I have had a friend of the FH's round this morning, who is a plumber, and we are going to have an over-bath shower installed in the family bathroom. I thought it would have to be an electric one, but that was going to be really expensive, considering where he was going to have to bring particular cabling from to supply the shower, but he can do a standard thermostatic mixer shower off the tank, which is just across the landing, and take the pipes up and over through the roof space. I hesitate to call it a loft as the hatch is a bit small and there is only a lonely tv aerial up there!
Is it really necessary? No. Will it make my life easier? For sure. Will it improve my quality of life? Yes - four or five women in a house with only one shower? Of course this will improve things! And it will be another USP for this house in this development - none of the houses currently on the market have a shower in the bathroom - and when most of the houses are identical in layout, you need something to sway the buyers in your direction, or make them think that your house is really worth the asking price, I think.
(image from soakology.com)
I could definitely fancy this set up but not at this price!
Furthermore, I have been told about a chap in the village who does decorating for £50 a day, so he will be on my hit-list to call to get the stairs walls painted - which architect thought it would be a good plan to have a full-height wall around the stairwell, and a window so high in the outside wall that the sill is a flies' graveyard because I am not bringing a ladder in every week or two to get up there to clean it!? [When the house is on the market, I shall have to, but that will be time enough!]