Page 5, meet page 3
From the New York Times Home section, page 3, reporting on a Houzz survey:
The Rubber Duckie Has Hit the Road
There's a bit of a shocker coming out of the inaugural "2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study" just released by Houzz, the home remodeling and design website. Bathtubs appear to be out of favor. More than 4 in 10 respondents said they were leaving them out of their new master bathrooms; among respondents 55 and older, more than half are going tub-less.
On page 5 of the same section, same day,
Do Separate Tubs and Showers Appeal to Buyers?
Q. Would our master bathroom be more appealing to buyers if it had a tub that was separate from the shower?
A. A bathroom with a separate tub and shower usually communicates one thing: "luxury," said Patty LaRocco, an associate real estate broker at Town Residential in New York. That's because "it indicates someone spent more time and money on the details," she explained, resulting in a higher-end look.
And that's a good thing when you're selling your home, she said, because "people will pay more for luxury." The only exception "would be if you really don't have the space for it."
Kimberly Peck, an architect in Brooklyn, agreed that separating the shower from the bathtub can make a big difference in the way a bathroom is perceived. "Design-wise, you can get a much more interesting bathroom," she said. "The tub can become a statement piece."