House has 1 1/2 baths. The main one is small (11x5) and has a stall
shower and separate tub. One way or another the bathroom is going to
get redone. I wouldn't have a problem using the tub as a shower and
using the space the stall shower takes up to put in a big sink/vanity
like the Significant Other wants, but several friends say that a
separate shower is a big convenience and selling point. Apparently
many people won't consider buying a house without a stall shower.
I suppose the correct answer is to do whatever we want to do. Neither
of us is quite near an age where climibing over a tub wall is a big
challenge. Still, I was shocked at the number of people who told me
that I'd be crazy to remove a stall shower.
When our house was still in the planning stages, we noticed that the master
bath had a tub and a shower and a two sink vanity.
The changes we made (easy when you are still dealing with paper) were to get
rid of the tub first. There is one in the other bathroom and one is enough.
Next change the vanity to a single sink. Our previous house had a two-sink
vanity and in 16 years there we never used both sinks. One was always
I think a tub comes in handy, particularly as we get older. Lying in
hot water, does seem to make things better. Of course, I haven't done
it in a year or two.
These rowhouses are really starter houses and folks often trade up and
move further from the city. So having a tub is important for young
families with young kids. That doesn't describe our situation though.
And, of course, nothing is forever. Whatever I do can be undone.
er: The only thing even close to being as useless as a tub is a shower
IYHO, of course...
Both of my daughters - late teens - still enjoy a nice long bubble
bath sometimes. Far be it from me to deny them this simple pleasure.
So if your tub get used, and all you have room for is a "shower in
one" then "useless" doesn't fit either case.
I like baths. I watch tv while I soak.
Also good for washing children too big for a bathinette, and probably
the smaller one's too. Try to get two people in a shower. And it's
good for washing big things. Or storing a live fish until it's time
to cook it.
Huh. It's easy to take a shower in a bathtub.
Also, when your furnace doesn't work, nothing else increases the
humidity and feeling of warmth as does a shower into a stopped bath
tub. Leave the bathroom door open and be sure to turn off the water
before the bathtub overflows. Then let the water sit there until it
(Second best is boiling water on the stove.)
Obviously you don't live in a very cold area, boiling water would do next to
nothing if my furnace went out (increasing humidity is a bad idea if the
house is cooling of in below freezing weather) --- I would stoke up the wood
I meant, "Try to wash a baby or a child in a shower." :)
I'm sure you're right if it's going to get below freezing inside the
house, but when is 40 or 30 or 20 out and it's going to go to 50
inside, or 40 or 35 inside, an increase in humidity I'll bet has as
much effect anywhere as it does here.
If he takes out the bathtub, he could put a wood stove in that spot.
I've always tought the ideal house would have...
1. tile or concrete floors
2. all rooms with a drain
3. furnishings built in on concrete or hung from the ceiling
Bring in a hose and hose the sucker down :)
When I worked out in the Marshall Islands some years ago, we
had housing units that were built in Australia. The units
were like trailers with two rooms with separate outside doors
and a bathroom in the middle with an interior door to each
side. The floors were a hot welded seamed Vinyl material that
curved up the side of the walls instead of a flat baseboard.
This made it sort of a tub and very easy to hose out and clean.
I thought how practical the Aussie designers are and how well
they know construction workers who drink a lot and barf all
over the floor. There's also that little tracking mud in the
hut thing but I still believe it was for the barfing construction
We have two bathrooms...guest bath has a tub/shower combo and the master
has a wide vanity and a stall shower. We never use the tub, unless I'm
cleaning something like venetian blinds :o) I would definitely want a
stall shower if we moved, but it probably would not be a buying-point.
Being without a tub might limit future sales, esp. to families with
If you go with a stall shower and plan to stay in the home, be sure to
allow for grab-bars, hand-held shower and some sort of seating - those
things might become important when ya' get really old or if limited by
In our house there is bathroom on every level including basement.
All has separate shower stall with glass door and tiled walls.
Main bath has Jacuzzi tub. Most of time we shower and at least on week
end we soak in the tub. Also main bath vanity has two sinks, enough room
for wife doing make up with big wall mirror. If one thing I want, I'd
install multi head steam shower. Having separate shower is very handy.
Also we have sauna in the enclosed 4 season sun room which we
use a lot all season.
I'd seriously look at the house floorplan and see if it would be
possible to add a nice master bath, potentially with a small addition.
Depending on the details, adding such a new bath may not cost much more
than remodeling (replacing) an existing one.
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