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Showers or Bathtubs? Which is Perfect for YOU?

A recent trend in bathroom remodeling is doing away with shower/bathtub combinations. But what should replace them? If space and budget is flexible enough for both, putting in a standalone tub and separate walk-in shower makes great sense. If either your budget or space are limited, then you face a tough decision. Will it be a shower, a tub or another shower/tub combo?

Let us help make this decision a little easier by offering a few pros and cons for each.


tubWhat’s better than coming home after a long, hard day at work and hopping into a warm bath? Freestanding tubs come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes, and easily fit (both aesthetically and functionally) anywhere in the bathroom. Some homeowners like to use these bathtubs as a centerpiece of the bathroom, and they certainly can stand out artistically. Special features can increase both utility and enjoyment, too, such as jets, whirlpools and more.

Besides, if your family includes young children, skipping the bathtub isn’t really an option.

However, people with busy lives often don’t want to take time to fill a tub and to soak in it. Also, it can be difficult for older or injured family members to get in and out of a tub. Finally, those who are environmentally conscious, the sheer amount of heated water required to fill a tub can feel wasteful.


OK, so how about a shower? How often do you really sit in your current tub, anyway? If the answer is the same as it is for most families without young children – never or almost never – you may want to shelve that bathtub idea and go with the luxury shower.

Now that you’ve freed up some space, why not bring the spa home with you? Your shower can have luxury features such as rainfall shower heads, benches, natural stone surroundings, and large glass encasings.

Of course, a nice walk-in shower may not suit if you have grandchildren who stay over periodically. Fancy showers can also require quite a bit of cleaning and maintenance, with the large glass windows, tile walls, and elaborate stone shapes. And although it’s not a major issue, keep in mind that shower installations can be more prone to leaks than a tub would be.

Shower/tub combos

If a standalone shower or tub doesn’t match your needs, a shower/tub combo offers the best of both worlds. An interesting twist that’s been gaining some traction is the “wet environment,” where a standalone tub is placed within the walk-in shower area. Just think, kids splashing water over the edges of the tub would no longer be a concern!

Choosing between a shower, tub, or both really comes down to what your family looks like now and in the future, and what your personal preferences might be. If you’d like some personalized guidance on selecting the perfect option for your bathroom remodel, give Norman Graham Builders a call at 717-656-7336. We’d be glad to help you decide!