"My husband wants to install a double-vanity unit in the bathroom. But I want two side-by-side pedestal sinks instead." Ed the Plumber helps them sort it out.

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Q: I need your help with an issue my husband and I are having about our new bathroom. It’s a large area and he wants to install a double-vanity unit. But I want to install two side-by-side pedestal sinks instead. He says we’ll lose storage and counter space and that installing two separate sinks can be expensive. Any ideas on how to settle this plumbing disagreement?

A: If the big concern is keeping your bathroom costs under budget, this can be an easy decision.

Have your contractor price up both to see if there’s a substantial price difference between installing two pedestal sinks over a double vanity. If cost is not the main concern, then there may be another way to work this out.

Pedestal sinks are available with extra-wide flat edges around the sink bowl, and that can help you get back some counter space, especially since you plan to install the sinks next to each other.

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As far as storage concerns, a closet or storage unit should work fine since you have a large bathroom area.

Finally, pedestal sinks can have a dramatic bathroom design impact when installed side by side, so tell your husband I’m on your side.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.