Post # 1
Darling Husband and I have been thinking about what we want in a bathroom. We did a walkthrough of the plan we’re hoping to build this spring in a different phase of a subdivision. We never use the bathtub, ever. In our current apartment that has a shower/tub combo, we can’t really fit in it together comfortably because of the slopes of the tub walls and the one shower head.
We were wondering if we’d be shooting ourselves in the foot by only putting a shower on the main floor. This main floor has the two bedrooms and one bathroom. We don’t plan on having kids and if we did change our minds down the road (highly unlikely, but you never know), we’d probably have to move into a larger home, this one is big enough for the two of us.
So I guess my question is, if there was only a shower on the main floor and a tub/shower combo in the basement of this split level, would this greatly hurt resale value? Would we be crazy? I just want this house to suit our lifestyle and us.
Wow, thanks for reading all that… or skimming. haha
Post # 3
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Post # 4
If you are planning on moving and not staying in this house forever I would put a bathtub in.
Post # 5
Yes, for resale value, have a tub!
Post # 6
Definitely shower/tub combo – both people with young children and people who just plain like baths would want want if you ever were trying to sell. Why exclude a group of potential buyers if you don’t have to?
Post # 7
If you get a pet, you may want a tub (dogs need baths!)
Post # 8
In general, you want tubs if you are in a family friendly area and hope to sell at some point. I wanted to get of my tub in my bathroom Reno, but multiple people pointed out that few people are turned off by tubs, but plenty of people are turned off by showers alone.
Post # 9
I wouldn’t buy a house if it had only a shower, and putting one in what is essentially the basement isn’t something I would consider useful either (unless it was part of a guest room combo). If this isn’t your forever home put in the tub/combo where the bedrooms are. It will be worth it in the long run.
Post # 10
My thought is, do you want to have a shower and love it and use it regularly for the possibly many, many years you’re in this house? or do you want the possibility of maybe seeling a bit easier when you eventually sell the house? I’d want the shower.
Post # 11
I’d put in a tub/shower combo. As a PP said, very few people (aka potential buyers) are turned off by tubs but many would be turned off by just having a shower on the main floor by all the bedrooms.
Maybe look at getting a larger tub so that you and your SO can fit together. Darling Husband and I have a large garden style tub with shower now and we can both fit in it together without any trouble (and neither of us are small people).
Post # 12
Thanks for all the responses! I can really see both sides.
I’ve been looking around for some inspiration and found a few pictures of bathtubs with glass doors and tiled surrounds. Maybe this would be a good compromise. And maybe we’d be able to swing a larger bath tub, too. I just cannot describe my hate for shower curtains! I’m odd like that, I guess.
Post # 13
@Mrs. Mustang:Could you do a garden tub in one part of the bathroom and a shower stall in the other?
Post # 14
I agree with everyone who said a tub/shower combo on the main floor would be better for resale value. I also love glass doors, but cannot take the constant cleaning and maintenance, lol! If you don’t mind a little extra work, though, I think glass doors are beautiful.
Post # 15
If you are thinking of resale , you need a tub on the same level as the bedrooms.
If you are building, there is no reason you cannot build a tub/ shower combination or a tub and shower separately that would work for you.
With today’s methods and building materials, you can also build a shower that does not require the glass doors.
Post # 16
I’d say put a tub in either way.
If you are selling someday, then you have that selling point.
If you are going to stay there and will have kids or pets someday, then you are going to want a tub to make bathing them easier.