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Design Decisions: Why Some Homeowners are Ditching the Master Bathtub

"Do I really need a tub in my master bathroom?" is a question we get a lot.

   When it’s time to remodel their bathroom, many homeowners are thinking about ridding themselves of that once-desirable jetted/whirlpool bathtub. Why?

Glorious, spa-like tubs were once sought after and would net you a nice return on your investment.  Experts are split as to whether a master suite really needs a tub anymore. 

As our populations ages, accessibility is a factor. Tubs can be cumbersome to get in and out of, hard to clean, and are often set in with tile that was stylish when the tub was installed. 

If you’re thinking about removing a tub, you aren’t alone. This trend has been picking up steam for the past few years. It seems most people would prefer to have a large tiled shower, potentially two shower heads, a bench, and grab bars. The fact is, most adults value additional storage space, and a larger sink, than a bathtub.

Check out these DreamMaker master suites without tubs.


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This Ann Arbor master bathroom remodel ditched the tub in favor of a second vanity with sink, and a bench with extra storage. If you look at the before picture, you can see just how difficult it probably was to utilize the master tub since it was behind the shower. Now the homeowners have a great new space, with plenty of room to get ready in the morning.


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This pretty master bathroom features a gorgeous skylight. The dark tile in the former tub/shower combo was stealing the sun away from this room. The new shower has ample space and really lightens up the room.


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This Ann Arbor couple removed their seldom-used whirlpool tub. A new tiled shower and glass block windows were installed in the old tub space. The old shower space now works better as a linen closet,  and the color scheme was updated to a clean grey and white.

Contact a DreamMaker designer today to talk about tearing out a tub. Email: info@dm-remodel.com or call 734-669-4000. 


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Shannon Janeczek

Shannon is the Marketing Manager for DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen Ann Arbor. If you'd like to contact us with a guest blog post, or a remodeling story, just email her at marketing@dm-remodel.com.

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