Tub or Shower: Which Should I Install when I Remodel My Bathroom?

A bathroom remodel gives you a chance to create a relaxing oasis where you can decompress after a long day and get ready for a bright start each morning. With bathroom remodels, one of the biggest decisions homeowners make is whether to put in a shower or a tub. The professionals from Forever Builders, the experts in kitchen and bath remodeling San Diego homeowners have trusted for more than 20 years, explain how to make the choice that’s right for you.

Consider the Amount of Space Available

On average, a shower takes up around nine square feet of space, and a tub takes up about 13 square feet. While most bathrooms have enough room for a tub, you might prefer to save room by choosing a shower if you have other pressing needs. Installing a shower could open up space for a small dressing area, or you may prefer this option if a family member uses a mobility device and could use the extra floor space.

Assess Your Needs & Preferences

Both showers and tubs can be outfitted with therapeutic water features such as rainfall shower heads or jets. However, you might prefer the relaxing option of being able to soak in a deep bathtub to relieve sore muscles. Or you might prefer the ability to create a spa-like experience with an expansive shower that has a bench for seating and other special touches. 

As you consider your needs, you’ll also want to think about the future. Walk-in showers tend to be more accessible compared to bathtubs, but you can also choose a tub with greater accessibility if you anticipate needing it in a few years.

Think about the Resale Value

Typically, homes with bathtubs tend to sell faster than those that only have showers. Making sure at least one of the bathrooms in your home has a bathtub could open it up to more buyers when you decide to sell. People with children, pets, and other needs often prefer having a bathtub that makes it easier to bathe others without getting wet. However, any upgrade to your bathroom will increase its resale value. A modern shower could also boost the value of a home that currently has an outdated set of features.

Factor in the Cost for Each One

Showers are usually less expensive to install compared to tubs, but both options can vary in price. A prefabricated shower will naturally cost less than a customized one, and adding features such as additional shower heads, benches, and shelves will increase the final price. The same can also be true for bathtubs. A larger soaker tub with jets will be more expensive than a basic model. However, the cost is typically worth it, since loving your bathroom space dramatically increases your general satisfaction in life.

Explore the Option of Adding Both

If you’re still on the fence, you might want to go with the no-fail option. If your bathroom has enough space, installing both a shower and a tub gives you the best of both worlds. You could also opt for putting a shower-tub combo in a guest bathroom you can use if the need ever arises.

The experienced professionals from Forever Builders will guide you through every step of your master bathroom remodel. San Diego homeowners trust us to provide the most affordable bathroom remodeling services and help them turn their dreams into reality. We’ll help you create the bathroom you’ve always wanted, meeting all your expectations while keeping your costs within budget. To find out more about our outstanding bathroom remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today at (833) 243-5624.

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