Perhaps none of the factors that go into a bathroom redesign will have as much of an impact on the overall style and layout – not to mention the budget – as the decision to add a tub or a shower only. You’ll have to choose one if you don’t have the space or cash to invest in both. Would you prefer a shower stall over a tub? Will you make space to switch from a shower to a tub?
These factors might help you in making the best decision for your space and your lifestyle.
1. Installing tubs is often cheaper. On average, a bathtub costs $400-$8,000, while a shower costs $450-$10,000. Shower stalls and bathtubs are the cheapest, while whirlpool tubs and walk-in showers tend to have high price points! A whirlpool tub costs on average $4,500, less than three-fourths of the cost of a walk-in shower ($6,000). Of course, these figures will depend on several factors like the type of material, cost of installation, and additional features, so be sure to consult a contractor for an estimate.
2. Tubs are still considered essential to resale value. A poll by the National Association of Home Builders found that 51% of purchasers dislike a master bath with simply a shower stall. A “full bathroom” is one with a tub, which continues to appeal to single and married home purchasers, as well as parents with young children who prefer baths to showers.
3. Showers take up less space. A normal shower stall or walk-in shower takes up about nine square feet, but a standard tub takes up around 13 square feet. In a bathroom of less than 32 square feet, a shower has the upper hand over the bathtub. In a 40-square-foot bathroom, a shower takes up less than a third of the floor space whereas a tub takes up a third. The space saved by replacing a tub could be used to accommodate a larger, more luxurious shower enclosure or add more bathroom storage.
4. Showers are more accessible. Wheelchair users or individuals with limited mobility may struggle to enter and exit a normal tub, which is why a curbless walk-in shower is a better solution. Grab bars and benches are becoming standard in showers.
5. Showers use less water if you keep them limited. The Home Water Works project estimates that an eight-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead uses 2.1 gallons of water per minute. So, if you can keep your showers under 12 minutes, you’ll save water and money over a bath, which uses a fixed quantity of 25 to 40 gallons of water for a regular tub or 80 to 100 gallons for a whirlpool tub.
To help you make an informed decision on which option to choose for your bathroom, turn to the reliable professionals at Envy Home Services. We are a veteran-owned, premier bathroom remodeler serving Illinois residents. Call us at (888) 847-7954 or fill out the contact form and we’ll set up a time to meet with you at your home or business for a free, no-obligation consultation.