Should I Get Rid of My Master Tub?

Posted by Matt Ates | December 18, 2018

The era of the luxurious soaking tub hasn’t exactly passed, but Thaddeus Drew Remodeling is getting more and more requests to remove a little-used jetted tub to make room for a spa-like shower and more storage in the master bath, especially where the bathroom isn’t that large.

Here are some things to think about when you consider whether to get rid of your master tub.


Apparently, people are deciding that luxury in the shower, which they use all the time, is more important to them than luxury in the tub, which for most is a rare treat.

The showers we build often are large, have high-end tile work, built-in benches and shelves, frameless glass doors, rain-shower heads, handheld showerheads, even multiple showerheads. Taking out the tub also leaves room for more cabinets and more vanity space, which is important if you’re sharing the bathroom.

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Often, people writing about bathroom remodels will advise leaving bathroom fixtures in the same place to avoid having to move the water and drain lines. But it’s not that big of a deal, and we do it all the time at Thaddeus Drew Remodeling.

One issue to keep in mind as you debate whether to ditch the tub and expand the shower is that most buyers with young children will want at least one tub in the house where they can bathe the kids. In some of our remodels, we have removed the jetted tub from the master bath but put in a nice bathtub in a Jack-and-Jill bathroom or guest room. Here are some examples of master baths we have redone.


As you can see in the “before” photo above, this master bath squeezed a tub and a fairly standard shower enclosure at the end of the room. It felt crowded.

Below you can see the spacious shower we installed in the same space. It has two showerheads, a built-in bench and niches inside for shampoo and supplies.



Another example below shows what can be done if you take out the tub and use the space for a spa shower.



Of course, if you’re a frequent soaker and couldn’t do without the tub, we can incorporate a new tub in a master bath remodel that maximizes the available space.


The master bathroom below has both, a nice tub and a roomy shower with a rain-shower head and a handheld spray head.


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