Plumbing Questions To Ask Before Converting Your Tub To A Shower
Thinking of upgrading your bathroom? Does your family prefer showers over baths? You’re not alone. According to the American Institute of Architects, having a tubless bathroom is moving up on the list of desires.
In many cases, having a larger shower makes more sense. They’re more convenient for busy households. They’re easier for aging in place. Doorless showers and stall-only showers make the list of top design elements in today’s renovations. And there really is no end in how you can upgrade your shower from average to wow – just add luxury features like rain showerheads or multiple nozzles.
Why not convert your old tub or shower/tub combo into a luxurious shower experience?
However, you can’t just pop it into your existing floor plan. Instead, you might have to reconsider your space. Your first question should be:
Do I need to relocate the shower to a new space?
Do you prefer converting an existing shower with new features? You might not need a full bathroom makeover to create your dream.
If your current shower sits in a corner or alcove, with wall space to expand, it might be a good space to start with, with only minor modifications. The water supply lines and drain pipes will already be in place.
But if you have a tub and shower and are converting it to a larger, more luxurious space, you’ll probably need a bit more planning, and involve a plumber to move the lines. Many tubs are located by a window, which is perhaps not the best suited space for your shower. That means you’ll have to consider a new location, yet as near as possible to existing water and drainage lines.
What does my dream shower look like?
Before converting your tub to a shower, it’s a good idea to gain insight into what you want. You may have it pictured in your mind, but it might be difficult to fit it into your space.
Pinterest is a great place to dream. Create a dream shower board and add lots of pictures to build up your ideas. Then you can share this with your remodeling team, so they can gain a better understanding of what you want.
Keep in mind, you can’t dream bigger than your space. You may like dramatic views, high ceilings, and multiple shower heads, but if you don’t have the space, you may be disappointed by what can be done.
I know what I want – I need a new water line
Once you’re ready to begin putting all the finishing touches to your dreams, that’s when it’s time to give us a call.
We can evaluate your existing bathroom, and talk about the easiest way to move water and drain lines from their existing location. We can even help you determine if it’s time to upgrade your water heater. A new tankless system may be perfect for ensuring you have all the water you need to enjoy your new spa-like shower.
Give us a call today – we’re happy to help you dream.