- Close your eyes and imagine having a brand-new, remodeled bathroom shower. With a clean, flawless shower pan and bright, gleaming walls. This is one dream that can be your reality with smart planning, optional DIY work, and of course, some money. Homeowners like you have felt the pain of dingy, non-functional showers, but have turned it all around. You can, too! See what these homeowners have done so you can get inspired for your own bathroom.
- 02of 10 Tie a Tub and Shower Together Pearl Interiors When you have two different services in the same room, you risk visual chaos. For example, a smooth acrylic bathtub surround may clash with a shower’s tile surround. To avoid this, try matching materials. Pearl Interiors’ design for the Chateau Beaumont project nicely pairs up a generously sized wood-skirted bathtub with an adjacent shower enclosure. By using the same type of natural stone for both the shower and the tub surrounds, Pearl deftly ties the two facilities together. Chateau Beaumont Remodel by Pearl Interiors
- 03of 10 Do Some of the Work Yourself Sincerely, Sara D. Any homeowner intent on remodeling a shower is probably also looking for ways to defray costs. One time-tested, surefire way to save money on a shower remodel is to demolish the area by yourself. Even if you have hired a full-service contractor to build out the shower, this is one job that any homeowner can take on. Contractors are accustomed to homeowners doing pre-construction work by themselves. Just talk to the contractor ahead of time, so that you’re readying the area according to specs. DIY home decor blogger Sara and husband Steve managed to find time in their busy lifestyle to demo the bathroom working space by themselves. The advantage of this is that they were able to assess a rotted support beam far ahead of the arrival of the workers. Bathroom Remodel by Sincerely, Sarah D.
- 04of 10 Build in Niches for More Storage Lolly Jane You already know that copious in-shower shelving room is needed for all of your soaps, shampoos, conditioners, and scrubbers. The more, the better. With showers that have previously been remodeled, you can retroactively install shelves by sticking them straight onto the walls with silicone caulk. But if you are in the process of remodeling, you can do better by building wall niches. Blogging twins Kelli and Kristi sank niches into their farmhouse bathroom shower walls during the process of framing out the area. Two of these cubbies, one on top of the other, provide plenty of room for all of those bottles and tubes and keep everything neat and tidy. Farmhouse Bathroom by LollyJane
- 05of 10 Upgrade Your Tile Jenna Burger Design You’ll adore your newly remodeled shower, even more, when you supersize it and add a light-filled frameless shower enclosure. Designer Jenna Burger did just that when she did her own shower tile by herself. With enough room for a bathing chair and plenty of light cascading through the frameless glass enclosure, this shower will make you never want to leave. DIY Shower Tiling vs. Hiring a Pro Should you do your own shower tile work? While Jenna did the tiling work by herself, this is one tiling task that requires serious thought before you plunge in. Wall, backsplash, and even floor tile are different because these areas are far less impacted by water. But with showers, the tolerance for error is almost nil, as even the smallest crack or seam can allow water to damage the home’s underlying structure. Master Bathroom DIY from Jenna Burger Design
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- 06of 10 Waterproof Your Shower Unexpected Elegance As luxe as this shower remodel may seem, owner and Unexpected Elengance design blogger Angela, calls it a “budget makeover.” Over 80 boxes of self-installed tile went into this gorgeous creation. She swears that she didn’t have to spend a ton of money (though she admits to splurging on the cabinet hardware). Keeping water in the shower and away from subflooring, a major issue with any shower remodel is made easier when you use a waterproofing membrane. Gone are the days of tiling your shower with cement board, mortar, and tile only. Just like professional tilers do, Angela used Schluter Kerdi, a flexible plastic that can be cut with scissors and is applied to the cement board with non-modified thinset mortar. DIY Gray Marble Tile Shower Remodel from Unexpected Elegance
- 07of 10 Should You Include the Tub? Yellow Brick Home Lately, whenever homeowners have decided to remodel their shower/bathtub combinations, the choice has been to remove the tub and go shower-only. Kim and Scott at Yellow Brick Home bucked the trend and not only kept the tub, but replaced it with a sleek Kohler Bellwether cast-iron white enameled tub. They dialed up the retro look by adding a ceramic regulator plate from Kohler’s Antique line.
- It makes sense to sketch out floor plans for a whole-house remodel, so why not for the bathroom, too? Yet bathroom remodels often escape the lay-it-out-on-paper stage. Homeowners are often prone to engaging in mental planning only, perhaps on the theory that bathrooms are so small and have so few services that physical plans are pointless. In reality, the tight space of a bathroom calls for even more rigorous planning than you normally practice. For example, a bathtub placed too close to the toilet or a sink cabinet without adequate buffering spells disaster for this tiny area. Careful bathroom planning can help you anticipate these problems while you can still adjust.
Small 48-Square-Foot Full Bathroom
Illustration: Theresa Chiechi. © The Spruce, 2019
Small and smart are the names of the game in this bathroom plan, which effectively fits in a toilet, tub, and sink, all in a mere 48 square feet. As tiny as it is, this bathroom is perfectly sufficient as a full main bathroom for a small house, or as a guest bathroom for a larger house.
- Length: 96 inches
- Width: 72 inches
- Area: 48 square feet
- A super-sized 72-inch bathtub occupies one end of the room.
- Sconce lights are located on either side of the sink.
- Lower plumbing and electrical costs are achieved by confining the water and drain lines and electrical lines along one wall.
- Using a pedestal sink rather than a vanity maximizes available space.
- Open wall to the right of the door can accommodate a small cabinet for towels.
- The room includes space for a bathtub or shower stall.