By enhancing the facilities and look of your bathroom, you are not only increasing the comfort and convenience available to the members of your household, you are also raising the resale value of your property. One of the most important enhancements you can think of as part of your bathroom facelift project is tub to shower conversion. In a recent research report, the American Institute of Architects has revealed that in increasing number of homes, tub-less bathrooms are becoming highly popular. Also, the annual Home Design Trends Survey has discovered that over 60% of homeowners liked stall shower in place of a bath tub. At the same time, a study with a large number of real estate agents has brought to surface that they insisted at least one bath tub to preserve the salability of your property. In fact, about 58% of the real estate agents said people will never be able to sell their homes without a tub. The good idea is to retain a bathtub in one of the bathrooms in your home that will be useful for small children.
If you look forward to a simple conversion without a full makeshift of your bathroom, then the job will be all the easier. Provided your old tub is in an alcove, then you can get rid of it and gain a space of not less than 30 inches deep and 5 feet wide, which should suffice for a shower. If you are going to implement some minor modifications, then you can set the things right away since the water supply and drains will be already in place. This arrangement is going to save you a great deal of plumbing expenditure. However, you will need to plan a bit more if you have a free-standing tub in place. The point here is that most free-standing tubs are placed under or adjacent to windows and this location will not suit to have your shower enclosure there. Under such circumstances, you will have to think of putting your shower in an altogether different location. While planning this, ensure the new location is as close as possible to the water supply and drain lines so that you can work out the project with a minimum budget. if you are deciding on moving the plumbing to a new location, you must be prepared to spend hundreds of more dollars.
As per usual building guidelines, the floor of the shower should be not less than 30 inches square. In fact, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommend a 36 inches square stall for a shower. You may see how far the possible rearrangements will give you this space. The finished ceiling height should be not less than 80 inches. If measured from the center of the toilet to the wall, you must have about 18 inches space. From front of the toilet, you must have about 30 inches space. Clear all the obstructions including the toilet and the vanity cabinet. You may avoid door swing problems by installing sliding glass doors or shower curtains. Do a proper planning and your tub to shower conversion need not be a hassle.