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Transform Your Tub into a Walk-in Shower

Transform Your Tub into a walk-in shower

Think walk-in shower when considering bathroom upgrades.

Imagine walking into your bathroom to find a clean and elegant walk-in shower where your tub once was. For many of us that is a wonderful vision. A walk-in shower can be a beautiful addition to your home. Converting your tub into a walk-in shower can make your bathroom feel larger and it can effectively create more usable space.

There are other practical reasons that make a walk-in shower a great replacement for a tub. Walk-in showers are easier to access, making them more usable.  They are even more functional to people with limited mobility.  Additionally, showers are safer, making them a great option for kids and anyone with physical limitations.

Once you have made the decision to transform your tub into a walk-in shower, there are some design elements to consider to make this change the best it can be for your home.

Tub to walk-in shower

Walk-in Shower Options

  • Glass enclosed: Though it is possible to leave a walk-in shower open, a common feature is to enclose the space with glass doors. This protects the rest of the bathroom from water over spray while keeping the space visibly open.  Frosted and tinted glass options are available in a variety of colors for an awesome finished look.
  • Seats: Another thing to consider in a walk-in shower is adding a seat. For smaller showers this may just be a small seat in the corner, but if you have more room building in a bench can be a comfortable way to optimize your shower space.
  • Lighting: While it is possible not to alter lighting in any way and have a wonderful walk-in shower, adding a little extra light, or working with the light you have, can make all the difference in the ambience of your shower. This is especially important if you have mostly tile walls for your shower as opposed to glass.

If lighting changes are an option, consider the following:

1. Overhead lights: Adding light in your shower can make your showering experience feel more luxurious. A simple overhead light can keep the shower from feeling dim or drab. Consider cove, corner lighting or a back-lit rainfall shower head feature (back-lit tile on a shower wall will add a very high-end touch as well).

2. Windows: If you have a window in your bathroom near the tub, consider incorporating this into your design: Let some natural light add that shine on your shower.  This is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to keep the space from feeling gloomy.

3. Skylights: Nothing is better than a little sunlight on your shoulders. A skylight above your shower will add in more natural light that will brighten up the entire space. If you don’t already have one installed, this may be a great project to try out a professional to ensure everything goes according to plan.

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Help when you need it

Though a bath tub conversion can be a DIY project for the savvy and capable homeowner, whenever plumbing or specialty tile work is involved, it is wise to consider a professional. If you have any doubts, look into professional help. Learn more about the bathroom remodeling specialists at HTP Builders.

About the author

Ken Reusser

Ken Reusser

After taking the reins as part owner and project supervisor for HTP Builders in 2011, Ken began to use his extensive industry knowledge to meet the needs of each individual he works with. He is a certified journeyman carpenter with over 19 years of experience and holds a number of crucial industry certifications.

Ken Reusser’s philosophy is simple: Your project is as much about partnership as it is craftsmanship.