we all know I like to roam around on real estate sites

 always looking for that dream home in case I win lotto.

Did you hear the lotto gods laughing? Yeah, me too.

Anyway, I've noticed a newish trend that I don't really like. 

They look nice, but....

Free-standing bathtubs.

Butted up close to a wall, some are oval shaped, nice, but not "built in", so underneath and around the back, in the corners is going to gather dust, flyaway soaps, bath toys and maybe a few splashes when kids get in the tub. You want you kids clean, right? So, in the tub with them. Unless you routinely hose them off in the backyard. Not at all a bad idea in the Australian summers. 

How many of you are willing to do a quick mop up and get back to the tv or dishes or whatever, and how many are willing to do the quick mop up followed by reaching under and around and squeezing yourself into uncomfortable positions to be sure the area under and behind that oh-so-pretty tub are clean and dry? 

Every day! 

Not me, that's for sure!

Comments

  1. I'm with you. I think those tubs look cool on the TV shows and in display houses, but I would NOT want one in my house!

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    1. Kathy G; they do look lovely and if I had a live in maid I might consider one, but then I'd think of her having to do what I don't want to do, so it's a definite no for me.

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  2. Good point, one I had not thought of! A free standing bath has never been my aesthetic!

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    1. Linda Sue; I wonder how many people go ahead and get one and later realise what a bad idea it was.

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  3. Wow, I never gave that much thought. It sort of ruins the purpose of a relaxing soak if you have to break out the mop afterwards. And I'm one who walks into show homes and wonder "how the heck does one clean *that*?!"

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    1. JustGail; welcome to drifting. I've done the same thing in show homes, especially those with very high windows or a fancy light fitting hanging over a stairwell.

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    1. Elephant's Child; let's not get started on chandeliers with all those crystals!

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  5. I wish they would never put tubs in a bathroom. Well, maybe in one bathroom in a house. My children are 44 and 50. Neither one ever had a bath. I or my husband used to take them into the shower with us and then the one outside the shower would grab them up in a towel when they were clean. So, for us and only us, the tub was completely useless. I also love to check out the real estate ads online.

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    1. Peace Thyme; welcome to drifting; I love soaking in a hot tub, and wish I had one here. I've lived without for over 11 years now and while I enjoy a shower, a long soak does wonders for aching old muscles.

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  6. I love my tub - one of the conditions when looking for a house. We had a freestanding one when I was small - and a built in one in another bathroom. I never saw this as a problem, I slpash! and have to mop up even with a built in one. As long as theres water proof flooring under and behind I'm fine.
    One thing I do not understand is kitchens with no doors. How do you stop the smell - I like pizzas, hubby likes cabbages, we all like fish ... and do you always do the dishes the moment you're done eating?

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    1. Charlotte; if I ever have the chance to live in a house again, I would definitely choose one with a tub. Where I am now, there are 110 flats, and the only one with a tub is the portion of the original large home that had the tub. When the "big house" got divided, kitchens were built in but no tubs and as the blocks of flats were built they all had showers and basic kitchens. Laundries were added in later, mine is part of my bathroom, others have a tiny sink and washing machine space in a hallway or in the kitchen. My kitchen has no door and whatever I cook can still be smelled a day later even with opening windows and doors. I rinse off my dishes and wash up once a day usually, unless I've been cooking for the freezer, then I clean up as soon as I finish.

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  7. Wow. 7 tries to be able to comment. Blogger really sucks big again.
    Designers, that´s all I can say... I sure would NOT want to be on all 4 and cleaning up all time.
    In IT you call it "usability"...
    In fact we got rid of our bathtub altogether cause it´s just too expensive and we never used it...

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    1. Iris; I would definitely use a tub if I had one, but never a free standing one which would collect dust and splashes under and behind. I'm just not flexible enough to bend and reach for cleaning.

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    2. I´m also way too lazy for that! ;-)
      In my first apartment we used the tub twice. Then in our first... not at all, so here... shower, that´s all.

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  8. Count me out. Agree that kind of tub would be a chore. I need to clean under my fridge right now and somehow tomorrow seems a better day:)

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    1. Arkansas Patti; under my fridge only collects dust and I get to that with a long handled duster and the handle can be extended to reach all the way to the back. Any further cleaning can wait until I move out, if I ever do.

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  9. I quite agree. There are good reasons why people started to build in baths rather than continue with free standing baths.

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    1. Andrew; yes, it saves time and energy to only have to clean the front edge and floor.

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  10. I don't even like the free-standing tubs when I see them on TV. I didn't think of the splashing, but I DID think of the dust that would gather. I'm not a bather, but I do like our big triangle tub. Yes, it's SO 1990s, but it has a straight edge you can sit on and swing your legs over, or hold onto as you crawl in or out. And room to set things on the sides by the walls.

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    1. Val; dust collecting in the hard to reach corners is always what I think of when I see those free standing tubs. I saw a house for sale a few months back that has a big triangle tub with the water jets and loved it. I saved the image and look at it now and again. I yearn for a good old fashioned bubble bath soaking.

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  11. Our house is at least 20 yr. old, and has a large oval bathtub which serves no purpose at all. I am thinking about planting marijuana. Otherwise, it is useless.

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    1. Susan Kane; use it as a goldfish pond. My mum did that, but she moved it outside into the back yard under a tree first. The place I live in is as old as I am.

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  12. Those bathtubs may be modern but not at all particle, I personally not a lover and prefer a bath covered in. Save a lot of work, and think of the cobwebs behind those free standing baths.

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    1. Margaret D; ugh, cobwebs, bad enough the outside here is overrun with cobwebs and millions of daddy-long-legs spiders. With different kinds of spiders out in the yard.

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  13. I've never considered the problems of cleaning around a free-standing bath as I've never fancied having one. As for having a bath in one's bedroom - well, that's a complete no-no!

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    1. jabblog; I would never have a bath in a bedroom either.

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  14. I've seen some snazzy free-standing ones, but they are in a marvellous bathroom we could not afford. Those room designers are a hoot with ideas!

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    1. Jenn Jilks; I've seen some centered in a giant room with plenty of space on all sides for easy mopping and they look very nice, but who can afford that much space for a bathroom?

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  15. The mould alone that might happen with water splashes back there. Now, if it were a free standing claw tub that far enough away from the wall. I'm okay with that.

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    1. The Happy Whisk; I am allergic to mould, which is the main reason I would never have a tub where I couldn't dry up every drop that got splashed.

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  16. A former client had one of those, and it was a pill to clean behind. Not something i'd want ever.

    You asked about French toast. It's simply egg and milk mixed, you soak a piece of bread in it then fry it in a bit of butter and serve with powdered sugar or syrup. Some people love it.

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    1. messymimi; I'm glad that client is a former and you don't have to clean there anymore. I googled French Toast and it does look like something I would never eat.

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  17. they look so cool..but not for me..a clown could be hiding under there waiting to grab my foot when I got out..

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    1. yellowdoggranny; he would have to be a very small clown, you could stomp him into mush.

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