After much soul searching, and a long thread on Mumsnet asking ‘Would you buy a house without a bathtub?’, we ignored all advice and went ahead with the plan of only installing a shower. Our reasons were
- The bathroom was not big enough to fit a bathtub and separate shower
- I don’t like having to climb into bathtub to have a shower
- Our children are older, and prefer to shower
- I haven’t had a bath in years
The only reason for installing a bathtub would be that the house would be easier to sell with a bath. We plan to stay here for some time, so that was not really a reason to not do what we really want. When we started on this project, we decided that we would do what we want, not what we think other people would look for in a house.
I read a good tip online – make the shower the same size as a bath, so that if you do sell, it is reasonably easy to retrofit a bathtub, and this is what we decided to do.
We had chosen a plumber, based on a recommendation, and started looking at sanitary ware. While browsing the catalogues he brought, we found a sink that we liked but couldn’t see from the pictures exactly what it looked like. Searching online, we discovered that we could get the same sink much cheaper from an online bathroom store. Our plumber tried, but could not source the items for the same price – we were good 25% cheaper ordering them online.
In retrospect, I don’t think I would do this again. The sanitary ware was delivered in time and was fine, but I had forgotten to order some parts for the shower and when we put the loo and sink into place, we realised that the back-to-wall pan wouldn’t fit. Waiting for the delivery of the missing parts held up the work for a few days. If you know *exactly* what you need, then go ahead and order online, otherwise go to the local plumbers’ merchant. For the record, we used Bathroom Village, and they were extremely helpful, as were Grohe who we phoned in Germany on an English Bank Holiday to find out what parts we needed to order.
The bathroom was tiled in rather fetching green tiles, which when removed left the walls in quite a state. The walls were replastered, and a small bulkhead installed to hide the pipes under the window. The windowsill was deep enough to cover the bulkhead, the front of which was clad in the same wet wall that we had used for the shower. There was a bit left over, so we carried the wetwall along the side of the sink.
Still to do in the bathroom:
- tiles along the side of the sink, and the window
- mirror from top of tiles to ceiling
- some kind of storage above radiator
- shelf of some sort in shower
- tiled skirting (upstand)