Converting a tub to a walk-in shower in your Cincinnati area home can provide a fresh look to a stale bathroom. Getting a handyman service to do it makes sense. You’ll save time and avoid the lengthy inconvenience of a non-functioning bathroom. You’ll also gain resale value and a sense of pride in your renovated space. 

Contemporary Bathroom by New York Architects & Designers Mabbott Seidel Architecture

Planning

When thinking of converting a tub to a walk-in shower, plan every square inch of the renovation. Most bathrooms are only around 100 square feet, so a14-square-foot tub take a big bite. A walk-in shower should be no smaller than 30 by 30 inches, which is a tad more than six square feet. You can free up nearly eight square feet by converting a tub to a walk-in shower.

To make the most of the rearranged space, plan for such things as a shower enclosure door. The door’s outswing could cause problems if it smacks into the toilet or sink. You may also consider no door at all and instead use glass block or plate glass to divide the space.

Removal and Installation

Your handyman service, working from your wish list, will remove the old tub, clean out tile and old drywall, and prepare the space for the new shower enclosure.

When converting a tub to a walk-in shower, once the tub is out, get into the newly opened space. Use cardboard or a scrap of drywall to stand in for the shower enclosure. Sit on the toilet (or substitute a five-gallon pail if you are awaiting a new toilet) to verify your personal comfort. Perhaps a 32-inch deep shower will suffice if extra inches go to the toilet or sink area.

Here’s a brainstorming list of options to consider during the conversion:

  • Rain head shower fixture
  • Recessed and accent lighting
  • New tile designs for walls and floor
  • Grab bars
  • Glass block or plate glass dividers
  • Built-in speakers and sound system
  • Steam shower
  • Heated towel rack

For more excellent ideas on how a professional handyman service can help when converting a tub to a walk-in shower, contact us at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.