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Master Bath remodel

We are remodeling are master bathroom.  We are installing a new double vanity, custom shower, toilet, linen closet and bathtub.  Is it really necessary for the tub to be a jacuzzi tub?  I would prefer a simple (large) tub with no jets.
  • October 22 2009 - Chicago
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And as soon as you listen to someone else's opinion and install the jetted tub, you'll have to sell the place and the next owner will want a water-feature type shower and they won't want the tub at all.

It sounds as though you already have a really nice space and why would you mess it up with an access panel for the motor and more electrical/ plumbing work?

Less is more.  Spend the money on upgrading the tile or enclosure for the shower.

 

  • October 22 2009
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Are you planning to live in the house for several more years?  If so, then do what will make you the most comfortable and happy - who knows what will be 'in' by the time you want to sell?   If you are remodeling with intention to sell soon, talk to some of the local RE agents and stagers - ask them if a jetted tub would make a significant difference in your price range.  Then look at your budget and make your decision.  My bet is, as long as the tub is attractive, has easy access, and invites someone to enjoy a good long soak, the jets will not matter.
  • October 22 2009
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Trust your gut.
  • October 22 2009
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Go with a regular tub.  Keep it simple.
  • October 22 2009
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Its your house. The only one that has to live with it is you. So do what you want to do with it! A jacuzzi tub isnt going to make your house worth that much more.
  • October 23 2009
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All depends on personal preference. 10 years ago the jetted tubs were the hot ticket. Now everyone wants custom showers with steam units.
Guess it is either you lay down in comfort or stand up in comfort . And since most people sit at desks all day long they want to stretch their legs and enjoy a nice shower.
  • October 28 2009
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I agree mostly to choose what you wish to have, unless you are preparing to sell soon.  If that is the case, I would look at the neighborhood, at homes in your price range, and determine what other homes have, then make it similar.
  • November 06 2009
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I think your decision would be based on the price range of your home.  If you will be listing your home in a high price range, say over $700,000, I think most buyers will be hoping for a tub with  jets.  Many lesser priced homes do not have jets in the tubs and they are not expected.  You should also consider whether you have to do major work in installing a tub with jets.  There will be a need for an excess panel and if the room size is not big enough or not configured the right way you may not be able to install a jetted tub.  
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  • November 09 2009
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Well, when upgrading a bathroom, I would definitely do the jacuzzi tub, even though most people never use them, it will matter when you try to sell the house and sometimes, you may just want to use it after a stressful day.
  • November 09 2009
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I agree with Heidi.  In the higher priced houses, most buyers are assuming that the tub will be a jetted tub, or either the bathroom will be one of the new updated types with the huge walk in shower that has floor to ceiling slate or travertine or a type of stone like that plus double vanities.  In a house that is $200,000, they probably just expect a nice, clean tub with no scratches or dents.

Since many people don't use the tub anyway (who has time nowadays?), it just needs to look nice, plus you need to think about the price of an electrician and plumber to hook up all the piping, plus whether your water heater can fill up a big tub like that.

If you aren't selling, buy what you like.  If you don't take baths and the house isn't a million dollar house, put in a nice, maybe differently shaped tub and let it go.  Put the money into the areas that you are going to use and love (the lighting makes a big difference, the type of fan (does it blow heat if you're in a cold region of the US?), double vanities, nice mirrors, the right type of cabinets, storage, etc.

We are going to be gutting our bathroom in the next year or two and I look forward to getting rid of the tub that is big enough to put outside and use for guests, and make the shower about 3x as large as it is now.
  • November 10 2009
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Jacuzzi tubs are often an inspection issue in the homes I've sold.  If you prefer an oversized garden tub that should be sufficient.
  • February 02 2010
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I'm a home stager and I'd tell you to upgrade to a nice tub but whether or not it is jetted won't matter much.  I'd also caution you that steam showers can produce a lot of moisture...ie mold. 
  • February 02 2010
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If you don't want the jetted tub, don't put one in! LIke the previous answer, it is all about personal preference.  What you want may not be what the next homeowner wants.  A large garden tub is always nice, even without the jets! 
  • February 03 2010
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Does anyone know if any changes to shower size or tub need to be approved before beginning.  I'm asking because this will reduce the distance between my vanity and my shower enclosure.  I've been burned by contractors in the past, so I trust their word less.  If anyone has the link please let me know (I'm in California).
  • February 05 2010
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I would base my decision on the range of your home's value. If you are doing an upscale master bath, I would go with a specialty style bathtub. If you are planning on selling your home, you dont want to elimate potential buyers by not keeping the style uniform


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