Remodeling a master bathroom offers you the opportunity to reconsider its function. Once you begin to see your bathroom in a new light, you may begin to wonder, do I still need my bathtub?

This has turned into one of the hottest topics in master bathroom renovation over the last couple of years. Trends have started to stray away from the oversized jetted soaking tubs and are moving toward expansive walk-in showers.

Reliable Home Improvement’s goal is to turn every client’s home into a sanctuary. So, we’ve looked into the pros and cons of having a tub in your master bathroom to save you time and energy.

Optimizing Your Space and Factoring in Usage

One of the biggest reasons many people are starting to ditch the large soaking tub is due to a lack of space. With current bathroom trends focusing on separate tub and shower spaces, the amount of space in your master bathroom just got even smaller. So, it may come down to having to choose one or the other to ensure your master bathroom isn’t left feeling cramped.

In our fast-paced, modern-day society, few people still indulge in the luxury of taking a long bath. How frequently you use your bathtub is key to deciding whether to keep or get rid of it. If you are one of the few who still take a nightly bath to soak off the day’s stress, don’t deny yourself that indulgence. If you can’t even remember the last time you took a bath, though, that may be your sign to let it go.

By eliminating the bulky soaking tub, you open up your space for a larger, more luxurious, shower. Newer trends lean towards spacious standing showers with a bench to relax and a handheld showerhead, but you should focus on what is going to fit your bathroom best. If you are planning to sell in the next couple of years, it’s also important to consider what potential buyers will be looking for.

A large shower can feature multiple showerheads, seating, or other spa-like experiences

Resale Implications

Taking a look at the resale factors can be beneficial when deciding whether to remove the tub in your master bathroom. Prior to beginning your remodel, it’s best to determine how long you plan to live in your house before putting it on the market.

The rule to go by is that if you are planning to live in your house for five years or less, you should design to sell. If you’re going to be living there longer than five years, you should design based on your own needs, rather than a future owner.

In the case that you are remodeling to increase resale value, whether or not you have a tub can affect the attractiveness of your home to different generations. For young couples, having at least one tub is a necessity for bathing young children. It’s not required to have the tub in the master bathroom, but if you have no other tubs in your house it’s recommended to keep one around. On the other hand, showers with a bench are the preferred choice for older buyers, as baths can create problems for seniors with limited mobility.

Ultimately, look at your budget and space, and aim to find a balance between the two.

Having at least one tub in the home can help improve resale value.

If Space Allows, Have Both!

If you want to stay true to both trends, a bathroom with a walk-in shower and a free-standing tub is the way to go.

In recent years, interior design has started to incorporate vintage trends, including free-standing tubs. Imagine a gorgeous tub by bay windows, and the serene relaxing atmosphere this look creates. Add unique or colorful tile, a new marble vanity, and with Reliable Home Improvement’s help, you’ll be on your way to a luxurious lifestyle.

Create an oasis in your master bathroom with a free-standing tub.

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Whether you decide to hold on to your tub or start fresh, let Reliable Home Improvement bring your designs to life.

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