Have bathtubs gone the way of the dinosaur?

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams

Trends come and go…that is the one universal truth in home design. In the last 10 years, the trend has been large soaking tubs, jetted tubs, and all manner of bathtub luxury. But is this trend on its way out?

According to Houzz, the recent trends in bathroom remodels reflect two major demographics: older homeowners who are aging in place, and millennials who want the latest innovations and technologies.

Both older and younger homeowners are trending toward luxury showers, and nixing the master bathtub altogether, but for different reasons. Stepping over the edge of a bathtub in order to take a shower represents a safety hazard for older homeowners, so curb-less, or zero-entry showers are becoming more popular. For the younger set, the wide array of premium shower design and luxury technologies are drawing them away from the soaking tub.

Millennials are also drawn to the clean lines and palettes of natural stone. Zero-entry showers leave the room looking less cluttered, and glass shower walls allow the natural beauty of the stone to complement the whole room. Nearly 30% of remodelers are opting to remove the tub in order to enlarge shower space.

According the 2017 Bathroom Trends Report, conducted by Houzz, investments in luxury bathroom remodels continue to return strong ROI, making them a popular choice for remodeling dollars.


Other trends include white and gray color palettes, as well as integrated technology such as high-tech toilets and showerheads. Baby boomers are spending the most on bathroom remodels, reflecting the desire to stay in their homes as long as possible after retirement.

The Bottom Line

Does this mean the bathtub is obsolete? Hardly. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. While some buyers may prefer their master bathroom sans tub, others still desire an occasional stress-free soak. But if you are thinking of selling your home and anticipate some upgrades to spice up the deal, it’s important to keep your eye on trends. If you are upgrading because you plan to stay in your home for a while, then your decisions should reflect your own needs and preferences, and not just what’s “on trend”. Who knows what will be “in” next year, after all?

The Gresh Team can help determine what remodeling decisions will help you get the best bang for your buck when selling your home, and provide specific trends in your neighborhood. If you have any questions, give me a call at 703-328-3434 or send me an email at Janet@TheGreshGroup.com. We can discuss specific details about your property and what buyers are looking for in your area. I look forward to hearing from you!


Comments (2)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I keep hearing that... and yet, I've always found it harder to sell a home without a bathtub. Sort of like people saying they don't need a dining room, but if there isn't one, they start getting antsy.

Oct 26, 2017 12:28 PM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

The homeowner that asks our advice about upgrades should never get in trouble when it is time to sell.

Oct 26, 2017 02:18 PM