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Why are more homebuyers taking the tub out of the master bath?

Master Bathrooms without a Tub

2014 new home design trends

Why are more home buyers building a master bath without a tub?  We're seeing a shift in 2014 home design needs - as home buyers increasingly say they prefer master bathrooms with made-for-two showers in place of traditional shower and tub designs.

A master bath without a tub also opens up more space to play with - enabling home owners to re-arrange the bathroom layout without adding square footage.

With a no-tub design can, expanding the size of your master shower can often be more cost effective than including a separate shower and tub - another benefit of this 2014 home trend.

Here are photos and floor plans that can get you started with some examples of master bath designs without a tub, for your Raleigh new home.

 

Master Bath floor plan without a Tub - #1

 

In this version of the Lake House, the master bathroom includes an enlarged shower with two shower heads and a tile bench seat. The his and hers vanities are divided by a reduced height makeup desk.

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

 

 

Here is the Lake House master bath floor plan, showing the master enlarged shower with bench seat and no tub:

 

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master Bath floor plan without a Tub - #2

In this version of the Sherri, the galley-style his and hers master bath focuses attention on the wide shower design.

 

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

 

This home emphasizes efficiency, with private access from the master suite to the laundry room, through the walk-in closet.

Tip:  When taking out the tub, rethink your natural light.  Most master baths have a large picture window over the soaking tub - if this is removed when expanding the shower, consider adding a window elsewhere in the bath, or expanding the interior lighting package.

The large window between the His and Hers vanities adds lots of natural light.

 

 

Click here for more walk in closet design ideas. 

 

 

 

Master Bath floor plan without a Tub - #3

In this version of the Oak Lane, an Atlanta Plan Source floor plan, Stanton Homes converted the master shower and tub combination into an enlarged shower design with built in tile bench.

 

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

 

This custom tile master shower incorporates aging-in-place design features like grap bars and natural lighting. 

 

The built in toiletry holder and tile bench make this shower easy to use.

 

 

As you can see, this home was custom modified to complete the lifestyle of the homebuyer. In the original floor plan, the shower and tub were separated:

 Master Bath Designs without a Tub - Focus on Master Showers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Stanton Homes to learn more about building a custom home in Raleigh, North Carolina.

 

One of the best things about designing and building a totally custom home is the ability to make the special spaces that matter most. If what you're looking for is a huge shower with multiple spigots and sprays, ask us how to build it into your favorite floor plan. 

 

More master bathroom designs and trends for Raleigh new homes:

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Bathroom Tile Trends - Custom Mosaic Tile Designs

Tub Surround Tile Ideas - Photos and Tips

Custom Home Master Bath Design Ideas

12 Best Master Bath Layouts | His and Hers Vanity Designs

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Comment balloon 10 commentsStanton Homes • May 22 2014 08:39AM

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The problem with this design is that, when there is no soaking size tub in the master, if a person prefers tub baths, the tubs in the seconday bathrooms are regular size, too small for many.

Many builders in this area offer new home buyers the choice of with master tub or shower only. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Lenn - great comment.  Every home we build is custom designed specifically for our buyers, so we only delete the tub when the homebuyer asks us to!  For the rare times we do build a spec home, we include both a tub and a slightly oversized shower, as this is still the more popular combination.  We also have conversations on resale and reworking the secondary baths - and yes, there are times when we expand the tub size in the secondary bath if the master does not have a tub.  Great points! 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) about 3 years ago

While this would not be my personal preference, I will say that I see similar trends in our area, especially among younger buyers/people that plan to stay in the home for a while.  In NY, real estate is a lot more expensive and many homes are smaller, especially as you get closer to the City, so this does help creat space in the Master bathroom.  - Debbie

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) about 3 years ago

Debbie - Interesting that you're seeing this trend more among younger buyers, we're seeing it more with older buyers!  There are buyers that just outright hate soaking tubs.  One said "I used my soaking tub once in the 5 years I owned my home, I'm not wasting my money on one for this home".  It's all about perspective, and the ability to make things exactly as you want them - though we do always try to shine the "future resale" lens on all decisions. 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) about 3 years ago

Right.  Makes sense.  The ones I see doing this are not very concerned w/ resale value as they intend to keep their home for 20-30 yrs so they are making it for their needs. These are often people that bought their homes around 5 yrs ago.  It can work...if they have a bathtub elsewhere in the house for the kids.

Posted by Women of Westchester Working Together, Women helping Women get ahead (Women of Westchester Working Together) about 3 years ago

Good morning,

When I just remodeled the bathrooms; the Jacuzzi Tub is gone and a bigger shower installed; the second bath was enlarged with a newer Jacuzzi tub to accommodate someone else in the future.

Make yourself a great day.

Posted by Raymond E. Camp, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester (Howard Hanna Real Estate Services) about 3 years ago

Debbie.   The comment above ""I used my soaking tub once in the 5 years I owned my home, I'm not wasting my money on one for this home".  is not going to help that home owner when they go to resale.

Sadly, many home owners build to their own lifestyle and don't think about resale.

That, of course, is why buyers need a good buyer's agent to help with the resale potential.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) about 3 years ago

Lenn - absolutely!  A good balancing voice can make a big difference.  Building or buying a house is a big decision, and it can get very emotional. 

Raymond - great strategy.  Even having an extra deep tub/shower combo in the secondary bath is a big help. 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) about 3 years ago

With so many -millions of clients- setting a trend for Staying Power ( "aging-in-place")  I can see where it would make sense to remove the tub from the master bath...still like the idea of having  a tub...is there a way to have both? an endless pool type walk-in that looks inviting (??) and has classy grab bars?

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) about 3 years ago

Trailblazers - a walk-in tub with door can be a great option for limited mobility, and we have installed these in several upper-end accessible homes!  Unfortunately they do have a pretty high price tag, which puts them out of reach for many homebuyers. 

Posted by Stanton Homes, Design/Build Custom Home Builder in North Carolina (Stanton Homes - New Home Builder, with thousands of floor plans and almost unlimited customization available! ) about 3 years ago

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