Apparently it's crucial to get a bathroom right - http://www.domain.com.au/news/why-bathroom-design-can-make-or-break-a-house-20160908-gr0vo2/
The interior designer is a bit biased against DIYer's though!
@Isobel, I agree, the article is there to put doubt in the minds of DIYers, then to pump up their own importance, & promote expensive tradies, they're preying on insecurities.
Something I noticed, was that there was no coverage of a whole bathroom, they're all cropped snippets of different bathrooms. If I were an interior photographer, I'd definitely have a Shift Tilt wide angle lenses (eliminates barrel distortion) in my gear bag.
Something more amazing through their absence, were double vanities. What's with that?
The 2nd pick featured a floor tile that I wouldn't pick a single day's use, let alone think I'd nailed a future-proofing statement.
Going by the grain orientation of the 4th pic, I'm thinking that it's either a veneer finished, or at best, a dressed 3mm finish, like on a quality floating floor.
Pic #5, if you had to engage a designer to come up with that, you're earning too much, or are braindead.
Pic #6 does show some continuity, in that it expands on pic #2, but Woooah!!!!!, the designer's lavished you with a single pedastal sink, & that's it?
Pic #7, is that stool the only one allowed in design school?
The final pic is a cracker, are they showcasing the work of an incompitent DIYer? I mean, the orange & white reflection is hideous, there's no marble benchtop, & only one basin, but that may've been a sacrifice they had to make to have the floor pedal controlled, motorised vanity drawers.
This is a personal gripe of mine, but why the heck spend a lot of money on a reno, that may appeal to a buyer down the track? For crying out aloud, it's your money, do the reno that fits you.
To me, it's like opting for a factory endorsed dash mat on a luxury car when the deal's being negotiated, with the later expectation of removing it when you choose to onsell, to expose a pristine vinyl dash.
Same here, we do have a rather large bathroom and I find that it just takes up space and collects dust so to speak. My children don't use it all that often, showing is quick and easy.... And of course less water usage
I bought a house without a bath and have lived very happily without one for 10 years now. For something that only got used in my house in winter about 5 times and the rest of the year collected dust and hair it was no great loss not to have to clean it weekly! And quite frankly, I haven't missed it a bit
Having said that now that I am renovating and possibly selling in 3-5 years it has been bought to my attention by real estate agent - it depends on what market I am selling to... meaning its a 3 x2 - if my market is a family with 2 small children (schools galore around me) then yes, a Mum will be looking to have a bath.
If on the other hand I am looking at market for down sizers and older then No - they usually don't want a bath as it's cumbersome for them and most prefer a walk in shower. But I asked the question what about grandchildren?..There are ways around that so no problem.
But here's the uncertainty - Wouldn't you want 100% of people to look at your house if you were selling it - instead of half dismissing it because it didn't have a bath?
I'm facing this and will probably put in a bath - for someone else - who can then take it out if they don't want it! Crazy!
Think carefully about resale and how long your house could sit on the market - if its a big family home 4x2 then I would suggest you definitely keep a bath in the family bathroom
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