Opinions Please! - Is replacing our only household bath with a shower a good idea?

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Denwand
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Opinions Please! - Is replacing our only household bath with a shower a good idea?

Postby Denwand » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:19 pm

Hi all

really interested in your opinions.

We have a downstairs utility room with a loo/shower cubicle /hand basin and and upstairs family bathroom with a bath with Mira shower at one end (plus loo and basin)

I can't remember the last time I had a bath instead of a shower - and my husbands reckons he had one once last year!...Our two boys are totally shower-only.

So about to refurbish the family bathroom - would throwing out the bath and replacing it with a big shower cubicle be a good idea?

I understand that a bath is not so important to "modern" families and the lack of one would not devalue our house should we sell later on.

What does everyone think? Would a bath-less 4 bedroom house be harder to shift on the property market?

All responses welcome thanks! 
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robinm
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Re: Opinions Please! - Is replacing our only household bath with a shower a good idea?

Postby robinm » Wed Mar 18, 2020 12:46 pm

If you're in the property for the medium/long term, then do what makes you and your family happy :). Prospective buyers will realise they can rework the room to suit them - it won't be the reason they don't buy your property!
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Re: Opinions Please! - Is replacing our only household bath with a shower a good idea?

Postby RupertRedBox » Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:46 pm

I agree with robinm’s advice- if you are planning to stay in your home for the long term, then you should design your new bathroom to suit your needs.  When you decide to sell, your agent can advise you and, depending on the state of the market, you could refurbish your bathroom at that time to attract buyers by replacing your shower with a shower/bath.  Depending on the configuration of your bathroom (and any plumbing issues) you could install a bathtub with a shower above it relatively cheaply- a fairly decent bathtub costs around £100ish. 

We regularly renovate bathrooms and whether or not a client installs a bath or shower depends on a number of factors- the type of property and number of bathrooms they have, their needs and whether they plan to sell or let the property in the short term.  I think that not having a bathtub is more of an issue if you let a family home (because families with small children can be put off renting a home without a bathtub) but it is less of an issue if you are planning to sell because buyers tend to renovate kitchens and bathrooms after they move in to suit their own needs and taste.
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