Remove garden tub - replace with washer & dryer?

cas66ragtopDecember 14, 2011

I have a strange question. Of course I am strange, so it goes with the territory.

We have a large garden tub/jacuzzi in the master bathroom and there is a seperate shower. We are "shower people", we hate bathtubs. We have never used this tub and doubt we ever will. We are not organized or patient enough to draw the water 1 hour ahead of time in this huge monstrosity to get any use out of it. It is just a waste of space. I was thinking of remodeling the bathroom, making the shower larger, getting rid of the tub entirely, and putting a washer & dryer where the tub sits. It is a large bathroom - we have a walk-in closet, and this is also where my wife irons clothes, so its not too much of a stretch to also have the washer & dryer there. It would work great for our lifestyle. The washer & dryer is presently located in a small laundry room. Taking the washer & dryer out of there would give us a really nice linen closet or storage room.

I was just wondering if we were to do this, would it turn people off when it came time to sell the house? Will people look at this as being strange? Just about every new house I see, there is always a seperate shower and garden tub. Is this REALLY what people want, or is this just what the builders THINK people want?

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Fori is not pleased

I would think it was a great improvement. I don't understand the modern thing for big bathrooms, but if it had the W/D in there it would make sense. Warm towels!


resale wise, as soon as kids hit the teens, they oughta be doing their own laundry and you don't want them doing it in your bathroom. Maybe if you maintained the hookups in your new linen closet and had a plan for making the bathroom W/D into a linen closet should you have to sell?

Losing the tub though? I don't think that will hurt you.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 8:00PM
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I've heard that without a tub it isn't considered a full bath, but instead a 3/4bath. If that is true that will impact the house description.

    Bookmark   December 14, 2011 at 8:18PM
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I'm a Realtor with a bathroom that houses a washer and dryer. On a personal level I HATE IT! Its in our main/guest bathroom on the second floor and its often "occupied" when I need to get in there to do laundry. It's so annoying that we're planning to change the space by adding a new wall & new door so the bathroom has a separate entry. My thought would be to create a nice linen area or build in a secondary closet in the bathroom instead and leave the W/D where it is.

On a professional level I've found it to be a real hit and miss with buyers. It can depend greatly on the size of the property and where else in the house the laundry could be. If it's a small home and the only other spot is the basement, garage or not at all, having it in the bathroom is a plus. However if the house already had a dedicated space for the laundry with easy access, the reaction is often not so great. In our situation, there was a dedicated laundry room by the kitchen on the main level. When the W/D were moved upstairs, the laundry room was converted into a walk in pantry.

I love having the W/D upstairs as well as a walk in pantry, both were positive changes however I don't feel like the original homeowner took the remodel far enough. Instead of creating a space for them and making it look like that was where the machines went originally they just dumped then in a corner of the room and the job looks unfinished.

This bathroom was originally a small 4th bedroom. By the time we finish with the update, the laundry will be in its own little "nook" (formally a bedroom closet) in a hallway and the bathroom will be it's own separate space.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 10:08AM
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I never thought that removing the tub would now classify it as a 3/4 BA. I guess that could reduce the house value.

I agree leaving the W&D where they are and putting an extra closet where the tub is does seem better, but in our case it doesn't work. Where the tub is now, there is a row of 3 windows - so a closet will not work there. The windows are just high enough where the window sills will be about 5 inches higher than the tops of the W&D. I think this should look ok. If not, we can have a carpenter build some custom cabinetry to hide the W&D and provide storage for the laundry supplies. Another good reason to move the W&D is because now, when we run laundry, it gets noisey and you have to turn the TV up louder or move to another area of the house to talk on the phone. We have an open floor plan, and the laundry room noise can be heard all over the "common areas" of the house. If the W&D were in the Mstr BA, we will eliminate that noise. We do not have children, so there will not be any issues in getting laundry done while someone is "occupying" the bathroom.

OK well thanks for the advice. I was just wondering if anybody would find this to be really tacky or a real turn-off.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 7:17PM
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I am planning a bathroom renovation that accomplishes just this. Our corner garden tub is an 80's eyesore in a big bathroom in a historic foursquare home, and just doesn't fit. The PO had enlarged the bathroom, borrowing space from an adjacent bedroom, in order to fit this in. So we look at it and say, gee, there's a lot of space to put a washer and dryer in.

We are switching the stand-alone shower to a regular 5' bath/shower combo and bringing the washer and dryer up from the basement. Is it ideal? No, of course there will be times when the laundry and bathroom functions clash. But the tradeoffs for us made it worthwhile.

I wanted custom cabinetry to hide them in, but after seeing the cost I ordered semicustom inset from Medallion. The fronts of the machines will not be covered up at all, but the wall cabinets above will hopefully give it a finished/ intentional look.

So you're not crazy. But when I looked for good images for inspiration I couldn't find many.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 7:36PM
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Check with a Realtor about the 3/4 bath listing business. Where I live a shower-only bath is still listed as a whole bath.

    Bookmark   December 15, 2011 at 11:38PM
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Yes, check with your local realtor about your specific area as it can vary. Where we are, having a 3/4 bath as opposed to a full bath does not have much influence on value at all. The only time it does is when there is no longer a tub in the house. We removed the tub from our master bath 2 years ago because we're not bath people either but we have a tub in the guest bath for resale or in case someone should need it. Its really all about the finished product and how it functions in the house. In our case, the improvements 3/4 bath and all increased our value.

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 7:53AM
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it really depends on the size of the house and neighborhood. Getting rid of the tub is a great idea, but I'm not sure about a washer dryer in the master bath. is it possible during the renovation to make the master closet bigger and put the washer and dryer in there?

    Bookmark   December 16, 2011 at 9:47AM
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I, for one, would not buy a home for our family that doesn't have a tub in the Masterbath. I love my whirlpool bath at the end of the day and consider it to be a spa-like pleasure.
So, remember, for resale, there are tub people, who expect an air bath or whirlpool in the master suite. I wouldn't mind if a children's bath or guest bath was converted into a large shower in my house, but in the Master, many people demand tubs.

    Bookmark   May 2, 2013 at 2:40PM
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I'm looking at doing something similar. Our laundry machines are in a utility room off our very small galley kitchen; meanwhile our first floor bath has a Jacuzzi tub and is almost as big as the kitchen, because the previous owners had used it as a master bath (second marriage; second round of kids, parents moved downstairs and added on.)

I like having separate space for the laundry, but not as much as I'd like having a kitchen where two people can stand simultaneously. Stealing the 20 square feet or so that the washer and dryer operate seems like a good compromise. And I'm taking the Jacuzzi tub out anyway, since the only time it gets used is when our kids want to have a pretend pool party

    Bookmark   May 3, 2013 at 5:02PM
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