Celebrity architect Dermot Bannon can soak and soap to his heart's content after overcoming a spot of neighbourly differences to win the battle of the bathtub.
The 'Room to Improve' house transformer has been granted permission by Dublin City Council to retain the sheds and canopy created at the bottom of his garden to shelter his beloved outdoor bath. All he has to do now to keep the planners happy is promise not to go all 'The Good Life' on it, and refrain from keeping pigs or chickens in the structures.
Nor can he charge admission to experience a dip in the tub as the planning conditions also prohibit the development from being put to commercial use.
There are some drainage matters to attend to so that no suds, bath bombs or scented oils end up clogging the existing network of pipes and gullies.
But once that's all attended to, he can break out the bubbly, whip up some bubbles and relax.
Bannon's cast iron, castaway bathtub, rescued from the revamped bathroom of the 1930s family home he bought in 2018, became a celebrity in its own right after the architect decided that turning it into an outdoor ablutions feature would provide the finishing touches to his otherwise conventional Drumcondra garden.
The two-part programme in which he turned the cameras on his own renovations was a massive hit with viewers earlier this year. But it emerged the structure he designed to incorporate the tub - two matching sheds joined by a raised platform and overhead sheltering canopy - did not have planning permission.
Neither did it have the appreciation of one of his neighbours who objected to the city council, prompting the issuing of an enforcement notice.
Susan Taylor from next door disputed the boundary of the development, arguing it encroached on her property, and she was not at all impressed by her neighbour's taste.
"The structure is not in keeping with the character of the area, constructed of corrugated metal roof," she said of the gleaming construction that in total covered a not insubstantial area of 37 square metres.
As for what her neighbour intended doing there in his leisure time, she said: "The use of the proposed development is not in keeping with the residential amenity of the area as evidence by the exposed and open bathtub."
City planning staff pored over the plans, considered the arguments and finally decided to let Bannon's creative tap keep running by allowing him keep his backyard retreat, bathtub and all.
In a complimentary conclusion, the deciding planner wrote: "The sheds are well designed, contemporary in their appearance. Due to their attractive and high quality design the visual amenities of the property will be enhanced."
The intended uses were considered "residential" and therefore appropriate to the character of the area.
His neighbour has the right to appeal to An Bord Pleanála. Bannon wasn't returning messages yesterday, but the decision has undoubtedly provided a moment of relief in a difficult time when filming on his new programme has been disrupted and building contractors are under pressure to down tools.
Lest he run away with himself, however, one of the five conditions attached to the permission states: "The proposed development shall not be used for human habitation or for the keeping of pigs, poultry, pigeons, ponies or horses or for any use other than as a use incidental to the enjoyment of the dwelling house.
"Unless," it continued, such use was "authorised by a prior grant of planning permission."
He wouldn't, would he?