I would like to have my bathtub removed and the space converted to a shower stall. What is involved?

I need all the help I can get to be sure I ask the right questions and make the right decisions. Thank you. Bob
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  • 3po3 3po3 on Dec 04, 2011
    James' advice here should help: http://www.hometalk.com/activity/13939 Also, is this your only tub? There was a recent discussion of this lately, with mixed opinions on keeping a tub in the house. I personally recommend it for resale. If someone with a child or elderly resident wants to buy the house, they will likely need a tub.

  • Designing Home INc. Designing Home INc. on Dec 04, 2011
    Major part will be drain line and that has to modify to 2" from 1 1/2" normal tub drain line and built a shower pan and replace the faucet. you can built shower same size as your bathtub 5'x32" The rest is not too complicated. please hire a professional to avoid costly mistake. the picture is from shower that I built and size is 5'x32" need more info, please contact me.

  • Get a design plan on paper and look into what type of finish materials you want to use (ex. type of tile, fixtures, etc.). That way when you go to speak with the professionals they are all giving you a cost estimate on the same set of circumstances. Also, here's my basic blurb on hiring any contractor: As a rule of thumb when dealing with contractors, always get at least 3 separate bids on your project. Many contractors will come and give a bid for free. You might just throw out the highest and lowest bid costs if they are radically different from the others. The radically highest guy might be trying to make a quick buck, and the radically lowest cost guy may not really have the experience to handle to task. Check in with the BBB to see if they have any history. Some questions to ask them: - How much will this cost? (Guess that's an obvious one) - How long will this project take? - How much experience do these workers have? - Will they haul away any debris and clean up after themselves? - Are they licensed and insured? (Ask for proof for your records.) - Have they ever had a "mishap?" - Do you have recent references that I can talk to? - Has your company ever been a part of some legal action? (Have they been sued by previous customers?) - Are you willing to have a written/signed contract? (Always have a written contract.)

  • M2Texas M2Texas on Feb 20, 2015
    We recently made than change in a bath, taking out the tub and replacing it with a shower. One thing we learned was that estimates will be wildly different. We got an estimate from a big box home improvement store who contracts with a big national company. Their estimate was 3 times what we got from other places and the materials were not as good. Then they called us back the next day to offer the job for thousands less, but we had to take the deal that day. We crossed them off immediately, and then talked with friends and neighbors about their experiences and which companies they got good results from. We learned a great deal. One of the tile companies recommended turned out to have great prices, AND were good honest folks who also shared their wealth of knowledge helping us to make wise choices on materials. Their crews had been working for this company for 5, 10 even 15 years. The various teams who came out also turned out to be conscientious, highly skilled, and honest hard working men. So, getting recommendations from people you know can and taking the time to explore those recommendations can be priceless.