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That Oregon couple isn't alone. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 1.7 million married couples were living apart for reasons other than legal separation: commuter marriages, a tough economy that's forced couples to take jobs wherever they're available and personal preferences. Across the pond, the Office for National Statistics has put the number of "live-apartners" in the U.K. at 1.2 million, citing high-profile celebrities Helena Bonham-Carter and Tim Burton as an example of a happy married pair living in adjoining apartments in Hampstead, North London.
This image shows half of a shared bathroom (with separate his-and-hers sinks and a tub that's used just by the woman of the house). One door leads into her bedroom ...
... and another leads to his.
Interior designer Tracy Murdock met a client's request to design a custom double queen-size bed with this bedroom setup. She says, "The clients requested a special bed that would allow each of them to have their own space yet still be together, so we created a large platform bed with two queen mattresses on the platform, each on its own control for adjusting firmness."
Show us: Are you part of this growing "live-apartner" trend? Do you and your partner keep separate bathrooms, living spaces, sleeping quarters or homes? If so, please post a picture in the Comments section and tell us about it. Your space could appear in a follow-up feature on Houzz.