As an architect, of course I have strong feelings about elements that should never be left out of any home building project. For example, I believe that no home should be built without bathtubs.
I know, bathtubs sounds like a strange thing to be so concerned about, but it is true. I always advise my clients, regardless of their age or the kind of home they are building, to not even consider building a home without bathtubs. When they ask me why I can usually give a pretty strong defense of bathtubs.
Bathtubs do something for a bathroom and for a home that ordinary showers without bathtubs cannot do. Bathtubs give the people of a home the ability to have a quiet place of refuge to relax and unwind at the end of a hard day or week. Think about how great it feels to take a hot shower at the end of a long and cold day. Now think about how much nicer it would be to soak in a hot bathtub for thirty minutes instead. Sounds nice right?
I’m convinced about bathtubs in every home because I am convinced that we are far too busy and far too stressed out as a society. I am convinced that we could all, men, women and children alike, use a little bit of space and quiet away from the rest of the world.
I’ll admit that I hadn’t utilized the pleasures of bathtubs until just a few years ago when my family and I moved into a new house and my wife insisted upon bathtubs in every room of the house for our kids. I agreed during the building process and within weeks after moving in I was trying out the bathtubs for myself and realizing how truly amazing they were. In all my years of living I had yet to find something as relaxing and truly peaceful as spending time in water filled bathtubs.
So if you are thinking about building a home or just of buying an already built home, do so with caution. Do not let yourself buy or build a home without bathtubs. You have no idea what you’re missing if you don’t have them. I guarantee you, bathtubs are a necessary element for every house. They add a special space for people to get away, relax and unwind. So don’t even think about owning a home without one or more bathtubs.