Having a bathtub in every bathroom is a common feature of almost all homes. In fact, bathtubs are so ubiquitous that most people don’t even realize that there are other options out there! We’re talking about tub to shower conversions. The remodeling design possibilities for shower stalls have taken off over the past few years. It’s a new year, so why not finally fulfill that resolution to upgrade to a new bathroom? Having just a shower unit is an increasingly popular, beautiful, and functional alternative.
What makes having a shower only bathroom worth it? After all, remodeling can be a big undertaking, so you want to be sure to understand the value of what you choose when upgrading to your new bathroom. When people think of a single shower unit, they often imagine a cramped, cave-like stall stuck in corner. This is very common in Houston. Converting from a tub to shower can open up the space in your new bathroom, creating a spa-like feel. Consider the last time you used your bathtub. You probably can’t, right? While the proper bathtub set-up can be beautiful, most new bathrooms can benefit more by using that space for a walk-in shower. Traditional bathtubs take up, on average, anywhere from 60×30 to 60×42 inches of precious space. More if you have large soaking, whirlpool, or Jacuzzi tub. Walk-in showers can exploit that same space to make it seem larger. And shower stalls are not limited by the size of their base either. Here at ReBath, we can actually custom make a shower base to be any size or shape you require. Even HGTV suggests to “visually increase your home’s square footage. Visual space or how large a home feels counts.…not just square footage. The key is to make each room in your house feel larger.”
Another popular trend for converting from a tub to shower is ease of use. While we don’t always want to think about growing older, it is something we will all have to consider. Stepping over the high walls of a tub can be dangerous for those with limited movement. And then there’s the issue of having to lie down and get back up. Walk-in showers eliminate all those hazards. Simply walk (or roll, shower bases can come ramped, too) into your new shower and bathe safely. We carry low profile and ramped shower bases in any color, shape, or size! Corner seats or a full bench can also be added to you new bath if you prefer to sit while showering. When adding a walk-shower for mobility needs doesn’t mean the shower area has to have a hospital feel. Again, walk-in showers can be beautiful all while being easier to use.
Since taking showers are the most common form of bathing, you should enhance the experience through the variety of accessories available! No longer are you limited to just that one shower head stuck on the wall:
-Shower jets and body sprays are a popular, emerging feature. These are jets placed around the walls of your shower giving you the full, bathing experience.
-Shower heads have come a long way! Rain heads, water tiles, colored lights, massage options, water falls and water diverters are all options to turn your new shower into a spa. Try installing a rain head shower head them to the ceiling for a true spa like experience! How about multiple shower heads? His and her showers are an emerging trend.
-Teak wood shower trays are another way to enhance the look of your new bathroom. Teak wood is naturally water resistant and adds warmth to its surroundings.
-Adding frameless shower doors enclose the shower without making it feel crowed or dated. Glass is especially great because it doesn’t cut off or hide an area like a shower curtain can and instead adds to the aesthetic of the room. And don’t worry; glass doors come all types of patterns for those who might be a little shy!
The National Kitchen & Bath Association, who ReBath is a member with, has some excellent tips on upgrading your shower too.
Tub to shower conversions are a great way to enhance your bathroom. Putting in a new bath is not always as functional or pretty as a new shower. However, many homeowners worry though if doing away with their bathtub will cause problems if they decide to sell their home. A common question our consultants hear is “Don’t I need a new bathtub in every bathroom?” or “How will having just a shower effect my home value?” These are great questions to ask. Next week, part II of our showers article will discuss these exact questions. Find out why not just remodeling your bathroom, but upgrading to a walk-in shower, can actually improve your home’s standing.