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Old 08-14-2010, 02:19 PM
 
Location: Athens
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In general, without knowing the layout of your home, the answer is a qualified yes. I agree that most people take showers rather than baths, however, when one of the occupants of the master bedroom wants to take a bath, it should be convenient to the master bedroom. So, if all of your bedrooms are clustered, and there is little or not competition for the bathtub in the common bathroom, i.e. sharing with kids, guests, etc., then it is not as important. However, if you have a split bedroom plan, or a plan with master on the main and other bedrooms and the bathroom with the bath on the second floor, it is a detriment. So, necessary, maybe not, but does it add value, yes. And, the bigger bathtub/shower combo you can put in place, the better (but be careful to make sure that you can get the tub into the bathroom without knocking down walls). If you have the option of making it a corner unit, it also adds aesthetic appeal to the master bath.
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Old 08-14-2010, 02:20 PM
 
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I've seen this a lot lately and I'm not a fan of it. If there's a tub elsewhere in the house, I guess it's okay if the house is great otherwise, but we've actually seen two homes where if we wanted a tub, we would've had to pay to have one put back in.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Barrington
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Homes with the tubs in the master tend to sell faster than homes without, not necessarily for more money or anywhere near what some invested in their baths.

Some of this is also dependent upon area norms and price points.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:51 PM
 
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When we were looking for a home we looked at several houses that just had showers in the master bath. I did not like it. I wanted a tub. Funny though, I have only used the tub once in the two years we have lived in this house. But I like the option and would still want a master bath with a tub.
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:59 PM
 
Location: Texas
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I wouldn't buy a house without a master tub (or room to put one in).

Granted, some people here make a great point about not using it that often, etc, but a. you have to think about resale yourself and b. I would totally use a tub, so the 'not using it' argument kind of becomes self-fulfilling prophecy.

That being said, you can almost always find a buyer that likes whatever quirk your house has, so I'd ask my agent what she thought, get several opinions, maybe offer an allowance...
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Old 08-15-2010, 12:37 AM
 
Location: NH Lakes Region
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Default Interesting thread and responses...

My "renovation" plan calls for my bathrooms to be redone in about 6 years (I know, talk about planning ahead!), and the current configuration of the bathrooms in my house is "less than optimal", shall we say. There is currently only one tub (cast iron in the full bath on the first floor) and a shower surround with a seat in the one second floor bathroom (which I hate). I had been planning on a tub just because it is expected, so seeing others' reasons pro and con is helpful.

I have to admit that although I only use the tub very occasionally, not having one in the upstairs bathroom has always seemed odd to me, and when I do the renovations I'm planning to put one in the upstairs. Obviously not having a tub in the upstairs bath was not a deal-breaker when I bought the house, but it definitely made my "to do" list. (The cast iron tub will stay in the first floor purely for aesthetic reasons, if nothing else - it really adds character to the room).
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:27 AM
 
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If the house is priced right and shows well, it would not be a dealbreaker, however I would not install a bathtub just for resell purposes unless the home did not have another tub, but if you are going to remodel it, I'd put in a bathtub.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:45 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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No tub in the master bath would be a deal breaker for me. YMMV.
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Old 08-16-2010, 02:02 PM
 
Location: NE Atlanta suburbs
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No master tub = deal breaker
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:09 PM
 
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I'll give you the advice my real estate agent gave me awhiole back when I was selling. People expect to see a bathtub even if they don't use it and would prefer a shower. for some reason they think they are being shortchanged. So if converting a tub or tub/shower to a shower only, give them something they didn't expect. I did the renovation for what I wanted and what it seems everyone really wants (a nice walk in shower) and I did it in a tasteful quality manner for the house. I replaced the fiberglasss tub shower in the second bath with a tiled jetted tub and shower area. I had absolutely no problems. The agent showed the master bath and if someone made a comment, she asked, would they rather a regular tub/shower unit or this nice walk in shower. most admitted they prefered the walk in shower and it was nice. Next she would tell them they are going to love this and showed them the second bath with the tiled jetted tub/shower area and I think almost everyone at that point said they liked both baths just the way they are. I think most just think they are getting less if there is a walk in shower, but how its marketed is just as important. Anyway, are you doing this for resale or for yourself?
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