We recently were contacted by a client to help him with his bathroom remodeling project. With the growing family, their only small second floor family bathroom not only needed cosmetic renovation, but also enlargement and change of layout to better utilize existing space.
Here is the before pictures:
Pedestal sink and toilet will be moved in place of bath tub
Many homeowners in Toronto inquire about converting their existing bathtub into shower.
From conversations with our clients we found out that a lot of people don’t have time to take a bath simply because of their busy life. It’s much more convenient to just take a quick shower and go on with your daily tasks.
More and more of our senior Torontonian clients convert their bathtubs to showers as well. It gives a person more freedom and minimizes the chance of falling on slippery tub base. It also eliminates the need of stepping over the bathtub which could result in loosing the balance and falling on the floor.
There are a few options to choose from when converting your bathtub to shower:
Custom made shower
Most people choose this option as this is the most exiting and attractive shower. Custom made showers could have many possibilities in terms of the size, configuration and appeal. You can have benches, recessed shelves, built in lighting, different types of faucets and temperature controls, tile styles, glass enclosures etc
Changing the size of the shower
If your bathroom has unused space it is possible to extend your shower beyond the original size of your bathtub making it more spacious and comfortable. Giving enough budget this could also lead to changing the layout of the whole bathroom. Reconfiguring the layout of toilet, shower and vanity could help you utilize your space in the most efficient way possible.
Installing acrylic shower base
These shower bases specially designed to replace a standard bathtub. The base features an offset drain that is designed to match with the plumbing from an existing old tub. This helps minimize adjustments to plumbing during a renovation and save on the labour cost.
Later the surrounding walls also could be tiled to customer liking same as with the customer built shower.
Installing acrylic shower stalls
Another option of how to convert a bathtub into a shower is to install prefabricated shower enclosure. This would be the most affordable option. But at the same time it does not look as good as custom made all tiled shower.