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Bathroom refurb-shower cubicle or not?

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Polkadot1974 Sun 14-Jan-18 19:54:10

We have quite a small bathroom but could “just” fit a cubicle in. Had a decent plan from the bath store but outrageous fitting cost. Well maybe not outrageous but I can’t afford 7.8k!!
Anyway I digress - if I can get a separate shower, should I? Will I regret sticking with current shower over bath ?
Anyone done a bathroom lately and willing to share their dos and don’ts?
Thank you!

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Outlookmainlyfair Sun 14-Jan-18 21:04:32

I know loads of people who are getting rid of baths to just have showers, I wouldn’t but still it seems to be a trend from what I here.
For a budget I always go for simple (cheap) white tiles and spend more on taps / shower.
Good luck, I will be watching this thread as I have 2 bathrooms to do this year.

Polkadot1974 Sun 14-Jan-18 21:14:48

I want to keep the bath but I’m wary of shoe-horning a shower in as well and making it look poky. We’ve got white tiles at present and it looks horrible
I like grey/beige textured tiles to try and get something low fashion and a bit more durable but we may just have to buy the stuff and look at it as the fitting costs so much!

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Polkadot1974 Mon 15-Jan-18 18:17:03

Husband is really unsure about an enclosure now too but replacing like with like aside from new tiles makes me feel a bit meh

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Cantspell2 Mon 15-Jan-18 19:54:01

I did my small bathroom a couple of years ago and went for large white tiles which were quite cheap but made it look more expensive by using a more expensive border around the room at chest height.
Put the shower over the bath with a good quality glass screen, slim line cabinet over the sink and replaced the radiator with wall mounted heated towel rails.
Used a plain white suite with a good quality thermostatically controlled tapes and a decent shower pump. Finished off with large pale grey floor tiles. Did the whole thing for less than £5k and that included doing the loo to match.

Polkadot1974 Mon 15-Jan-18 19:59:35

Sounds lovely. Would you be happy to send me a pic?

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whitemarble Mon 15-Jan-18 20:29:05

Can you post a copy of the proposed layout with dimensions?

I think unless it is going to be really crammed in so that it isn't really practical then you should aim to include a shower cubicle as well.

Polkadot1974 Mon 15-Jan-18 20:29:44

I’ll try and do a sketch after I’ve eaten

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Polkadot1974 Mon 15-Jan-18 21:09:00

I’m not allowed to post any images as already put some in style and beauty. Bugger

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Polkadot1974 Mon 15-Jan-18 21:19:28

Of a frock not my bathroom. That’d be weird!

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Polkadot1974 Wed 17-Jan-18 00:20:16

Try again

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WalkingEverywhere Wed 17-Jan-18 09:19:36

I would do a shower over the bath. However I'd get a slightly wider bath than usual so it feels more roomy. It's what I've just done in my family bathroom.

You bathroom would be too cramped with a separate shower cubicle.

Cantspell2 Wed 17-Jan-18 11:23:01

My tiles and border. Can’t take a full photo at the moment as in the process of decorating and putting a new ceiling in upstairs hallway so bathroom is a mess of plaster dust and spare bits of plaster board.

JustGettingStarted Wed 17-Jan-18 11:26:35

I think a nice shower over bath (not a curtain, bath has a comfortable bottom that doesn't slope too precipitously, shower head large and on a hose attachment) would be perfectly lovely. But cramming in a tiny shower... What would be the advantage? More to clean (and some designs are difficult to clean), less space.

In your shoes, I'd use that space for some lovely storage - linens and toiletries.

GaraMedouar Wed 17-Jan-18 11:32:06

I have a P- shaped bath down the shower end and a glass screen - it gives a nice amount of room for the shower. Tiles are grey marble look - from Topps Tiles and were cheap but look nice and smart. Rest of decor is white. Looks nice and clean but not too stark.

RavenLG Wed 17-Jan-18 11:46:58

I'd avoid shower cubical just because I absolutely HATE cleaning them. the water streaks, the drying, the squeegee-ing.. I can't. I hate it! We've just bought a house with only a shower cubicle (no bath) and I'm desperate to get rid and get an over bath shower and curtain.

Polkadot1974 Wed 17-Jan-18 21:07:49

Interesting. I can’t get wider bath unless I put it along the window wall as the room is only as wide as the bath on either side of the door. Maybe a nicer shower screen would be ok - I think it’s shower screen putting me off as I find they get in the way of the bath experience somehow

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Polkadot1974 Wed 17-Jan-18 22:15:48

I’m thinking nice new bath. Taps in the middle and folding shower screen. Plus new naice storage would work. Thanks all. Now to choose storage! Send me your bathroom storage solutions !

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Polkadot1974 Wed 17-Jan-18 22:46:26

Thanks for the pics by the way !

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WalkingEverywhere Wed 17-Jan-18 23:46:37

Even if you can't get a wider bath you can still get one that looks more roomy. See photos to see what I mean.

I've got a bath shower screen that I love. I looked at a million or so before finding it. Slight exaggeration but it felt like I looked at that many. It folds in two so if you are having a bath it's out the way. It isn't framed so looks light and has less bits to clean. DETAILS HERE I though I paid about £350 a few months ago. Maybe it was on sale - I can't remember

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Polkadot1974 Thu 18-Jan-18 13:55:09

That looks great thanks!

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ClaraAnnesley Thu 18-Jan-18 13:59:48

Here are some pictures to give an ideas about bathroom renovation. When the layout is designed right, you can often have both bathtub and shower. To save some space you could do a little refurbishment and separate it with just a wall of glass, see in picture.

user1484313858 Thu 18-Jan-18 14:06:51

We've just gone for a the widest straight bath we could get (about 750mm) with a nice quality concealed thermo shower/8mm screen/rain shower head... I was sorely tempted to rip out the bath (no small children) and have a massive shower cubicle, but then lying in the bath on a Friday night in winter with a glass of wine is great too... demolition starting Monday, very excited!!

Full refurb including tiling/electrics/suite, but not including floor or decoration, approx £4k. Oh, we're also having a tiled bath panel which I thought might look nice!

sergeantmajor Thu 18-Jan-18 15:02:14

At home our shower is over the bath. We chose a bath where one end is flat not sloped, to make it easier to stand.
I'm doing up another bathroom for a rental property and considering adding a shower cubicle into a big unused cupboard. My thinking is that it's only the additional cost of a shower tray (cheap), as I'd need to buy a shower screen anyway, so I'd just buy a door instead of a screen.
Does anyone think that people prefer a separate shower to an over-bath one in general?

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