Should we have our whirlpool tub removed from our master bath?

Shirley Shaw
by Shirley Shaw
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The tub has not been used in 10 years but still works. It would make a great place for a vanity. We only have 2 baths and the other one has a regular tub with a shower over it. We live on a lake where most homes are owned by retirees (us), or weekenders.
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  • B Brown B Brown on Feb 15, 2015
    It's funny how quickly trends change. I can remember showing houses & the buyers would ask," where's the whirlpool tub?" Now buyers don't seem to expect or care if there is one. The showers are more important, so go for it- take it out!! Maybe we New Englanders just don't have the time anymore to relax & soak in a tub!

  • I would LOVE to have a whirlpool tub, I have had several and dont have one in the place I currently rent. :( I do miss it, I dont care for showers much...only when I am pressed for time. lol.I love my baths.

  • Whirlpool tubs are a fad that is fading. They are not healthy due to bacterial development. You can remove it and increase your shower area or add built ins, Remove it and install a large soaking tub, or simple leave it for the next owner.

  • Bonbon Bonbon on Feb 15, 2015
    get rid of it and install a claw foot vintage look soaking tub with cool fixtures.

  • Pat Bird-Hollenbeck Pat Bird-Hollenbeck on Feb 15, 2015
    We are getting ready to do the same kind of renovation, and the tub is going! In its place though, will be a big walk in shower with multiple shower heads, a bench, and maybe music! Where the old small shower stall is, we're putting the washer & dryer, freeing up our small utility room to convert to a walk-in pantry. And the reno. goes on and on and on . . .

  • Barb Barb on Feb 16, 2015
    We just trashed a two person whirlpool tub and installed a doorless walk-in shower. Don't hesitate to pull your tub out and use the space for something more useful to you.

  • Paticia G Paticia G on Feb 16, 2015
    in my opinion, don't hesitate When we were looking for apartments to rent out ideal apt was without a walk in shower and for that reason we went elsewhere- if you are thinking about remaining in the home as you get older, a walk in is the way to go so no need for a tub

  • Esther Springer-beckles Esther Springer-beckles on Feb 16, 2015
    since you have not used it for so long remove it. if you have a yard create a floating garden in it.

  • Shirley Shaw Shirley Shaw on Feb 16, 2015
    Thanks to everyone. I think I know what to do.

  • Judy Roberts Judy Roberts on Feb 16, 2015
    How often would you use a vanity? If you know you would use it everyday~then go for it! If you would only use it once every week or so~do what I did~We took out our tub and opened one wall that adjoined our small closet and closed the one wall where the tub had been facing the bathroom & I had a HUGE walk in closet!!! Use it every day!!! So happy not to have to change out "winter" & "summer" clothes! I have enough room now for all of them~plus I gained better light as over where the tub was~I had a window, so now my closet has natural light & I got my husband to build me shoe shelves under the window and @ sash level he took the legs off the ironing board and I have a permanent ironing board up I don't have to take down, plus all my shoes on shelves underneath!! PRICELESS!!! So much put into that WASTED space!!!!! I just love it!!!

  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Feb 18, 2015
    If you're not using it, remove it and replace with something functional.

  • Lagree Wyndham Lagree Wyndham on Nov 13, 2015
    I say take it out a fix it the way you want. I know the next time I do major remodel on my master bath the whirlpool tub is coming out( although it gets used often) and a large walk in/wheelchair accessible shower is going to be installed...getting prepared for my old age and the possibility that my parents may need to move in with me one day.

  • Shirley Shirley on May 01, 2016
    We live right down the street from you in Kingsland, TX. We live in a mobile, and here's what we did:

  • Jan Bouma Jan Bouma on Mar 27, 2017
    How big of a job is it to remove this kind of tub? There seems to be cement under ours.