We’ve polled our readers before here when we were planning the deck (we went composite!), and here when we were considering taking our our 4th bathroom for a laundry room (we went for it!) and now that we’re in the initial planning stages of our bathroom renovation, we got another one for ya!
Our current master bathroom has a small shower nestled next to a built-in tub. The shower is not only cramped, but it has a lowered ceiling due to the insert. Before we can move forward with the rest of the plans (i.e. possibly moving the toilet closet to where the shower is), we gotta figure out what’s best for this area. We figured there are 3 options, outlined below, that we’d love you to weigh in on.
Would you rather:
1. A separate tub and shower. Like our current set up. With a smaller shower, next to a tub. The down side to this one is we couldn’t move our toilet where our shower currently is. (And our toilet closet is kind of right in the middle of the room right now. However, this would be a very cost effective option that we could make look a million times better than it does now (that wouldn’t be hard). We’re not necessarily bath people, so I’m constantly side-eyeing all that wasted space a grand tub takes up, but there’s something very “master bathroom” about this set up. And an occasional soak could be nice.
2. A combined tub and shower: making the shower area larger, but the combination pretty standard size. Option 2 is appealing because even though Chris and I don’t take baths very often–will we want to occasionally? This option allows us to move our toilet closet next to the shower/tub combination while giving us a larger shower. It allows us to sometimes bathe the girls upstairs while still having a larger shower area. But, it does feel a little less “master” than the other two options.
3. A large, luxe shower with no tub. A large shower with multiple heads and maybe a built-in bench sounds dreamy. We also have plans to add a privacy window in the bathroom for some natural light and the shower is likely where it will go. I love the idea. We’d essentially build a large shower where the tub is currently, but is it practical to nix a tub completely? Will having only 1 tub in a large home be enough?
If you have any inside thoughts or experience, we’d love to hear! We’re so anxious to start picking out finishes, but man, we’ve been going back and forth on this dilemma for months and I’m sure there are still pros and cons we’re forgetting about.