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#1 *CalamityJane*

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:08 PM

I'm (finally!) planning a bathroom reno for later this year.  I originally had grand plans for a major reno which involved moving the bathroom to another part of the house and making it larger etc, however we have now decided that we will be moving on from this house in the next 2-3 years so will just redo the existing bathroom with resale in mind.  It will be a complete redo, as it needs a new ceiling and there is obvious water damage in at least one wall so I can basically start from scratch.

The house is a 3x1, and the bathroom is very small.  The bathroom currently has a claw foot bath, separate shower and a small vanity (leaving no room to swing a cat and next to no storage).  It's very likely that any potential buyers will be young families due to the area.  My thinking is that for that reason, we will need to retain a bath.  For our purposes before we sell, I would like to free up some space in the bathroom for more room to move, and a larger vanity, so I am leaning towards a shower over bath.  Ideally, I'd like to have the claw foot re-enamelled as it is quite lovely and in keeping with the house (Federation era).

My questions for EBers are as follows:

  • If you have a shower over bath, would the idea of getting up and over the edge of a claw foot bath to have a shower put you off?  
  • If so, would the appeal of wallowing in a lovely deep bath win you over in the end?
  • Or, would you prefer a more modern, shallower bath (perhaps with a shelf on the end to the wall to create some extra storage space)?
  • Does a shower over bath cross the house off your list altogether?

Supplementary questions:
  • If you only have one small bathroom, what are your absolute must-haves?
  • Can you link me up to any small bathroom renovation internet porn  tongue.gif ?






#2 marnie27

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:15 PM

I wouldn't care about a bath, I'd rather just a shower than a shower over a bath. Claw baths are lovely but I housesat with one that had a shower over it and it was so annoying because water would escape and you had to have the old fashioned shower curtains - I hate those! Give me a bath with a glass screen door any day! I've showered my babies from newborn anyway.

Though I think from other threads on EB I will be in the minority.

#3 niggles

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:17 PM

If you search for my posts in this forum you can see my small bathroom reno in a 3x1.

My preference is for a separate shower. It's a strong preference. A clawfoot would be a deal breaker I think. I could live with something wider. I hate the feeling of my feet being locked in position while I shower.

I designed a disappearing shower area next to the bath. It's easiest to explain after you see the photos.

#4 bailee

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:26 PM

I live in a 3x 1 with the bathroom being small. Would not have bought it if the shower was in the bath. I could cope if there was an ensuite with separate shower but not with no separate shower in the house. I'd rather have a shower than storage. We have only the vanity unit as storage in our bathroom. What is to keep in there but a few toiletries? We keep towels in the laundry cupboard and dont keep too much in the bathroom.

#5 HurryUpAlready

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

I'd prefer shower over a bath, but not the claw foot. Too hard to get in & out and too hard to bath the baby in (when at that age where you still need to hold them),

I'd prefer something more modern with a half glass shower screen to minimise water splash (I really hate shower curtains, ew).

I think storage is another big must.

To me, saving room by doing the shower/bath combo, allowing you to have a bigger vanity (with decent bench space on top as well as good storage underneath) sounds like a good plan. in fact, it's exactly what I did in an apartment reno some years ago and it worked really well.

I don't have a photo of it here, but I've seen a toilet that can be installed in a corner (the cistern is shaped so that it fits neatly into a corner), it's a great space saver in a tight bathroom!

ETA: a window that opens is another "must" for me (although not always possible, I know), and an exhaust fan. And if I was really lucky with no budget to stick to, under floor heating!

Oh, and floor to ceiling wall tiles.

Edited by HurryUpAlready, 08 January 2013 - 11:30 PM.


#6 Fillyjonk

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:27 PM

Clawfoot bath is a nice touch in a hotel bathroom where someone else does the cleaning. I would not have one in my own house.

I am not decided on a shower-bath. We do have one at the moment, and it is great for the kids. However, we had my parents in law stay with us for a week and I think they found it a bit difficult to get in and out. So if you are not going to have a conventional shower as well as the bath, I would probably forego the bath. Though I guess it is less likely to be an issue with the demographic you mentioned.

The two things at the top of my wishlist are:
- out of reach medicine cabinet (probably one built into a mirror), and
- lots of powerpoints (we never have enough in our bathrooms)





#7 *CalamityJane*

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

Thanks so much for the quick ideas!

QUOTE (niggles @ 08/01/2013, 09:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you search for my posts in this forum you can see my small bathroom reno in a 3x1.

My preference is for a separate shower. It's a strong preference. A clawfoot would be a deal breaker I think. I could live with something wider. I hate the feeling of my feet being locked in position while I shower.

I designed a disappearing shower area next to the bath. It's easiest to explain after you see the photos.


Oh, I will go and search, thanks.

QUOTE (HurryUpAlready @ 08/01/2013, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'd prefer shower over a bath, but not the claw foot. Too hard to get in & out and too hard to bath the baby in (when at that age where you still need to hold them),

I'd prefer something more modern with a half glass shower screen to minimise water splash (I really hate shower curtains, ew).

I think storage is another big must.

To me, saving room by doing the shower/bath combo, allowing you to have a bigger vanity (with decent bench space on top as well as good storage underneath) sounds like a good plan. in fact, it's exactly what I did in an apartment reno some years ago and it worked really well.

I don't have a photo of it here, but I've seen a toilet that can be installed in a corner (the cistern is shaped so that it fits neatly into a corner), it's a great space saver in a tight bathroom!

ETA: a window that opens is another "must" for me (although not always possible, I know), and an exhaust fan. And if I was really lucky with no budget to stick to, under floor heating!


I was thinking the same with the claw foot TBH.  We bathed our newborns in the laundry trough, they didn't get into the bath until they could sit.  I have dodgy knees, so personally I would prefer not to have it, it's just that I wondered if it might have some appeal to buyers to keep it.  We have a separate toilet, so I won't need to squeeze that in, thank goodness!  We have an opening (leadlight) window.  Under floor heating...mmm

QUOTE (with the goo goose @ 08/01/2013, 09:27 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Clawfoot bath is a nice touch in a hotel bathroom where someone else does the cleaning. I would not have one in my own house.

I am not decided on a shower-bath. We do have one at the moment, and it is great for the kids. However, we had my parents in law stay with us for a week and I think they found it a bit difficult to get in and out. So if you are not going to have a conventional shower as well as the bath, I would probably forego the bath. Though I guess it is less likely to be an issue with the demographic you mentioned.

The two things at the top of my wishlist are:
- out of reach medicine cabinet (probably one built into a mirror), and
- lots of powerpoints (we never have enough in our bathrooms)


I'm thinking of a large mirror with a cabinet behind as well.


#8 Maniacal_laugh

Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:37 PM

Another vote here for separate bath/ shower. I wouldn't buy
a 3x1 with a shower over the bath, unless bathroom wasnt renovated (and price would reflect this). I don't think a claw foot bath would sway me either way. For me, bathroom storage isn't that important, although I'm sure there are clever tricks you could do to improve it in a small space if you
are doing a reno. Perhaps check on
Pinterest?

#9 *CalamityJane*

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:04 AM

niggles, just found your thread and that shower is a clever idea!  Unfortunately, not even that would fit in our bathroom LOL.  

If we were staying here forever, I would just have a shower and that would give us enough space.  I'm just worried about not having a bath for resale really.

#10 wiggles

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:08 AM


I prefer a separate bath and shower.  It was something I preferred when buying this house.

Does anyone have the link to niggles bathroom post. Sound interesting.

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#11 *CalamityJane*

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:10 AM

http://www.essentialbaby.com.au/forums/ind...&hl=niggles

#12 schoolmum

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:13 AM

Claw foot baths don't really do it for me either, all I can think of is all the dust and muck that would get caught under it.

Just a thought, are you able to get a shower in your laundry? and then just have a bath in the bathroom, or a shower/bath.

All the best with the reno, we are currently redoing the original bathroom at the moment. Though lucky for us we added on a few years and built another bathroom in the new part of the house, so it is not too much of a hassle, except for the mess. In the new bathroom we have a separate shower and bath, in the one we are renovating we are putting in just a shower and basin (the toilet is separate) and installing a linen cupboard in the spare space opening on to the passage.

#13 wiggles

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:26 AM

Thanks *CalamityJane*

Niggles that bathroom looks great.



#14 Acidulous Osprey

Posted 09 January 2013 - 12:34 AM

We had a tiny bathroom with a really nice clawfoot.  Once we conceded there was no freaking way we could design a decent workable bathroom with the clawfoot bath, it got a lot easier.

#15 barrington

Posted 09 January 2013 - 02:26 AM

I would look at having a small corner bath and separate shower.  And building decent cupboards behind a large set of mirrors instead of a bench vanity.  With a shelf under the mirror to store all of the things you would usually put on top of the vanity.

#16 Missmarymack

Posted 09 January 2013 - 03:56 AM

The cleaning behind and under a claw for scares me, so that combined with a shower over bath would be a deal breaker for me.

Otherwise I also like a window that opens and large tiles so that there is less grout to clean biggrin.gif

#17 Feral timtam

Posted 09 January 2013 - 06:10 AM

As few nooks and crannies for muck to accumulate as possible!

I look for room to park a chair for supervising the little darlings while they bathe.

I'd go for a shower over the bath with a glass screen. I'd rather not have a ledge at the end for extra storage because in my experience crap just accumulates on them. I'd rather have a small narrow cupboard built in beside the bath if there is room for it.

I don't like deep baths, they're harder for people with mobility issues to get in and out of and they give me the heebies where child safety is concerned. We've recently ripped the shower over spa arrangement out of the upstairs bathroom because MIL could not use it when her arthritis was playing up.

Clawfoot baths take up a massive amount of room. If space is a premium I'd be getting rid of it.

#18 Bluenomi

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

Always a seperate shower, DH and I refused to buy a house that didn't have one. I hate having to climb into a bath to have a shower and they are always narrower and fell more restricted.

Not a big fan of claw baths either, they are much harder to deal with when trying to bath toddlers and babies.

#19 ubermum

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:10 AM

After living in my current house, I want a double shower. It doesn't need to have two shower heads (although my current one does) but I would like the recess to be 2000 X 900 in size. We rarely use the bath in the main bathroom, rather me and the three kids get in the ensuite double shower.  I could totally live without a bath in the house, yet before I had kids, would not have considered a house without one.

Other than that, plenty of under basin storage.

#20 dolcengabbana

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:18 AM

Separate Shower for us is a must.
Bath is a must not concerned on claw foot or standard bath tub.
I put power points inside my cupboards so my hair dryer is plugged in and ghd although turned off at the point they sit on an easily accessible shelf ready to use anytime.
Enough storage is essential good mirror that isn't too high that children can use especially if there is only 1 bathroom.

#21 DamiansMama

Posted 09 January 2013 - 08:23 AM

I would certainly go the separate bath to shower. Always chose a shade darker for floor tiles (I have white and my brown hair is all over the place), large tiles on floor and wall make the room 'appear' bigger, a space cut into the wall for shampoo, etc, in the shower, inbuilt shaving cabinet (flush with wall tiles) as again it makes the room appear bigger.

Another biggie is ask the tiler to make the floor of the bathroom, flush with the remainder of the house, thus limiting the stubbing of the toes  unsure.gif  and makes the look much cleaner / neater.

#22 Pearson

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:06 AM

Why don't you make it a wet room? Easy toclean, not so much worry about size or splash etc. Claw foot baths are pretty, but a pita to clean. I am a shower over bath person, one less thing to clean!
You could still get a federation look with the tiles and colours and hardware you choose.
Try looking up Sarah Richardson, she is an interior designer in Canada and does sarah's house etc.
You could get some ideas from her website.

#23 Apageintime

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:12 AM

I never minded showever over bath, until I had a DH who had a knee operation and couldn't get in and out of one. I would never get one now.

Also, the claw foot would be lovely to look at, but I suspect a real pest to clean!

In bathrooms I look for lots of light, floor to ceiling tiles, a nuetral colour and storage. A full size mirror is a plus (if not one anywhere else in the house).

#24 Jane Jetson

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:15 AM

I don't mind a shower over bath (though I prefer them separate, it wouldn't be a deal breaker) and as a vintage enthusiast I would *adore* a claw foot, but I would also be concerned about safety when bathing the kids - and if you think a young family is a likely buyer, some may be put off by it.

Lots of storage - medicine cabinet etc - is also good, but since I just bought a house with little bathroom storage that's clearly not a deal-breaker either!

#25 SMforshort

Posted 09 January 2013 - 09:33 AM

Another vote for a shower.

A couple of other things to think about:

- work out where you want to put your towel rails as leaving these to the last minute can be problematic
- I love wall niches.  We have them in our showers and above the bath.  We have recessed a box that is about 20cm square between the stud walls and then tiled them with the normal wall tiles.  This provides shelves for shampoo etc that don't jut out into the room.

SM




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