Bathtubs can offer amazing style and luxury to any of us. A bathtub can not only give you the option of relaxing in a comfortable space in your home but also add to the overall luxurious look and feel of your bathroom. Having said that, there comes a time in our lives when we realize that we are too busy or rather disinterested in enjoying the bathtub. This is when most people would decide to convert their bathtubs into a walk-in shower. If you are planning to sell your home in the future, and have only one bathtub that you are getting rid of, most realtors would advise against it, as homes that have bathtubs have a higher selling price, especially for people with families.
There are two options to convert your bathtub into a walk-in shower. You can either call a professional bathroom renovations company to help you with the shower replacement, or you can choose the DIY way. If you choose a professional company to take care of your replacement, you need not worry about anything. The company will perform a detailed examination of your existing plumbing system and bathroom vanities and plan their work accordingly. However, if you choose to go the DIY route, there are a few things that you need to think about:
Budget is probably the most important constraint whether you opt for a DIY project or engage a professional. It is imperative to allocate a certain budget for your overall project otherwise you may find yourself going amok with options. Research about the available shower types, DIY kits and all the other essentials that you will need to install a shower. Make a list of items and put tentative costs. That way you will have visibility of your expenses.
Type of shower
When choosing a shower, think about what kind of shower you would like to opt for. There are many options in the market. You can opt for square shaped showers, low/high flow, detachable, adjustable, etc. Once you have chosen the type of shower, you will also need to think about choosing the right shower curb or opting for a curbless model. A curbed model will have a low barrier that completely encloses the space and will keep the water inside the shower while a curbless variety will sit flush with the floor. A curbless variant is slightly difficult and expensive as you will need to get the shower pan to that level.
When planning a DIY project, make sure to take the right measurements of your shower space. After all, you do not want to buy a shower that is too big or too small for your bathroom. Remember that a shower stall needs to be at least 30 inches x 30 inches and your finished ceiling must be at least 80 inches. The distance from the side of the toilet to the shower wall must be between 15 and 18 inches. You will also need to consider the door swing of your showering unit. If you have chosen a sliding door, this measurement is not necessary.
Bathtub to shower conversion requires significant planning. If you are looking for a trustworthy and reliable bathroom renovation company, Bathwall Industries can help. We specialize in all kinds of bathroom renovations like sinks, bathtubs, showers, and custom bathtub or shower shelving along with countertops.