Do You Really Need the Tub?

A luxurious master bath is all the rage in the housing market. But how exactly do we define luxury in an age where we are always on the go? Until recently, the focus of the master bathroom was centered on the tub. A large 42”x60” tub sitting on a larger, elaborate deck can be stunning. From a practical standpoint, however, this largely unused feature takes up quite a bit of space in the room. The allure of a grand bathtub was to create the illusion of a peaceful, relaxing bubble bath. When I was a kid, there was a daytime commercial showing a woman luxuriously slipping into a steaming bubble bath tub proclaiming, “Calgon, take me away!” 

The reality for today’s working mom is pretty far removed from that fantasy. Stay-at-home parents are also constantly on the go. When do we actually have time for a bubble bath? Certainly not during the 5 days a week we get ourselves and children ready for work and school and whatever else we may be involved in. With my kids, Saturdays weren’t much better. Exhausted from the week, sleeping in for me meant getting up at 7 instead of 5 and getting ready for the extracurricular activities. If the stars aligned, you might find a day a week to enjoy the bath tub, don't plan on it though. I think my kids took more baths in my tub than I did. If time is a luxury, perhaps we should focus on what we actually use.

If you ask me, the shower is the most important feature, seeing regular use throughout the week. I like a door on the shower because it helps capture the steam and heat. A seat in the shower is a must, not for sitting – for shaving your legs! For the more expansive showers, be sure to put the controls within easy reach from outside the shower so owners don't have to subject themselves to freezing while turning it on. Also, be sure to include a nice shower head to complete the spa-environment!

A bathtub remains a desirable feature if the space allows for it. I recommend freestanding vessel tubs. This is a modern adaptation of the old fashion claw footed tub. These stunning pieces become artwork of their own & take up less space compared to a large built in, leaving more space for the shower. I like the tubs when they are in front of the large seamless glass shower. This showcases the tub as a focal design point and adds visual depth to the room, enhancing the open feel of the space.

If you have the space for both a tub and a shower, go big with the shower and minimize the tub. If space is at a premium, simply go with a large high end shower that welcomes owners every time they step into their personal oasis. Regardless, keep the functionality of the design in mind. It is the ultimate luxury!