Expert Advice: Is a Tub Necessary?
Q: I’m in the middle of remodeling and my husband and I can’t agree. Neither of us ever uses the tub, we both prefer showers. I feel like a tub would just waste space in the room that we could have used for storage or a larger shower but he is worried that we’ll regret not having one later on. Do I really need a tub or is just a shower okay? – Samantha F.
There are a number of things to consider in making the decision to finish a bathroom with only a shower. The main piece of information missing here is which bathroom this would be. If this is an en-suite or second bathroom, removing the tub and replacing it with a larger shower may be a feasible option. On the other hand, if it is the main family bathroom or the only bathroom with a tub, removing the tub can have future negative impact on the home.
It is important to consider long term plans and potential future needs. If you plan to sell at some point in the future, not having a tub can negatively impact resell value. If you plan to stay in the home for the foreseeable future, it’s also important to consider what changes you might face in the future. If you are a young couple planning to have children down the road, you will regret not having a tub at that point. If you are an older couple, you need to consider things like injuries, illness or reduced mobility that may make it necessary to have a tub. Often, these things come at unexpected time and can leave you scrambling for money to renovate once again in order to meet your changing needs.
Generally, I would not recommend removing the tub unless you have another bathroom in the home that still has a tub. That being said, there are a few options you can consider if you have your heart set on removing the tub. Expanding the shower size to a space that could accommodate a tub will make it somewhat easier to replace the tub in the future should you decide to sell or should needs change. If reduced mobility as you age is a consideration, consider choosing a large shower with an ADA compliant base that allows easy access to a wheelchair should that become a future concern. Built-in seating will also allow easier access and ensure the shower remains usable well into the future.
Best of Luck,
Our Expert: Brandy works together with Paul, whom she fondly refers to as the Woodshop Magician. Together, they are Wood Be Art, specializing in bespoke cabinetry & custom, heritage renovations!