Today’s new baths focus on custom showers

Take the bathtub (please!). It takes a long time for it to fill up and it’s noisy. It uses 50 to 80 gallons of water per bath. Maintenance can be high, and it’s hard to clean. No wonder people want to change the bath tub out.

People who installed whirlpool tubs in the ’80s and ’90s now want a deluxe custom shower instead. They want custom showerheads, high-end finishes, and a bench to sit on and soft lighting. In a Wall Street Journal article, homeowners want spa-like experiences in the comfort of their own homes. They’re busy and can’t wait for a tub to fill up. People just don’t seem to use whirlpools and saunas any more.

While costs vary significantly, a base-level custom shower can cost from $3,000 to $5,000. A large and luxurious shower room can be in the $10,000 to $20,000 range.

The shower trend is moving forward because people are impressed by fancy showers in hotels and resorts. The most luxurious have multiple showerheads: the main one, an overhead “rain forest” one, two body jets coming out off the wall, and a hand-held showerhead.

Sounds wonderful. Buyers give great reactions to seeing one of these showers and they can be great selling points.