Could anyone give me a view on whether this bath/shower set up would look odd?

(26 Posts)
Virgil Wed 20-Feb-13 18:53:42

We are doing up three bathrooms in the house since they were last done in the 80s and we might have to sell sad.

The house is large and in a good area. Its top of the market in this area (apart from the few £2m+ mansions)

In our en suite DH and I cannot agree about a shower or a bath. I want a bath since there is only one other in the house and I like baths. DH wants a big shower. We need to create a top end look for not much money.

I've seen a double size bath which I think might help create a top end look. Would it look odd to have a shower over it but in the middle and then have a shower screen in the middle of the bath rather than attached to a wall? This would enable us to have a double bath and effectively a double shower.

Any thoughts? DH thinks it will look odd. I'm not sure.

middleagedspread Wed 20-Feb-13 18:57:43

Personally, I'd go for a big walk in shower. It would look luxurious.

Virgil Wed 20-Feb-13 19:21:53

Hmm yes you might be right. I was just keen to get another bath into the house since we have seven bathrooms all with showers.

Plus a large walk in shower is much more expensive than the double width bath.

middleagedspread Wed 20-Feb-13 19:29:40

Mmm, it's a tricky one then. We have 3 shower rooms & only one bathroom but we're a showering family. But of course, lots of people love a long soak & it would be an essential in an ensuite.
If you're selling maybe just do whatever's cheapest.
Can you link to the double bath with shower over?

MrsJamin Wed 20-Feb-13 19:35:55

I don't think you need more than one bath in a house, really. Most people love the idea of a large walk in shower- that is much more luxurious than a bath with shower attachment.

lalalonglegs Wed 20-Feb-13 19:37:40

I don't know if you should have a bath or a shower (personally I'd have a shower, I haven't taken a bath since 2006 grin) but I think a double ended bath with a shower screen in the middle would look very odd. Unless the bath is freestanding, why can't you have the shower at one end and a pivoting bath screen that will fold flat against the wall when not in use?

NotMostPeople Wed 20-Feb-13 19:39:19

No. I don't think a shower over a bath ever looks high end not matter how well done. If you really want another bath then do that, it sounds like you have other showers.

We have a bath in our ensuite and it does feel like a luxury, we might be moving soon and I will miss it if we don't have one.

Virgil Wed 20-Feb-13 19:43:37

This is the bath. I've seen it and it doesn't look cheap. But the sides are sloped and so I'm not sure it would work to have the shower at the end which is why I thought about having one in the middle. www.homebase.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?langId=110&storeId=10151&partNumber=461137

The added complication is that we might not have to sell and so if we do manage to keep the house we also want it to work for us.

fuckwittery Wed 20-Feb-13 19:43:48

i cant work out what you mean by shower screen in the middle, have you got a link? I agree have not ever seen high end look with standing shower / shower screen and bath. I'd go for a really nice freestanding bath with a handheld shower as part of the tap attachment.

fuckwittery Wed 20-Feb-13 19:44:40

sorry, i think that bath would look really odd with a shower and screen in the middle!

Virgil Wed 20-Feb-13 19:48:34

A screen like this but obviously not as high. Instead of sitting on the ground it would sit on the bath surround.

www.victoriaplumb.com/Shower-Enclosures/Wet-Rooms/Luxury-10mm-Minimalist-Glass-Panel-1200_1543.html

It would look crap wouldn't it.

herhonesty Wed 20-Feb-13 19:52:22

Would look odd

Virgil Wed 20-Feb-13 19:54:48
lalalonglegs Wed 20-Feb-13 19:54:49

Yes it would. Sorry. Ask one of the posh estate agents which would make house more sellable? A bath's always going to have a shower in it anyway so that people can wash their hair - I don't see why you can't have both <<shrugs>>

fuckwittery Wed 20-Feb-13 20:04:40

hmmm I can see what you're thinking but still think shower screen in middle of bath will definitely look odd. Is the boxing going wall to wall like in the second picture?
I think you should get the bath / shower set up you like most and will use. I personally really dislike the whole boxed in bath look and would probably rip it all out and put in a wetroom if I bought your house (with all the money I have to buy houses and put in the bathroom of my dreams) grin

With three bathrooms in the house, as long as one has a shower and one has a bath, I think you should do what you want in your ensuite.

lucidlady Wed 20-Feb-13 20:09:41

If you have 7 bathrooms already with showers then I'd be more inclined to change one of those into a "bath" room and put a truly fab shower in your ensuite. The new bathroom could then be a really luxurious spa type room. Is that an option?

www.bathroommarquee.co.uk/outasight.htm

You could use one of these hidden away against the wall when the shower is not in use - it is what we have in our main bathroom - which is all about the extra big double ended bath IYSWIM but we also have a shower over. Mainly use the shower in ensuite, DCs have baths - but we have the option of the shower for guests and when DCs grow up. I heard about the screen from a thread on here.

discrete Wed 20-Feb-13 20:48:09

I think if you have that bath you have to have a shower over, it's 400 litres to fill!

In the space that takes, surely you can fit a normal sized free standing bath and a decent sized shower?

Are you really going to regularly fill a 400l bath? How good is your boiler/water pressure?

Virgil Wed 20-Feb-13 23:09:54

Ok maybe that one is a bit big grin. They do 1800 x 1100 baths too which are like a width and a half.

lalalonglegs Thu 21-Feb-13 09:41:17

Are you sure the joists can support the weight of that much water - it's a huuuuge amount. If your house is a period property - or any with wooden suspended floors - you may need a structural engineer to investigate this.

Virgil Thu 21-Feb-13 09:54:10

The smaller one take 230 litres so much less (but still a big bath)

Might just give up on the idea and have a walk in shower. I can always use the main bathroom if I want a bath I guess.

spotty26 Thu 21-Feb-13 10:28:07

My two pennorth is shower or bath not a slightly unusual compromise which might annoy a buyer. Go simple instead.

I think you should have a bath and no shower, especially if you have so many showers in the house and are moving so it should not affect your hubbie anyway!

Sunnyshores Fri 22-Feb-13 18:51:48

Are you after top-end luxury items or a top-end finish (looks expensive but isnt). If your house is expensive I wouldnt go for an acrylic bath.

Virgil Fri 22-Feb-13 19:04:06

We're after top end look but without spending too much (which I suspect is what everyone would like and might be asking way too much!). We need it to look expensive enough to match the house but also not break the bank since we might have to sell (although hopefully not).

Sunnyshores Fri 22-Feb-13 19:20:29

it sounds as if you have enough showers and there is one bath.So if you're hopefully not moving then you should do whatever you want, either option done well, there probably isnt any difference in any resale value.

Personally I love the bath in our ensuite. Its hard to have a relaxing bath in the family bathroom with the endless plastic ducks, bright lighting, garish towels... I'd aim for a relaxing spa type look, white fluffy towels, candles. Freestanding bath would look fab, you can use cheap large plain wall tiles with a stone mosaic border, same large tiles on the floor. Come sale time, some magazines, expensive toiletries on a shelf,...

House buyers are generally trading up and want not just the house but your (better, more classy in their minds) lifestyle. I think a bath looks like you'd have time to relax and pamper yourself - even if the reality doesnt come close!

I wouldn't want a double bath. Is your house on a water meter? Even if it isn't, don't houses have to have them put in when they have been sold?

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