bathroom remodeling

Bathtub vs. Shower: Who's Winning in 2018 by Keith Moehle

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“Do I really need a bathtub in my house?” That is a question a lot of homeowners are asking nowadays.

Traditionally, 1 tub in a home been the standard, but many people are now opting for just 1 or no bathtubs at all! In 2018, more and more people and are choosing showers over bathtubs but it can still be a struggle for homeowners to confidently decide to let go of the bathtub altogether.

We want to try and make the decision easier for you by compiling a pros and cons list when deciding on bathtubs vs. showers. Let’s get started!

Bathtubs Pros:

  • Some people prefer to bath babies in a bathtub rather than a sink.

  • You can soak

  • You may have a desire to have a bath every now and then

Bathtubs Cons:

  • Losing popularity in past years

  • Takes up a lot of space

  • Dangerous to step in and out of tub

  • Requires lots of water

  • A risk of drowning

  • Higher risk of scalding since you are right underneath the faucet

  • Texture in the bathtub makes it easy to slip

  • Worse resell value vs. shower

Showers Pros:

  • Popular in 2018

  • Uses less water

  • Better texture. So, it’s more slip-resistant compared to a bathtub

  • Better Resell Value vs. bathtub

  • You can create a bench in the shower

  • Easy access for people with mobility issues

  • Babies can get showered with a handheld

Shower Cons:

  • Unable to soak

  • Unable to take a bath

  • Not practical for people with small children

In 2018, having no bathtubs will not hurt the resale value of your home! Nowadays, it is best to invest in a nice walk-in shower which can accommodate anyone with mobility issues and small children!

Cost vs. Value: Mid-Range Bathroom by Keith Moehle


So you want to remodel your bathroom, but you’re not sure of the Cost vs. Value of the project.

I have good news for you…the smart people at Harvard University put out a study every year on real estate markets and remodeling costs across the country every year and we are going to break it down for you and show you the true numbers in San Antonio.

San Antonio and Austin were included in this study because they are growing markets. The remodeling industry will continue to explode in the next decade, because of these hot markets!

But we all want to know what the Cost vs. Value will be when investing in a remodeling project. So, we will compare San Antonio to Austin because it is more consistent with the upper-end houses in San Antonio.

Let's breakdown what Harvard University considers a mid-range bathroom remodel to be.

Mid-Range Bathroom Remodel (5 x 7) Includes:

  • Replacing all fixture

  • Include a 30x60 in porcelain steel tub with 4x4 ceramic tile surround

  • New single temperature and pressure balance shower control

  • Standard white toilet

  • Solid surface (usually cultured marble) vanity counter with integral sink

  • Recessed medicine cabinet with light

  • Ceramic tile floor

  • Vinyl wallpaper

Harvard University’s study indicates that it will cost an average of $17k for this type of remodel.  This is around the right price because mid-range bathroom remodels typically begin in the mid-upper teens.

They put the cost vs. value in San Antonio at 96% and in Austin at 84%.

Keep in mind that the cost vs. value percentages are if you sell your home the very next day. If you are staying in your house for at least 5 years, you will make up your investment in the remodel because inflation is continuing to rise.

Keith would be happy to come to your house and give you a free estimate and talk about the cost vs. value of your future remodeling projects!

Call us at (210) 680-5626 to set up your consultation!


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Tune in to 1200 WOAI Saturday at 2 p.m. for our weekly home remodeling radio show with general manager, Keith Moehle. This week's topic will be all about cabinetry with with our guest, Kevin Boriskie, of MasterBrand Cabinets.

When looking to remodel a kitchen or bathroom, there are many items to take into consideration when choosing a cabinet solution: Style. Functionality. Sustainable materials. Storage. Durability. Technology. Affordability.

Keith and Kevin will address all these topics and more to help you when it comes to making an educated decision about your next cabinet selection.

And, as always, if you ever miss one of Keith's shows and want to catch up later, we always post them here on our website for you!


KM BUILDERS is pleased to announce that General Manager Keith Moehle has achieved the prestigious Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler status from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

The Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler (CKBR) designation proves the remodeling contractor’s superior knowledge, technical comprehension and skill in remodeling. NARI’s CKBR program identifies professional remodelers who have undergone comprehensive review and testing in the areas of business management, ethical conduct and technical skills. The NARI certification program assess the knowledge and skills of the remodeler in more than 20 distinct areas, including business methods and practices, building codes and construction law, kitchen and bath planning, building site layout, and all trades skills required in residential remodeling.

“We know our clients are investing in what is likely their biggest asset, and we don’t take that trust lightly,” said Moehle. “We at KM Builders have been designing and building beautiful and functional spaces for more than 30 years, but it is nice to receive a designation like this one, which can give homeowners an added level of confidence they’ve made the right choice when selecting us to remodel their homes.”

Attaining this certification requires the candidate to have been working full time in the remodeling field for a minimum of five years and passing a comprehensive assessment exam. In addition, Certified Remodelers are bound to abide by the NARI Code of Ethics and the NARI Standards of Practice.

This is the second certification Moehle has received from NARI. The first was the Universal Design/Remodeling Certification (UDCP) back in 2013, which focuses on technical comprehension and skill when designing places and spaces for those wishing to “age in place” and for those with special needs – as well as the expertise to build these projects.

Morrissey Kitchen Remodel, 2015

Morrissey Kitchen Remodel, 2015