Are you a soaker? I mean are you the kind of person who loves to soak in a bathtub at the start – or end – of a long day? I have to say that I don’t know many people who are. When my daughter was little, we definitely needed a tub in the house. It’s pretty hard to blow bubbles and play with water toys in a shower.
But now, the tub … well … just sits there. We have to clean it because it’s there. If it gets used a few times a year, that’s a lot. So, I have to ask, is a bathtub really necessary?
Turns out I’m not alone in wondering. Since the shower is used so much more in most households, that’s where designers have really gone all out. You can now find large two-person showers, showers with bench seating, steam showers that make you feel like you have your own personal spa. The trend has swung so far the other way that many people are ripping out what bathtubs they have in favor of a larger shower.
Other than the fact that I had a small child at the time, when I renovated the bathroom, I decided to keep the bathtub. There’s only one in the house, so it really wasn’t a big deal in terms of fighting for space. But, my other consideration was that if I ever wanted to sell my home, what would prospective buyers think of a house that didn’t have a bathtub?
Real estate agents have responded to that question with a collective, “don’t worry!” There are lots of buyers out there who would prefer not to have a tub at all. Given that I live in an area popular with young families, I don’t think I made the wrong decision to keep my bathtub. But, if you’ve had enough of cleaning a fixture that never gets used, you shouldn’t worry about doing away with it. In fact, and as I mentioned above, modern showers come with so many options – like no thresholds (making it easier to get in and out for those with mobility issues), multiple shower heads that can be placed and aimed from above and/or the side, and even showers with no doors at all.
Would you remove your bathtub in favor of a better shower?