There are certain things in a home that often indicate when the home was built. For example, if your home has a telephone nook or cabinet, it was probably constructed during the late 1920s/early 1930s. Kitchens with a cooktop and separate wall oven became popular in the 1960s.
Once indoor plumbing became common after World War II so did built-in bathtubs. Since most homes of that era only had one bathroom, then every home had a bathtub. During the 1970s and 80s as homes increased in size so did the number of full baths. Since the beginning of the 21st century consumer preference is turning toward walk-in showers rather than bathtubs.
Pros and Cons of a Bathtub
But I have a shower in my bathtub. Why would I want to get rid of the tub part?
- Let’s face it, bathtubs are a pain to clean.
- Bathtubs take up a lot of floor space.
- Bathtubs are hard for senior citizens and those with certain physical disabilities to navigate.
- A bath uses a lot more water than a quick shower.
- It’s much easier to bath small children and dogs in a bathtub.
- Certain health concerns are helped by soaking in a warm bath.
- Some homeowners appreciate the aesthetics a bathtub offers.
- A bathtub can always be used for extra storage.
What About Resale Value?
There is a lot of thought surrounding replacing a full-size bathtub with a shower, so again, let’s do the pros and cons.
- How long are you planning on living in your home? If you’re going to sell within the next five to ten years, then not having a tub might limit your potential buyer pool. But if you see this as your “forever” home then don’t worry about future consequences.
- Young families with children probably won’t be interested in purchasing your home since, as mentioned before, kids are easier to bath in a contained area.
- No matter how nice and fancy the shower, some high-end homebuyers will insist on also having a tub simply for aesthetics.
- As long as there is still one bathtub in the home removing the other one(s) and replacing with showers or extra storage should not be a factor when it comes to putting your home on the market.
- While you may lose out on the young family demographic, you might just end up with the over 55 age group. Climbing in and out of a tub can become more difficult as you age, while a shower, especially a curbless shower, allows easier assess.
- Take out the tub and create the shower of your dreams complete with waterfall showerheads, body jets and bult-in benches and shelving. Then when you do decide to sell if not having a tub becomes a stumbling block, offer a tub installation credit.
Bottom line: it’s your home and if replacing a seldom or never used bathtub with a shower complete with all the amenities will make you happy, and your life easier, then go for it!
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