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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2021
    What ho one and all,

    Although I am not planning to sell my house, I do subscribe to an estate agent web site (The Modern house) because they usually have some really nice photos of generally modern, renovated houses.

    One of the 'trends' I have recently noticed in the photos, is an expensive, designer bath in the bedroom. Why?

    I love my wife, and as much as I enjoy seeing her in naked glory, I don't want to see her having a bath every night, and I'm sure her feeling is reciprocated. And then there is the issue of mositure/humidity/steam in the bedroom.

    I don't get it? what am I missing?

    Toodle pip
    • CommentAuthorrevor
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2021
    I don't get it? what am I missing?


    Practically not a good idea I would have thought, don't fancy getting into a dampish bed.
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2021
    I don't understand the trend either. I normally shower but if I have a bath I want to shut myself away and relax.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2021
    It's a crazy fad and I don't think a good idea, but then I'm also not a great fan of en-suite either, although if you've got kids I can understand why. Ablutions in general are private and better kept a discrete distance IMO.
    • CommentAuthorJonti
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2021
    It has been all the rage in boutique hotels for the last 10 years or so. Make you everyday life like a holiday is a possible reason for this trend. Of course that means building a shower block in the garden for those who go camping :bigsmile:
    Apparently some people see having a bath as a luxurious event, and see the bedroom as a warm, comfortable place to relax - kind of a private lounge. Other people see a bath as a way to get clean, and a bedroom as a place to sleep (maybe other activities too). Funnily enough, I can't imagine anyone putting a fancy shower into the bedroom.
    • CommentAuthorCerisy
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2021
    Many years ago - around mid 70's - I was working in a small architectural practice that did loads of posh house alterations, etc. One client wanted a large master bedroom that could accommodate not only a bath but also a toilet, all on a raised area open to the bedroom. Very weird and slightly creepy!
    Most of our household are doing WFH or homeschool from their bedrooms. We have got used to doing Zoom sitting on/in the bed. If there were a bath to sit in, people could mix it up a bit, a different seat for each call! I draw the line at zoom on the loo but I suspect my kids wouldn't...

    My mum still finds it a bit icky to have an open plan kitchen-dining-lounge, or an en suite which is not totally soundproof, so I suppose bath-in-bedroom is just the next step.
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2021
    Stayed in a hotel a few years back with a fairly compact bedroom, separated from a full en-suite by 100% clear glazed partitions. Looked cool but I'm not planning to install one...
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2021
    Posted By: WillInAberdeenMy mum still finds it a bit icky to have an open plan kitchen-dining-lounge, or an en suite which is not totally soundproof, so I suppose bath-in-bedroom is just the next step.

    We definitely wanted a separate living room, to control noise and that has proved pretty useful if one of us is watching TV in there and the other is making phone calls in the adjacent dining room. Our kitchen and dining room are normally pretty much open plan, but the stub walls contain pocket doors that can be closed when necessary. There's a particular Malaysian delicacy called belacan (rotten shrimp paste) which is nice once cooked but which makes me choke whilst it's being cooked, so that's one situation. The doors also get used for cat control on some occasions.

    I'm more worried about the downstairs loo not being soundproof; it can be disconcerting during a dinner party (remember those?)
    • CommentAuthorRex
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2021
    Meet a friend when walking this morning. He is now retired but was a civil engineer and is a serial house renovator. As a rhetorical question, I asked him about bath in the bedroom.

    He told me that he and his wife once stayed in a 'boutique' hotel, that had the bath, although not quite in the bedroom, it was behind a glass screen. They had a nice time, until they went for breakfast the first morning and realised that this 'boutique' hotel, was obviously a well known haunt for the LBGQ community and the room was full with the B variety.

    So maybe this trend is the future?

    We have the open plan kitchen, dinning, lounge. Seems to me to be only a great idea if one has an industrial extractor. Even the aroma of something as benign as toast gets everywhere. If there is another time, I would certainly keep open plan, but be something like the Japanese with sliding screens to isolate the kitchen.
    • CommentAuthorowlman
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2021
    Open plan living has its benefits, indeed I live in such a place, but only insofar as living areas go e.g sitting, dining, sunroom/conservatory. For me the kitchen is a workshop, and I don't like over exposing my guests to banging clattering and machine noise plus the occasional Ramsay-esque expletive when things don't go to plan.
    Fortunately my architect had the good sense to put the guest loo off the hallway which is not open plan.
    In your case there may a good case for a dunny down the garden path. :smile:

    We are both music lovers but in this realm, open plan is restrictive, and can get to be how I imagine a vaguely melodic water torture, that is until all the notes are in the right order, and the singing stops.
    We all have our crosses to bear.
    The problem with open plan kitchen/dining room is the dinner party and you drop the chicken.

    Otherwise I think open plan was invented to disguise the lack of floor area. (and the lack of staff to clear away the dining room whilst you retire to the lounge)

    An open plan of course also means the cook (aka SWIMBO) is less isolated.
    • CommentTimeJan 30th 2021
    Posted By: Peter_in_HungaryOtherwise I think open plan was invented to disguise the lack of floor area. (and the lack of staff to clear away the dining room whilst you retire to the lounge)

    Well the ladies retire to somewhere (dunno where exactly) whilst the gentlemen sup port. :devil:
    Lived in a dreadful basement flat (the servants' quarters of a Victorian house) in the late 70s. Bath was in the kitchen, next to the sink. Used to fill up with stray potato peelings!

    At least I suppose you don't generally peel potatoes in the bedroom (well, I don't, anyway).
    • CommentTimeJan 31st 2021
    Sounds great for mixing the punch at parties. :wink:
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