Shower and Bath All in One

To bathe or to shower? That is the question, but for many of us there is only one answer. Our smaller bathrooms simply don't allow for both choices. We recently found a house in Austin that has a creative solution for containing a shower and a bath in one modest space.

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Built by Accord Construction, an ordinary garden tub enclosed by a tiled deck, is basically inside an open shower. The whole mosaic tiled area is roughly 5 by 5 feet and is separated from the rest of the bathroom by a 5 inch curb. The beauty of this design is that there is no need for the usual glass shower partition, which is a substantial expense and sometimes difficult to keep free of water stains. Bonus: If you splish-splash too much while taking a bath, the suds drain right into the shower.

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We searched for another clever solution to the bath/shower dilemma and discovered the Seadream by Duravit. This is a shower and tub "in a nutshell", or in wood veneer paneling. The decorative wood panels are optional and are available in a variety of finishes from walnut to wenge. The Seadream's boxy, contemporary shape reminds us of a Japanese soaking tub and seems more chic than the typical bath with shower.

We have been noticing more and more homeowners dumping the tub in favor of the shower if space is an issue. The traditional tub with the shower spout just doesn't stand up to the competition of seductive garden tubs or voguish walk-in showers. Be it personal preference, design trends, or resale value, the choice is yours; shower or bath?

Maybe you can have your bath and your shower too with one of these more compact solutions. What do you think?

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