Does your bathroom consist of an older bathtub-shower combination that is just not working for you? Are you left with a space that’s not a great shower and not a great bath? Or does your bathroom try to accomplish too much by cramming in a tiny detached bath and even smaller shower? If you answered yes to any of these questions then it might be time to think about a bathroom remodel. If you are low on square footage the current trend is to forgo the bathtub altogether and instead focus on a luxury shower. You can make the shower the showpiece of your bathroom and accomplish that real spa-like feel. Here are some items to think about when converting your bathroom to a shower centric space.
1. Gone are the days of ugly shower doors. Modern shower doors are frameless and thus free of any heavy hardware. This uninterrupted glass look assists in making the room appear larger and allows light to bounce off the space. Forget the shower curtain that can segment a small space and follow the light to the glass frameless doors.
2. Another inexpensive way to upgrade your bathroom is to choose an upgraded shower head. Newer shower heads can be made to imitate rain, mist, and apply different amounts of pressure. You can even add multiple shower heads to one shower to make sure you never feel cold at any angle.
3. Another reason to convert to a shower is when it comes to resale or aging in your own home. Zero degree entry showers allow older adults to safely enter the shower without obstacle. These showers can even accommodate walkers and wheelchairs. If you plan to sell your house after the remodel these changes can open up a whole new market of aging adults. Or, if you are planning this remodel for yourself, these upgrades might allow you stay independent longer.
4. Finally, don’t shy away from fun upgrades. Add a shower bench or go for the gold with a steam shower. These upgrades can make you feel like you are vacationing in your own home.
Before signing off we also wanted to leave you with a few “don’ts” when converting your bathroom to a shower only space.
1. Think twice before getting rid of the last bathtub in the house. You never know when you will need to bathe young children or when you might discover another house project that involves a tub.
2. You may be tempted to place a shower in front a bathroom window to make the most of the natural light. You should fight this temptation. You will not be able to battle the mildew and water damage around the window that would result.
Finally, don’t skimp on the shower footprint. Make the shower the true focus on the bathroom and you will not regret it.