This post is not aimed at people who shy away from washing themselves or kids who scream at the mere mention of getting into the tub, it is aimed at people and even families who are thinking about forgoing the joys of a bath in favour of a nice big shower.
Showers have found favour in modern households because they are quicker, they use less water and are cheaper, usually, than filling a bathtub. Despite this and the fact that many of us never use our baths for their intended purpose, we still insist on putting them into our bathrooms when we give them a makeover. Are you brave enough to go bath-free and install a shower only bathroom into your home (and we don’t mean as an ensuite)?
If this is something you have been thinking about for your bathroom makeover, you may wonder what the pros and cons of such a move would be. The following might just help you to make up your mind.
- Baths are family friendly. It is hard to wash young children in a shower. They don’t usually like having the water fall on their heads and they see bath time as play time. It is hard to play in a shower unless you are pretending that it is raining.
- It might be harder to sell your home. If you have more than two bedrooms your target market is likely to be families, who for the reasons above prefer baths in their bathrooms. The same applies to the elderly who find it easier to use a bath than a shower.
- It may be more expensive. Often it is possible to buy bathroom suites consisting of a bath, sink and toilet which all match at knock down prices. You can get away with plain white suites and minimal tiling. A shower (if it is your only form of washing facility) will need to be good quality with fully tiled or lined walls or cubicle. This all adds to the cost.
- Much more space. Many modern homes have relatively small bathrooms with showers above the bath. The simple act of removing a bath and putting in a shower can free up a great deal of space. You could use this area for extra seating or storage.
- More individual. A bath is a bath – basically. There are a few options in terms of the shape of bath or the material, but when it comes to colour or design, there is not that much to choose from. However you can choose from a multitude of shower enclosures with various door openings. Or you could design a walk in shower or even a wet room. Your choices become much more open once the bath has been removed from the picture.
- More shower options. Showers above baths leave us with fewer options. It can be difficult to add in multi jets and the space is always limited meaning you cannot have really high pressure. A shower only bathroom can incorporate several water jets at different heights, rainfall shower heads and even seating within the shower.
- You can have a wetroom. Turning your bathroom into a wetroom is not possible with a bath. But with wall to wall tiling and the correct waterproofing, your bathroom can become a luxurious wetroom with all the modern facilities you would expect.
Discounting a bath-free bathroom because of tradition or what you are used to is limiting your options in terms of design and shower options. Think of the extra space and the fun you could have designing a room which isn’t one third full of a bath you will never use.