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Should I Install a Tub or a Shower In My Kansas City Bathroom?

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Deciding whether you want to install a tub or shower in your bathroom is an important choice. Although once a fixture of most bathrooms, tubs have declined in importance among most homeowners, and it’s reasonable to question whether a tub adds much value.

When you’re having your bathroom remodeled, you’ll benefit from keeping your home’s overall situation in mind. Continue reading to learn more about what to keep in mind and how you should make your decision.

The Greater Popularity of Showers

A majority of people take daily showers but only occasional baths. Many consider themselves too busy to spend time taking baths or consider baths a waste of water.

Most women and an even smaller percentage of men surveyed wanted bathtubs in their bathrooms. For a majority of these respondents, a tub was only desirable if the bathroom also had a large shower.

Water conservation is also a major concern, which has also contributed to the preference for showers. Larger tubs hold 80-100 gallons of water, often using up all the hot water during filling.

Showers, for the most part, use less water than tubs. The only way most showers will use the same amount of water as a large tub is if there are multiple shower heads.

Should You Install a Tub to Preserve Your Home Value?

There is a lot to be said about having only a shower in your bathroom. For many, the increased space makes dispensing with the tub worth it.

However, does a decision not to install a tub cost you in the long run? After all, bathrooms are not typically considered full baths without a bathtub.

Some bathroom styles work well for three-quarter bathrooms, which are baths with toilets, sinks, and showers. However, some prospective buyers are unlikely to consider homes without a bathtub in the master bathroom.

Real estate agents often advise making sure at least one bathroom has a tub. Having at least one tub makes a house more desirable for buyers with young children who may find all showers less practical.

Make the Most of Having Only a Shower

If you opt to remodel a bathroom and have only a shower, make the most of the features. Multiple shower heads are one of the most popular options. However, be sure to avoid using all the heads at once, so you don’t drain your water heater too quickly.

A rainfall shower head is one of the most popular options. These shower heads have been a feature at many luxury hotels for a long time and are very popular.

Body jets are a perfect choice for anyone with sore muscles and joints they want to massage when showering. Benches are also popular features for seniors or people living with disabilities who have mobility issues.

How to Make the Most of a Tub

Opting for a smaller tub will give you more space for a larger shower. Even if the tub is smaller, you can maximize the features available by using luxury fixtures or other touches.

Freestanding tubs use less space because they don’t require tub decks. Having a freestanding tub and a walk-in shower in the same bathroom, especially if it’s the master bath, will help increase your home’s overall value.

Regardless of which option you go with, Karin Ross Designs will help ensure that the process goes more smoothly. Our team will help work out all the details from start to finish, so you can relax knowing that your project is in good hands. Contact us today for more information.