Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Bath with a View, Fireplace, and Room for a Pony
Maybe dancing in the shower would be fun, but ballroom style isn't necessary.
Drying off doesn't take much room, nor does dressing. Parents bathing kids need space to move around, especially for the multi-child bath, but even then the same limitations on activity and needs apply.
Other activities that designer bathrooms accommodate are not ones that I want to indulge in - at least not in the bathroom! Lounging in front of the fire is nice, but not in the same room with the toilet - no matter how large and well-designed the space is. Reading has its traditional use in this room, but why on a separate chaise for that purpose? - fireplace or no, it's the same issue.
The other problem for me is the desire for togetherness in the bathroom! I don't want my husband in the bathroom with me for any activity whatsoever. Nothing, nada - privacy, please. On one show, both husband and wife felt unpleasantly like "just roommates" because they had to get ready for work each morning in separate bathrooms. And I thought that not having to share a bathroom was a bonus for people. Even if we had only one bath for us both, I wouldn't want company. What's wrong with taking turns?
Don't get me wrong: Luxury in the bathroom is nice - nice finishes, music and custom jets in the shower, a deep spa tub, a heated floor and towel racks. If one can afford these things, they make some sense. But I so completely do not understand having the space for non-traditional activities, for lounging, and sharing.
Maybe it's just sour grapes. We have enough bathrooms, but they are small - no room for lounging, twirling, dancing. But I do know for sure that if I had pots of money to add to my home or to buy a splishy new one, a bathroom big enough to share and spend more than the necessary time in would not be on my list of "must-haves."