How to Remodel Tubs & Showers

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    • 1). Measure the space of the tub or shower. Examine products that fit the space to evaluate choices. Consider buying a jetted tub that is the size of a regular bathtub. Check pre-made shower units in solid materials or units constructed of glass or tile. Plan to install a shower with light-colored wall tiles to make the space look bigger. Select floor tiles for the bathroom that harmonize with the tiles inside the shower.

    • 2). Determine new plumbing or electrical needs. Run new wiring into the bath for recessed lighting over a shower, for example. Replace all water pipes with new ones, if the house is old. Gut the walls back to the studs if you will need to add insulation to exterior walls of the bathroom. Route wiring and plumbing before adding drywall to cover the studs.

    • 3). Add a new whirlpool tub in addition to a standard bathtub, if you have room. Include this large tub to add value to the home. Design the whirlpool tub to fit a master bathroom near the master bedroom, for example. Build a large window above the whirlpool tub to let in light but maintain privacy. Purchase the whirlpool tub and standard tub in white. Create the shower to harmonize with the other fixtures. Use faucets and plumbing fixtures that are upscale in design in order to maximize reliability and resale value.

    • 4). Plan a shower space with special amenities. Include a sitting space in a tiled shower, for example. Purchase a foot faucet or multiple shower heads to give the shower greater functionality. Design the tile work to make room for built-in soap dishes or room for shampoo bottles. Add glass or frosted shower doors that will allow maximum light from the bathroom.

    • 5). Revamp instead of replacing a bathtub or shower that's in good shape. Add tile work around the walls of a bathtub and sliding doors to enclose it for shower space. Replace only the faucets and spigot handles of a bathtub, if it's in good shape, to give it a new look. Add bath amenities such as new towel bars to improve the whole space. Redo a tiled shower with new tile in the same shower footprint. Add new glass doors to replace an old door or shower curtain, leaving the existing shower pan in place.

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