7 Things Nobody Tells You About Renovating Your Bathroom

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You have to evaluate the advantages of shower/tub 

We have to admit that a freestanding tub is really wonderful and gives the bathroom an elegant look, especially when you have kids who want to bathe or if you are that kind of person who loves to relax there after a long day of work. A walk-in shower is also a great idea, especially if you do not have kids and you live in a small apartment. 

So, if you want to have both of them, but you do not have enough space for them or at least two bathrooms you can take advantage of a shower/tub combo. “Back in the McMansion era, Jacuzzi-style bathtubs were all the rage, but the pendulum has swung back towards showers, especially in master bathrooms. At the high-end, there might also be a nice soaking tub in there, but the walk-in shower is the top priority,” says DiClerico of HomeAdvisor. 

You can choose some curtains if you really want to create a shower/tub combo, especially if you have kids because it would be easier for you to bathe them. The best part? You can replace them whenever you want. 

Glass doors can be a great option too for people who want to create the illusion of a bigger space. Do not forget to add a few details to complement the style. “Metal grids, pretty hardware, or a framing detail around the entrance,” recommends designer Heidi Caillier.

However, if you want to keep it simple you can opt for a shower with no doors. But if you decide to do so, you need to insert waterproof surfaces and a central drain as well because you will splash water all over the bathroom. 

For a constant and optimum bathwater temperature, you should utilize a thermostatic shower valve. “Installing a thermostatic shower valve, which automatically adjusts the hot and cold water to avoid scalding in the event of pressure changes, will add a few hundred dollars to total plumbing costs,” says DiClerico. “But we recommend it!”

Nevertheless, whether you want to renovate the whole bathroom or just to change some small items, you should invest in a good showerhead.

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