looking at a lot of extra work and $$$ and that doesn't even cover the cost of the cabinet(s); regardless of their configuration.
As a side note- over the years I've had a lot of people request 36"h bases for bathes (except dedicated kids bath). Mainly because they don't like having to bendover so much when using the sink- and in general people are taller today than they were 25-30yrs ago.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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Personally I never understood the two sinks deal, I say save the counter-space and put in more drawers.
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:53 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Attaching approximate current-bath. One sink, off-center. I don't mind that part at all, quite functional. If people don't consider it strange, I'm happy to keep it that way, but it's not unmovable. Pretty sure we can get access to the plumbing pretty easily to supply -- though I didn't know that we might have to look at size of the stack or the vent. I was assuming we could use the same drains if we doubled - we have done some plumbing and have a relationship with a local plumber for anything over our heads, but just because WE won't be using both sinks at capacity together, doesn't mean a future user wouldn't. Definitely something we'd have to check on if we wanted to go two, thanks.

I've updated the original post to include the generic as-is photo. One thing the little program doesn't show is just how gross the countertop material is. Has a weird texture that catches every bit of grime, and it's weird and plastic-y and yech. And I don't know what the previous owner stored in that drawer, but I keep cedar balls in there and it STILL after 4+ years stinks.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Seattle area
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Here's a mockup of one sink, offset. I kind of like it, though don't know if husband will go for a mirror not being directly over sink. Guess I could live without the storage in the wall and have a larger mirror instead; I just really like bathroom storage, since there's just not enough of it elsewhere! I was afraid a one-sink-offset setup would seriously date the house, though?
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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One sink. The two sink idea is crazy. How many times are two people using the sink at the same time? Plus - it is two sinks to clean.
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Old 05-20-2012, 11:19 PM
 
Location: The Middle
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Everyone seems to want 2 sinks but rarely are they used. I always kind of laugh watching house hunters and these buyers refuse any house without 2 sinks. Ive never had a bath with 2 sinks but know several people that do. They all admit they never use both at the same time. I would go for the counter space myself.
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Old 05-21-2012, 01:15 AM
 
Location: California
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1 sink. Honestly, we shut the door when someone is in there and don't double up. Ever. It's not a place I go to bond..haha.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:42 AM
 
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The trends represented by the broad range of buyers at nearly every price point strongly prefer two sinks in the master bath. The impression that buyers take away when there is only a single sink is that they are "giving up" quite a bit.

There is a strong trend toward bathrooms having a "tranquil" look. The trade-off of reduced counterspace is something that folks SHOPPING for real estate actually seem to appreciate. Now maybe once they get used to living with the "clean modern minimalist" thing they long for more "workspace" but given the fact that even "going out on the town" requires less makeup these days I doubt the trend will reverse...
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