Bathroom Remodeling – Shower Stalls

by Dave The Handyman on November 29, 2009

I wanted to talk a little bit about bathroom remodeling today, and I will begin with shower stalls. See most homes that are in the U.S. have a bath tub only, while there are also a good percentage of homes that have a bath tub and shower combination.

It will all really depend on how much space you have in your bathroom and what was there in the first place. If you are building a new home I would go with the bath and shower stall as a double, but since we are remodeling and not building a new home, we will have to work with the space that we already have.

When thinking about putting a standalone shower stall in your bathroom, think about if you want to buy everything new piece by piece or just buy it as a whole. The space you will have is important too, if you have your heart set on a specific shower stall and it will not fit in your bathroom, you may have to take your remodeling of the bathroom a step further and expand the bathroom. By doing this you are turning your bathroom into a major home improvement project.

Also some shower stalls are pre-molded, which can make them extremely difficult to fit through doorways. If you are looking for a cheap way to add a shower stall to your home there are many out there for only a couple hundred dollars, and they can be assembled just about anywhere and do not take up much space at all.

These types of standalone shower stalls will come in a kit in most cases, and within the kit could be the mat or flooring, the side walls, shower handles, shower head and neck, railings, sliding door or shower curtain and rod.

There are many home improvement stores such as The Home Depot and Lowes that sell complete shower stalls and depending on the type of package you are purchasing they may even install it for you for free, or they may charge you a small fee.

If you have a tiled shower stall or a bath tub and shower double you may want to consider getting the tiles and the tubs repainted. This can add a great look to the double stall and will only cost you a fraction of the price of buying brand new, let alone the installation costs. You will have to get a contractor to do this though as it can be a tough task.

You will have to sand down all of the tiles and the tub, then make sure that the sides and the tiles are properly grouted, so once the tub and tile is sprayed it will have a nice smooth looking finish to it. That is all I have for you today so good luck with your bathroom remodeling and hope that you found this article useful.

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