A Tub-Less Bathroom Is Gaining In Popularity

Master BathWe see it on a regular basis.  Washington homebuyers are requesting that we remove the bathtub in the master bath to enable them to have a large walk-in shower.  One thing to consider is re-sale.  We often suggest to our buyers to plumb for the tub to enable a future buyer to put one in easily.

The American Institute of Architects says that the tub-less bathroom is growing in popularity.  Its annual Home Design Trends Survey found that more than 60% of homeowners preferred a stall shower without a tub in 2013. Compare that to 49% in 2012, the first year they specifically surveyed about tub-less bathrooms.

A recent Houzz poll agrees, with 58% of respondents claiming, “you’ll never sell that house without a tub.”

Go ahead and make that change to your new Washington home but be sure at least one of your homes bathrooms has a bathtub.

Will your dream shower fit?  Most building codes say the floor of a shower stall should be at least 30-inches-by-30 inches. A 36-inch-by-36-inch-wide stall is recommended by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). If you’re building to the NKBA standards, an existing tub alcove probably needs modification — such as adding short sections of wall — to make the finished shower space 36 inches deep.

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  1. I love the Rob Rice homes. I have had the opportunity to sell them to my clients and I am now in the process of buying a re-sale Rob Rice home in Campus Highlands. The Victoria.

    The first thing we will do is replace the toilets to the higher commode. I believe in this day and age especially in a ramble that they should be the higher style. Is this an option when buying?
    I also feel the master vanity’s should be the 36 inch high. Just my opinion. Any comment on that?
    I would also like to see a better quality range hood and gas range cook top. Maybe those are options when buying new.
    I have a friend who has purchased a home from Rob Rice in Puyallup. We know our neighbors where we are going to live because I was able to sell them their homes.
    I am a great support Realtor in the industry for the Rob Rice homes. Nice Job!

    • Thank you Kathy! What a nice comment to get. Yes, the higher toilets are an option on our upgrade selections as well as higher vanities and appliance upgrades. Congratulations on your new home in Campus Highlands. What a beautiful area that is- like living in a park.
      Helena Rice

      • Betty Brown says

        We’ve admired your communities for several years and are now finally considering purchasing a new one ourselves. The Juniper plan is quite handicap friendly and as senior citizens it’s a possibility we could face and want to be prepared. That said, a tubless bathroom with a larger shower is the better option for us. Is this an upgrade that would cost us additional? I suggest with the increase of Boomers on the rise that that could be a standard option.

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