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Bathroom or shower room?

I have a small bathroom & a shower over the bath, thinking of taking bath out & replacing with a luxury shower cubicle or a wet room - will this reduce the property value?

Asked on Apr 21 2012, Home Improvement in Lyme Regis | Report content

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  • This mostly depends on your type of property and your target market.  If you have a modern, town centre flat and your target market is likely to be single, no kids, professional, low maintenance then the luxury shower idea might work well.  However, it your target market includes young families then a bath is essential and removing it removes them from your catchment.  In either case, its not so much about affecting the price of your property, it's that if you remove the bath, you remove all the people who like baths from your possible purchasers.  Whilst the idea of a wet room may sound appealing to some, equally they can be a turn-off to many  (myself included and I design a lot of bathrooms!) They tend to be pricey to implement with a lot of complexities to consider. Normally I'd suggest that if this is the only bathroom then you need to retain the bath with the shower over it, however if you want to update, there are some really stylish and practical shower baths out there these days which will give you the best of both worlds. Many of them actually are more for showering than for bathing.  And if you don't intend to sell any time soon... then it's your home, put in what you want. In 10 years time, someone else will rip it out anyway. 

    Answered on Apr 22 2012, Report content
  • I agree with above. Looking at a property recently which had only one bathroom and had been converted into a wet room, we thought it was ideal for us! The room was there to put a bath in if we wanted, but it would only be something we would do in the future to sell. So if your buyer loves the shower, you will have done the right thing. But many people love a soak in a bath, so you do alienate a few buyers. I doubt it reduces the value significantly though. As above, it really depends on your property type, if a one story bungalow I would advise against the removal of a bath

    Answered on Apr 22 2012, Report content

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