Home Trends to Watch: Adding the Bathtub Back In

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Photo credit: Karen Eubank, Eubank Staging & Design

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

The National Association of Home Builders has in recent years pointed to a dwindling interest in whirlpools in the master bathroom, but that doesn’t mean home owners are ready to banish bathtubs all together.

Sure, home owners have been swapping out built-in bathtubs with supersized walk-in, lavish showers.

However, now some home owners say they want to add the tub back in.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association noted a trend this year among remodelers incorporating more freestanding soaking tubs. Since it’s not built in, there is more flexibility in the placement of these tubs too. They can be placed anywhere from along a window to the center of the bathroom to even, in some cases, inside the shower.

Often times, the tub stands alone nowadays. Freestanding tubs are becoming a focal element in the bathroom, says Karen Eubank with Eubank Staging & Design in Dallas.

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Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Funny how clients will sometimes flip flop with something as simple as a bathtub! At least these are simple fixes. Great insight to the industry Melissa, it’s great info to keep in the back of your head for your next job.

  2. Honey hold the sledgehammer!
    Says here we don’t have to take out the tub after all!

    Thanks for the great news announcing the “return” of the bathtub. Walk-in showers are for the most part stunning, enhancing decor and the appearance of space, but are impractical for families with young children. Too many have done “stunning” times two.

    Love your posts Melissa…what’s coming…and what’s coming back.

  3. Although this may seem like old news, it actually is becoming the trend again for buyers everywhere. Best time to do this is now!