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Old 02-16-2012, 07:08 PM   #41
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So, does your new condo have double sinks, or a single sink? And is it what you *want* (not *need*, as you point out)?
Single sink. And it and the rest of my unit is fine also. I could find some better things about different places, but I looked long enough to realize that one needs to balance many things. I concentrated on the biggies for me. Neighborhood, easy walking access to downtown, very good access to public trans, including light rail, most everything an easy walk, plenty natural light in the flat, parking, not so old to represent maintenance problems, and a price that I felt good about. My neighbors in the unit are quiet, but not crabby oldsters. And I got a bonus- nice effective wood burning fireplace and bars/restaurants very close that I didn't know about.

This thread is the first time double sinks in the bathroom have entered my mindspace, though I am sure I must have encountered them somewhere. Square footage in central Seattle is expensive, and many middle income people probably have more pressing uses for it than large bathrooms.

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Its a convenience feature and comes from the idea of two working spouses who need to get ready for work at possibly the same time. Our Master bath has two sinks as well as the jack & jill bathroom that our kids rooms share. Also, have 1.5 bathrooms in addition to the aforemented, but when we downsize, we will certainly drop one fullsize bathroom

Maybe that's the reason we never used both sinks....my wife & I have never been on the same schedule, as far as getting ready for work at the same time. I've always gone to work about an hour ahead of her....

Now that I'm about to retire, and she'll still be working awhile longer, it still shouldn't be an issue that affects our lives. However, I am 100% certain that she will still insist that we need separate sinks in the master bathroom. And, I am equally certain that we will still NOT use the 2nd sink/faucets.
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We often use our two sinks at the same time. It is convenient and nice to have. Is it worth the extra cleaning effort and plumbing maintenance? Yes.
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Double sinks in a few bathrooms in a home almost 20 years old here. This is not a new standard. The sinks in the master bath are at different counter heights as well for spouses of different heights.

Furthermore, the toilets in the bathrooms are separated by a door from the sinks. The master bath actually has 6 doors that one can walk through.

Cleaning is not a problem. The maids clean the bathrooms.
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Old 02-16-2012, 07:50 PM   #45
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I thought of this thread when I saw this article:

Kiss these 10 once-popular home features goodbye - Slide Show - MarketWatch
Luxury master bathrooms with multiple-head showers will be getting toned down in 2012. Something more practical — say, a double sink in the kitchen — is much more likely to be included in new homes this year.


OK, it's the kitchen, not the bath vanity, but still...
Well I just checked, and the DW vetoed the idea of me shaving in the kitchen sink...
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During our 2010 renovate-a-thon, we actually removed a double vanity, and replaced it with two single vanities.

The old double was a contractor special, doing all the things fine veneer on particleboard cabinets do after 25 years of exposure to humidity. The two singles got us a slightly higher sink (more convenient for us), more drawers (actual working drawers, with smooth hardware and all that stuff), and a bit more functional floor plan.
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Single sink. And it and the rest of my unit is fine also. I could find some better things about different places, but I looked long enough to realize that one needs to balance many things. I concentrated on the biggies for me. Neighborhood, easy walking access to downtown, very good access to public trans, including light rail, most everything an easy walk, plenty natural light in the flat, parking, not so old to represent maintenance problems, and a price that I felt good about. My neighbors in the unit are quiet, but not crabby oldsters. And I got a bonus- nice effective wood burning fireplace and bars/restaurants very close that I didn't know about.

This thread is the first time double sinks in the bathroom have entered my mindspace, though I am sure I must have encountered them somewhere. Square footage in central Seattle is expensive, and many middle income people probably have more pressing uses for it than large bathrooms.

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This is an interesting trade off. Older buildings will not have the bathroom space - or much of other space as well - but the location is unbeatable and has other lifestyle advantages. I have lived in both and could not easily choose one over the other.
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I am convinced that we will never be able to sell our home after reading this thread. I guess we will have to die here and then one of our kids will have to move here.
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Double sinks in a few bathrooms in a home almost 20 years old here. This is not a new standard. The sinks in the master bath are at different counter heights as well for spouses of different heights.

Furthermore, the toilets in the bathrooms are separated by a door from the sinks.
As an adult I never lived in a house that didn't have a double sink in the master bathroom. I think my parent's house had it too when I was in college just before I left home. It has been around for a long time.

I admit that I was a little shocked to see double bathroom sinks in a motorhome once!

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I am convinced that we will never be able to sell our home after reading this thread. I guess we will have to die here and then one of our kids will have to move here.
We have double sinks, but......
.....we don't have granite counter tops!

Since we don't have kids and won't be able to sell the house, I guess we'll just have to burn it down.
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And good riddance to all 10 of those excessive features IMHO...glad we're all coming back down to earth.
I don't know--I will MISS the whirlpool tub when we finally move. Sigh.....But you may keep the double-bowl kitchen sink--
I've ripped them out of two houses and replaced with big singles.
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We have double sinks, but......
.....we don't have granite counter tops!

Since we don't have kids and won't be able to sell the house, I guess we'll just have to burn it down.
I have no double sinks (and no room for any), and what's worse, I have carpeted floors. HGTV would be appalled. I do have granite counter tops. Guess we'll both survive.
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Granite doesn't look pretty to me, even though it's expected. There are other options out there (hammered copper sheets are nice ). Stainless steel is a nice look but it's not worth paying extra. Like haha's condo, my place will sell for its location.
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Being single, I wouldn't know what to do with two sinks. But I do have two bathrooms!

But the real question is: what is Marg Delahunty going to do with two sinks? The answer may lie in that red costume.......

And if you have no idea what I'm talking about, you can't be Canadian, eh!
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A small master bath with one sink would be a deal breaker for us (I know, because we passed on our dream home many years ago because the master bath was too small). DH likes to shave at the sink the old-fashioned way, and I like to get ready at the same time.

In our current house we also have his & her walk-in closets. Now I'm totally spoiled...I don't know how I'll ever be able to move again!
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We have two sinks in the master bath. It's a "nice-to-have" but certainly not a necessity. What blew me away was that it has five light switches! I'd never seen a bathroom with more than two at most.
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When we built our "retirement home", we opted for the 2-sink arrangement for the "family bathroom" (not the one that DW/I use, in our bedroom suite).

The thinking is (from the builder) is that you have younger/multiple childern who need to do their "morning ritual" on a time constraint, and are willing to wash their face and brush their teeth together.

Being we never use it (I do rarely, if DW is getting ready to go out), we just had it built with the intent of resale if the situation arises.

4 bedrooms, four sinks, and two people who live in the home (plus two dogs - however we've been unable to train the dogs to brush their teeth at the sink).

Sometimes, it's good to have a "spare" (of anything)...
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I am convinced that we will never be able to sell our home after reading this thread. I guess we will have to die here and then one of our kids will have to move here.
Just make sure you have a double casket.
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Two sinks are very nice if one does not have an extra bathroom nearby.
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Two sinks are very nice if one does not have an extra bathroom nearby.
I would rather have two toilets if I didn't have an extra bathroom nearby .
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