A tub to shower conversion is a thorough facelift to your bathroom. It is found that over 60% homeowners prefer stall shower in place of bath tubs. However, it is a good idea to preserve at least one …
A tub to shower conversion is a thorough facelift to your bathroom. It is found that over 60% homeowners prefer stall shower in place of bath tubs. However, it is a good idea to preserve at least one tub in your home to ensure its marketability as you might not know what the buyers might want in the property they buy from you.
If you wish to go for a simple tub to shower conversion, then the way out shall be to remove the old tub and gain a space of 30 to 34 inches deep and 5 feet wide. This will provide a great place for a shower. Just make some minor modifications and adjustments needed and you will have a great shower in place. The point is that once you remove the alcove tub, you will find the water supply and drain lines already in place that you can make use of constructively. This will help you save a great deal on the plumbing costs and unnecessary breaking of walls and floors.
In case of having to remove a free-standing tub, then you need to plan a bit more. Most free standing tubs are usually positioned under or near to windows. But, you might not be comfortable to see the window in your shower enclosure and therefore, you have to plan the way out. In this case, you need to consider placing your shower in a different location. At the same time, if you have to save on the plumbing costs, then you have to plan the shower as close as possible to the existing water supply as well as the drain connections. This is a way to save so much on your tub to shower conversion project.
The established codes for buildings recommend not less than 30 inches by 30 inches floor space for showers. In fact the good idea is to have 36 inches by 36 inches space which shall be highly comfortable. If you want to see that your bathroom conforms to the established standards, then you might need to modify the existing alcove. For example, you might add short sections of walls to get a 36 inches deep shower space. In the finished stage, the ceiling must be at about 80 inches high. From the centre of the toilet to the shower wall, there must be at least 18 inches space and if not possible, not less than 15 inches space. From the front of the toilet to the shower wall, there must be at least 21 inches of space. However, 30 inches is highly recommended.
As part of tub to shower conversion project, you must clear all the obstructions found. For instance, the most important ones are the toilet and the vanity cabinet. If you come across door swing problems, you can avoid it by installing glass doors or shower curtains. Therefore, plan well in advance and accomplish your tub to shower conversion project the systematic way to save on the expenditure besides getting the desired results.