As you start planning for your bathroom remodel, one of the toughest decisions is to keep your tub and shower combination or get rid of that tub and create a bigger shower. So which one is better? Having a tub and shower combination is one of the most common forms of fixtures you will see in houses. They are practical because you can choose between a shower or a long bath and are great for families with young kids.
The trend lately has been to get rid of the tub/shower combo, expand your shower and create a space for a freestanding tub. However, many bathrooms don’t have the right layout to do this or the customer doesn’t have the budget to purchase a freestanding tub. So back to the original question? Tub or Shower?
Replacing the tub with a shower in the only bathroom is a risk. However, if you have a few bathrooms and all have tubs then take the plunge and make one of those bathrooms without a tub in order to expand the space and style of your shower. The National Association of Realtors says as long as the home has at least one tub, switching from a tub to a shower shouldn’t negatively impact resale value.
However, according to a 2013 survey conducted by NAHB to determine what home buyers want, “51 percent of respondents said they did not want a master bath with only a shower stall; 81 percent of respondents said they wanted a full bath on the main level, with 45 percent of them considering the main level essential or must-have.”
As a residential remodeling company, we are definitely seeing more removals of tubs to create larger, inviting showers. At the end of the day, it is your shower and your bathroom. So change it to something that you will love. Because according to the 2017 Cost vs. Value Report put out by the Remodeling industry the resale of your home shouldn’t change too much!