Cindy Gives Thumbs Up to a Master Bathtub
Let me be honest – I am a shower person and so is my husband. In our new home we did not include a bathtub in the master bath and instead we opted to build a large, open shower with dual shower heads that I lovingly call a “locker room” shower. I like this arrangement and it suits our lifestyle perfectly but I have to tell you that every time I watch an HGTV show involving a master bath, it stresses the importance and value of including a separate bathtub and shower in the master. I’m second guessing our decision to have only a shower now, worried that not including a tub in the master bath will eventually come back to bite us in the wallet!
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It’s not that I miss the tub. There is, in fact, a tub/shower combo in another bathroom that I’ve never used and only one guest has soaked in the tub - showers seem to fit the bill for all but that one individual so far. I worry, however, that when it comes time to sell this house the scope of our potential selling market will automatically be reduced. I’m afraid our house won’t appeal to those people who are true bathtub lovers and expect, and in some cases demand, a tub in the master. I know some people can’t imagine doing without a long relaxing soak at the end of the day and would never give up having a tub in the master.
One friend in particular comes to mind as she uses her large tub for a leisurely soak and as a chance to read her latest book in peace, without family interruptions. All the candles and spa accrutrements decorating the tub deck suggest her bathtub is also a romantic get-away when time allows. People who soak, read, decorate and enjoy romance centered around their bathtub won’t be interested in our bathroom and therefore, perhaps, not our house.
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It’s a fact that kitchens and bathrooms sell homes. I won’t know for certain how our tubless master impacts our marketability until we sell this home (hopefully not for many years). What I do know is some people, like us, prefer showers and some people prefer baths. If I had it to do again, I would include a tub in the master bath so our home would appeal to both tub and shower people. That way, we enjoy the large shower we love but also offer the tub that someone else may prefer…and, therefore, appeal to more people and so may more easily sell our house and recoup our investment.
Terrie Gives Thumbs Down to a Master Bathtub
When we bought our current home, I liked everything about it but the master bath. The bath was roomy enough but it had 2 things working against it: it was pink (!) and it had a tiny stall shower next to a standard tub. Dan is 6’5″ and that little shower stall wasn’t going to cut it. And, we hate pink tile bathrooms! Here are the before pics.
One of the first things we considered in our remodel discussions was whether or not to keep a tub. We considered a square, corner type tub so we could enlarge the shower a little but ultimately decided against any tub at all. It is a 3 bath home so there are 2 other tubs and our reasoning was that if someone really wanted a bath, they could use one of the other bathrooms. Personally, we prefer the look and function of large shower areas. And, we’d always wanted a big double shower so we wouldn’t have to wait for the other person to finish showering. Here’s our new, spacious shower stall.
I’ve always loved this Rainforest Marble and used it throughout the bathroom as an accent. There’s a nice big shower head at each end of the shower stall – Dan’s is 2′ higher than mine to accomodate his height and it’s the first time he doesn’t have to duck down to wash his hair!
As you can see, we incorporated a few ‘designer’ touches here as well. The floor is nice big 16″ tiles with 4 accent diamonds of the same marble. New updated cabinetry (from Lowe’s) but we actually used kitchen bases because they’re taller and since Dan is taller too, these work perfectly. I’ll never willingly go back to the shorter bath cabinets again. We doubled the drawer space by filling in the little dressing table area (I’d never use that!) and eliminated that huge wall of mirrors. The other designer feature is to actually install the light fixture on top of the mirror. It’s a simple matter to have the mirror cut to allow for the wiring and the result is a classy, bright look.
We never for a second miss that bathtub. Bathtubs take up lots of space and I’d rather have that space for other uses. Do you want to know a secret? I absolutely hate cleaning bathtubs! It’s by far my least favorite house cleaning chore so to have one less bathtub in the house is a definite pleasure. I dislike showering in bathtubs – they are narrow and cramped, the shower curtain is always pulling loose so water spritzes out into the room and worst of all, it’s hard to fit 2 people comfortably in a tub/shower.
Even with all the above considerations, for me the main reason for leaving a tub out of our master bath is – that’s how we live. A home should reflect how you like to use the rooms; it should be about what functions well for you and how the space can best serve your family’s needs. For us, no tub gave us the function we wanted, the look we love and reflects our style perfectly. If we lose a little in resale value, that’s the way it goes. We’ll have had years of enjoyment in a bathroom that we like - that’s worth a lot!
What About You?
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