There was a time where having at least one bathroom with a tub was a necessity. It was “the kids’ bathroom” and was expected in new construction. In recent years, however, the trend in bathroom renovation is to replace the tub/shower combination with a walk-in shower, especially in bathrooms with limited space. There are Pros and Cons each, so let’s look at both options so you can make an informed decision as to which is right for you and your family.
ProsHaving a separate bathtub and a walk-in shower is ideal, especially in a master suite. These days, the bathroom is more than just a necessary room to do your business and to get ready for work. They have become a luxury retreat where a soaking or a jetted tub can whisk away stress and allow for well needed self-care. Showers fitted with smart fixtures, a high-end shower head, and other amenities make the morning routine a pleasure. If this is you, then indulging in separate units or a tub/shower combination is the right choice.
ConsBathtubs, however, pose an issue for those with accessibility issues. They can be difficult to get in and out of for older adults and people with limited mobility. There are “walk-in” tub options, but they are expensive, making them cost-prohibitive for some. If your bathroom remodel is for an aging parent or person with a disability, an accessible shower is a better option if you can’t have both a shower and a tub.
The lack of a bathtub in a home is more accepted by families with children. Today’s parents find showering with a toddler more convenient and less messy and that allowing older children to shower themselves fosters independence.
For smaller bathrooms, a tub to shower conversion opens the footprint of the room and gives more space for amenities, storage, and design options like dressing/make up tables and dual sinks. And with the many tile, fixture, and flooring options, a smaller bathroom can be just as luxurious as large ones.
Walk-in showers are much more accessible than bathtubs for older adults and people with mobility issues. They can also be more easily equipped with grab bars, built in benches, and can be modified for wheelchair access as part of the renovation process or added on later if needed.
Quality, well-appointed showers are the focal point of modern bathrooms and a requirement in stylish homes. In our bathroom renovation projects, we are seeing bold choices in tile color, texture, and uses. We are installing amenities such as high-end fixtures, smart showers, and unique lighting options. And we are using the added space from eliminating the tub for dressing tables, beautiful cabinetry for more storage, and other design features.
There aren’t many draw backs to a bathtub to shower conversion. Still, some people’s perception and preferences may affect resale when the time comes. There are families that insist on a tub to bathe their children for safety reasons, although statistics show that the dangers of showers are about equal the risks of bathtubs. Others may insist on their daily soak to relax. And, of course, there are unknown variables that may turn buyers off a house without a tub. You will need to consider these factors when making your bathroom remodeling decisions.
This certainly is not a complete list of Pros and Cons, but hopefully, they help you make an educated decision on a bathtub to shower remodel. If you have additional questions or concerns, our designers may be able to assist you. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Nick to discuss your bathroom remodeling ideas and how our simple remodeling process can give you the room of your dreams!