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Does remodeling your house from a 2.5 bath to 2 bath (eliminating tub in master) significantly reduh

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The problem would come when you market your property and potential buyers view homes. They will see yours without the full suite and compare to one with a full suite. 
Look at it as buying an SUV, both priced the same, one with a third row seat and one without. It will depend on the functionality of the buyer.
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Hi Darrin,

In the DFW market, buyers prefer a tub in the master bathroom. 

This may not answer your question, however, since a 1/2 bath really refers to a toilet + sink combination, and doesn't really include a tub or shower feature.

A 2.5 bath would mean the house has 2 full bathrooms, which include a toilet, a sink, and bathing facilities (like a tub, a shower, or a tub/shower), as well as one additional room containing a toilet and sink. (This half bath is also known as a powder room  and/or a powder bath.)

If you are simply remodeling an existing full bathroom, Derek's advice is right on target!
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So, would my house, currently apparently considered a 2.5 bath (master with separated corner tub  & stand up shower, and duel sink; second bath with combined tub/shower, single sink) be considered a 2 bath if we convert the tub area to a shower and convert the shower to a closet? The shower is so small, and we could make a grand shower in the space utilized by the (unused) tub, I'm worried if it would be considered less than 2 bath at resale, even if the converted shower is really nice.
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Hi Darrin,

I want to make certain you have a clear understanding of:

A full-bath includes:  sink, toilet and a shower OR a tub (or both).
A half-bath includes: a sink and toilet.

So, if you have a 2.5 bath home then you should have:  1 half-bath and 2 full-baths.

From your description, it sounds as if you only have 2 full-baths. (?).

But to speak directly to your question: Will converting the master bathroom by removing the tub, turning that space into a shower and utilizing the gained space into a larger closet impact your home's resale value?    Read all of the following:

1)  If you live in an area where it is standard to have a master bedroom feature a tub AND a shower, then you will impact your resale ability.    The best way to know if you fit into this category, is to do a search for homes in your general area and in your general price range.  You can do so on Zillow :) If you see that 9 out of 10 homes in your area and price range feature tubs and showers in the master then you have your answer.  If those specific details don't feed through from your local multiple listing service's data, call a local realtor for advice.  

2)  If you own a Colonial Style home, in a family-friendly type of area - most buyers "think" they want a tub in the master bathroom.  Funny enough, so many homeowners don't even use the tub.  So, if you decide that you want to make the change BECAUSE you are going to enjoy it and it is the right decision for you, make certain you put in a spectacular shower with double shower heads and capacity for two...making it so cool that the future buyer won't care about not having a tub!    And remember, stick to neutral colors for tile and countertops - the color of walls can always be changed.  

Good luck! 
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Thanks so much, Linda. I checked my house listing I got when I bought, and I do have 2.0.....not sure why I was thinking 2.5. I'll look at the comps and get a better feel of the single levels in my area. Cheers.
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Darrin,

In the Boise area, we quit using the quarter bath designation years ago.  It used to be each fixture was a 1/4 so taking away the tub would have created a 1 3/4 bath in the past.  However, since everything is going online these days, if you had a guest bath at 3/4 and a master at 3/4 that would have implied only having a bath and a half!

Therefore, if you have a stool and a sink it is a half bath.  If you add a shower and/or tub it is a full bath!  In your sized home (I checked the Ada County Tax Assessor records) it is ok to have just a shower in the master as long as there is still a tub in the guest bath.

If the intent is to immediately sell the property, I wouldn't do it.  However, if you plan to live there and will enjoy it = do it!  Maybe consider doing the remodel in a way that can still be retrofitted in case someone wants to change it back in the future.

Hope that helps!
Jim
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