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Would you buy a house without a bath?

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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?

NettoSuperstar Tue 05-Mar-13 16:02:51

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

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Tue 05-Mar-13 18:01:35

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.

WhispersOfWickedness Tue 05-Mar-13 20:08:28

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

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

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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

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.

SquinkiesRule Wed 06-Mar-13 03:50:47

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

SelfconfessedSpoonyFucker Wed 06-Mar-13 06:06:54

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.

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