Bath or shower? The pros and cons.

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It's the age old debate—the shower versus the bathtub, their purpose and which one, or if both, are the better option for a bathroom. As bathroom sizes are shrinking in favour of open planned living spaces and bigger bedrooms, homeowners are now faced with the dilemma of choosing if they will still put in a bathtub and shower ensemble.

The biggest question is whether or not the choice we make now will affect us later in terms of resale value of our homes. What is it that most buyers are looking out for in their decision to buy a new home? There are many questions to be answered regarding this. Therefore, today, we will be discussing the pros and cons of both, and hopefully help you to come to a decision in the design of your bathroom.

Tucked away

A narrow bathroom can be solved by dedicating the back space to a shower alcove, and for those who see no use for a bathtub. Leaving room only for a sink, mirror and towel rack, this designer has chosen to maximise the usage and features of the shower. As you can see, there is storage space inside the shower, a regular showerhead has been replaced by a waterfall head and hose and finally, slate tiles line the ceiling and floor to make showering a pleasurable and enjoyable experience.

Space saving showers

Small Bathroom Redesign: modern Bathroom by Studio TO
Studio TO

Small Bathroom Redesign

Studio TO

A small bathroom does not mean you need to compromise on style, it does however, mean you will need to make the decision between shower or bathtub. In this instance, the size of this bathroom does not permit for the horizontal length of a tub, and in essence, only has room for the shower unit. Nevertheless, a floating sink, mirror and toilet, in conjunction with the large floor to ceiling tiles, creates a slight optical illusion and makes the space feel larger than it actually is.

The shower bath

Family Bathroom: modern Bathroom by CATO creative
CATO creative

Family Bathroom

CATO creative

The shower bath - you either love them or you hate them; there is very rarely a middle ground. Loved for their functionality given they have a dual purpose in such a small amount of space, hated because they sometimes remind us of the days spent renting in student accommodation. Despite this somewhat negative connotation, they really do provide current and future homeowners with the best of both worlds. You have the option of a quick daily shower, and to soak in the tub after a hard day at work.

Single freestanding tub

For those who truly value their daily cleansing routine and their downtime, a single freestanding tub is the perfect option if you allow plenty of time to get ready, are rarely in a hurry, and enjoy taking the time to rejuvenate after a busy day. Given that showers are far more prevalent in requirements for home buyers, you are limiting yourself a little if you intend to sell in the near future. However, if you are settled and have no desire to sell your pocket of space, then you have the freedom to do whatever you please.

Bathtub only

As mentioned earlier, it is not completely unusual to see just a bathtub in a bathroom. Unlike the freestanding tub in the previous picture, this bathtub has the opportunity to be converted into a shower bath at a later point if desired, as it is enclosed in a base of cement and tiles as opposed to standing alone.

Or… no bathroom at all?

If you wish, you could completely defy the rules of bathrooms and bedrooms and place a freestanding tub into your bedroom. For obvious reasons, this is not a choice for everyone, but we are seeing it more and more in magazines and for those in favour of using their space a little differently, rather, not in a conventional method. If you prefer to bathe in solitude, this may not be a suitable option for you. Regardless, this is a beautiful image and may help you to think outside the box.

For more bathroom ideas see ’Bathroom ideas and Bespoke bathtubs’.

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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