For those without small children, replacing the bathtub with a standalone shower is a trend many are adopting. Most homes should have at least one tub to make the house more attractive to potential buyers in the future. But for now you can go ahead and convert one of your tubs, and here’s what you need to know about the conversion:
Does the Shower Need to Be Relocated?
For those who have the typical alcove bathtub, a relocation will not be needed. This space should be big enough and the drain and water lines should be exactly where they need to be. However, for those with freestanding tubs, this can prove to be difficult as you’ll need to avoid placing the shower near any windows or relocating too far from existing water lines.
What Are the Measurements?
- Most building codes require the floor of the shower to be a minimum of 30-inches by 30-inches.
- The finished ceiling height of the shower should be a minimum of 80 inches.
- There should be a minimum of 15-inches from the center of the side of the toilet to the shower wall; 18-inches is recommended for comfort.
- There should be a minimum of 21-inches from the front of the toilet to the wall; 30-inches is recommended for comfort.
- Shower doors should have a fully unobstructed path during their swing open. If this is not feasible, opt for a curtain or sliding door.
What About the Tear-Out?
Ideally, tearing out your old tub should be done by professionals as many can be difficult to remove. Once the tub has been removed, have a plumber inspect the water lines and drain pipes to see if they’re still in good condition. If not, have them replaced before installing the shower. Also, have the area inspected for any mold or mildew while this space is accessible.