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    Default Bathtub to Walk-in Shower Conversion

    When I purchased my home nearly 6 years ago, I wasn't particularly interested in a huge luxury master bath and a fireplace. I was totally not interested in a walk-in shower (that was a big mistake on my part, I already had arthritis in both knees but it didn't slow me down or keep me from doing whatever I wanted to do--I just ignored the pain and powered on) as it never occurred to me that I'd end up with the knee problems as bad as they are and I suppose I also figured I'd eventually have knee replacement surgery. I wanted new construction and when I found my house that had neither in the perfect, for me, neighborhood, I was excited! As I planned to pay off my house as soon as I sold the house I was currently living in, saving about $20K by not having the luxury bath and fireplace was great! It is extremely hard to find a new construction house without either amenity. I had narrowed my search down between this house and one that was two doors down that was about 100 sq ft smaller, had a smaller master closet (that was located with the entry from the bathroom which I don't like) and laundry room and was $20K more than mine. In my house the master bath is what I consider still a good size--the open floor space is about 8.5 feet from the edge of the sink/vanity to the bathtub that is directly across from it, the toilet sits in an alcove and the width of the outside of the alcove to the outside wall is about 6.5 feet. The tub/shower combination is a one-piece with the walls on three sides; however, I am having an increasingly more difficult time getting in and out of the tub because of the lack of range of motion in my knees and the tub is 20 inches from the floor and I was never taller than 5 ft and have probably lost an inch or almost two of that, so that is a big step for me. Also, I only take showers now as I can't sit in the tub anymore as I can't get up without excruciating pain or worse. I shower using a shower stool. I tried to have grab bars installed but because the tub is not flat against the wall (it has curved walls with built in shelving and edges and such) the plumber said he couldn't install them. So, getting in and out I have nothing to grab and can only "hold onto" the walls of the shower...so, this is what I'm going to do...

    Using these folks: http://tubtoshower.com/walk-in-shower-kits.htm

    I'm going to do this: (except since all the hardware and fixtures in my house are oil-rubbed bronze the framing will be oil-rubbed bronze with rain glass instead of the color in the photo; also the man said that he believes he will be able to install the grab bars that are part of the package as they have special mollies that he believes will work)

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    Of course, I was really stupid not to consider all this when I bought my house--I should have realized that I'd eventually need a walk-in shower for safety sake.

    They are coming from near Dallas and will be here on Aug 14 and they complete it in one day.

    I have been thinking about this for about a year and was concerned about "resell value"; but, decided I need to do what is better for me. I even talked to a realtor friend of mine and she thinks it very well may be desired as people want "walk-in" showers...who knows whoever the next owner of my house is, might be an old lady just like me.
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    Default Re: Bathtub to Walk-in Shower Conversion

    Why not just put in a regular shower and eliminate the tub all together? Would probably be cheaper and less apt to leak.
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    Default Re: Bathtub to Walk-in Shower Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by Fastcar View Post
    Why not just put in a regular shower and eliminate the tub all together? Would probably be cheaper and less apt to leak.
    It would cost thousands of more dollars to do that...

    What I am doing, with the upgrade to 1/4" rain glass vs 3/16" clear glass and the "through the door handles" vs the handle being part of the framing...comes in under $4K; to remove the present tub and install a shower would cost double and upwards to $10K if there are problems. There is the option of the full-cut rather than the notch-cut but those have the sliding doors which I don't like, I like the door that is on hinges. To install a new shower, it would require cutting up the tub to remove it...it is as if the 1-pc tub/shower/enclosure walls are placed and then the house is built around them. Then re-plumbing is necessary and the slab jack-hammered and the drain moved, and then the surrounding walls could need to be repaired and such. Believe me, I've done my homework.
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    Default Re: Bathtub to Walk-in Shower Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyInAR View Post
    It would cost thousands of more dollars to do that...

    What I am doing, with the upgrade to 1/4" rain glass vs 3/16" clear glass and the "through the door handles" vs the handle being part of the framing...comes in under $4K; to remove the present tub and install a shower would cost double and upwards to $10K if there are problems. There is the option of the full-cut rather than the notch-cut but those have the sliding doors which I don't like, I like the door that is on hinges. To install a new shower, it would require cutting up the tub to remove it...it is as if the 1-pc tub/shower/enclosure walls are placed and then the house is built around them. Then re-plumbing is necessary and the slab jack-hammered and the drain moved, and then the surrounding walls could need to be repaired and such. Believe me, I've done my homework.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastcar View Post
    Oh, your on a slab, with a built in. That changes everything.
    Yup!
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    Default Re: Bathtub to Walk-in Shower Conversion

    Are you having the shower head on a slide bar?

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    Default Re: Bathtub to Walk-in Shower Conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by sundealer View Post
    Are you having the shower head on a slide bar?

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    No, my tub/shower combo has shower heads very similar to this, except in oil-rubbed bronze:
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    The stationery head has a diameter of about 6-7 inches and the handheld one has about 6 different spray choices, so I am satisfied with it as is.

    If I was building from the ground up, the one you posted looks very interesting.

    P.S. the picture I posted is one that I saved on my iPad by holding down the on/off button and the home button at the same time...new trick I learned on how to do a screen shot on an iPad.
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    I now have a walk-in shower...and it turned out even better than I expected! I am happy!

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    Looks great!!
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    Turned out fantastic! I am going to send the company info to my daughter. She is having problems too and this might just be the solution for her. Thanks.
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