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remodeling to acommodate an elderly loved one

When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

Replacing Your Bathtub With A Walk-In Shower? 3 Things To Know First

Do you want to replace your combined bathtub and shower unit with a walk-in shower? More and more homeowners are eschewing the traditional tub in favor of a luxurious shower system. But should you? To help you decide the right path, here are three things to keep in mind before you swing a hammer. 

1. It May Affect Home Value

Did you know that a bathroom is only a full bathroom when it has a bathtub in it? While bathtubs are no longer as important to American homes, they are still technically considered necessary for full bath status. Remove that tub, and it may be downgraded to a three-quarter bath in future home listings. This may affect home value. 

In addition, home buyers generally want at least one bathtub available in the home. They are often necessary for parents of small children, pet owners, and those with mobility issues. Excising all tubs could have the unexpected downside of making your home less appealing in the future. So rethink things if you have no other tubs in the house. 

2. You'll Need More Space

Getting rid of a bathtub — especially a garden tub — can be a big space saver in the bathroom. However, modern shower systems have become larger over time as they gain popularity and more luxurious features are always offered. So it may not be the space saver you expect. 

Walk-in and roll-in showers are often expected to be accessible for those with mobility aids. This means meeting minimum size requirements. You'll also have to factor in foot traffic space around it. A curved shower system, for instance, looks great but often needs more maneuvering space outside. 

3. Not Everyone Likes Open Plans

Clear, open showers are beautiful, fresh, and modern. But how will you feel about all that openness after some time using it? You may not like the lack of privacy that comes with clear glass and/or getting rid of shower doors. This may especially be true if the bathroom is used by guests. 

You can achieve a modern and luxurious look without sacrificing all your privacy. But it could require thinking beyond what's trendy and sticking with more classic designs instead. 

Where Can You Get Help?

Is removing your tub and adding a walk-in shower still right for you? Make the best choice for your home by meeting with an experienced bathroom remodeling service in your area today. 

For more info about bathroom renovations, contact a local company.