Burgers, bums and baths. All things that are better for being big.
I am a HUGE fan of baths. And the bigger the better. I like big baths so much that I turned a spare bedroom into a bathroom when I moved into my house, just so I could have a freestanding, double ended bath in the middle of a room. No doubt in losing a bedroom I also knocked about £10k off the property price, but let's not dwell on economics shall we? Big baths do not make financial sense. They make woman-sense.
The trouble is, house-builders are not big on woman-sense. It seems to me like lots of folks in hard hats are ganging up on us big house bathroom lovers and pushing poky en-suites on us instead. And rarely can you fit a freestanding double ended bath in an en-suite.
Some new builds don't even bother with a house bathroom anymore! Instead they squeeze en-suites in every bedroom at the expense of luscious wardrobe space. My beef with this is two fold:
1) En-suites mean more showers to clean (and who likes cleaning showers?)
2) If you share a bedroom, en-suites ensure intimate acquaintance with a partner's early morning toilet habits*
*It can't be just coincidence that the rise in divorce rates is in direct proportion with the popularity of toiletting in such close proximity to one another. Bring back the outside privvy, I say.
But despite my thoughts on the subject, it feels like house bathrooms are at risk of being phased out - a luxury reserved for the likes of me and Cleopatra. Apparently no one has time for a soak anymore (Well there's the three en-suite showers to clean so no wonder)
I feel strongly about the need to save this most sacred of human rituals. If we all listen to the property programmes; the builders; the architects; the estate agents and we get used to denying ourselves the pleasure of a steamy hot soak, well then THESE beautiful rooms are threatened with extinction:
Huge, freestanding tubs are just the best, most indulgent luxury to have in your home. They might take an age to fill up, but they're totally worth the wait. A hot bubbly soak opens up your pores, relaxes your muscles and gives you half an hour on your own to sort your head out and cleanse your soul.
Also shaving your legs in the shower sucks.
Big is beautiful and these fatties are three of my faves.
1) I just love the cocooning shape of this deep Ella bath by Soakology, currently at a cut down price of £1,150
2. It must be difficult to be innovative when you're designing baths. Still, if you can rely on anyone to come up with fresh ideas for show-stopping bathrooms, my money would be on CP Hart. And who needs taps when you've got servants to pour in bucketfulls of warm goats milk, right Cleopatra?
3) I still adore this classic egg shape ten years after my love affair with freestanding baths began. But would I still be stupid enough to give up an extra bedroom for it?
Are you a bath or a shower person? Drop me your thoughts on the great big bathroom debate below. I would love to hear from you,