Do You Need a Bathtub in Your House?
Most houses have a combination shower and tub because it kills two birds with one stone, its more efficient and practical than a freestanding tub. While the combination shower and tub has been popular, the latest trend in bathroom renovations is to get rid of the dual combo and replace it with a freestanding tub and separate shower.
Do You Have Enough Space?
The freestanding tub and separate shower is the best of both worlds but the first question to ask before you start renovating is: do you have enough space? Standard tubs with apron fronts are around 60” long and 30-32” wide – that’s about five feet of space you need. That same five feet of space can be utilized to install a spacious double vanity, a larger frameless shower with a bench or even a separate water closet. If you’re still itching to install a separate bathtub, consider a Japanese-style tub that are shorter and deeper to save space.
Will You Use a Bathtub?
If you’re in the midst of a bathroom remodel in a smaller, less accommodating space, you might have already faced this question: is a bathtub completely necessary? You might be partial to getting rid of your bathtub and replacing it with a free standing shower to save room (especially if you don’t have kids or pets) but there a are a lot of other things to consider, like will it decrease your home value once it’s time to sell? Probably. When getting rid of your tub it changes your bathroom from a full bath (toilet, tub and shower) to a three-quarter bath, so it can definitely affect your home value.
In the end its up to you on how you want to use up your space. Keep in mind that there are a lot of rules and regulations that might keep you from removing or installing a bathtub. Here are a few things to keep in mind while making your decisions:
- Current U.S. code requires 24” of clear space in front of the toilet, so be sure to allow for this dimension when remodeling your bathroom for a larger bathtub or shower stall.
- Play around with different sink dimensions. They’re the most versatile bathroom element in terms of size. If you want to go for a bigger standalone shower and tub then look into getting a smaller sink to accommodate.
- If you have concerns regarding accessibility for elders, it might be best to forgo the tub and stick to a standalone shower to avoid having to step over a tub.
- Does your current plumbing accommodate both a glass paneled shower and a freestanding bathtub? Do you have room in your budget for extra plumbing work?
If you're considering building a bathroom without a tub and still have questions, get in touch with your local bath designer or contractor.