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The Great Bathroom Debate: Shower or Tub?

Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, says West Palm Beach, Fla.-based interior designer Gil Walsh, and the design choices made in them can make or break a home sale. From a sales standpoint, they’re arguably the two most important rooms of the home.

Kitchen requirements tend to be clear-cut — homeowners need a stove, counter, sink, and cabinets — and its location at the heart of the home opens up a range of design possibilities. When it comes to bathroom design, however, homeowners, builders, and designers are often faced with a tough choice — shower or tub? Both master and secondary baths come with spatial limitations, and it sometimes comes down to one or the other.

BUILDER talked to builders and designers on both sides of the aisle to see if showers or tubs are more in demand these days.