Bathroom remodeling is a home improvement that often leads to a great return on investment, and a bath to shower conversion is no exception. During the update, you can add in some current design trends and have a chance to discover and fix any hidden leaks or plumbing problems. There are also benefits for added safety and a better ability to age in place.
Updating your bathroom aesthetics
Luxurious bathrooms with large, walk-in showers are a design trend that is likely here to stay. By converting your bathtub to a shower you can update your bathroom with this stylish and functional design. Frameless glass shower doors or doors with a minimal frame further open up the space and give your bathroom a modern, spa-like appearance.
If your shower is large enough, you may even decide to skip the doors altogether. A walk-in shower without doors can be partially shielded (to contain splashes) with a glass panel or glass blocks. This makes shower clean-up a breeze and prevents the need to fumble with hinged or by-pass doors.
Safety of a shower
While slippery shower floors still need some texture to avoid falls, showers tend to be safer and easier to use than tubs—particularly for older adults or those with disabilities. Converting your bath to a shower lets you avoid awkwardly stepping over the tub edge every time you want to get in or out of the shower. A large walk-in shower can also accommodate a shower seat or built-in shelves for added conveniences.
When planning your bath to shower conversion, think about adding other safety features. Aging in place elements add value to your home, and today’s safety features are available in designer finishes and styles that complement any bath décor. Consider adding grab bars on the walls around the shower and choose a textured shower floor to minimize the chance of slips.
Planning the conversion
There are many ways to plan a bath to shower conversion. You can find shower enclosures specifically designed to make this a quick and affordable upgrade. The existing tub will need to be pulled out and the amount of work on your walls and pipes depends on the condition of your bathroom.
Converting your bathtub to a shower may uncover hidden leaks or other plumbing problems, but these can be easily be fixed before the new shower is installed. If employing the help of a contractor, make sure he or she is a licensed plumber and has experience with remodeling bathrooms.
A bath to shower conversion can give your bathroom new life, while also adding valuable safety benefits to your home. Look at home design magazines for ideas to give your shower a spa-like atmosphere and it may become your favorite place in the house.
This story was originally published in the ReBath Corporate newsletter.