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Discussion in 'Family, Home & Health' started by partgypsy, Jan 30, 2019.

what would you do with master bath

  1. do nothing

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  2. planned remodel with shower only

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  3. wait and do remodel with both bath and shower

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  1. partgypsy
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    by partgypsy » Jan 30, 2019
    I live in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house. The small 2nd bathroom has a bathtub/shower combo, toilet and sink. The current master bath is 6 and some feet wide to just shy of 14 feet. Right now it has a 60" vanity, toilet opposite that, and in the middle of the room a free standing tub, and that's it. We did stick an armoire in the corner to store linen and bedding.

    the plan: take out the tub, and in it's place have a walk-in shower of 36 x 48" I can also make slightly longer up to 55". I will also have enough room on the other end of the room to both create a small room that opens to the hallway for the stacking washer and dryer that opens to hallway (right now washer and dryer are in my master bedroom). In the other far corner create built-in linen closet/shelving. Pros: nice walk in shower, get the washer dryer out of my bedroom, have a nicer place to store bedding and linens, and because I am doing minimal moving of fixtures (just shifting the shower plumbing about 10 inches, leaving everything else in place it will still cost money but be affordable. We are estimating around 2-2.5K.

    Will it be a mistake for me to take out the tub? It is original to the house and beautiful, but to tell the truth I just use it to take showers, and in that case I'd rather have a built in shower than something I have to step in and out of. I still have a bathtub in 2nd bathroom, but is is smaller and not quite as nice as master tub.

    I played around with the layout, and I can, by basically taking everything out and moving things around, both fit in a 32 x 48" shower AND a bathtub. The layout is nicer in some respect including making the toliet seperate from everything else, but it does lose the linen closet plus the vanity would need to be replaced with something around 42". The big but is this remodel would be significantly more expensive. How much more? Not even sure, but every single fixture is being moved, and hence replaced. 8K? + And torn out, no working main bath for months.

    Would you do
    a) keep as is and suck it up buttercup
    b) do planned remodel, get 90% of what you want, and keep costs reasonable
    c) wait. Do remodel when can afford ideal layout.
     
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  2. asscherisme
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    by asscherisme » Jan 30, 2019
    I would no nothing if you like it as is.

    My last home I owned for 13 years, had a huge hot tub in the master bath. Didn't use it once!

    Next series of homes, and there were quite a few, I rented. Not one rental had a mater bath, only showers. Never missed the bath. Each home had a second bathroom with a tub for kids. They never used tubs after age 5 or 6, only showers.

    The house I bought last summer, master shower. Tub in kids bathroom. It didn't occur to me that I needed a tub in my master bath. My master is small but very elegantly done remodel and I love it.
     
  3. HappyNewLife
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    by HappyNewLife » Jan 30, 2019
    I wouldn't care, but it would be a dealbreaker for my wife, who takes no less than 3 baths a day
     
  4. MeowMeow
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    by MeowMeow » Jan 30, 2019
    I think it depends on what you prefer. If it were mine I would rip it out for the walk in shower. We don't do baths in our family. Just showers and whenever we buy a home it's likely to be our forever home so I plan on age proofing everything so we can stay there as long as possible in our old age.
     
  5. partgypsy
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    by partgypsy » Jan 30, 2019
    That's the other reason why I want to replace the tub. I don't have any plans to move and if I do stay here, the tub is separated from all the walls and there is nothing to grab onto, and as it's a pedestal tub I have to step over a 22" ledge each time I get in or out of the tub.
     
  6. soxfan
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    by soxfan » Jan 30, 2019
    Walk in shower. Baths are gross. We are getting a hot tub because we are a family of skiers and everyone wants to warm up 4 times a week.
     
  7. elliefire99
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    by elliefire99 » Jan 30, 2019
    Agree with all that is said here. I would prefer a nice walk-in shower any day. And it's cheaper and age-proof. What's not to love? If you ever want a bath, the other tub is available.

    Side-note. If you want to preserve the original tub, any chance you could switch it out with the tub in the other bathroom? Probably an unnecessary expense, but a nice senitment.
     
  8. MeowMeow
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    by MeowMeow » Jan 30, 2019

    Yeah tubs can be beautiful but they are so dangerous x.x Yeah I think ripping it out would be best then. Plus picking out tile and stuff for the new shower is so much fun. I may have done this before in my old room's bathroom when I thought I would never get married and would be living with my dad forever. We yanked the tub and put in a beautiful tiled shower. :kiss2: I comfort myself knowing my dad will have a great bathroom now as he ages lmao.
     
  9. OoohShiny
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    by OoohShiny » Jan 31, 2019
    Er... wuuut??

    That seems an extraordinary waste of water and energy!!


    re: the OP's dilemma, why not move the original-to-the-house standalone bath into the second bathroom (so you don't have to get rid of it) then do the large shower in the main bathroom?
     
  10. kipari
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    by kipari » Jan 31, 2019
    I think for most people one tub is enough when buying.
    Are you sure about the cost, though? I know it depends a lot on where you are, but for us the installation of a shower in a corner next to an existing sink was more like 2k without ripping anything out. Plumbing was already in the room and right next to that corner. That's the cost for manpower only (plumber and tiling and then setting up and fixing the enclosure). Tiles/hardware/ shower cabin etc. not included.

    The shower unit (the actual plumbing stuff underneath, hardware, shower head) /water tightness sealing system/tiles/glass enclosure with fixation came in at around 2K on top...
     
  11. partgypsy
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    by partgypsy » Jan 31, 2019
    Those are minimum numbers lol! As far as using the tub in the other bathroom, that other bathroom has a very small footprint but is a built-in tub that is shorter and lower than the one in main bath (other tub wouldn't fit).
    I know I can afford plan a) (shower only) because so few things are moving. I will also be doing the tiling, and possibly helping with the dry walling. The guy I'm seeing, basically like a contractor and has people working for him, so when he helped me remodel my kitchen which included demo (a chimney and concrete block had to be removed from a corner) new countertops as well as new dishwasher, sink, stove, and venting microwave, the entire remodel cost around 4.2K. I helped with some things, and he is able to do things with his workman in a very cost effective manner. I believe him when he says my plan A will cost less than 2K. But even he doesn't know how much the other plan would cost, which I think means $$$

    The other layout that I showed people, everyone seems to love, especially the idea of soaking tub! but as far as numbers, no clue what the total would be. Pretty much all the plumbing and the electrical would need to be moved.

    My youngest had an extreme reaction when I happen to mention I was getting rid of the big tub. She has many memories of playing in that tub, both taking baths with her older sister, and also playing with her little polly pockets or barbies and having them do pool parties and such. It's not like she even does those things anymore, but she doesn't like idea of the tub going away : (

    Before I make a decision the guy is going to bring his plumber to look at the bathroom and look below, so he can give a rough estimate of how many hours or days a remodel like that would cost. It would at least give me a ballpark.
     
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  12. kmarla
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    by kmarla » Jan 31, 2019
    It sounds like you’d get a lot better use of space and enjoyment with a new bigger shower instead of the bathtub/shower combo you currently have. We’re having a new house built and just went through this dilemma. The original master bath plan had a huge soaking tub, smaller corner shower, toilet and single sink vanity, about 30”. I love to soak in a bath, but I usually shower. It wasn’t an easy decision, but I decided to give up the soaking tub in the master bath because the trade off was that I got a 36” x 48” shower and a 92” vanity with double sinks. It will also give us lots of extra storage space. We will still have two other full bathrooms, each with a soaking tub/shower combo. It’s just a short hop down the hall if I want to take a bath. Hope this helps.
     
  13. partgypsy
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    by partgypsy » Jan 31, 2019
    That sounds nice! If I do just the shower, i can have a 36x48 shower, and either a bigger shower or a big vanity. Plus a dedicated area for towels and linens. If I did the separate shower tub combo, the shower would be smaller, no space for linens, and smaller vanity (36"). If they were the same cost I would go with the one with both shower and tub. But given the cost difference and how often I use the tub, don't think the cost will be worth it to me.
     
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  14. AV_
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    by AV_ » Jan 31, 2019
    Not bad at all.
     
  15. partgypsy
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    by partgypsy » Feb 1, 2019
    Thank you everyone! I think this is the plan. To take out tub, put in 36 x 48" nice shower. make w/d "room". Also, I want to move where the toliet is to another corner (next to wall created for washer dryer so it is out of line of sight/has it's own spot. Instead of creating built in linen area, I will move armoire I store linens in to where the toliet used to be.
    With those I would be a a happy camper; I'd have washer dryer out of bedroom, and nice walk-in shower.

    This plan also means, by keeping it to a 36 x 48" shower footprint, if i ever want to in the future, take out my current 60" vanity and replace with a 42" vanity on the opposite wall, I could do that plus have enough room along the wall under the window to install a tub (30x 75" space). But I don't have to do it right away and I'd have a working bathroom sooner by doing it this way.
    I'm excited! Now, I just have to convince my youngest it's ok to get rid of the tub... Maybe I will have her take a couple last baths in tub and then say goodbye.
     
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  16. kmarla
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    That sounds like a great plan! Good luck!
     
  17. lambskin
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    by lambskin » Feb 1, 2019
    You need one tub in a family bathroom for resale purposes. Families with young kids may want to have a tub to bath the little ones. FWIW, big showers mean more to clean and heavier doors.
     
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  18. Cluless
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    by Cluless » Feb 6, 2019
    Partgypsy I love your plan. I'm just feeling bad for your little one is there any way you can hang on to the bathtub for her sake, say convert it into a planter or I don't know old she is but maybe a sandbox for her? bathtub planter.jpg
     
  19. Austina
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    by Austina » Feb 6, 2019
    We don’t have a bath in our master en-suite, just a large shower and twin sinks (+ toilet). On the rare occasions I want a soak, I use one of the other bathrooms. Who has time for a bath in the mornings when you’re rushing to get ready and out? :D
     
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  20. elizat
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    by elizat » Feb 10, 2019
    Your plan sounds good! My old house had a small master bath, but I took space from an overly large closet that didn’t make sense to do a nice large walk in shower. I did mine without a door. It was an open walk-in and just had the slope to drain down. It was a clean and non fussy look.
     

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