FIND A BALANCE
With any remodeling job that you undertake, there should be a balance between
* Personal preference
* Adding value to your property
* Helping with future resale
If you have no intention of selling, then choose exactly what you want. There are no rules when it comes to personal style. If you anticipate putting your house on the market at some stage in the future, then this may affect your decisions, unless you want to have to remodel simply to sell. Kitchens and bathrooms still rank high on the list of priorities for buyers. Keep in mind your target market for resale.
Time is a vital commodity and the speed at which we live our lives today favors showering on daily basis rather than taking a bath, certainly in the mornings. However even though the bathtub may not be used as frequently, it is still popular. If you have only one bathroom, high quality finishes and good space planning are most likely to affect and increase value, rather than simply having a tub. A bathtub with an overhead shower gives the most flexibility but if the space feels cramped and uninviting, a walk-in shower will likely be more appealing.
Assuming you are living in a family home with more than one bathroom, realtors are generally in agreement that you need to keep at least one bathtub in your home if you plan to resell. Property descriptions tend to define a “full” bathroom as one with a toilet, sink, shower and tub. A ¾ bathroom usually means one without the tub – it has only 3 of the 4 elements. A half bathroom, or powder room, generally has a toilet and a sink. When reselling you want to satisfy as broad a range of people’s needs as possible.
Without a doubt bathtubs are still popular among families with small children. Youngsters can be scared of the shower and bath-time is bonding time. It’s hard to float rubber ducks in the shower!
A long soak in the tub can be a great stress reliever. The warmth of the water helps you relax and sleep better. Add a few drops of lavender oil, light the candles, turn on a little soft music and breathe. And let’s face it; it’s hard to hold a gin and tonic in the shower!
Whatever your physical activity of choice, your muscles will let you know very loudly when you have overdone it. Nothing helps relieve the soreness better than soaking in a bath of Epsom salts.
Trendsetters are favoring freestanding bathtubs that come in a variety styles. If you have the room, a freestanding tub can add individuality and flair to your bathroom.