If you live in a tiny urban apartment or an old farm house that you are trying to update, you may be facing the challenge of putting a new modern shower into your tiny, old bathroom. There are creative solutions to the problem, however, which can help to open up the space available to you.
First of all you might want to consider removing the bathtub altogether. Is it one of those old massive ones that takes up way too much space? By taking it out, you’ll have the space you need to install a lovely new shower unit. Can you stand living without a bath? It can be annoying, but it may be a decision you have to make.
By removing the tub, you may also be lowering the value of your property. If you were to sell it, potential buyers are most likely going to want a bathtub. It’s just what everyone expects to find in a bathtub. If you have a large bedroom, or an extra one, you might consider adding a sunken tub in one of those areas. That will really make a statement!
If you happen to have one of those delightful old clawfoot bathtubs like are found in so many old homes, you’ll be able to create a bathtub shower. Using a long metal extension and a showerhead, if you have enough ceiling height you can put a shower on the wall. If your ceilings aren’t high enough, you can always attach a flexible hose with a shower head to your bathtub faucet.
Another choice is to forget about tubs and shower enclosures and just turn your entire bathroom into a shower. By installing stone and concrete walls and floors with a floor drain, you can have an amazing walk-in shower. True, this is an expensive option, but you’ll never find anything that looks any cooler. You’ll love all the space in your shower, too. You might want to include one glass or Plexiglas partition to protect your toilet, sink, and mirror.