Would you buy a house without a bath?

(81 Posts)
MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 00:18:18

Renovating the bathroom and there isn't room for a separate shower. The previous owner already took the bath out and we hardly ever had baths before we moved in here anyway, so thinking of replacing with large walk in shower.

I read that if we put in a shower in the same size as a bath, then it would be fairly simple to take it out and put a bath in, if we were to sell the house.

It would be in a corner like this

Would lack of bath put you off buying?

BOF Tue 05-Mar-13 00:21:25

Yes, it would definitely put me off. Daft, maybe, as it isn't a mega-expensive thing to change, but it's a hassle, and I would want to change it.

fortyplus Tue 05-Mar-13 00:22:49

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath

BOF Tue 05-Mar-13 00:22:51

Can't you put an over-bath shower in?

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 00:35:19

Could do, BOF. But I'm not keen on them.

(Almost forgot the comma in that first sentence, which would have changed the meaning slightly)

EmpireBiscuit Tue 05-Mar-13 00:42:06

We did and the bathroom was changed within months - it was an expensive hassle. It would need to be a really special house for me to ever consider doing it again!

Monty27 Tue 05-Mar-13 00:42:40

No, I wouldn't, don't have a bath often myself (shower every day) but I like to have a bath when I want one. also selling a property on without a bath could be problematic.

Goodwordguide Tue 05-Mar-13 06:59:01

We lived in a flat without a bath - hated it and wouldn't consider it with children. Would definitely do a shower over a bath.

RollingThunder Tue 05-Mar-13 07:03:58

They say bathrooms and kitchens sell houses, it would have to be a really special house for me to buy it knowing I had to change the whole bathroom around!

marinaaquamarina Tue 05-Mar-13 07:04:30

Bought a house which had only a shower and put a bath in within 3 months.

Lack of a bath wouldn't stop me buying a house at right price in right area - as long as a bath could be put in - if it couldn't I wouldn't buy.

Why create a problem and work for your future buyer?

A bath is psychologically essential for the peace of the British consciousnesswink

Bajas Tue 05-Mar-13 07:07:10

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath but you're the one who has to live in the house- if you're planning on moving in the next couple of years I'd put in a shower over a bath. If planning on staying a long time I'd forget about possible buyers and do what suits you.

Chocaholics Tue 05-Mar-13 07:07:16

I hate baths and love showers so wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I would have happily got rid of the bath in my house but DH loves baths so wouldn't. Personally it wouldn't stop me buying a house but guess it depends on if you're a bath or shower person?

DancingInTheMoonlight Tue 05-Mar-13 07:07:18

I bought a house without a bath. Still don't have one. Its a pain sometimes when i want a soak but actually i found it really easy with my ds who was born after we moved.

When he was little i held him in the shower (he loved the feel of the shower on him and would often have a bf in the shower). As he got older he liked to sit in the shower tray, play and at 2 he showers himself with the shower head while sitting in the tray.

Barbeasty Tue 05-Mar-13 07:11:46

We didn't have a bath in our old house and it didn't bother us. It was also the least of our worries selling (nobody mentioned it).

But photos where our buyers are now selling show that they have taken out the shower and put in a bath.

I think we'd need a bath now, as it's just so much easier with children. If you'd be selling as a "family home" you might want one.

If you're planning to stay there for a while then I'd do what you want. If you come to sell and people won't buy it because of the lack of bath then you could put one in then. After all, it sounds as though you bought the house without a bath.

FamiliesShareGerms Tue 05-Mar-13 07:16:14

While the children are small, a bath is essential for us. When they're bigger, who knows?

I think maybe "no bath" associated with a teeny bathroom, which in itself might be a reason people are put off

perplexedpirate Tue 05-Mar-13 07:39:04

Don't do it, don't do it! I miss my bath sooooo much. When we eventually manage to move a bath is an absolute deal breaker and using it will be the first thing I do. Possibly before the previous owners leave...

After coming from a place with a bath to now living somewhere that only has a shower I would never buy anywhere without a bath, I miss it soooo much!

Ilovexmastime Tue 05-Mar-13 07:43:36

If it was my perfect house then it wouldn't bother me that much. However, I'd be happier if I didn't have to put in a bath after we'd moved.

Pourquoimoi Tue 05-Mar-13 07:53:25

It would put me off. If it was a dream house with money left in the budget to re-do the bathroom I'd consider it but otherwise it would be a real negative.

As others say, if you're staying then do it to please you though.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 05-Mar-13 08:03:46

If we bought it we'd probably have to live without a bath for some weeks while we ordered the kit and sorted out the plumbers, and then live without any bathroom at all for a few days while they fitted it.

The house would need to offer something special to offset that.

msrisotto Tue 05-Mar-13 08:07:53

I wouldn#t want top live in a house without a bath so if you were selling, it'd have to be cheap enough to reflect that i'm going to have to redo the bathroom.

EverythingInMjiniature Tue 05-Mar-13 08:09:39

What would you do if you broke your leg? It would put me off too, particularly with small children.

redandwhitesprinkles Tue 05-Mar-13 08:11:13

It would put me off and I would negotiate hard to reduce the price as I would have to replace the whole bathroom. If I loved the house I would still buy.

We have a separate shower and are going back to shower over bath as easier to clean and feels more spacious.

If you are not selling for 10 years then do what suits your needs. If you intend to sell relatively soon then put in a bath.

noisytoys Tue 05-Mar-13 08:14:34

One of my must haves (even looking at 1/2 bed flats) was a bath. No bath would be a deal breaker. Especially as no bath often looks like no room for a bath, even if there is room

drownangels Tue 05-Mar-13 08:17:25

I wouldn't buy without a bath unless the house was a going to be gutted and started again (and I'm not going through that again!)

RichManPoorManBeggarmanThief Tue 05-Mar-13 08:21:48

What red said. If you're there for the long term, then your love of a walk in shower (and over bath showers are just not the same) trumps the cost of just sticking a bath in when you come to sell. It's not as though you're removing an existing bath to put a shower in. The plumbing will all be there

If you're planning to move in, say, 2 years, then I'd probably put a bath in

ILikeBirds Tue 05-Mar-13 08:50:03

It wouldn't put me off. I'd prefer a bath and shower but it's not a deciding factor.

I'm surprised so many people view it as a dealbreaker when the cost of installing a bath is peanuts compared to the price of the average house.

drownangels Tue 05-Mar-13 09:41:22

It's not only the cost of buying and installing a bath, its all the other faff of buying new suite, re tiling etc. It would have to be a die for house and nothing else comes close before I would consider it.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 05-Mar-13 09:48:40

I would atm because I have a toddler. But once the toddler is old enough for a shower, I don't see I'll ever use the bath again. Since as far as I can remember, I have always have showers. (We have baths in our houses always though). I hate baths. So does my DH. I don't see any use of it except for bathing young children.

On the other hand, a friend of mine uses a baby tub to bath her toddler in the shower. So maybe even if I have a house without a bath, I wouldn't spend the money redoing the bathroom to put a bath in.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 05-Mar-13 09:51:19

And showers over bath is no substitute for a proper walk in shower.

It would not put me off.

I did a self build a few years ago, and put in two bathrooms, a small one with a corner shower. A huge bathroom, with another shower..... grin I guess it is possible to add a bath where I put my second bathroom worktop unit with cupboards for storing underwear, towels, pjs, etc. STORAGE is essential for me, not a bath tub. (I must admit I was considering putting a jacuzzi in, but then decided that I found storage much more attractive in a bathroom!)

I think, however, if we ever do a loft extension then en suite will have a bath....

MoreBeta Tue 05-Mar-13 10:01:31

It is OK to have a flat with just a shower as long as it is very impressive one but a house always needs one bath. Its what people expect and I say that ss someone who has not had a bath in 10 years..... although showered daily obviously.

WowOoo Tue 05-Mar-13 10:05:40

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath now that I have dc and I like a bath every now and again- especially if I'm achy from overdoing exercise.

My first flat had no bath and it was OK, but I was young ish, single and child free then.

If it's a 1 or 2 bed, maybe. But a family home, no.

jennybeadle Tue 05-Mar-13 10:10:17

I'm not sure if you can get them in this country, but how about one of those American style ultra shallow baths (good for toddlers, but essentially a deep shower tray).

It would be a walk in shower for me. We recently replaced the bath in the main bathroom with a MASSIVE walk in shower, and it is absolutely fabulous. The DDs are older though, and a big shower is better. Also, we still have a bath elsewhere in the house.

Londonderrysue Tue 05-Mar-13 10:17:25

Wouldn't bother me. I've just taken the bath out in my bathroom and replaced it with a walk in shower as I never used the bath. Having just had abdo surgery the walk in shower was so much easier.

Would be simple for anyone wanting a bath to take the shower cubicle out and to fit one, would take a day at most and cost very little.

dawntigga Tue 05-Mar-13 10:18:48

Baths affect resale and you will put off potential buyers if you do. It's weird but true.

I'dBuyAHouseWithoutABathButI'mOddTiggaxx

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 10:19:53

Lots of great feedback, most of it negative. Crap wink

We are doing the house to live in for at least until the kids are out of high school. Since DS is only 8yo, I'm hopeful that (barring unforeseen job moves) we should be here 10y or more.

The whole house is being renovated to a v high standard so hoping that would be enough to make up for the lack of bath.

Houses in the area are selling well atm, they are good FTB family homes - but of course they are the buyers who'd want a bath.

<undecided>

ILikeBirds Tue 05-Mar-13 10:27:11

10 years or more and I'd go with what you want. Especially if you can place a large shower in a position where you can swap it easily for a bath. You could always do it yourself before selling if you thought it was going to be an issue.

I think it's becoming more common than it was to get rid of the bath completely. Shower only can suit those with mobility issues too. Bath obsession is a v. British thing. None of my Danish relatives/friends have baths.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 05-Mar-13 10:30:10

Oh if you're going to live in it for 10 whole years then get a walk in shower, defo. It's too much of a compromise to make for that length of time to satisfy the hypothetical buyers of 2023. If necessary you can do the change yourself before selling. Apart from anything else there's sure a fair chance that you might need to do plumbing work within 10 years anyway.

magimedi Tue 05-Mar-13 10:31:02

I never bath & once tried selling a house without a bath & ended up having to reinstate the bath. A real pain.

But if you think you are staying for ten years I'd go with what you want & maybe put a bath in when you come to sell. Not a vastly expensive thing to do, you could even start saving for it now.

wfrances Tue 05-Mar-13 10:32:31

no, babies/small children need baths .
too much hassle to change when you want to sell.

ILikeBirds Tue 05-Mar-13 10:36:28

Judging by facebook photos most of my friends bath babies in the kitchen sink even though they have a bath

NichyNoo Tue 05-Mar-13 10:39:05

We bought an apartment with a big shower and no bath....was great whilst we were young, party animals but as soon as DS1 was born and now DS2 we definitely need a bath. DS1 is 2.5 years old and still washed in a baby bath every night....he does sometimes have showers with mummy or daddy but we would love a bath.

Yes, I hate baths.
I live in a HA property but my bathroom is getting re-fitted to make it suitable for my illness and will only have a shower. I'm not remotely bothered by losing the bath, and nor is DD.

orangepudding Tue 05-Mar-13 10:43:30

As you are going to be there 10 years get the walk in shower. If you were only planning to be there a couple of years then a bath would be better for resale.

OneLittleToddleTerror Tue 05-Mar-13 11:05:57

I think I agree with others who say since you have 10 years, then just get what you want now. In 10 years, your bathroom will be like those lime green suites. People will want to redo it anyway.

TooMuchRain Tue 05-Mar-13 11:10:13

It would put me off but it will need a new bathroom in 10 years anyway so I don't see a problem for you

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 14:25:48

lol at the lime green suites - my mum still has her lovely green cloakroom

Netto
How you doing? We need a new XF thread so we can catch up

Thanks all, will have a chat with DH about it. I got my choice for the floor tiles, so no idea how this will pan out

KindleMum Tue 05-Mar-13 14:46:17

The important thing for me would be that there is room for a bath. I'd expect to negotiate price to reflect having to redo the bathroom. If there's no room for a bath I wouldn't buy.

But I think you should view your house as your home, not just an investment, and live in it how you want. Have the shower and accept that when you come to sell you might have to install a bath. Or you might not.

fussychica Tue 05-Mar-13 16:01:51

Probably depends on the type of house as to whether it would put buyers off - family house people like baths for kids.
We live in a bungalow which had already had the bath out and a shower cubicle put in, we've just ripped it out and put in one almost identical to your pic (lovely & pretty good price) as we feel the cubicle is very restrictive. It therefore wouldn't put me off at all and I think our main market, should we sell, will be older folk who like to just walk into a shower - it's what most of the bungalows have around here.

I'm good thanks, just bumbling along. Looking to get a powerchair soon so I can be a bit more independent.
I love my new flat though.

Yfronts Tue 05-Mar-13 17:46:25

If I had or wanted children yes

bumbez Tue 05-Mar-13 17:55:08

It wouldn't put me off, in fact we are about to take our bath out too because there is no room for a shower and I hate the shower over bath thing.

SwedishEdith Tue 05-Mar-13 18:00:47

My friend replaced her baths with showers - children are older and no plans to move. She's quietly mentioned she misses the option of having a bath.

I would buy a great house without a bath but expect the price to reflect that - I'd put one in asap

No bath would put me off hugely.

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 18:03:19

I would buy a house without a bath if there was a big space in the bathroom where I could clearly see one could fit and I wouldn't lose anything.

If I could only have one by ripping out the shower, then no. I like to have both.

LadyIsabellaWrotham Tue 05-Mar-13 18:46:12

Not an option for the OP though Hecate - so you wouldn't buy her house no matter what she did (short of major remodelling).

HecateWhoopass Tue 05-Mar-13 19:50:28

Yes. That's right. That's why I said if I could only have one by ripping out the shower, then no.

Sorry, I obviously wasn't clear. I was answering the OPs q of would not having a bath put you off by saying that I wouldn't buy a house that couldn't have both, but I would buy a house that didn't have both.

Or I could have just been really very clear and simple and just said yes. it would put me off. grin

But you know me.

Never use one word when I can use 75! grin

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 05-Mar-13 19:54:09

No. Maybe of it was a holiday home but not for main residence.

TomArchersSausage Tue 05-Mar-13 19:54:32

Could you put in a shower bath?

No bath would put me off because I love baths.

MousyMouse Tue 05-Mar-13 19:57:47

wouldn't put me off.
I would quite like both, but as our bathroom is tiny and the dc and dh like bathing we will have to do with a showerbaththingamigig when re-doing the room in summer.
have a victorian rolltop atm which is useless, too narrow for me to sit in (and I' only a size 12) and so so cold in the mornings.

Isabeller Tue 05-Mar-13 20:01:21

In a previous home with a tiny bathroom I put in a shorter than average P-shaped bath with both a big fixed shower head over and a mixer tap with shower head. It was great, loads of room to shower in comfort and always the possibility of a bath. Although the shape wasn't traditional it was a great bath too.

Well, I am not fussed about baths so it wouldn't bother me. We have two young dc but it wouldn't bother me from that angle either, we could get a large baby bath to sit in the bottom or they could just come in the shower with me smile
DH, however, loves his bath, so I asked him too. He is very handy, so wouldn't be bothered as he would be able to install a new one. Then he got curious and asked about the style of shower so I showed him your picture. 'Ooooo, that's nice!, I'd consider losing the bath for that!' he said, so you might have converted a bath lover to showers here grin

GreenEggsAndNichts Tue 05-Mar-13 20:26:07

Only used the bath when I was going into labour, and now with my toddler. If we were buying a house and didn't have small children, we'd love a shower room.

Just put a bath in before you sell. It's very cheap in the scheme of things, and you've got years ahead of you to enjoy having the nice shower you want.

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 21:46:21

Whispers
ha. I really like that shower. Am thinking I can persuade DH by telling him we will get one of these showers

Hecate
lol. I know what you mean.

We can put in a shower bath but I don't findthem particularly chic

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 21:49:15

erm, persuade my DH, not yours. Although he might be convinced too

I said, 'it would be a shower big enough for two' smile

KatieMiddleton Tue 05-Mar-13 21:59:49

No I wouldn't buy a house without one.

But your house is for living in now. So put the shower in and then when you want to sell get a bath put in.

LexyMa Tue 05-Mar-13 22:00:55

We bought a house which I think from your previous threads is very similar sort of "house demographic", and it had a badly done wet room for the bathroom. One of those toilets 5cm higher than normal, a tiny sink like for a cloakroom, and a glued down (but not very well around the corners) non slip floor on a special shower tray recessed in the floor boards.

We bought the house because it was the right size and location for us, but we arrived with a six month old, and filling the baby bath from the shower head was very tiresome for the following year until we got round to ripping out the bathroom and replacing with a shower bath and normal sized sink and loo.

The shower you've linked looks like you would have to plumb the waste in your floor cavity, rather than being able to run it along above the boards as you would a bath. Or you would have to have the shower up on a step. It's very glamorous but if it is your only bathroom I think you have to be absolutely sure you will never want a nice long soak.

Adversecamber Tue 05-Mar-13 22:02:35

I don't bath but DS, football boots, cats that roll in yuck when out and about need hosing down.

I would always want a bath.

MmeLindor Tue 05-Mar-13 22:41:05

Lexy
We have survived the past 6 months in a shower that your have to run around in to get wet.

It would only be done if we can do it right. We have v good plumber and other tradesmen and would be done to a v good spec (DH is German and we are both rather fussy when it comes to stuff like this) so I am not worried about that.

I think we will see how the prices compare and go from there. Thanks for the opinions.

I would buy one without a bath, but only because the kids no longer need one. We have a very short tub with a shower over in the kids bathroom, it's only big enough for bathing kids. I'm short and tried it out and was not impressed. Dd is the youngest and takes showers in our en suite shower only now.
Next house we are pulling out the tub in the main bathroom and putting in a large shower as the en suite has a little cubicle shower, I banged my head twice reaching for soap and trying to shave my legs last time I used a small cubicle shower blush

yes, as little as we use baths and as much as I love my big shower I would still rather have a bath. There are times when only a bath will do (e.g. when I'm sick or achy or can't get warm). My kids are older and all of us are shower people, we still chose to put a bath in one of our bathrooms.

LexyMa Wed 06-Mar-13 09:57:50

"a shower that your have to run around in to get wet" - hee hee! grin

Yes, I did recall that your DH's somewhat Teutonic approach to build quality was about as far from my predecessors' use of the "bodgit 'n' scarper" installation company as one could imagine.

Good luck with the plans anyway. My DH likes the "requirements analysis" process of decision making, and we did a lot of mind mapping of how we were going to use rooms and therefore what fiitings we wanted in them (e.g. do you turn the lights on as you walk in the room or do you need to control them and the blinds from the sofa when you move into smoochy DVD-watching mode). However we tempered the personal requirements-driven plans with the amortisation over the time we expected to live there - ie we would have been somewhat more conventional about siting TV aerial points (rather than a ceiling mounted projector) if we thought we were likely to need to sell up relatively quickly.

MmeLindor Wed 06-Mar-13 10:45:00

OMG at the mind mapping and working out from where you'd be dimming lights. That is serious planning.

I am thinking of where I want sockets and stuff, but haven't gone htat far. Will now drive DH completely potty ...

Jayne266 Wed 06-Mar-13 11:04:18

I have got a house with a walk in shower and bought it like that and don't plan on putting a bath in. If it goes up for sale just make sure you mention it.

But it's your house you have it how you want it.

iseenodust Wed 06-Mar-13 11:11:57

No bath would put me off. No matter what the measurements unless it was clearly a huge showeroom I would be convinced it would be difficult to fit one in.

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 21:54:24

Have seen the plans with the shower in it and they are FANTASTIC so we are going with it.

As many have said, since we are hoping to be here a while, it seems sensible to do what we want, not what we think future buyers might want.

My mum said that they had a gate-leg table for 20 years cause they thought that they may not have room in the next flat for a normal table smile

ILikeBirds Fri 08-Mar-13 21:57:56

Ooh, share the plans please

I'm contemplating doing the same in our house.

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 22:07:34

Will try and upload onto profile.

MmeLindor Fri 08-Mar-13 22:45:22

ok, plans should be on profile now.

Am SO excited about having a decent shower.

MousyMouse Fri 08-Mar-13 22:57:46

looks proper huge.
good luck!

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