“This is the year that I’m finally upgrading my master bathroom. I’ve dreamed of having a great shower, one with his and her showerheads, walk-in space so I don’t have to worry about cleaning clear glass doors, and one with lots of extra features like built in seats and wall niches for bottles. Can I take out the tub, which I never use anyway? Or will that hurt resale down the road? Any other suggestions?”
When it comes to bathroom remodels, they are top on the list for adding value to your home. But if you are thinking of upgrading your master bath with an elegant shower and removing the tub, keep in mind that it will change the terms of how your home is listed. Five piece baths include both the tub and the shower; to some people it’s a deal breaker. That said, an elegant shower with lots of benefits (and bells and whistles) can add value to those that love their showers. And as long as you have at least one tub somewhere else in your home, it shouldn’t negatively impact resale value.
When you start planning for a shower remodel, spend some time contemplating the best features for your situation. Showers can be simple and be easy to install on a DIY budget, or can be a significant investment by adding multiple water features.
- Do you want to include universal design features into your shower that will give your flexibility as you age?
- How large of a shower do you desire? What space does it currently occupy, and how do you see the space once the remodel is complete?
- What water features do you see in your new space? How will the water supply need to be moved?
- What built in features are important? Seats? Shelves?
- What maintenance level are you willing to accept? Clear glass shower doors require more maintenance than walk in showers with floor to ceiling tiles.
- What extra features do you want – steam showers, hand held showerheads, etc?
- How does your budget match your list of wants and desires?
Its easy to get caught up in the details of design – what color tile to install, or falling in love with the perfect rainshower. Yet before you decide on the details, its important to create a space that works not only for you, but for your home as well. While simple remodels can often be DIY projects, more complex projects should always use contractors for advice and optimal results.
As a plumber, we can provide you with advice on how to move and add water to new places within your bathroom layout, and can help you choose fixtures that you won’t find at your local big box stores, often for better pricing too.
A shower is a big investment and all of these choices should be carefully considered. If you have any questions, we’d be happy to provide you with a quote, and provide advice to help you make the best decisions for your home.