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Is a bath a necessity?

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ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 15:34:47

I'm currently planning how our new house will be bathrooms wise. Upstairs we can either have an en suite and a small shower room or one massive room. Downstairs we can either have a lovely walk in shower but no bath or a shower over bath

I'd love 2 shower rooms upstairs and a walk in shower downstairs but that would mean no bath. We haven't got children yet but want them and we wouldn't be moving before then.

We have a bath no and I think it's been used once in 3 years
What would you do?

vestandknickers Thu 30-Jul-15 15:37:29

Definitely need a bath with children.

Also useful if you ever get a hamster. They can run around in it while you clean the cage out!

RiverTam Thu 30-Jul-15 15:40:39

I don't suppose you need a bath, I think baths can be unusual in other countries and I'm sure they manage with DC.

GoooRooo Thu 30-Jul-15 15:41:38

I wouldn't have a house with no bath with children.

Also will make it harder to sell in the future.

Iggly Thu 30-Jul-15 15:42:06

We use the bath for the children. They didn't like showers when young. Plus much easier for washing their hair and practical things like dumping wet bed sheets etc after accidents

morethanpotatoprints Thu 30-Jul-15 15:43:35

Definitely, even if you shower mostly there are times when it's just a bath that will do.
If you have small children one is pretty necessary.
I wouldn't have a house without the option.

morethanpotatoprints Thu 30-Jul-15 15:44:42

Why do you need so many showers, you can only use one at once?

mandy214 Thu 30-Jul-15 15:48:10

Wouldn't buy a house without a bath (with children) unless the price reflected that I would need to put one in. I am the exception to the norm, I hardly ever shower, always bathe. Would be a dealbreaker for me.

ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 15:53:54

Thanks for the feedback

Would you go for
A) en suite to master, shower room upstairs and bathroom with shower over downstairs

B) bathroom with shower over downstairs and a larger shower room upstairs - if this option would the shower room be an en suite or separate, one other small bedroom upstairs

I know we don't need 3, we're just aware that people are looking for houses might have big families so trying to make the house have as much value to others as possible

Floralnomad Thu 30-Jul-15 15:57:17

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath ,but then i also wouldn't want a downstairs bathroom .

addictedtosugar Thu 30-Jul-15 15:58:46

Think I'd have a massive room upstairs, with a lovely shower and a bath in it. Or at least plan the rooms so a bath could be retrofitted.

addictedtosugar Thu 30-Jul-15 16:00:02

Where are your bedrooms?

mandy214 Thu 30-Jul-15 16:01:17

Neither of those options!

I'd have a family bathroom with shower over bath upstairs. If you can squeeze an ensuite in too then all well and good but the priority should be a decent sized family bathroom.

I'd have a small shower room downstairs if you have the space, but I don't think showers / bathrooms downstairs work at all really, you just need a loo and a sink. I'd therefore use the downstairs space as living space / utility etc.

ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 16:02:03

So there will be master bedroom and single bedroom upstairs, and 3 bedrooms downstairs eventually (when we've finished doing the work, it's a loft conversion and a full refurbishment)

superram Thu 30-Jul-15 16:02:37

Have you gotta boiler that can feed 3 showers? If not why bother? You need a bath.

Stubbed Thu 30-Jul-15 16:03:33

Personally would have a sheet downstairs and bath upstairs. Better for children to have a bath upstairs and shower downstairs would be used for washing after exercise / gardening (at least in this house it would)

En suite only if you really need one. No one likes to wash in a poky room with no natural light which makes your bedroom damp and stinky. Having said that, ours is massive with a full size window, bath and separate shower, so that's ok.

Letsallgotobed Thu 30-Jul-15 16:05:48

I'd never buy a house without a bath. Three hours in the bath on Sunday afternoon with a book and a bottle of wine is an absolute MUST.

ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 16:11:55

Haha ok so we will defiantly keep the bath downstairs with a shower over. If we didn't have bedrooms downstairs I wouldn't worry so much about a bathroom down there but give that there are it seems sensible.

ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 16:13:16

Good point about the boiler. I suspect we would never have 3 running at once.

It's just what to prioritise upstairs, statement bathroom or 2 smaller shower rooms

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Thu 30-Jul-15 16:13:28

So when you say downstairs, do you mean on the first floor, so:
Top floor; master and single
Middle floor: 3 bedrooms
Ground floor: Living accommodation

Twinkie1 Thu 30-Jul-15 16:15:46

I wouldn't buy a house without a bath just so I had the option.

Our DCs shower, they hate baths, DD 20m will in fact have a shower 4 times a day some days as she won't let you go in alone if she catches you or yu utter the word shower!

ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 16:15:58

No, it's currently a 2/3 bed bungalow with a bathroom. We're converting the loft adding two bedrooms, one being master and second single bedroom.

Sorry I've not been clear on that

LifeIsBetterInFlipFlops Thu 30-Jul-15 16:20:00

Thanks for clarification; Option A

blossommy Thu 30-Jul-15 16:21:23

If it was a choice between a bedroom/kitchen/ tv/ garden etc etc etc - the bath would win every time.

(and that's got nothing to do with the children. There are some times when only a long bath will do.)

ozzia Thu 30-Jul-15 16:35:12

The en suite and upstairs shower room would be 2.2m x 1.7m

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