Get rid of the tub? Just beautiful shower?

zen4dJuly 30, 2012

I have 3 bathrooms in my CT home. The largest is in what is technically the master bedroom, which we use as a guest room. The other bathroom was renovated appx 4 years ago. It's upstairs and is shared between 2 bedrooms, one of which is our bedroom (we're empty nesters). We decided to go without a tub in that bathroom and just put in a large shower. Happy with the results there.

Now I will be renovating the hall bath and was thinking of doing the same. Am I making a resale mistake by taking out the tub? A house with 3 bathrooms yet only one tub: mistake or no?

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If the only tub is in the master, then, yes, I think it would be a mistake.

Also, is that only tub on the main floor?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 8:17PM
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No. The master, which we don't use as a master, is on the main floor.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 4:54PM
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I'm confused. You say you are thinking about renovating the "hall bath", but the only tub left wouldn't be on the main floor in the Master Bath?

Based on the way I am reading your post, which is that the only tub left would be in the Master bath, which you don't use as a Master, I would not take out the tub in the hall bath. If there is only one tub, I would want it serving the secondary bedrooms.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 5:58PM
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I am seeing more and more homes with no tubs at all. I think a home with just one tub will satisfy most buyers.

Buyers like me would be happier with all showers and no tubs.

I would get rid of the tub.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 9:07PM
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This is like one of those logic puzzles :) It sounds to me as if the true master would still have a tub, but the bath used as a master currently has just a shower. The hall bath is the third bath, and I think you could easily do without a tub there, as long as there's a tub still in the house.

    Bookmark   August 1, 2012 at 10:24PM
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Circus Peanut

I've said this before, but a bathtub is not just for bathing adults. (I bathe regularly and would never ever buy a house without a tub, but I may be in the minority.)

If there is a chance this house will have a family in it, you must keep at least one tub for bathing children.

Tubs are also essential for:

- adult washing with a broken limb or other injury that precludes standing in a shower

- soaking said injured limb or back

- bathing pets

- spraying off large houseplants

- washing delicate linens

- numerous arts/crafts projects

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 7:58AM
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What Circuspeanut said! I will had to that: rinsing out bottle calf bottles, wash up horse tack, cleaning out mops and buckets :)

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 9:08AM
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You need at least one tub in the house - if the 'real' master bath will still have a tub you should be fine.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 9:50AM
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If you're thinking at all about resale value, then I think you should make sure there is at least one tub on the same level as the bedrooms. If you ever sell your home, people with children will want a tub. Like a previous poster, even as an adult, I would never buy a house without a tub, as I LOVE my baths!

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 1:12PM
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I vote for getting rid of the tub.

Tubs are NOT essential for:
- adult washing with a broken limb or other injury that precludes standing in a shower So you sit on a shower stool in the shower. My SO has been through a broken leg (where tub was a horrible nuisance, but sunken tub/shower combo was impossible) and after the bath remodel he had knee replacement where the walk-in shower with good grab bars and a shower stool made it far easier.

- soaking said injured limb or back that's what hot packs, grain bags, and heating pads are for.

- bathing pets The best way to corral a cat for a bath is to bathe them in a plastic storage bin in a closed glass shower. They can't get away. Have always bathed dogs in the shower for easier rinsing.

- spraying off large houseplants Shower, or outside

We are planning a house that will have no bathtubs, although they will be plumbed to make adding a tub easy.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 2:54PM
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I would keep a tub in a hall bath that could/would be used by children. I think it's totally acceptable for a master bath to not have a tub, BTW.

We have a 3 bath, 4 bed house now and I am keeping it as 2 tubs and 1 showe for the 3 baths. A low tub (kohler villager) is relatively easy to step over and can still function as a kid-bathing spot.

    Bookmark   August 5, 2012 at 6:09PM
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Oh, now I'm back to no tub. Here is the layout. The first floor has a master bedroom (and a bathroom with a tub). The first floor also has an office that could be converted into a small bedroom. There is a hall bathroom that I'm about to semi-renovate.

I have two bedrooms upstairs, one that I use as the master bedroom, and one that my son uses when he's home from his academy (not as often as a regular college). We share the upstairs bathroom, which does not have a shower.

So: 3 bathrooms. 1 upstairs, 2 downstairs (main level) which currently have tubs. I'm thinking of doing away with the hall tub. It is a risky proposition, and I do like tubs, but I think the tub would be more of a factor upstairs, not on the main level which guests use when they visit. But I will give it some more thought.

Thanks for ALL your input. It's very helpful to weight the pros and cons.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 1:46PM
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I'm of the opinion that if you are planning to live in this house for a long time, you should design it in the way that makes you most happy. If that means no double sinks and only one tub, then that's what you should do.

I would keep at least one tub but in my opinion (and I'm not a realtor), if I had young children and needed a place to bathe them, I wouldn't mind using a tub in the master bath at all.

I grew up in a big colonial that had two full baths upstairs, both with tubs. We always seemed to use the master bath tub. Never had any complaints.

Hope this helps.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2012 at 2:04PM
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