Go Back   DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum > Home Improvement > Building & Construction

CLICK HERE AND JOIN OUR COMMUNITY TODAY...IT'S FREE!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-20-2011, 11:30 PM   #1
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 18
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


We have a shower and a garden tub in our master bath room. But we have only 2 baths in our home (one up and one down) and all the visitors will have to go up or use the master bath ( which my wife don't like). I can get rid of the shower and create a 6'X 3' small visitor half bath room. In such case we have to use the garden tub as regular bath tub. My question is 1) Does Replacing the shower with a small visitor bath room add value to the house and help sell the house fast? (House with 2 1/2 bath sells easier than the one with 2 baths?)
2) Can we use the garden tub as regular bath tub? Thanks for your suggestions


Last edited by seth; 11-20-2011 at 11:42 PM. Reason: spelling
seth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 12:30 AM   #2
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: San Francisco
Posts: 445
Rewards Points: 250
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


personal preference, but if I were to buy a house, I would want one with a hallway bathroom for guests. Keep in mind though that if you are getting rid of the dedicated shower, you should add a shower over the tub. A garden tub isn't well suited for a shower/tub combo, but it could work. Is that a window over the tub? No good for shower, easily rots out. Depending on how big of a job you're looking for, personaly, I would get rid of the garden tub, replace with an alcove tub and shower head. And also either seal up the window, or shrink it up so that its up high above the shower head.

acerunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 12:39 AM   #3
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 18
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


Thanks for the response. It is a mirror and not a window. I might sell the house, want to keep the costs down, so looking if I could do without replacing the garden tub. Replacement involve removing marble trim etc which would add to the cost. I can add a shower above the tub easily
seth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 9,519
Rewards Points: 2,000
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


If you have 2 bathrooms in the house, one up and one down, why do visitors need to use the upstairs bathroom?
__________________
Ron
"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
B. Franklin 1759
Ron6519 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2011, 09:15 AM   #5
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 18
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


Because the one down is the master bath and we don't want the visitors to be using the master bath room
seth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 08:34 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 100
Rewards Points: 75
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


If I understand this right, your main floor bathroom is actually the master bathroom, right?

Do you have 1st floor laundry? If so, do you have space in your laundry room to put in a stool and sink and a door?

If you have the 5 pc master bath (dual vanity, tub, shower, stool), those setups will help sell your home more then what you are proposing. Otherwise, I guess you could remove the garden tub, put in a regular tub/shower combo, and create a seperate visitor bath a you described.

But Id look at other options before making the master bath smaller or less functional. And if youre thinking of selling anyway, I wouldnt do anything, but would consult with a realtor instead.
Wiscbldr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 09:00 AM   #7
Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 18
Rewards Points: 10
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


Thanks for the response. No laundry room. It is in the basement. Master Bath has a single vanity, stool, a garden tub and shower.
seth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 11:33 AM   #8
Retired from the grind
 
gregzoll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Midwest - Central Illinois
Posts: 14,341
Rewards Points: 2,344
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


If it was me, I would ditch the garden tub, put in a smaller size, and make it a shower/bath combo. Look around at those homes that have done remodeling in your neighborhood and see what they are doing to their bath's, before deciding. Right now with home costs going down everyday, it would not matter if you had a garden hose & spray nozzle on a faucet. But what does matter, is that people are looking at not putting any work into the home they want to buy, and want the seller to put all the effort into it.

Figure out what would work better for everyone, how many times do you have guests, what is the queue like when waiting for someone to finish, and hot water recovery. Also, look at the water pressure, in that if all the baths are being used at the same time, do you loose pressure, which also causes hot water temp to fluctuate. Those would be some of the factors I would be considering in a bath remodel, along with what works for you, not the next guy.
__________________
Ren: Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you. See this button? Ren: Don't touch it! It's the History Eraser button, you fool! Stimpy: So what'll happen? Ren: That's just it. We don't know. Maybe something bad, maybe something good. I guess we'll never know, 'cause you're going to guard it. You won't touch it, will you?
gregzoll is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 11:56 AM   #9
Stuck in the 70's
 
Blondesense's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: south central Missouri
Posts: 2,162
Rewards Points: 1,018
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


In your original post you asked "Can we use the garden tub as regular bath tub?" If you mean as a bath/shower combo, you want to do some research here. A garden tub surround is built to withstand an occasional splash. A shower (or shower/tub combo) has to withstand a whole lot of daily, driving, soaking water. They are built quite differently starting with the choice of tub itself. You want to make sure those walls can handle it, otherwise you are looking at major problems down the road.
Blondesense is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-22-2011, 11:58 AM   #10
Tileguy
 
Bud Cline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 10,419
Rewards Points: 2,486
Default

Relacing a shower with a half bath


That's a garden tub?

Bud Cline is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bath in the shower stall novemberrain Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 1 10-08-2010 10:56 AM
Piece of junk, leaky shower. How can I improve it? JustinEllard Plumbing 4 10-05-2010 09:45 AM
Help with shower pan removal - 1960s bath jm71 Kitchen & Bath Remodeling 6 11-23-2009 08:54 PM
redoing basement shower - basic questions (relocating drain/options I have) mslide Plumbing 5 10-28-2008 11:42 AM
Adding a shower to a 1/2 bath amyjean Plumbing 1 09-10-2005 08:06 PM




Top of Page | View New Posts

Copyright © 2003-2014 Escalate Media. All Rights Reserved.