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    Remodeling Bathroom

    My wife and I are thinking about remodeling our master bathroom in the near future. We had originally planned on removing the old fiberglass tub and surround and going back in with a ceramic tub and tile surround. After visiting a couple new homes the past couple weeks we've started to think maybe we lose the tub and just go with a tile walk in shower. We both really like them and it seems like this is the trend in home construction now-a-days. Our bath space isn't huge and there wouldn't be room for a tub in addition to the shower. Neither of us take baths as we're both grown adults (the wife might debate that sometimes) so the only question is would it hurt our home value if we go from 2 full baths and 1 half bath to 1 full, 1 3/4, and 1 half bath. Any thoughts??

    We're not planning to move any time soon as we just moved into this home a little over a year go, so maybe I'm putting too much thought into the subject...


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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by JRCampy View Post
    My wife and I are thinking about remodeling our master bathroom in the near future. We had originally planned on removing the old fiberglass tub and surround and going back in with a ceramic tub and tile surround. After visiting a couple new homes the past couple weeks we've started to think maybe we lose the tub and just go with a tile walk in shower. We both really like them and it seems like this is the trend in home construction now-a-days. Our bath space isn't huge and there wouldn't be room for a tub in addition to the shower. Neither of us take baths as we're both grown adults (the wife might debate that sometimes) so the only question is would it hurt our home value if we go from 2 full baths and 1 half bath to 1 full, 1 3/4, and 1 half bath. Any thoughts??

    We're not planning to move any time soon as we just moved into this home a little over a year go, so maybe I'm putting too much thought into the subject...
    not sure what price range your home is in.

    And you say you aren't selling any time soon.

    But, eventually you will sell. always think of the next person when doing things to your home.

    The bathroom you are remodeling...is it the one the next people would most likely use to give the kids a bath? that is what i'd think of when thinking about removing a tub.


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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Our two full bathrooms are very simlar and right next to each other on the second story of our home. We are in the $230K-ish range as far as home value is concerned. I thought the same thing about needing a tub for children (which we are planning to get around to one day), but the fact that the other full bathrooms would be on the same level as all the other bedrooms makes me want to lean toward getting rid of the tub and going with the walk-in shower.



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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by JRCampy View Post
    Our two full bathrooms are very simlar and right next to each other on the second story of our home. We are in the $230K-ish range as far as home value is concerned. I thought the same thing about needing a tub for children (which we are planning to get around to one day), but the fact that the other full bathrooms would be on the same level as all the other bedrooms makes me want to lean toward getting rid of the tub and going with the walk-in shower.
    is either bath a 'masterbath'? or are they both in a common hall?

    i'd go for the walk-in if it was your master bath, or if it was one of two in a common hallway.

    i'd like to have a walk-in shower myself - i think they look cool, and if done correctly should not decrease your value, but IMO, just the opposite.


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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by JRCampy View Post
    Our two full bathrooms are very simlar and right next to each other on the second story of our home. We are in the $230K-ish range as far as home value is concerned. I thought the same thing about needing a tub for children (which we are planning to get around to one day), but the fact that the other full bathrooms would be on the same level as all the other bedrooms makes me want to lean toward getting rid of the tub and going with the walk-in shower.

    As long as you keep a tub in one of the bathrooms you should be fine.



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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by terryk View Post
    As long as you keep a tub in one of the bathrooms you should be fine.
    this. the master bath wouldn't matter as most likely only the adults would use it. now, if you were going to get rid of something with jets, that may cost you, but i think you will find more people will jump at the walkin tile shower then the tub. just make sure you get the right person to do the job. i did our tile shower, but not after a lot of questions from a professional and after doing several tile floor jobs myself. there are several steps to take to insure against leaks, and also to make the drain work properly. i would also recommend putting the shower head out of the ceiling as opposed to the wall if at all possible, and maybe having a few extra wall jets.



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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    My wife and I just redid our last bathroom (guest). We took out the tub and made a walk-in shower. It turned out great. We still have a tub in the master bath.

    Also when I redid the first two bathrooms a few years ago (before I was married), I got rid of the ceramic tile and went with cultured marble, at the advice of my remodler. I love that stuff. No grout. Very few seams (just in the corners). We just squeegy it down after every shower and it stays very clean with little effort.


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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Put in a heated tile floor while you are at it, my wife loves it.



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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by terryk View Post
    As long as you keep a tub in one of the bathrooms you should be fine.
    I'd agree with this. I'm seeing more and more homes with a shower but no tub in the master (our house is like this). As long as a common bath has a tub for people who have kids, you should be fine, and it will probably be more of a selling point than not.



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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by JRCampy View Post
    My wife and I are thinking about remodeling our master bathroom in the near future. We had originally planned on removing the old fiberglass tub and surround and going back in with a ceramic tub and tile surround. After visiting a couple new homes the past couple weeks we've started to think maybe we lose the tub and just go with a tile walk in shower. We both really like them and it seems like this is the trend in home construction now-a-days. Our bath space isn't huge and there wouldn't be room for a tub in addition to the shower. Neither of us take baths as we're both grown adults (the wife might debate that sometimes) so the only question is would it hurt our home value if we go from 2 full baths and 1 half bath to 1 full, 1 3/4, and 1 half bath. Any thoughts??

    We're not planning to move any time soon as we just moved into this home a little over a year go, so maybe I'm putting too much thought into the subject...
    My youngest son is 15. He has only had about 200 baths in his life. I remodeled our basement bathroom (my manhole) with multiple shower heads, before he was born. The shortest head is about 3' off the floor, each one can be shut off with a valve by the head. Before he could walk I would give him showers, it didn't take long at all. The technique involves holding the child's arm (s) over his head and a well lathered washcloth. He has used the shower since he outgrew the sink/ infant tub thingy. We do have a tub in the master.


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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by mkadl View Post
    My youngest son is 15. He has only had about 200 baths in his life. I remodeled our basement bathroom (my manhole) with multiple shower heads, before he was born. The shortest head is about 3' off the floor, each one can be shut off with a valve by the head. Before he could walk I would give him showers, it didn't take long at all. The technique involves holding the child's arm (s) over his head and a well lathered washcloth. He has used the shower since he outgrew the sink/ infant tub thingy. We do have a tub in the master.
    you made your son shower in your manhole?



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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by jbhtexas View Post
    We just squeegy it down after every shower and it stays very clean with little effort.
    I can't imagine cleaning my shower every morning.


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    Re: Remodeling Bathroom

    Quote Originally Posted by GeronimusClone View Post
    I can't imagine cleaning my shower every morning.
    Takes all of a couple of minutes to run the squeegy down the walls. Even if you don't, the cultured marble is still much easier to clean than tile and grout lines


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