The egg or the rooster? Which got here first? Since all chickens hatch from eggs, it has to have been the egg, proper? Nonetheless, all rooster eggs are laid by chickens, thus it’s indicative that it was the rooster. It’s an age-old philosophical dilemma that has vexed a number of the biggest thinkers in historical past. Whereas I doubt my most up-to-date philosophical deadlock will incite the identical degree of debate, I really feel it essential to ask the query: What occurred to the tub?
It actually didn’t happen to me to query it till a few 12 months in the past whereas I used to be exhibiting a consumer a newly constructed mannequin house. Upon arrival into the grasp rest room, I observed that this room didn’t embrace a tub. My purchasers didn’t appear to note. They have been ecstatic in regards to the outsized walk-in bathe with twin bathe heads, overhead rainfall and a frameless glass door with little or no threshold. I requested them, “Would you miss having a tub within the grasp?”
“No manner,” they each replied, nearly concurrently, “Neither of us have time for that.”
I get it. Whereas rising up, the one factor we had was a tub. With all 11 of us vying for tub time, it was my flip roughly 3 times every week, if I used to be fortunate, with 2-4 inches of chilly water to clean up in for 3 ½ minutes with somebody, nearly inevitably, knocking on the door your complete time. As an grownup, the bathtub grew to become a luxurious … till little one No. 1 got here alongside. At that time, there could be no extra personal bathtub time for The Mother.
Actually, it was simply as properly. After I take into consideration swimming round in my very own swill, oftentimes with a toddler’s palms enjoying in the identical water concurrently, it seems like a bacterial Disneyland. In addition to, between youngsters and work, I may now not discover time to wash, nor to wash the tub after bathing. Even with gentle water people, the ring doesn’t go away by itself. And the entire concept of a “ring” current solely due to the dust on my physique, grosses me out. Why would I need to have contact with the nasty stuff twice in the identical day? Because it seems, 91% of the present house constructing inhabitants feels the identical manner. In case you are a shower lover, please, don’t take offense. My private ideas on the topic definitely don’t make it a truth.
The lacking bathtub is just not the one change being made to the grasp bathtub both. Gone are the sliding glass (or fake glass) doorways framed in brass monitoring the outer fringe of the bathtub. Publish COVID, we’ll see a minimized want for lavatory paper. Bathrooms will embrace bidets, seat heaters, auto lid openers, adjustable dryers and built-in deodorizers.
Now we have already begun inviting Alexa into our bogs with our Bluetooth-ready know-how so we are able to begin the bathe earlier than getting house, very like we begin our vehicles earlier than going out. Floating vanities, wallpaper and numerous formed tiles are additionally making an enormous exhibiting in newly constructed or reworked houses as properly.
Previously few months, I’ve seen quite a lot of modest-sized chandeliers within the grasp bathtub too. Nonetheless, you’ll be exhausting pressed to discover a authentic electrician who would hold mentioned chandelier over the tub. On this case, the lacking bathtub is an efficient factor. (On a facet be aware, I’ve seen chandeliers hung over a free-standing grasp tub after the very fact on multiple event.)
But, all of it comes again to the preliminary query. Which got here first, the rooster or the egg? Do our behaviors change the house or does the house change our habits? Contemplate the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets within the Shakespeare basic “Romeo and Juliet.” Every household factors the finger on the different for beginning the feud; but, frankly, there is no such thing as a feud. Nobody remembers or cares the way it began. Nonetheless, either side are so invested of their facet being “proper” that the argument perpetuates, very like the rooster and the egg, and, maybe now, the tub and the bathe.
Jen Fischer is an affiliate dealer and Realtor. She might be reached at 801-645-2134 or [email protected].