While there are still plenty of people who use bathtubs, it’s no secret that more and more people are opting to go completely without a bathtub when remodeling their master bathrooms. While only you can determine what’s right for you personally with regard to how you use your space, you might be wondering how the decision to go without a tub could potentially affect the value of your home.
Here are some issues to consider when deciding whether or not you will put a tub in your master bath in Tampa, FL:
- Space: One of the biggest issues to take into consideration is the amount of space a tub takes up. What are your goals with your bathroom remodel? There’s no denying that eliminating a tub can save you a lot of space that you can put toward, say, a luxury walk-in shower instead. If you already have space designated for a shower, the space you would have used for a bathtub could be used for other furnishings or appliances.
- Water usage: A large bathtub will generally use anywhere from 60 to 100 gallons of water per use. Showers will use much less than that, meaning not only will you not use as much hot water, but you’ll use less water in general. This means a shower will help you conserve water, which is better for the environment and for your water bills.
- Surveys: There have been several surveys performed among homeowners and home buyers about their preferences for bathrooms. One survey reported about a third of women and less than 10 percent of men actually want a tub in the master bathroom—and those results were only if the master bathroom also had a large shower. For most people, it appears baths are mostly about relaxation and luxury than about actually getting clean. In today’s world, people simply prefer the efficiency of a shower.
- Financial factors: The classic definition of a full bathroom is one that has a toilet, sink and tub. A bathroom that has a toilet, sink and shower without a tub would be considered a three-quarter bathroom. However, if your home has at least one tub, even if it’s not in the master bathroom, you generally won’t have to expect a hit to your potential home value. Keep in mind that while adults may not use bathtubs as much anymore, families that have small children will still need tubs for bathing their kids.
- Shower features: If you decide to forgo a tub and install a luxury shower in your master bath in Tampa, FL, you should make sure your shower still has some features that can add to its versatility and functionality, including multiple shower heads, high-end fixtures, benches, body jets and more.
These are just a few examples of some of the factors you should take into consideration when deciding whether or not you will install a tub while remodeling your master bathroom. For more information and important tips from remodeling contractors in Tampa, FL, reach out to Schoeman Construction today.