How to Make the Most of Your Bathroom With a New Shower
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How to Make the Most of Your Bathroom With a New Shower

Save Space and Embrace Style with a New Shower Installation

When you ditch the tub and upgrade to a shower, you save plenty of space. The thought of converting to a shower might be stressful, but a bath remodel can be a lot simpler, cheaper, and faster than you think with Bath Expo. Here’s what you need to know before you tackle a shower installation.

Recognize Your Bathroom’s Space

Replacing a clunky tub with a shower is a commitment, so the first thing you need to be sure of is how much space you have to work with. According to Houselogic, building codes typically stipulate a shower floor that’s 30 x 30 inches; the National Kitchen and Bath Association suggests 36 x 36 inches to ensure a little more room.

You’ll also want to be sure that there’s space for a shower door to swing freely, avoiding any wall or toilet that might be in the way. A 30-inch or so buffer should suffice. Unless, of course, you opt for a sliding shower door or a partial glass panel, both great options for cozy bathrooms!

To Curb or Not to Curb

There are plenty of choices when it comes to the design of your new shower, foremost of which is the shower pan, a.k.a. the floor of your shower. Most showers opt for a “curb,” or a small lip to step over that helps keep the water where it’s supposed to be—headed for the drain.

Curb-free showers, on the other hand, allow you to walk (or roll a wheelchair) right in. However, this requires the shower floor to be lowered, or the entire bathroom floor to be heightened, which can be a costly process. Know your budget limitations before you decide!

Pipes Galore

Much less fun than picking your style is making sure all your plumbing is in place. If you’re tearing out a tub rather than starting from scratch, you’ll need to retrofit the plumbing. Pipes must be inspected, the framing and subfloor must be checked for mold and mildew, and the wall must be tiled, covered in glass block, or replaced by a fiberglass kit to ensure it stays watertight and prevents damage to your home.

Make It Simple

All of this may seem like a lot. Trust us, we know. So let Bath Expo eliminate the stress and provide a custom shower installation! Our designers will come to your home, take measurements and photos, and talk with you about your options. Once you’ve settled on a custom shower that maximizes your space and works with your budget, we’ll come back and have the whole project installed in as little as a day or two. And we stand by our products—they’re so durable, they include a lifetime warranty.

Don’t delay your long-awaited bath remodel any longer! Give us a call and speak to one of our bath-to-shower remodel experts, or fill out our easy online form to request a free consultation and transform that cramped bathroom today!

Tips for Staying Warm During Texas Winters

In comparison to other states, Texas has mild winters, but sometimes the colder weather gets to be too much. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways you can stay nice and cozy this winter. The following are just a few of our favorite ways to keep warm.

Soak in a Bubble Bath

Nothing can be more relaxing on a cold day than coming home to a hot bath. If your tub is uncomfortable and grimy, you can complete a bathroom remodel to have a bathtub replacement installed. In no time, you can start enjoying all of the benefits of soaking in a bubble bath.

Cuddle by the Fireplace

Homeowners with fireplaces should take full advantage of snuggling up in a blanket by the fire. Even if you don’t have a real fireplace and chimney in your home, you can purchase an electric fireplace to keep you nice and warm when the temperate drops outside.

Wear Cozy Clothes

If you feel like hanging out inside and enjoying the rare snow occurrences from the comfort of your home, you should put on some comfortable clothes. Wool socks, a fuzzy robe, and slippers can make cuddling up on the couch much more enjoyable.

Work Out

By staying active, you can kill two birds with one stone! Not only can you keep in great shape, but you can also keep warm. For extra warmth, you can head to a cycling or hot yoga class. Even going for a jog outside can be enough to get your blood pumping and warm you up.

Drink a Warm Beverages

From coffee to hot apple cider, there are plenty of delicious drinks to keep you warm in this winter. Whether you want to curl up on the couch with a movie, or you have to venture out into the cold, you can keep your hands nice and warm while you hold your hot chocolate or other beverage.

If a nice, warm bath sounds good to you, you should consider installing a new tub for optimum relaxation and comfort. At Bath Expo of Texas, we have a variety of bathroom products and services from which you can choose, so contact us to learn more about how we can help you keep warm this winter! You can either call us or fill out our online form to request a free quote.