What types of showers are greenest? We're getting ready to redo the master bathroom.

Asked by Linda J Heuser
North Granby, CT

We currently have a small shower & a separate whirlpool tub on opposite sides of the bathroom. We only use the shower. Is it best to keep some sort of tub for resale value of the home? What are the options for a combined tub/shower?


Answered by Erik Henry

Brownsburg, IN

ELH Construction LLC

October 29, 2012

Ceramic, porcelain, and glass tile are sustainable products. There are a million choices. The best start to making a selection is to find a specialty tile store in your area with a large showroom.

  • To save cost go with an inexpensive field tile like a 3x6 subway tile, and an expensive accent.
  • Classic subway tile in a brick pattern never goes out of style.

Yes you always want to think about resale when doing any remodeling to your home.

  • Most families will require at least one bath tub in the house for children.
  • In my opinion the master bathroom no longer requires the large soaker tubs for resale. 
  • One large all tile or stone shower can sell your home. Make sure to include a seat, built in shampoo shelf, and accent banding around or an accent wall to make your shower unique.

Depending on the cost of your home a frameless shower door will give a high quality look. The cost difference is significant so check the price before you choose framed door or frameless.


For more information:

Read "Doing a bathroom remodel and need to replace shower pan, tile, etc. What is the greenest choice?" a Q&A answered by Rick Goyette.

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