The conversion of a bathtub into a shower is a very delicate process, entailing the transformation and facelift of an old bathroom into a new and much more stylish, elegant and classy one. Ultimately, the bathroom becomes larger and spacious, eradicating any space constraints and increasing mobility.
Converting a bathtub to a shower might seem as a difficult task, but this is usually not the case. The project is quite easy and any homeowner can be able to do the conversion without any big issues. This article looks at the best way to convert your bathtub to a shower.
- Determine if a Walk in Shower is Your Best Option
The first thing you need to do is evaluate why a walk in shower is the best option for your bathroom. While arriving at this decision, it is vital to note that for purposes of future marketability, a home tub is very crucial for any house in case you are planning to sell it. However, a shower goes a long way in increasing your bathroom’s space.
- Fix a Budget
It is very important to ensure that you operate within the confines of your budget. You can look at various kits for conversion from a bathtub into a shower, as they are the easiest way of installing without any hassles since it comes with the various items necessary for the installation including the guards and the curbs.
- Choose Between Curbed or Curbless Shower
When you start your DIY bathtub to shower conversion, you will need to choose between a curbed or curbless shower. As you make this decision, it is good to note that a curbed shower has some enclosure whereas the curbless one has no enclosure, meaning that one does not need to take a leap to enter into the shower. It is therefore possible to assume that a curbed shower could make it difficult for people with mobility problems to access the bathroom. Another factor to pay attention to is that curbed shower is very basic and thus easy to install whereas a curbless shower is much more technical. By considering these factors, you can make the best choice between these two.
- Map Out Your Spacing and Placement.
The conversion will be easier when you choose to install the shower in the space vacated by the bathtub. This helps eliminate the need for a plumber, as the drainage lines and the water supply shall be intact and in place. The space should be about 30 inches by 35 inches of the floor space and you should account for 80 inches in height.
- Remove the Tiles and Dry walls
Use plywood to cover the bathroom floor and ensure that the water flowing into the bathroom is turned off. After that, use the screwdriver and the Allen wrench to remove the drain cover and the faucet knobs. Depending on their location, use the wrench to disconnect the main and overflow drains. Turn the wrench counterclockwise to unlock the nuts. Afterward, score the grout with a utility knife and consequently use the putty knife to pry them off in order to remove any tile around the tub. When done, use a drywall saw to cut through the drywall, ensuring that you are extra cautious not to cut into any studs.
- Remove Your Old Tub
The next thing you need to do is remove your old bathtub. To do this, first remove any screws attaching the tub to the wall studs. Use a utility knife to cut through any caulk around the tub and the floors. After that, get someone to help you lift one end of the tub using the prybar in order to twitch it upright. Later, remove the old tub then repair the dry walls that you cut off. When done, toss away all the materials that you used and dispose them accordingly.
- Install the Shower
It is now time to install the shower. Be sure to read and the instructions on the shower stall kit to ensure everything goes according to plan. The shower kit comes with both curbed and curbless floor plan, and you will thus make a choice based on your preference. Both plans do vary, so ensure that you read the kit instructions properly. It is also crucial to note that the floor should be low enough if you are to use the curbless floor plan.
As seen on this article, converting a bathtub to a shower is quite doable. However, the project can be quite overwhelming if you do not have the time and expertise to complete it successfully. The best way to ensure you get good results is to hire a professional to help you assist you. They possess the needed equipment and skills to ensure your conversion project is successful.