Tub to Shower Conversion, hickory, North Carolina

Garden Tub Convert To Shower; Hickory, NC

If I had to pick one thing we are asked to do most often, it would be changing a bathtub alcove into a walk-in shower. We may soon look back on alcove tubs as relics of the past. It’s not that modern homes just lack them. The problem is that few people use them at present.

However, freestanding tubs and soaker tubs are an entirely different matter. We’re still putting them in as part of our bathroom remodels. A LOT! Still, delving into the minds of our clients after we’ve delivered their job is always a fascinating experience. A few months later, they’ll have us back to finish a minor project and ask how they’re liking their new bathroom. We hear “I adore my bathroom, but I never use my tub” all the time, and it’s always the same thing.

I don’t think people take baths as often as they used to because they are too occupied with their hectic modern lives. When we reach retirement age, our aching joints and muscles make it more difficult to get in and out of the tub. Because of this, we are seeing more and more requests to convert bathtubs into walk-in showers.

Benefits of Garden Tub Conversion to Shower

  1. Ease of mobility. Getting in and out of the shower is generally much easier than getting in and out of a bathtub.
  2. Creating a large shower: If you’re taking out an alcove tub, it allows you to create a 5’ wide walk-in shower. This leaves lots of room within the shower. If you have difficulties later in life and need help in the shower either bathing or just getting in and out, there’s lots of room for another person to help out.
  3. Room for a bench: A large walk-in shower will allow you sufficient room to put a bench at one end. This provides a spot for shampoo and toiletries, a place to shave, or just a seat when needed.
  4. Gorgeous focal point in a bathroom: No doubt…a big walk-in shower is a focal point and when expertly tiled, can be the most beautiful part of your bathroom.
  5. Modernizes the space: Getting rid of the bathtub and putting in a walk-in shower definitely creates a modern and updated look for your bathroom. In addition, if the tub you’re getting rid of is a deep corner tub, that really dates your bathroom.
  6. Selling feature for future buyers: Walk-in showers are what many homeowners want so by installing one in your home, you may be appealing to buyers even more, especially if it’s an oversized shower.

The design of your walk-in shower can be customized in countless ways. We’ve talked about how you can tile your shower’s walls, but there’s another option: an acrylic shower unit insert. This solution is frequently more convenient and sometimes more economical. A tiled shower is more aesthetically beautiful and increases the value of your property, but installing a curtain or other divider in the shower is a more affordable option.

An excellent technique to cut costs when installing a tiled shower is to use an affordable wall tile as the main tile (such as a 4″x16″ white subway tile) and then add some flair with a narrow strip of accent tile. However, you may just require 5 square feet of accent tiles, which might cost anywhere from $10 to $30 per square foot.

Cost of Tub-to-Shower Conversion

Several considerations, such as the size of the shower you want to construct, the type of material you want to use, whether or not you want doors, and whether or not you need any plumbing work done, can affect the final price anywhere from $800 to $15,000. Prefabricated walk-in shower stall kits can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $8,000, and can be used to replace an existing bathtub. The average cost to transform a bathtub into a tiled walk-in shower is between $3.5 and $15,000.

Your final price for the project will depend on the materials you select for the shower, whether you go with a prefabricated shower stall kit or a tiled shower. The most fundamental of shower cubicles typically only consists of three white walls, while more elaborate kits may include extras like a door, built-in chairs and shelving, and even molded designs or brightly colored paint.

Tile is typically the most expensive part of a tiled shower’s total price. White ceramic tile is the most affordable option at around 50 cents per square foot, but you also have the option of more expensive luxury tiles like marble and porcelain, which can cost $15 per square foot or more. Depending on its size and construction, the cost of the pan can potentially exceed that of the tile by a factor of two. Expenditures tend to rise in direct proportion to the level of specificity employed in any given project. You can get the most bang for your buck if you go with a tiled shower, but if you want to go fancy and add shelves or go with an intricate tile design, be prepared to pay a little more. Hiring a professional to handle your tub-to-shower conversion project is the best way to go in order to prevent any issues that could arise and cause your project to be more costly than it should be. Contact us today at Carolina Custom Tub and Shower located in Hickory, NC.