While increasing number of people are preferring walk in shower scrapping off the bathtubs, tub to shower conversion is becoming an important topic under bathroom remodeling. If you are embarking on this project, then you will have to remember this. Generally speaking, among the bathroom renovation projects, a shower with curbs is an economical option than a barrier-free installation for some good reasons. The annual Survey pertaining to the Home Design Trends conducted by The American Institute of Architects has revealed that during the recent years, an overwhelming majority of homeowners preferred stall showers in their bathrooms without a tub.
At the same time, the market trends reveal that the buyers of resale homes would on majority prefer to have at least one bath tub in any one of the bathrooms. So, take into account the utility, trends and the marketability of your property while giving vent to your tub to shower conversion dreams. The ideal solution for all this could be, if any one of the bathrooms in your home has a bath tub, then you may go ahead to covert the other tubs to showers. Quite a many prefer this to give bath to small children.
If you look forward to a simple conversion of bath to shower without a complete makeover of your bathroom, then the project could be very economical and is very straight forward. If you have an alcove for the tub, then you just have to get it removed to gain a space of about 30 to 34 inches deep with a width of about 5 feet. This is actually a good enough space for setting up a shower. If you carry out some little modifications, you can ensure that your water inlet and drain lines fall in place. With a proper planning, you are going to save on the plumbing costs too.
You may have to plan a bit more if you have a free standing tub. Usually in a number of houses, free standing tubs are placed under of adjacent to windows, which will not be an ideal setting for a shower as you would need an enclosure. If this is the case, then you must think of putting your shower in a different location. At the same time, you have to think of positioning your new shower as close as possible to the existing plumbing lines if you wish to keep the expenditure on plumbing to minimum. Also, remember extending the plumbing lines will always involve hassles of having to cut open the walls as required.
The ideal floor space recommended for a shower stall is 30 by 30 inches. At the same time, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends 36 by 36 inches wide stall. In this case, if you want to keep the standards of your bathroom to the specifications suggested by NKBA, then you will need to certainly modify your existing tub alcove. For this, you might need to have short sections of walls so that the finished shower space measures 36 inches deep. So, plan a bit and you can accomplish the tub to shower conversion project in an interesting way.