If you are looking to transform your bathroom from basic and boring into something spectacular, a shower remodel is where a large portion of your remodeling budget will likely go. Shower remodels are not cheap, but when done well, they can add a tremendous amount of value to a home and elevate your daily experience in your bathroom.
The Budget-friendly Option for Shower Remodels
For homeowners who want to refresh their shower, but don’t have the budget for a fully custom shower, adding a new prefabricated shower unit into the existing space could be the way to go. Quality varies among prefabricated shower kits. You can get some that are one-piece units, and others that are made up of a shower pan and separate wall panels. You can also get a variety of colors, styles, and textures in prefabricated showers—even some that mimic the look of a tile shower. Even though they are the cheaper option, some homeowners actually prefer these types of showers for their ease in cleaning (no grout lines to scrub).
Walk-in showers are gaining popularity among homeowners for a variety of reason. First of all, a walk-in shower is fully custom, allowing you to design it in whatever shape and size you choose. It is free from any doors or curtains, and it also doesn’t have a curb to step over. This makes walk-in showers a great choice for those with mobility issues. A walk-in shower can be partially enclosed by a half wall or by panes of glass, which helps to give the bathroom a more spacious and open look and feel. Installing a walk-in shower is a job best left to the professionals, which makes them a costly addition to a bathroom remodel. However, a well-designed walk-in shower can add value to a home when you go to sell, allowing you to recoup some of the cost.
Smart Shower Technology
You’ve probably heard of a smart home, which involves a installing a system that allows you to control and program things like your home’s lighting, temperature, and audiovisual systems. But did you know you can have a smart shower installed in your home as well? A smart shower involves installing a unit in your bathroom that will help you control all aspects of showering, including water temperature, water flow, shower duration, and outlet control (if you have multiple shower heads). Each member of your family can have their own presets. Maybe you like a scalding hot shower with a pulsating spray for a handheld shower head, but your partner likes warm water from a soft, overhead rain shower head. With the push of a button, each of you can have your own personalized shower experience.
Upgraded Bathtub-Shower Combos
If you want to have both a bathtub and a shower in your bathroom, but have limited space, a combo unit is the way to go. However, a bathtub-shower combo doesn’t have to be basic. Surrounding a tub with a custom tile design, high-end fixtures, and a frameless glass door (rather than a shower curtain), can really elevate the space. You could also choose to surround the outside of the tub with wood to further upgrade the look.
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