Bathroom makeovers will inevitably require you to make some big decisions. Will there be room in the design for bathroom storage? How are you going to decorate the walls? And the big question many people struggle with: should I install a bath or shower enclosure?
Most householders will not have the luxury of having enough room to include both so a decision has to be made.
But what factors need to be taken into consideration before you reach your decision? There are quite a few things to keep in mind so we will help guide you through the decision making process.
Will Removing My Bath Affect My House Price?
Yes. But it does not necessarily mean that it will be a negative affect. The type of property will determine how much of an affect adding or removing a bath will have.
Any property that is regarded as a family home would be adversely affected by ripping out a bath, as parents need a bath for kids.
The affect on a one bedroom flat will be more neutral or could even increase the value, depending on how luxurious the shower is and how good a job is made of the installation. This beautiful example from Merlyn Showering would certainly add value and provide a large showering area in place of a bath.
And in any property in-between these types of home the result will vary accordingly.
But the decision might be irrelevant if you are planning on staying put for a relatively long time.
How Long Do You Think You Will Be Staying At The Property?
If you are thinking of staying at the property for the foreseeable future then your decision could will be less of an issue than you first imagined..
All bathrooms require attention over time so by the time you decide to sell your house it might be time for another update in any case. At which time you can reverse your decision.
When removing a bath check whether it is possible to leave pipework in place, but hidden, to enable a bath to be re-installed relatively easily (under floor boards, or in an airing cupboard for example).
Make sure you keep spare tiles or shower wall panels to enable re-decoration to be undertaken quickly, easily and cheaply. If this is not possible and you need to completely redecorate after you put the bath back in place consider using the panelling solution rather than tiles as this can be fitted over the existing wall covering without the need to hack off tiles.
How Much Do You Value Your Showering Experience?
If you insist on body jets, drench heads and pulse jets etc then a cubicle solution might be best for you. But even though you love an invigorating shower, do you sometimes have a relaxing bath? It is always possible to have a shower in a bath but you can’t have a bath in a shower.
It is possible to fit a shower panel over the bath, which wll give you the option of pulsing shower spray, body jets etc., but you will need a decent sized bath shower screen or you could end up with a lot of water escaping.
Another you issue that you will need to take into consideration is whether your heating system is suitable for a full-blown power-shower set-up. Many ultra powerful shower systems require stored hot water. Combination boilers will not work with this system, you will need a hot water tank. This might need to be a large one in many instances because very powerfull shower systems can get through a lot of water in a short space of time (the amount of water3they use might also need to be considered – especially if you are on a water meter).
One Last Thing..
I know from personal experiance that even if you have a gorgeous bathroom at your property there is no gurantee that it will be suitable for whoever buys your home when you come to sell it.
There are many buyers who are reluctant to use the bathroom in a house that they have have just bought. They will have their eye on ripping out the existing bathroom at the earliest possible opportunity.
On one occasion I have actually been the person to visit the estate agent to pick up the keys for a property on completion of the sale. I had to rip out the existing suite and install a brand new one before the customer would move in! And the suite that we ripped out was less than six months old. How do I know? I had fitted it for the previous owners to make the house more “sell-able”!