Against all of my better judgement and ethics for good design: attractiveness and functionality, I said what the hell and designed a bath/shower combination for a client a few years ago. He wanted it, he got it. The contractor shook his head as well. It looked beautiful because of the limestone and great accessories, but still.
He was the client from hell and I woke up with a stomach ache every morning. I always feel that I should elevate and educate, but this one was beyond my grasp.
He wanted a very deep tub so that the water would cover his shoulders. He wanted a shower with body sprays. The shower door had to be clear and frameless.
I wanted to split the shower and tub, but he wanted a huge shower. In order to put the tub in I had to create two steps up due to the plumbing situation. Basically what he wanted was one of those free standing tubs you see with the wide stone top but with a shower door.
When I finished the project I knew that whomever was going to clean the bathroom was going to have a bitch of a time. Because he wanted a "frameless shower" that meant that there would be no metal track on the top of the tub.....a clear glass fixed panel had to be hinged to the wall (like in Euro showers) and the door was hinged to the glass.
To visualize this: You walk up two steps, step over the tub edge, step into the very deep tub and close the door.
After 5 years he called me the other day. He said he had a new housekeeper and she couldn't figure out how to clean the tub without getting in it. I was ice cold and asked him how the previous housekeeper cleaned it. He said he didn't know because he never saw her clean it. I asked him how it was all working, he said fine and I said I'm sure she'll figure it out.
I wanted to do something like this:
He got something like this but the tub is twice as high with two steps up.