to consider buying a house without a bath?

(37 Posts)
Frightchen Wed 16-Oct-13 13:52:05

I think I am being unreasonable and am pretty much expecting to be talked out of it.

I'm looking to move house; I don't like my current one and for various reasons the timing is such that if I want to move, sooner would be better.

I've found a nice-looking house (well, nice for my budget) with a huge garden, not too far from work/family/friends. The only drawback I can see is that it has a shower room and separate WC. This wouldn't be a problem if it was just me, but I'm planning on TTC in the next year or so, and I'm thinking that a newborn wouldn't need a bath - can clean in a baby bath/over the sink, but once future baby becomes a toddler then not having a bath is going to be unworkable, isn't it?

NotYoMomma Wed 16-Oct-13 13:53:53

my dds favourote place is the bath. sheloves bubbles and I love bathing her

is it a shower room due to size or could yoy put a bath in.

not having a bath or any room for a bath woukd make me dismiss it and may affect resale in future

quoteunquote Wed 16-Oct-13 13:55:37

But as you say there is a huge garden which means you can extend, you can change almost anything about a house but it's location.

Think about the possibilities and what could happen.

Pascha Wed 16-Oct-13 13:56:42

I would buy a house without a bath if I could put one in. If not, I might reject it. Its up to you though, if you are happy without one there's no problem is there? Babies don't need baths particularly, you can use a baby bath to start with and get them used to the shower once they can stand up safely.

DidoTheDodo Wed 16-Oct-13 13:57:23

I wouldn't because I love a bath (and so do most small children) but you have time to alter things and the lack of a bath is not an insurmountable problem.

bonzo77 Wed 16-Oct-13 13:57:23

My parents haven't got a bathe. They have a small inflatable paddling pool which they put in the shower, fill with the shower. It's got a plug to empty it.

If you are buying not renting you could put one it if you can afford to.

Tiredemma Wed 16-Oct-13 13:57:57

We purchased this house in 2011. It only had a large shower, no bath.

We had no plans for anymore children and decided to purchase and get the bathroom done in about 5 years.

fast forward to may this year, I find out quite by surprise that I was 6 months pregnant.

cue frantic desire to have a lovely bath!!

DD was born on 7th sept. I was discharged from hospital on the 9th and the plumber arrived on the 10th to rip the bathroom out.

I now have a beautiful bathroom and I really cant imagine not having a lovely bath to dip into every night after spending the day looking after a newborn!

xuntitledx Wed 16-Oct-13 13:58:21

I've lived in a house without a bath and didn't expect it to be a problem as I prefer showers over baths however after a year, I felt like I was really missing out and would never live in a house without a bath again!

BreconBeBuggered Wed 16-Oct-13 13:58:31

I wouldn't buy it myself, but I know of a few childless couples who have taken the bath out of their bathroom and replaced it with a shower, so there are clearly people out there who are happy with just the shower. A toddler would be used to whatever was there.

Boardingblues Wed 16-Oct-13 13:59:55

We had no bath in our first house, just a shower. We did have a baby bath though and it worked fine for us and DS! There will always be something to change in a house unless you can commission one to your specifications. Go for it if it ticks all your other boxes

Thurlow Wed 16-Oct-13 14:00:53

Our toddler showers a lot. She enjoys a bath, but a shower is fine too. If everything else was great about the house this wouldn't put me off at all. Kids really won't know the difference.

Though I'm nicking Bonzo's idea about the little paddling pool for my parents bathless house!

TeaJunky Wed 16-Oct-13 14:01:35

We sold our last house on the buyers condition that we put a bath in.

Could you do that?

AllOutOfIdeas Wed 16-Oct-13 14:01:51

Sil has managed from dn's birth with just a shower & I have been showering rather than bathing my dc from about age 2 when they got too big to share our tiny bath.

If its the only downside to the house I don't think yabu to buy it.

obviouslyneedsupernanny Wed 16-Oct-13 14:01:53

I think if I were you I would try and convince myself a bath wasn't that important if I loved everything else about it, but deep down I would know it was a problem. I'm a bath person though and rarely have showers and don't think I could survive long term without hot baths, especially in the winter

morethanpotatoprints Wed 16-Oct-13 14:03:47

If its your dream house go for it, as long as there is room for a bath.
We moved into a house without one, it was our first house.
My dh learned how to put a bath in, it isn't difficult, or expensive if you DIY.

Famzilla Wed 16-Oct-13 14:05:08

My friends don't have a bath in their flat. Their DD went in a baby bath until about 8 months, then she would happily sit & play on the shower floor whilst parents were in the shower so sorta got cleaned that way.

MortifiedAdams Wed 16-Oct-13 14:05:08

You could do luxurious boutique style bedroom with fancy bath in.

Bowlersarm Wed 16-Oct-13 14:05:39

As long as there is space to put one in, I don't think it's a problem.

I couldn't be without a bath long term.

LoonvanBoon Wed 16-Oct-13 14:06:31

I'm not a bath person myself & happily lived in a rented house with just a shower room for a couple of years before starting a family. It is very different, though, if you're planning to have children soon - some toddlers are happy with showers, but my two weren't, at all. Possibly it was the noise as we have to have a power shower (crap water pressure). Anyway, I think they were 5 or 6 before they would happily go under the shower so don't know what we'd have done without a bath! Still, you do have time to get one put in. If there's no space / possibility of doing that I wouldn't buy the house myself.

MammaTJ Wed 16-Oct-13 14:08:25

A little boat fits better than a paddling pool snd this works well! No bath is not much of an issue!

ediepop Wed 16-Oct-13 14:09:46

If the house is right for you...buy it. But I would definitely, definitely put a bath in. If it would be cost prohibitive to add the bath, don't buy it.

You are right that a newborn can be bathed in a sink or baby bath, but they grow out of that stage pretty quickly, and while you might be able to get an older toddler used to a shower, there will be a fairly long period where they are too big for the baby bath, but too small for a shower.

A friend of mine is in this situation at the moment. She only has a shower, so is still bathing her one year old in a baby bath. Apparently using the shower just means everybody and the bathroom gets soaked, but the baby bath is not much fun either as her son is far too big for it and doesn't have room to play. They are slowly renovating their house; guess what's their current top priority? Yep, putting a bath in.

DidoTheDodo Wed 16-Oct-13 14:10:22

My MIL has taken the bath out of her house and replaced it with a shower and appears to have reduced the value of her house by doing so.

FoxMulder Wed 16-Oct-13 14:16:17

I have a bath, but I've never used it and I've lived here 2 years. Having said that, I am pregnant and we are replacing the bathroom and will be putting another bath in for the sprog. Otherwise we would get rid.

I'm with the majority - if everything else about the house is good & there is room to put a bath in then it's not a dealbreaker.

LaRegina Wed 16-Oct-13 14:18:03

I would only but it if there was the space to put a bath in (a corner bath maybe?). Not just for the DC - but also because there's nothing like a nice long hot bath when you've had a crappy day smile

RevelsRoulette Wed 16-Oct-13 14:18:13

Is there space to jig things about a bit so you can have a bath?

Kasterborous Wed 16-Oct-13 14:18:54

I would hate not being able to have a bath, I love my baths, as does DD. But then she's always had baths, if she'd never had one she wouldn't know any different.

I wouldn't move into a house unless there was a bath in it, or the possibility of putting one in.

Thurlow Wed 16-Oct-13 14:21:27

Oh, you can get lots of different things for your baby to lie on or sit on in the shower until they're old enough to stand under it themselves. We used a bath seat and the shower head in the bath for months, mainly because it was so much quicker than running a bath slattern mum

DoJo Wed 16-Oct-13 14:26:08

You can get small, square baths that are about the size of a really deep shower tray, and have the best of both worlds - lovely for a nice deep bath if you want one, or a shallow bath for a toddler and still practical for showering.

PrimalLass Wed 16-Oct-13 14:37:00

I am sure there will be a way of rejigging it to get a bath in.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Wed 16-Oct-13 14:53:18

I couldn't live without a bath, I would have to put one in.

Frightchen Wed 16-Oct-13 15:03:42

Thanks for confirming my thoughts...

I haven't viewed the house yet. It looks like the shower room and the toilet aren't huge, but I'm wondering if the wall between them could be taken down and the whole thing turned into a bathroom.

The shower room (according to the floor plan) is a diddy 4'10" by 5'7", but a quick google has revealed that baths are roughly 5'7" (ish) so knocking down a wall, filling in a door and budging the sink over should leave enough room for a bath; just have to add bathroom-renovation to the budget.

I'm going to have to view it aren't I? And then I'm going to fall in love with the lovely big garden... Shall have to remember how much I like baths, and how much my niece and nephew like playing in the bath.

Tea's suggestion that the sale might be on the condition a bath is put in is a good one... Could use it as leverage to knock a bit off the price if the rest of the place is good (that way I get to pick the suite, rather than having whatever the sellers pick).

Blondeshavemorefun Wed 16-Oct-13 21:23:12

like others i couldnt be without a bath, was bad enough when my dp redid our bathroom and had no bath for 2 weeks

also though took a few weeks to get shower in as out of stock and i missed a shower

therefore i like both a bath and shower grin

Dp who does Property Maintenance and based in Kent if you are near us, he would be happy to come out and quote if you did decide to buy

GKS&B - sorry shameless plug wink

and yes taking out a bath and replacing with a shower does devalue your house, esp if a large place as famillies want bathrooms and baths smile

ColderThanAWitchsTitty Wed 16-Oct-13 21:28:55

my toddlers sometimes have a bath as a treat but generally are in the shower with me or I throw them in by themselves

ananikifo Wed 16-Oct-13 21:43:08

I was about 8 weeks pregnant when we made an offer on a house with no bath. There is room for one but the bathroom is newly renovated and we aren't in a position to pay to have a bath put in. The lack of a bath tub was my main uncertainty in deciding on this house.

Neither DH nor I are bath people. When we've had a bath tub, I've gone years without taking baths. I did Internet searching and asking and I'm now convinced the baby really won't know the difference. Apparently there are countries in Europe where it's normal not to have a bath. You just use a baby bath, then go in the shower with the baby/child to wash them, then the child showers on their own. They won't miss sitting in a bath surrounded by toys. It's more something adults miss because of the image in our heads.

My baby isn't born yet but we love our house and I'm confident that it was the right decision. I don't think a bath tub should be a deal breaker at all.

Preciousbane Wed 16-Oct-13 22:01:19

Wouldn't bother me but when DS was a toddler he howled in showers and hated them.

Topseyt Wed 16-Oct-13 22:09:17

Not a deal breaker for me either. I love my showers and only occasionally have a bath. Also, my parents took the bath out of their house and replaced it with a shower. It is fine, and no sad loss.

We do have a bath in our house (the shower is over it), and it does get sporadic use as a bath. I used it much more when the kids were very small, as I just bunged them all in together to make things easier. They have always liked showers too though, even when young. As babies I quite often bathed them in the kitchen sink. No problem.

SHarri13 Wed 16-Oct-13 22:27:02

It'll be fine. Out house didn't have a bath when we bought it. My eldest was our only child at the time and he used to bath in a big bucket (from wicked but they're sold as toy buckets some places). We did eventually put a half size bath in and now we have three boys I think we'll convert a bedroom into a big bathroom once our attic rooms are done. No bath is totally do-able especially with one child.

Has a flexi-tub been mentioned yet?

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