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Bathroom Reno:Single or Double Sink

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Bathroom Reno:Single or Double Sink

Hi all

I have a 6.5 by 7.5 foot bathroom renovation coming up. It’s in an older century home that only has 1.5 bathrooms, making this our only full washroom. (We are planning another full washroom but down the line but $$$)

I’m wondering how many people would recommend putting in a double sink? The one I’m thinking of is the 40” ones from Ikea. I only have 46” to work with. Just thinking if we decide to move without putting in another bathroom, would this be a selling feature or not really?

The contractor has given a $2100 allowance for

Vanity
Tub
Toilet
Tiles
Vanity light

I have to purchase the shower trim kit separate out of the quote. How normal is this? Is this too low a budget? The total quote cost was $16,000 including taxes.

Please weigh in if you have any opinion! Would like to hear positive and negative. Anything helps. Thank you.
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Not sure which vanity/countertop you're looking at with IKEA, but we have a 60" vanity. We chose to put in a single sink, so we would have countertop space for all the crap that goes on a bathroom countertop. With only 40 to 46" of counter space, you may want to consider how it will be use. A vanity that has only sinks with no usable countertop space wouldn't be a selling feature to me.

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~sboardgurl~ wrote: I’m wondering how many people would recommend putting in a double sink? The one I’m thinking of is the 40” ones from Ikea. I only have 46” to work with. Just thinking if we decide to move without putting in another bathroom, would this be a selling feature or not really?

The contractor has given a $2100 allowance for

Vanity
Tub
Toilet
Tiles
Vanity light

I have to purchase the shower trim kit separate out of the quote. How normal is this? Is this too low a budget? The total quote cost was $16,000 including taxes.
I would only entertain a double sink vanity if I had at least a 60 inch vanity. Anything smaller and you're probably just crowding each other to get access to both sinks anyways.

With a $2100 budget for all those items you're probably looking at the lower-mid end of products, or just go with Ikea for everything.

A homeowner picking out their own fixtures can be very common, just depends on your contractor/plumber. Most contractors will just step out of the way, probably saves both parties time and money in lots of cases. Seeing as you're in Toronto, if you're close to Richmond Hill, I would recommend checking out Powell Plumbing Supply.

In terms of the quote, can't really comment without scope of work. As always, I'd recommend doing your homework and getting 3 quotes.
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Single sink if less than 5 feet of space.
We have a double sink in our main and I could count on my hand the number of times my wife and I were both using the sink at the same time
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single, moreso if you have a smaller washroom area. IMO, you want at least 10ft of counter to put in a double.
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@SubjectivelyObjective Thanks for your reply. I did get a few quotes, all were similar in price and everyone quoted full gut of bathroom ect. I just thought they had larger allowances and this person I went with just changed the allowance on me last minute.

He had originally put

$1400 for sink vanity and toilet
$600 for tile
$100 for vanity fixture

Then when I questioned him about the budget as I’m picking out stuff now, he said the bath tub was supposed to be included in the $1400. Slightly annoyed because I’ve been looking at higher end stuff and now this crushes what I thought. If I go ikea though, it would work. But ikea... they do have a new 10 year warranty now on their bathroom stuff so maybe it’ll be fine.
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Not a bad allowance budget for what you need. $1400 will get you a tub/shower fixtures vanity and toilet. I got a deep soaker jetted tub, 4x8x2' from lowes on special order and it came out to $1200 after tax, $100 pay no tax event/15% off for a toilet and $200 for a vanity/sink setup. I wouldn't bother with ikea unless that have a sale on, where you get say $100 back for every $1000 spent. Your allowances can shift, esp since you're selecting the materials.
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koffey wrote: Not a bad allowance budget for what you need. $1400 will get you a tub/shower fixtures vanity and toilet. I got a deep soaker jetted tub, 4x8x2' from lowes on special order and it came out to $1200 after tax, $100 pay no tax event/15% off for a toilet and $200 for a vanity/sink setup. I wouldn't bother with ikea unless that have a sale on, where you get say $100 back for every $1000 spent. Your allowances can shift, esp since you're selecting the materials.
Yea now he’s saying the tub to be included too with the $1400. . Thing is I was looking at overall cost and this guy was slightly more expensive than other quotes. So yea my allowance can change but I was looking at the final number and if I increase the allowance it’s more out of my pocket not his. Where did you get a $200 vanity??
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~sboardgurl~ wrote: Yea now he’s saying the tub to be included too with the $1400. . Thing is I was looking at overall cost and this guy was slightly more expensive than other quotes. So yea my allowance can change but I was looking at the final number and if I increase the allowance it’s more out of my pocket not his. Where did you get a $200 vanity??
Tubs.

https://tubs.com/

But you don't have to increase the allowance. If the person is saying that you have $600 for tile and you only spend $500, you can put that extra $100 into the vanity fixture.
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koffey wrote: Tubs.

https://tubs.com/

But you don't have to increase the allowance. If the person is saying that you have $600 for tile and you only spend $500, you can put that extra $100 into the vanity fixture.
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