Welcome to the 419th Metamorphosis Monday!
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A few weeks ago when I was replacing all my surge protectors around the house for new ones, I discovered an outlet in my office wasn’t working. I called in an electrician to fix it and while he was here, we started talking master bathroom renovations.
During our discussion, he told me something that I was really surprised to hear. Did you know that some folks who are renovating master bathrooms these days, are choosing to leave out the bathtub, instead opting to have just a really large, walk-in shower. I knew large showers were popular now, but I didn’t know folks were actually doing away with the tub altogether when renovating their master bath.
I never watch HGTV anymore. If you’re a regular HGTV watcher, have you seen any mention of this new trend in master bathroom renovations there?
My electrician is also a builder/contractor and he said a lot of his customers, especially those who live in older homes where the master baths aren’t that terribly big (like mine) feel a bathtub is a waste of space because they only take showers these days. He said no one really has time for soaking in a tub anymore and many felt having a bathtub in the master bathroom was just a waste of space that could be used for something more important, like additional vanity/cabinet space or a larger shower. He said that they keep the bathtub that’s near the children’s bedrooms, but often eliminate the one in the master bath.
I’m not sure how I would feel about having a nice, deep, soaking tub because the tub in my master bathroom is a tub has never allowed for that. It’s a shower/tub combination and the tub is way too shallow for soaking. Also, the water tends to slowly leak out through the little “over-fill” holes when filled to the top. The water also gets cold really fast, so unless you keep adding more hot water every five minutes, you can’t soak very long. Unless your 5 years old, my tub is a joke.
I’m pretty much the last person in the universe to jump on anything that’s considered a new decorating or design trend. In fact, I don’t even like the word “trend.” When I hear the phrase, “on trend” I instantly think: fad and everyone’s doing it, so don’t! lol If something is an improvement that adds beauty or functionality, I want to hear about it. Whether it’s on trend or not, I could not care less.
As I stood listening to my contractor encourage me to go the no-tub route for my master bath renovation, all I could think about were all the folks who installed carpeting over hard wood flooring years ago when wall-to-wall carpeting was the new, great thing. What’s the first thing most folks do these days when buying an older home with carpet-covered hardwood flooring? Yup, rip out the carpeting to reveal those pretty hardwood floors.
Then there were all the builders who decided porches were no longer needed with the advent of air conditioning. See where I’m going here? Is there going to be a new “trend” of folks renovating master bathrooms in a few years in order to add a tub back?
I also wonder what effect it has on resale when it comes time to move. I can’t help but think it eliminates some potential buyers who still enjoy a good old-fashioned bath. Any real-estate agents out there reading this? I would love to know what you’re finding with your house-shopping clients.
I’m hoping to expand the size of my shower which is currently a tub/shower combination. I was also thinking about not having a door on the shower, but I’m wondering if one gets cold when showering without a door. Does it feel drafty without a door or, are shower heads so great these days, you don’t even notice it? I certainly like the idea of no door to keep clean, but I don’t want to be any colder than necessary while taking a shower. Comfort and being warm is high on my list of priorities when showering! lol
After thinking about it, I’ve pretty much decided I don’t want to give up having a tub in my master bathroom, even if it would add more space for other things. I feel like I would ultimately miss it, and since I’m not sure how much longer I’ll be living here, (I’ve already lived here for 25 years) I don’t want to do anything that could possibly discourage potential buyers when the day comes to sell.
Tub-wise, I don’t want or need a humongous “you-could-throw-a-party-in-that-tub” bathtub, just something simple and fairly sleek. I was thinking about something along the lines of a tub like the one in this beautiful bathroom. It doesn’t appear to take up that much space, perhaps because it’s in a corner.
This bathroom has two other features I would love to include in a master bath renovation, if the budget allowed: heated flooring and a heated towel rack. If I could only have one of those two, I’d choose the heated floor. For this girl who hates being cold, that would be a dream.
So what do you think about this latest trend of only having a large shower in the master bath and doing away with the tub for the extra space?
If you’re planning a master bath renovation, would you consider it?
Do you think it makes a home harder to sell down the road, or does that not really matter in the making of your decision?
Have you renovated your master bath and eliminated the tub and now regret it? Or, do you love the extra space it created for things you deemed more important, like double sinks or a bigger shower?
Would love to hear what you think about this latest trend in master baths!
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