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The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. gnatty8

    gnatty8 Senior member

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    Yeah man, that's some pure Tennessee craftsmanship right there, lol..
     
  2. mike1445

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    Towel warmers a must-have? Slowly creating an attic master suite from the studs and would love any input the forum might have. Radiant floor heat in the bath is high on the list, soaking tub has been ditched in lieu of a larger shower. A skylight or two. I've got a half-baked Google sketchup model if anyone's curious.
     
  3. cross22

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    Where I am you can't have a master bath without a tub. Post your Google drawing.
     
  4. jbarwick

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    My wife and I are in discussion if this is needed when we enlarge our current master bath. Currently it is a small stand up shower, 1 sink, and a toilet but I think I have found a way to get 2 sinks, 1 toilet, and a bigger shower but a tub is going to be tough to add.
     
  5. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    A tub adds like 10k to the project and you use it......once annually to remind yourself.
     
  6. cross22

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    Ok I see, disregard what I said. A second sink and bigger shower are obviously more important and so is having some room to move around freely.
     
  7. brokencycle

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    Maybe I'm a crazy person, but I have never seen much value in having a second sink. I would rather have more space to move or for storage.
     
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  8. mike1445

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    @cross22 , I'm in agreement with your statement but the corner of the attic that is plumbed would just be too cramped with a tub.
    Previously, the bathroom was broken into two sections, a toilet and vanity where I've drawn the shower, a shower where I've drawn the new vanity and a jacuzzi tub underneath the skylights.

    My initial layout had the toilet under the skylights and the tub in the far corner but I didn't want to hit my head every time I used it. When discussing how often we would use a tub, the wife wasn't all that attached to it if we had the large shower and bench. It doesnt feel like a full master to me either but more money to be spent on the features we will use daily. This is still very rough so don't judge too harshly and I'll take any ideas into consideration.


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    This is my thought for the shower window/bench
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  9. jbarwick

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    This is our current master bath with toilet next to a metal legged sink. The door which opens in left blocks the small shower so if you are a bigger individual you won't fit. We are thinking of bringing this wall out 3-4 feet which would add enough space for a larger shower and 2 sinks. We are still a couple years away but I am excited for this project.

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  10. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    two sinks are great. If you and your wife are getting ready for work at the same time it's nice to have both.
     
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  11. mike1445

    mike1445 Senior member

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    How old is your house? Ours was built around 1920 and had similar wall tile and it was a bear to demo.
     
  12. Piobaire

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    I completely get monetary and space constraints but I'll say that having a tub of some kind in the master bath is something buyers always look for...even though we know they'll never use it either. Where I live even the tract homes all come with whirlpool tubs in the master, and if you don't have one, it's a ding against comps.

    Not just two sinks, but if you have the room, two vanities. Our respective vanities and cabinet storage are across the room from each other.
     
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    1959. The tile is laid on a base layer of cement and wire mesh so we know it will be a bear to demo.

    As for 2 sinks, it will be either 2 vanities or a bigger double sink vanity. Maybe the contractor we select will be able to squeeze everything into an expanded bathroom but it will just have to wait until that time comes. I can't say what are in the other houses in our area as they are either: 1. Old homes to be torn down; 2. Older homes that are remodeled; 3. New homes on the torn down lots going for $1M+ and in some cases $3M+ but that guy will never get that amount in our neighborhood.
     
  14. mike1445

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    I have nightmares about that cement and wire mesh. That was an unwelcome final step in our initial renovations when we bought the house. I was simply trying to remove tile from the tub surround and the wall opened up with a family of carpenter ants.
     
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  15. sugarbutch

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    When we remodeled our bathroom, I wanted to delete the tub, but my wife insisted that we keep it in the design. It almost never gets used, and she's not the one who uses it. I should have fought harder. In our market, folks might want a tub, but it certainly wouldn't keep them from buying the house. Plus, I plan to be here until they carry me out in a body bag, so I make choices to suit our needs.

    There's also the issue of water usage. I might get lynched wasting all of that water here in California...
     
  16. flvinny521

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    My wife and I also deleted the tub from our plans in lieu of a large, walk-in shower with body jets. The only time she ever used the tub was during her pregnancy, and since we took surgical precautions to prevent that from happening again, the luxurious shower made a lot more sense.
     
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    I wonder what happened to all the rain water we received in SoCal. I'm guessing Mother Nature was taxed and it's part of Brown's budget.
     
  18. SkinnyGoomba

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    Thats the general sentiment in our area as well, people want a tub in the master......so they can look at it and think about possibly using it in the far future.

    Waste of money, but apparently one where everyone collectively wants it wasted.

    If you spend enough to get something good, it's a ton. For a modern cast-iron or comparable its about 5-10k and then the tub faucet and parts is about 2k, then the install (if you pay for that sort of thing :) ) is whatever installs cost.

    Personally I would have preferred a bigger shower and sauna or steam room.
     
  19. js0930

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    Having one tub in the house is more important if you're selling to families. Kids need baths, apparently.
     
  20. RedLantern

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    I mean, won't a utility sink suffice?:devil:
     
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