I’ve been looking at houseplans this evening. We’ve designed the house we intend to build on our property in Maryland, but it may be too deep for the lot (there’s a small stream in the back, and we don’t know how far from the street we have to be) so I decided to look at other plans for ideas.
Anyway, the vast majority of the plans with big master bathrooms include a shower stall and a whirlpool tub. Some just have a regular tub and a separate shower, and others have the standard shower-in-the-tub arrangement. Our last house had the whirlpool tub/separate shower stall arrangement. I don’t think we used the tub a dozen times in the 3 years we lived there. Our present house, plus the two we owned before that last house didn’t have tubs in the master bathroom - just showers. The second bathroom always had a tub.
Personally, that’s the way I prefer it. In this house, our shower is something like 5’X6’ - it’s a tiled heaven!! If we can build the house we’ve designed, it will have a similarly large shower and no tub. Regular bathtubs are too small for a good soak, and the big, fancy whirlpool tubs are too big and difficult to clean, and I’m not likely to use one anyway. We’re going to have a hot tub on the screened porch.
What say the rest of you - does your ideal bathroom have a shower stall, a regular tub, a super-deluxe tub, or something else?