Because so many remodeling decisions are both situational and personal, there’s no “right” answer to the question of whether you should install a soaker tub or a shower in your Middletown bathroom remodel.

There are, however, questions that can help you get to the answer that’s right for your remodel.

How Many Bathrooms Do You Have?

If you’re remodeling your home’s one and only bathroom, you may need to let practicality rule the day. For most, this means sticking with the classic tub/shower combo so that you can have both options available for yourself and future buyers. If, however, you’re remodeling a second bathroom, you’ll want to consider going with whatever your other bathroom doesn’t have.

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How Large is My Bathroom?

It goes without saying that the best answer to the question “shower or bathtub?” is both. If you’re remodeling a master bathroom that has the space to accommodate both a soaker bathtub and a walk-in shower, use it. If you’re remodeling a mid-sized bathroom that’s your only bathroom, a shower-tub combo adds the most value. If you’re remodeling a secondary mid-sized bathroom or a small bathroom, a stand-up, walk-in shower is the most practical option.

Is This My Forever Home?

Perhaps the best question you can ask yourself is how long you plan to remain at your current home. If you plan to resell, you’ll get the best market value by retaining at least one bathtub in the home and converting the others into walk-in showers (or installing a shower/tub combo if space is limited). If you plan to live the rest of your life in your home, you can have more freedom to make a decision that suits your lifestyle.

What Suits My Lifestyle Better?

If you have a family with young children or if your grandchildren frequently visit, a bathtub is absolutely indispensable. If this isn’t a consideration and if you have an on-the-go lifestyle, a shower installation is definitely preferable. If your bathtub is your happy place for relaxation after a long day at work, try to fit both a tub and a shower. If your range of motion is limited or you need to install a universal design bathroom, opt for a zero-threshold, walk-in shower with a bench.

How Much is Water Efficiency a Priority for Me?

For some, the question comes down to what’s best for the environment and the pocket book. Energy-efficient shower heads use water at a rate of two gallons per minute, so if you take a ten-minute shower, that’s 20 gallons. The average bath, on the other hand, requires 36 gallons of water to fill the bathtub. If your average shower is only 8 minutes in length, that means you can save about twice as much water in a shower versus a bath.


In sum, while the decision of whether to install a bathtub or shower is ultimately situational and personal, these facts remain true: homes with higher resale values have both baths and showers. Bathtubs are valuable for households with children. Showers save water and have a smaller footprint. Ultimately, many of the factors  that determine whether a shower or bathtub is right for your remodel are situational practicalities.

Remodeling a bathroom is a big decision for a family and can be a challenge as a homeowner. There are several aspects to consider such as design, material selection, colors, lighting, and fixture selection.

Because remodeling your bathroom is a significant commitment, it’s essential to hire a New Jersey Bathroom Remodeler you can trust to produce quality work, on time and within budget. You’ll also want to ensure you find a remodeler who is confident, professional and friendly.

At One Week Bathroom, we believe that your bathroom remodeling project should be a quick, painless, and enjoyable experience that leaves you exuberant about your new place to relax and unwind. To make sure you can trust your bathroom remodeler to deliver on your bathroom remodel, make sure to consider these three things.

As a division of Hofmann Design Build, One Week Bathroom has the depth and skill to manage the creative process, budget and schedule of your bathroom remodel with ease. We’ve been specializing in the design and construction of residential alterations and additions, custom homes, historic restorations and light commercial construction for more than 35 years.

Your satisfaction is our top priority, which means we are listening to your ideas and concerns from the very first meeting. As we collaboratively take on your bathroom project, we will walk you through our recommendations based on your dream, timeline, budget, and quality expectations until we have a design that is perfect for you and your family.

We know it can be challenging to find someone you trust in New Jersey who has the same care and attention to detail as you do for your home. We communicate with you every step of the way, so you’re always informed about the process and quality of your bathroom. We are true to our word and design and build each bathroom as if it were our own.

Hofmann’s expertise and our designer’s creativity makes us a team that can reach beyond the ordinary and create spaces that are the embodiment of you and a perfect fit for your family. Let us serve you on your journey to take your bathroom from dated to designer.

Casting the Vision Right Away

One of the wonderful things about working with a design-build remodeler is that you and your designer will determine what you want for your home very early on in the process. After an initial meeting, you’ll receive a design agreement from us so that we can begin collaboration right away.

Our lead carpenter, designer, electrician, and plumber will all visit your home so that everyone’s on the same page in knowing what to expect when they begin construction; this in turn reduces unexpected costs later in the process if anything needs to be repaired during your home’s remodel.

Next, our design and construction crew will meet with you as a team to make sure they’ve gathered all the pertinent information to create a plan for your remodel. Again, the great benefit to this team meeting with your design-build company is that all parties are able to communicate quickly, accurately, and collaboratively.

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Making Material Selections Early

During these initial meetings, our designer will of course be working with you individually to ensure we understand your goals, to help you define and refine your ideas, and to propose solutions tailored to your lifestyle. Casting your project vision early helps eliminate unexpected costs, confusion, and stress later.

While solidifying your vision, you and your designer will make material selections for each part of your home affected by the remodel. For instance, if we’re working on a bathroom remodel, you’ll work together to select flooring, fixtures, lights, sinks, cabinetry, etc. up front.

Accurate Pricing Estimates Up Front

Not only does early material selection give you the confidence that all components of your design work well together, but it also enables us to give you an accurate bid with line item estimates at the outset. We believe in transparency, which means our bid is designed to help you understand exactly where your money is going and to rest assured that there won’t be unexpected price increases unless you change your mind on a material selection or an unforeseen issue arises.

Enjoying the Process and the Results

Every stage of our design-build process is carefully and consciously crafted to foster transparency and trust, to make sure all involved parties are on the same page from the very start, and to assure you, our client, that your home is in good hands. At Sand County Contracting, our goal is to alleviate stress during the process and deliver satisfaction upon your project’s completion.