So you’re planning your new bathroom. We know how fun it is to choose and plan everything to your liking, but creating the perfect space for your home rarely comes smoothly. One big decision you face when you build or renovate a bathroom is where you will bathe—in a bathtub or shower stall. Before you make your final call, take a look at the top five things to consider when choosing between the two.
Bathtub or Shower Stall: 5 Things to Consider
Put simply enough, will your family use a tub? Some people love baths—a home without one might be a deal breaker. Remember that bathing children is much easier with a bathtub. If you have kids or are planning to in the future, keep at least one bathroom with a tub in the house. If kids aren’t a concern and you don’t find yourself taking many baths, maybe you’d prefer a shower stall.
2. Resale value.
Any time you take on a big renovation project, you must think about how it will affect your home’s fair market resale value in the future. Not having a bathtub in the master bathroom or other full bathroom (one that could function as a kids’ bathroom) is a drawback, as buyers who prefer tubs and those with families may overlook your home. If you’re in a one-bathroom home, the ideal choice is a fixture with both a shower head and a bathtub.
3. Other bathrooms.
. . . That said, resale value may not be a problem, depending on your home’s other bathrooms. For example, a nice shower stall in the master bathroom shouldn’t be a problem for buyers who love their baths if there is a luxurious bathtub in the basement. Or, eliminating a tub in the guest bathroom might not be an issue even for families with children if there is a bathtub in the master bathroom.
One of the advantages of a shower stall is its flexible size—you can make it fairly small and it will still get the job done. If you’re in a smaller place, cutting down on used space with a compact shower stall may be a great idea. Bathtubs—especially modern or luxurious ones—can take up quite a bit of room.
5. Personal preference.
This is what it all boils down to. Don’t let resale value play too large of a role in your decision if your heart is set on a shower stall in your master bathroom or in your one-bathroom house. If you’re in a small place but can’t live happily without your baths, look for other ways to save space in your home so you can have a tub. If you’re taking the time, effort, and money to create a new bathroom, it has to be one you love!
So, what’s the verdict—bathtub or shower stall? Whatever you decide, if you live in southwest Missouri, consider calling the Bailey Company for help. We’ve provided high-quality, trustworthy work to the area for over four decades—and we love remodeling. Feel free to contact us with this or any building or maintenance project, and we’ll work with you to achieve your results. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.