We’re living in a world where we rarely take the time to slow down and appreciate the simple pleasures in life. Modern life moves at a very fast pace with instant gratification, and which is why many people often prefer to use the shower over the bathtub. But finding the space for a walk in shower sometimes means replacing the tub with the shower – and that may or may not be the right solution for every situation.
Almost every new build home includes a shower in some form: whether freestanding or over the bathtub. However, if you are living in an older home, you can often find that you are living in a house with just a tub or a shower/tub combo – and that may not be working for you anymore.
Tub VS Shower – The Options
There are two main options that you can look at when it comes to a tub to shower conversion, and these are:
- Tearing out the tub entirely and building in a new shower. This isn’t a small job, and you’ll probably need to call in the professionals for this one. They can help you to assess the space correctly and the solution for what type of shower and materials that you can have in the footprint where the tub stands. In a small space, you can choose to convert the whole bathroom into a wet room, or install a door that doesn’t hit the fixtures in the rest of the bathroom.
- Retrofit the plumbing entirely – which is a less invasive solution. This allows you to keep the tub (hurray for bubble baths!) while still having the showers you want to have. It’s a better solution for those who have young children too because we all know how much the little ones love their baths.
The Pros & Cons Of Choosing To Convert Tub To Shower
Of course, this is a big job that comes with pluses and minuses, and here they are:
- Space will feel much larger without the bath in the way. A tub takes up a lot of floor space in your bathroom, and a shower can take up a bit less.
- A shower is a more accessible option when needed, which can be safer to get in and out of in the long run.
- A conversion can cost a lot less than a whole bathroom remodel, which means you spend less money to add something with value and functionality.
- The styles that you have to choose from can give your bathroom the chic update that it desperately needs.
- You could put off some potential buyers with no tub – particularly those with small children.
- The conversion could cost more than it’s worth, depending on how much remodeling and retrofitting needs to be done to complete the project.
- Without a tub, you cannot have a bubble bath! That’s a downside in itself.
There are a lot of good reasons to have a conversion from the tub to shower, but whatever you choose to do, you need to select a professional Bay Area contractor who can update your bathroom with minimal difficulty.