Are dual sinks in bathrooms something most

Old 03-11-05, 10:08 PM
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Are dual sinks in bathrooms something most

people expect these days? We are redoing our baths, and may install dual sinks, but cost is a bit higher than we'd hoped. Is this one of those things where you recoup the cost at resale? Thanks
Old 03-12-05, 06:22 PM
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It's funny, I think almost every house I've seen that was (1) built since about 1980 and (2) above the mid-point of the price range, has had dual sinks.

The house that we're in now which was built in 1984 and also qualified on number 2 didn't have dual sinks in the master bath. It was the first thing the Realtor pointed out to us as a big reason why the place was on the market for 8 months when we made our offer. It was also the first major renovation we did, along with some other stuff in the master bath. It also looked really weird as the sink top is 12 feet long, next to another "make up/dressing" area that's about 40 inches. The single sink looked awfully lonely in there.

It's funny though, since neither one of us works anymore, we tend to both use the "old" sink. However, when we were both working, AS MOST COUPLES DO, we would have gone nuts trying to use one sink.

At new construction the second sink should be a pretty inexpensive upgrade. How much do they want to do it?

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Dear scrap fanactic,

Usability is more important than resale especially on the smaller items such as dual sinks or single. Do you want more drawers or do you want more under sink area? Go with your needs on this one as it is not going to make or break a sale or resell value.

good luck.

Brian Garrison
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Old 03-12-05, 07:45 PM
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I agree with Brian, that this is not a necessity as an amenity.

On homes that have 3 bedrooms or less one sink is usually sufficient, if there is no master bedroom bath, but it all has to do with how much room do they have.

On homes that have a master bedroom bath, more and more are requesting 2 vanities in the master yet still having one vanity in the main bath. If however, the home has 3 bedrooms plus a master, the double vanity may be an idea but again, most still prefer to have privacy in the main bath. Not many really like to have company in the main bath.

As slumlordfrank mentioned, working couples like the double in the master bedroom bath, if they have one. If not, it is a good idea to have 2 in the main.

I am finding that it isn't so much a need for 2 vanities as it is for more counter space within the bathrooms.

Just some thoughts

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