A bathroom remodeling project doesn’t have to involve expanding and adding more to the space. Other high-impact renovations, like converting an old bathtub into a shower, can enhance the bathroom’s aesthetic appeal and functionality. It is a considerable investment, however, so to ensure its success, you have to be aware of the dos and don’ts. Elite Bathrooms LuxStone of Long Island, one of the leading bathroom renovation companies in the area, highlights some of them here.
DO Take Measurements
Before having the bathtub removed, make sure to take the measurements of that part of the bathroom. Consider the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommendations on dimensions for a shower area: floor must be 36 by 36 inches wide, ceiling height must be at least 80 inches, and a distance of 15 to 18 inches between the center of the toilet and the shower door.
DON’T Cut Corners
Installing a new shower requires attention to details and a thorough understanding of key systems, particularly plumbing. Cutting corners in an effort to save on costs can lead to problems later on. It is never a good idea to skimp on materials or disregard essential steps of the installation. Doing so otherwise can lead to issues such as leaks and water damage. You can rely on reputable bathroom remodeling contractors who will install your new shower correctly with your needs and budget in mind.
DO Focus on Functionality
The functionality of the new shower is just as important as its style. Consider making the space more convenient and accessible. If you have an elderly family member or a loved one with mobility issues, you can incorporate features such as a handheld showerhead, built-in seating, and grab bars.
DON’T Disregard Ventilation
The shower, like the rest of the bathroom, is a damp environment, which means it should have proper ventilation. Without it, moisture buildup can lead to a host of issues, particularly mold and mildew growth. Make sure this aspect of the tub-to-shower conversion is taken into consideration during your consultation with your contractor.
When you invest in a tub-to-shower conversion with Elite Bathrooms LuxStone of Long Island, we make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. As one of the top bathroom conversion contractors in the area, we are proud to install KOHLER® LuxStone™ showers. We will work with you to design your perfect shower complete with features such as blended natural stone and durable fiber options for shower walls and bases. We get the job done in as little as one day, and the cost to remove and dispose of your old tub is included in your estimate.