Tub and shower or shower only in unique small bathroom of the house?
D Ram
October 30, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Hi everyone!
We are remodelling our bathroom. It is a small 40 square foot room with now a tub and shower head. To give it a sense of openness, we wanted to install a glass panel shower only, no curbed shower. Since it is the only bathroom of the house, is it a wise idea? Should we keep a bath in there? We do have 4 kids and all of them could stop using the tub. I'm just wondering about resell.... Would people prefer bath or shower?
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Karen Dorris, interior Designs
A few questions to ask yourself.......is your home desirable to families with small kids or more fit with a retirement market? Would you buy this house if you had wee ones and it had no tub? Is there a possibility of adding a second washroom elsewhere?

I lean towards a tub with a glass shower door for openness - Home Depot offers Maax - Halo at a great price.

If you do a curbless shower you will probably love it however you limit some options a tub gives you and you limit your resale market.
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HERE Design and Architecture
If you have daughters, you may find that they will want a tub as they get older.
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A house MUST have at least one proper bathtub. It's only optional if there is a master ensuite or an additional bathroom in the basement.
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good question, I have the same issue, small 735 sq home 2 bdroom and 1 bath (very tiny) for resale I have decided to keep the old cast iron tub, I am taking the old 5 piece surround out and have someone place subway tile in and to the top of ceiling around the tub. I also found online a shower curtain track system that attaches to the ceiling. It doesn't need to be attached to suds. But you need a longer shower curtain 86 in length that is fine with me it will give the bathroom a spacious feel.
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D Ram
I do have 3 girls and 1 boy in the house and we are situated near an elementary school which made me think I should keep a bath tub unless we do add a bathroom in the basement... Would it be funny to put the tub in the basement bathroom since it would be a bigger space? Would it be convenient to bring the kids downstairs to take a bath while their bedrooms are on the main level? I guess I should use the bath tub with a glass door... Thanks for your comments!
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Main bath should have the tub. It can't be that cumbersome for children to use?
Good lighting and a glass door do a lot to make a small bath appear more spacious. Switch to a clear curtain for now just to see the difference.
The kids won't mind the basement- they'll love those warm towels and pajamas fresh from the dryer!
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Tub definitely.
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