If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably at least considered updating your bathroom by investing in a stylish walk-in shower. These barrier-free fixtures will extend the visual square footage of a bathroom, making it feel airier, while giving the space a sleek, modern edge. For a long time, however, conventional wisdom cautioned homeowners away from these upgrades. After all, walk-in showers tend to take up space that would otherwise be used as a tub which, in turn, impacts the value of a home. So it’s understandable if you find yourself wondering whether a walk-in shower will add value to your home.
If you’ve found yourself experiencing bathroom envy when looking at pictures of walk-in showers, we’ve got some good news for you: These bathing fixtures can absolutely increase home values. In fact, a 2013 survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects reveals that 60% of homeowners prefer stall showers without tubs. Walk-in showers, with their ultra-low thresholds, are an even more popular bathroom remodeling staple. They appeal to a large demographic, including those:
With Mobility Concerns
For these individuals, safely swinging themselves over a high barrier is all but impossible. With a barrier-free shower, on the other hand, entering and exiting a bathing fixture is as simple as stepping forward.
If you live in an area with a large aging population, you’re far more likely to come across a home buyer who finds your walk-in shower to be a valuable feature worth paying extra for. This is especially true if your shower features stability-enhancing features, like grab bars or a built-in seating unit. Just bear in mind that these home buyers will also evaluate the accessibility of the rest of your home as well—a walk-in shower becomes far less accessible if located on the second story of a multistory home.
Without Small Children
Families with young children or pets often need at least one tub where they can bathe the smallest members of their households. A walk-in shower isn’t terribly helpful in this respect, especially if a home doesn’t have another tub elsewhere.
Of course, if you live in an area with either older families or young professionals, your walk-in shower will quickly become a coveted asset. That’s because individuals are far more likely to start their days with a brisk shower than end them with a bubbly soak. Consequently, they’ll get more mileage from a walk-in shower and you’ll often find that they’ll pay more for this fixture.
Of course, if you want a walk-in shower that maximizes value, it helps to partner with a remodeler you can trust. In the North Texas area, call VIP Services. Contact us today to learn how we can transform your bathroom!