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Debbie Sheegog

Before venturing out there I would love to hear of any realistic options and possibilities for our go-to shower/tub bathroom involving tearing out the old tub, (not a "shower-mold" one, rather it is a built-in tub and has white tile surround), in order to rennovate that whole small area as a curbless shower? We really need that bathroom to have a shower more-so than a tub as our masterbathroom does have a soaking jacuzzi tub. Is the space large enough is my question. The existing tub space available to be removed measures 57" wall to wall, paint or tile, or 3" shy of being 5' long,(w/ the possibility of taking out the 13" solid end that we are unsure if it is a support beam or not for now), thus allowing it to be just 2" shy of being 6" long. The width is 26" tile to outer edge of existing tub. There is a total of 36" width from tile to the edge of the existing toilet. The only window is already over that tub and we want to remove the old window keep a version of it w/ 2/3 or so of it opaque nice glass & top clear glass, and no panes just fitted into tile that we may/may not need to replace completely. We started planning for this and already have a perfectly-sized open contemporary vanity put aside. Everything existing is stainless, and we have also purchased ideal-sized stainless towel racks including a train-type to go overhead the other or over the toilet, in order to save space on the walls of this little bath. Otherwise all we need is the over-sink mirror and lighting which we are able to source locally. Any advice or help?? Thanks! I love reading these advice articles w/ resources and opinions!

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SK Home Designs & Remodeling

This is a simple and basic bathroom. Demo complete. Since you don't need a tub, then have a framer frame for a shower pan. From the center of the toilet measure 15" to the left and to the right so this will help you figure how wide you want your shower pan and make sure the new vanity isn't too close to the toilet.

Build a soap niche on the same wall as the window.

Get a very good quality shower valve and maybe a handheld so you'll need a diverter.

Make sure to hot mop the shower pan to make it waterproofed. Float the shower walls and bathroom floors to make sure for a perfect level. Tiles look much better on a floated wall. (floating means to have black paper, wire mesh, then mixed cement on the walls then leveled.

A good contractor knows how to do all this. Good luck

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We just finished doing this exact project in our guest bath. You appear to have plenty of room for a walk-in shower. We took ours down to the studs and had to bring plumbing and electric up to code.

Planning on a glass shower enclosure? If so, I recommend a LOCAL glass house. With all the planning in the world there will be issues with getting a perfect enclosure. You want someone who will come back should you have issues down the road. We included a humidity sensing fan (super quiet). Not expensive.

Also....I recommend a heated floor which can be run right into your shower if you're going with a tile floor. A contractor can basically heat anything they can tile. If your feet are warm the rest of you will be comfortable!

Here's our before and after.......have fun with your project!


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