The story of our little home, orchard, and us.
Before we moved into the Carriage House, one room that we knew needed some functional design was the only bathroom. It was small, with only a stand up shower and one sink in a large vanity. Having only one bathroom in the Garland Cottage, we knew what worked and what did not. One sink wasn't going to be easy, but changing the plumbing for a dual vanity was going to take a bigger bite out of our budget than either of us wanted. I started doing some research, and learned that you can install two sinks on one water source, and one drain source! What!? Yep. Actually, when I got to thinking about it, I realized I knew the drain portion, because that is what every double sink in America is...two sinks, one drain outlet. Duh! But it never occurred to me you could also install two sinks on the one water source. So, here is how it works, along with some before and after pictures.
Here is the one sink vanity that provided little work space, but took up a lot of foot space. My husband is 6'3", with a size 12 shoe. We need all the foot space we can get, so I knew I wanted a wall mounted sink. I could recreate the storage we were losing by using shelving.
So, here is the mind blowing part. All I needed to change this from a single vanity to a double vanity, was three small parts, all of which cost less than $50!
To change the water source I needed a dual valve for each of the hot and cold sources. Here is a picture of the dual valve on the cold source, so you can see how it is now supplying two sources with cold water.
For the drain, I just needed a PVC kit that included a "T" valve, just like the ones under the double kitchen sinks. Here you can see the one drain source, with the "T" connector bringing the second sink drain to the same drain outlet.
And that was it! Of course you now need two more hot and cold hoses to connect to the additional faucet, but for less than $50 you can add another sink! This was significantly less that the thousands of dollars it would have taken to add all new plumbing for an entirely different system. We were "warned" that the water pressure may be lower when running both at the same time, and that the drainage may be slower. We have not had an issue with either of these items to date, and we have 6 people using this bathroom for the last year. And the icing on the cake of this whole situation? I found these two perfectly sized wall mounted sinks at Ikea, on clearance, for $10/each. Yep. The entire project cost less than $100. Mind blown!