Two Master Bathroom Sinks: A High Priority For Most Couples
The most-often requested feature for new and remodeled master bathrooms is two sinks, followed by:
- Large(r) shower
- Separate toilet room
- More storage
Having two sinks is great, but they have to fit in the space available, which means that the side-by-side concept has to be bypassed if the available space for two sinks is less than 66″ wide. Below are two examples of bathrooms that are 5′ x 10′-3″ and 5′ x 11′-2″.
In Example 1, it’s impossible for two people to stand side-by-side, unless they both have their arms pulled close to their bodies. Although it may hurt resale value not to have two master bathroom sinks, the day-to-day function is improved if there is one sink and more storage.
Example 2 shows an additional 11″ that allows room for two master bathroom sinks. Two people can stand side-by-side with their arms bent at the elbows, a normal position for washing one’s face. There’s also storage space, two 15″ wide banks of drawers. The total lavatory width is 72″.
2011 Residential Specialty Code. Also, the National Kitchen & Bath Association has 27 comprehensive guidelines for bathroom design that NKBA-accredited designers use for reference. It’s been very helpful to show clients specific information in the guidelines and explain why their bathroom must be planned in a certain way, to achieve maximum safety and function.
The remodeled master bathroom in the above picture shows lavatory cabinets on both sides of a new two-person corner shower. It was fortunate that the existing bathroom had lavatories in the same position, but they were considerably smaller, because there was a platform-mounted 6′ corner tub that never got used. Getting rid of the tub and having the bathroom blend with the modern Craftsman style of the home was the motivation for updating the bathroom.
Two master bathroom sinks on different walls give each partner a special feeling of “This is my space.” In 31 years, I’ve learned that the “Divide and conquer” idea has been helpful if:
- The partners are like Felix and Oscar — one’s a Type A and the other is a Type Z
- There are special storage needs for both, i.e., personal-care products
- There are accessibility issues that need to be resolved
- One partner likes more privacy when grooming
The only way to help people achieve a comfortable, safe bathroom is to ask personal questions. It’s never to be snoopy or judgmental. It’s just information that’s needed to help Homeowners make informed decisions. Often, asking questions brings up issues that neither partner is aware of until they realize how their answer will impact their life. This happened when I was designing our new home, and discovered that it makes me nervous to have my husband around when I’m putting on makeup or doing my hair. Our two master bathroom sinks are in separate rooms on either side of the hallway that leads to our closet!
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