(Closed) Is a bathtub a MUST in a master bath?

posted 6 years ago in Home
  • poll: Does a modern master bathroom have to have a bathtub?
    No, not if there's a shower...especially one that's PLUSH! : (84 votes)
    36 %
    Yes, for it to be considered a "full bath" : (102 votes)
    44 %
    Other...please explain : (5 votes)
    2 %
    Who cares about property standards? It's your house do what ya want! : (42 votes)
    18 %
  • Post # 3
    1301 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    @Sweetjennygirl:  if I were a buyer I would expect the master bathroom to have a bath. If you are not worried about the re-sale then shower alone would be fine. Good luck 🙂 

    Post # 4
    5958 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    Only if Nona99 is going to live there….I gots to have my soak on a weekly basis or else!

    Post # 5
    963 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    @Sweetjennygirl:  I’m not super-knowledgable on real estate, but I’d consider a large bathroom with a nice shower as a full bath. According to this definition, http://gimme-shelter.com/term-2/full-bath-full-bathroom-50025/, it should generally be considered a full bath. However, during my Googling after seeing your question, I saw that some definitions say that a bathroom without a tub is a .75 bath. When/if you decide to re-sell, you will probably just need to make sure you find a realtor who agrees with your idea of a full bath and will list your master bathroom as a full bath.

    Post # 6
    18643 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I never use a bathtub but I can understand what they are saying.  All of the bathrooms will show as quarter baths on the listing which probably wouldn’t look good in the ad.  But people don’t look at the ad as the end all be all before buying.

    Post # 7
    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    I think families with young children would want a bath in the house, but you say there’s 2 bathrooms so as long as there’s one there somewhere I think it’d be ok!

    Post # 8
    2622 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    IT will depend on your buyer, not on the legal terms.

    I wouldnt care if there wasnt a bath in the Master. Only if there wasnt one in the house at all (think young kids bathes etc).

    We have toured several houses with renovated master bathrooms and no tub. I never use a tub so I would rather have a nice shower than wasted space for a tub I never use.

    P.S. A room with only a bathtub and no shower would be a full bath, but  I think that would be even less appealing to more people than a 3/4 bath with a nice shower. Its about what they see, not what they read most often. Pcitures speak louder than words so once they see it, most pepple would be fine. Especially since many new houses are being build this way.

    Post # 9
    1314 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I typically don’t take baths, so it would not bother me. Especially if there was another tub in the house. Either way, I don’t believe it is that much of a deterrent for home buyers, double that is it is a tricked out bathroom!

    Post # 10
    1036 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    We have one, only time we use it is to wash the dogs. I would say no to a bath but it helps for resale value ?

    Post # 11
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    My mom actually does not have one in her master bath now that I think about it. I think it would be wonderful to buy a home with a really nice bathtub in the master bath, but practically speaking, I would just need a bathtub for children and that’s it. I wouldn’t ever choose not to buy a house because of a tub in the master. I have some friends who have a tub in the master but not a tub in the other upstairs bathroom and if I had to choose I’d prefer to have the tub in the bathroom that the children primarily use, instead of in my bathroom.

    And as a by the way, the house my mom lived in prior to the one she is in now had a bathtub in the master bath that was huge and gorgeous and actually could not be used as a shower. It was literally designed to just be a bathtub and that’s it. So she always had to use our shower in the “kids” bathroom. I’d rather have a shower to use than to have a bathtub I don’t use that can’t be used as a shower. (Although I understand that isn’t what you are doing.)

    Post # 12
    511 posts
    Busy bee

    You said the house has 2 full baths? Is the other one on the second floor and does it have a bathtub? Because if it does, an ensuite bath (which is attached to the master bedroom) doesn’t HAVE to have a tub in it from a real estate perspective.

    Post # 13
    986 posts
    Busy bee

    I, personally, am LOOKING for a home with a huge, plush shower and no tub in the master. We want kids, so we’ll need one in one of the other bathrooms, but in our own, I’d prefer the huge shower anyday.

    Post # 14
    2305 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2016

    We only have a shower in our master, but it’s a walk through one. And I hate it. I wish we had a bath tub. But only because our second bathroom is where our cats litter boxes are and I dont want to bathe in there and I miss my bathes.

    But honestly, it’s not that big of a deal to me. We have a really nice shower. But I wish I had a bath

    Post # 15
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’d take either a plush shower, with a bench or a tub. I find it alot easier to shave my legs if I have a tub or a place to sit or rest one leg, so either option would be nice. If there is just a stall its much more difficult for some reason.

    Post # 16
    7902 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    For me, there needs to be a tub in one of the bathrooms, but it doesn’t have to be the master bath. My mom used to be a real estate agent and she says a half bath has a toilet and sink and a full bath has a place to bathe (so a shower would count).

    I think a lot of potential buyers, though, would expect that the bathroom in a master suite would have a bathtub.

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