Step 1 in swapping your tub for a sleek new shower: Get all the remodel details down on paper
There are so many examples of large bathrooms, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that most of us have bathrooms that are about 50 square feet (5 by 10 feet). A dream shower can often become a reality only if it fits into the footprint of a dated tub. But what’s the best way to go about this conversion?The first step is to put everything down on paper. Before you start ripping out tile, bringing home sale items or searching for the perfect grout color, make sure you measure, plan and research.
Measure the bathroom exactly.
Draw the finished wall measurements, right down to the 1/8 inch. Most tubs are 60 inches wide, and this is a great width for a shower. The depth is the kicker. Aim for at least 32 to 34 inches from the finished tile wall to the future glass shower door.You will also need to to have a finished ceiling height of 80 inches minimum and a shower that’s at least 30 by 30 inches to comply with the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s guidelines for bathrooms
. If you decide to plan for a bench, make sure it doesn’t crowd this space of 30 by 30 inches minimum.Record the toilet location. A distance of 15 to 18 inches from the the center of the toilet to the glass on the new shower door tends to be comfortable.
Figure out the shower-door swing. Where will you put the door in your new shower so it does not interfere with the toilet or vanity? I like to use a large scrap of drywall to lay out the potential shower-door swing, and then check the distances of the drywall to the toilet and vanity.In the renovated bathroom here, a small 1926 tub was replaced with a curbless shower. The walkway from the vanity to the shower was too tight for a swinging shower door, which is why this shower has two glass block walls instead.Tip: If the bathroom floor is going to get wet outside the shower, select a small tile or another slip-resistant material.
Make sure you’ll still have plenty of space.
When you replace a tub with a shower, the toilet can start to feel crowded. Make sure you pay attention to this so it feels right to you.Try to keep at least 15 inches room from the center of the toilet to the new shower glass. If your shower ends up being on the smaller side, you can skimp on this measurement a bit.Tip:
Hold up a sheet of scrap drywall to act as a fake glass panel and sit on a 5-gallon bucket to mimic the toilet’s location. This can help you decide how close you like the glass, and how big you’d like your shower.
Stand in the place where your shower will be. A shower depth of 32 inches feels small to me, but might work for you. A depth of 34 to 36 inches tends to be ideal, but again, don’t crowd the toilet. Make sure you check your local code for minimum distances, too.
Take out the door if it’s causing problems.
Who says you need a door anyway? And look into heated floors
if you decide not to have a shower door
. Floor heat is very good at keeping the bathroom floor dry in addition to warm.Tip:
If you plan to have a doorless shower, you’ll need to be extra careful when using a handheld shower fixture. A fixed showerhead or rain head (such as the one in this photo) will keep the water inside the new shower.
Take your time looking for fixtures. Shopping for fixtures can actually be fun! Research the options and look for specials and possible combos. Don’t feel like you have to use all the same brand — I often use fixtures from two separate companies that still look great together.
Consider your lighting and tile layout from the start.
This is key to a polished-looking shower. Make sure to include lights in your shower, not just around it.Depending on your shower size and makeup, one, two or four lights might look best. When you remove your old tub and tub surround to make room for the new shower, this is a perfect time to check that your light system can be installed like you had planned. Often the ceiling framing above a tub can be easily adjusted to accommodate a lighting plan.Don’t tile without the finished light sources in place. Without a light source in place, it is hard to know how any lippage
might look. In a shower the lights are often quite close to the wall, which will show every little flaw in a tile installation.
Tip: Plan your tile layouts early, using the ceiling height as a reference. Try to avoid sliver cuts in tile layouts. Drawing the layout on paper helps — once you have this finalized, you can use your fixed tile grout lines to lay out shampoo niche locations and shower fixtures.
More ways to light up your shower
Decide what additions you’ll need. Purpose is key here. How will you use the shower? Do you need a bench? Somewhere to put your shampoo? What about a window? All of these extras are important to the renovation and help narrow down a construction plan.
In these classic baths, homeowners can add color for punch — bright pink towels or an orange bath mat or pale green paint on the walls. They can accessorize with old-style apothecary jars or go more modern with a mirrored wastebasket and matching soap dish. In new construction you’ll find more luxurious variations on the theme, complete with dark wood vanities, marble latticework floors and glamorous freestanding tubs. Whatever the approach, the clean look of black and white is always a crowd-pleaser; check out some of my favorites here.
This gorgeous update of a traditional black and white bathroom features white subway tile accented with black marble and a floor of Calacatta gold and black marble in a basket-weave pattern. (The tile is from Walker Zanger
.) Other luxe touches: an intricate custom-made leaded glass window, a Waterworks pedestal tub
and an antique William and Mary highboy for storage.
This classic bath has some interesting design touches: the graphic dark-trimmed windows, which pick up the black and white tile floor and the legs of the claw-foot tub; the surprising teal ceiling (love this!); and the vintage wood soapbox for towel storage.
The centerpiece here is a vintage console table that’s been artfully transformed into a vanity. Painted black and with two legs removed, it is attached to the wall and topped with matching white vessel sinks. Large black and white square floor tiles complete the high-style look.
Here’s a true find in Toronto with lots of original elements: a gently curved tub, hexagonal floor tiles (note the designs within the layout) and subway tile walls with glossy black trim. The pretty casement window affords plenty of light, and a rough-hewn stool makes reaching the sink easy for kids.
Showstopping black and white wallpaper (Minaret
by Osborne & Little) makes a statement here. The black and white interplay continues with a white cotton duck shower curtain trimmed in black, a black Jonathan Adler rug with a white border, and the stacks of black and white towels carefully arranged on a matching étagère.
A step up from hexagonal ceramic tile, this basket-weave-patterned tile floor is crafted from Thassos (white) and Nero Marquina (black) marble. The pattern is also framed in black and repeated on the shower wall. Other nice touches: the dark bronze plumbing fixtures (from Delta) and the wall color (Benjamin Moore’s Fresh Dew
Black, white and blue feel classically cosmopolitan together. That’s Benjamin Moore’s Heavenly Blue
on the walls with a stippled glaze, matched perfectly by the turquoise towels. The shower “room” with a window is a keeper, too.
Pale blue paint (Sherwin-Williams’ Tradewind
) gives this bathroom a soft, ethereal look. That feeling continues in the lighting choices: a delicate Murano-style chandelier and Restoration Hardware’s Lugarno wall sconces. The Cheshire
claw-foot tub is by Victoria + Albert.
This classic floor is Daltile’s Octagon & Dot
tile, a matte white octagon accented with a glossy black diamond at each corner. (It comes in sheets for easy installation.) The vintage-style corner tub, similar to the Americh Bow 6032,
features an L-shaped shower rod. The soothing gray-green hue on the walls is Restoration Hardware’s Blue Sage
Updating this small, 83-square-foot bathroom
in a New York brownstone included installing a furniture-style vanity and oil-rubbed-bronze fixtures, which go well with the old-fashioned clock and dark wood-trimmed window. Note how the subway tiles run right up to the ceiling.
This cute cottage bathroom features standard hexagonal black and white tiles, purchased at Lowe’s in 12- by 12-inch sheets for quick installation. The apple-green walls are a lovely touch, as is the black trim on the towels and shower curtain
Houzz Contributor. I am a longtime design editor/writer based in New York City.
Wouldn’t it be so nice not to have to share bathroom counter space or wait for a turn at the sink to brush your teeth? If your bathroom is spacious enough for a double vanity, you’re in luck. Here are some ideas to get you started in picking the one that’s just right for your home.
Some elements to keep in mind when designing your double vanity are symmetry, ample counter space between sinks, a large mirror spanning both sinks (or one mirror over each sink) and lighting.
If there is not enough clearance in front of both sinks to stand comfortably, you shouldn’t try to cram a double vanity into your bathroom. Luckily, this homeowner made it work with the tub positioning.
One benefit of a double vanity is the extra storage gained beneath. Lots of drawers and shelves mean a clutter-free bathroom and never missing a clean towel or a roll of toilet paper.
If you love a certain design for a sink, like this organically circular vessel sink, a double vanity is a great opportunity to celebrate your admiration by installing two of it.
Even in a minimalist bathroom without closed storage and not much counter depth, a double vanity can work with vessel sinks and single-lever faucets mounted to the sides of the sinks.
Alternatively, a double vanity can be accomplished with one extra long sink split into two compartments with two faucets. In this version, there is a divide between the two compartments that offers some elevated horizontal surface in addition to the counter space below.
I really like the concept behind this custom-poured concrete sink.
A custom-built wall-mounted vanity unit with cove lighting, shelf niches and a long expanse of poured sink and counter offers a boutique hotel feel at home.
Jack and Jill bathrooms are a great place to incorporate the double vanity. Here you can be more playful with shapes, colors and materials.
Installing two identical off-the-shelf single vanities next to each other is a solution when the bathroom is large enough for a double vanity but the budget is not.
Two identical pedestal sinks with a storage unit in between is a cute vintage-inspired iteration of the double vanity concept.
A utility wash sink, like Kohler’s Brockway
, is brilliant for incorporating the traditional double vanity in an untraditional way.
How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Cost For Your Nashville Home?
Bathroom Remodel Cost Nashville. Plan Your Bathroom Remodel the Smart Way. Read the Latest Blog from TN ReBath to Learn More About What You Should Expect to Pay to Remodel your Nashville Home. If you are thinking about remodeling your bathroom, then you are probably thinking about the best way that you can update the look and functionality, increase your resale value of your home, and add innovative amenities. Maybe it’s a combination of all these.
At ReBath, we’ve put together this blog to help homeowners living in Nashville and the surrounding Middle Tennessee area to be more educated about what you should expect a bathroom remodeling to cost you. The scope of your bath remodeling project will depend on many factors. Probably the most important factor is budget. Do you have a budget? Another important factor you need to consider is how long have you lived in your home and how long to you plan to continue to stay there. As with many things in life, we find there are three levels of bathroom remodeling: good, better and best. At ReBath we’ll guide you through the planning and execution process for remodeling your Nashville bathroom.
Three Typical Ranges of Cost
The first step is deciding which level of remodeling is right for you. Let’s take a look at three different cost ranges for bathroom remodels and common materials and finishes for each.
1. The Typical Bathroom Remodel Often runs from anywhere $2,5000 (DIY) to $12,000. At ReBath, this is a very typical cost range that we encounter on a daily basis. What You Can Expect If Jimmy Carter was President when your bathroom was installed, then we feel your pain. Avocado green and teal blue were popular back in the day, but times have changed. If your bathroom looks old and dated, then you will be pleased to know you have a wide variety of options available to you in this cost range. For instance, at ReBath, converting a tired old bathtub into a spacious new shower is a very popular option these days. What You Might Get:
2. Mid- to Upper-Range Bathroom Remodel $10,000 to $35,000 What You Might Get
- Tile: At this cost range porcelain will be a popular option. It’s more durable than ceramic and slip resistant, and there are more color, size and design options.
- Walls: You can afford to be more creative with materials and do tile walls or real beadboard for a custom look.
- Fixtures: You can upgrade the fixtures for ones with higher-quality copper or bronze inside, which will last considerably longer than off-the-shelf units.
- Plumbing: You can make moderate adjustments to the plumbing, like moving the faucets or shower, but the toilet will likely stay in the relative same spot.
3. The Deluxe Bathroom Remodel $30,000 to $100,000-plus This is the full-blown complete overhaul option. What You Might Get
- Cabinetry: Solid wood construction with custom finishes and decorative accent pieces.
- Tile: Natural marble, limestone or granite, all of which are more labor intensive and difficult to cut. Natural stone requires more maintenance, but every single tile has its own unique character.
- Plumbing: High-end finishes and parts.
- Amenities: Steam showers and radiant floor heating.
Planning for a Bathroom Remodel for Your Nashville Home.
At ReBath we get requests from homeowners every single day wanting to know more about what the cost might be to remodel their Nashville bathroom. One of the best ways to identify cost starts with a free in-home consultation. We can send out a bath design consultant free of charge to your home to properly quote the cost of your next remodel project. Our knowledgeable designers will leave you with a free and written price quote.
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