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Old 01-12-2016, 12:46 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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We are remodeling the master bath in the home we just purchased. This particular home appeals to the empty nester/retirees.There is a second bathroom with a standard tub.

We are on the fence whether to keep the tub or remove it. We are mindful of resale, yet many in our age group (55-65) nix the bathtub.

What would you do? Keep the tub or remove it? Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

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Old 01-12-2016, 01:07 PM
 
Location: VT; previously MD & NJ
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I just had my master bathroom tub replaced with a walk in shower. It's a much safer option as one gets older. Also, much nicer than the fiberglass all-in-one tub/surround that was here before.

My house is also one that appeals to seniors. It's a small house with master bedroom and bath on first floor, and second bedroom and bath on second floor. The upstairs bath still has a tub.

I think too many people worry too much about resale. As long as your house is clean, well maintained, and you don't decorate in some weird, off-the-wall manner, it will sell. Besides, you just moved in; why are you thinking about selling?
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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I would love a large walk in shower. If I was doing this I would make sure there is no "curb" to get into the shower, the wand is on a sliding vertical rail and there is somewhere to sit. Having dealt with a broken leg and ankle in the past few years I've discovered how just these little things make a big difference in being independent.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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Do you have a bathroom in the house with a bath tub? If not, I'd suggest keeping the one in the master bath. If there is one in another bath and you have no use for the tub and want a large walk-in shower, closet space etc, then why not just do whatever suits your need.

Some women (including myself) prefer taking a relaxing warm bath than a quick shower especially in the cold months. If your new home is in a mixed community, I would also suggest keeping a bath tub with resale in mind for families with children.

There are some interesting discussions on this topic here:

Does a master bathroom need a bathtub?
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:43 PM
 
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I would love a large walk in shower. If I was doing this I would make sure there is no "curb" to get into the shower, the wand is on a sliding vertical rail and there is somewhere to sit. Having dealt with a broken leg and ankle in the past few years I've discovered how just these little things make a big difference in being independent.
I used a 36"x60" Kohler cast iron shower base. If I ever needed roll-in, it would easy enough to have a wedge of marble cut. I put Grohe thermostat valves on two walls. On one, I have another Grohe valve to switch between a conventional Speakman shower head and a Grohe hand shower on a vertical rail. I put a ton of extra blocking in the walls as a provision to retrofit grab rails. It's a 5' x 8 1/2' footprint. I played every game I could to make it as spacious as possible. Pocket door. A Toto wall hung toilet. Kohler wall hung sink.

I figure the odds of needing a full blown roll-in shower are pretty low.

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Old 01-12-2016, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Connecticut is my adopted home.
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As long as there is a tub somewhere in the house I don't think there is a need for a bathtub especially in the master bath. GeoffD we are going the exact direction you did. Kohler cast iron pan, Grohe exposed rail shower/handheld, extra blocking. We will probably do the same in the ground floor bath with a small square Japanese soaker tub, planning on our dotage.
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:57 PM
 
Location: in the miseries
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We are in the process of adding a master bath

We will have a wheelchair accessible shower.
Don't need it yet.
, but.....
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Old 01-12-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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My Parents Custom-Built a house in 1964,

The master had a Shower Only, The other Bathroom was normal (nothing special) Tub/Shower.

My sister went back few years ago, and the MasterBath Shower had been turned into s Steam/Spa Shower.

I always preferred the shower (shower) over the tub/shower...
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Dothan AL
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Not so much if there is no separate tub.
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Old 01-12-2016, 02:16 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I'm wrestling with the same question. I have 20 year old Jacuzzi tub I don't use and a puny walk-in plastic-like shower that share one wall in the master bath. Almost anything would be better than that shower. There is a clawfoot tub in the guest bath that will stay. Space is limited but I'm looking at a larger "real" shower and a smaller soaker tub as a redesign.
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