According to real-estate search engine Trulia, “The rooms buyers most closely inspect (and judge) in a house are the kitchen and master bath.”

The kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms where we spend the most time: They see substantial wear and tear, and even minor updates can make a big difference in the day-to-day lives of the homeowners.

So when it comes to bathroom remodeling trends, it’s no wonder tub to shower conversions are one of the most popular (along with tiling, Mediterranean-inspired design, and vanity features including heated floors and towel warmers). Not only is it a relatively easy and budget-friendly renovation, it can instantly bring an older home into the 21st century.

How do you know if this trendy bathroom update is right for your project?

Most bathroom renovation trends fall in the category of aesthetic improvements, but converting an existing tub to a shower is a sound investment that is, for many buyers, non-negotiable.

A stand-alone tub generally points to either an older property or a high-end, luxury property. In most cases, you can’t go wrong by adding shower functionality to an existing bathroom.

If your investment property has only one bathroom, you might think twice about getting rid of the tub since that’s a must-have feature for families with young children. Converting the existing tub to a more user-friendly combined shower/tub unit will appeal to nearly every buyer and improve the value of the home.

Considerations when making the tub to shower conversion

  • You might choose to use a shower stall kit to help save on construction costs. If you want to add bang for your buck, make a few aesthetic upgrades to give the new shower a stylish, upscale look. Starting from scratch opens the door to even more design intricacies but will take longer from start to finish.
  • Consider what type of shower floor you want to install – curb or curbless. While a curbless shower might be the trendier option, it’s also pricier. Which way you decide to go will depend on the surrounding neighborhood, buyer profile, and the time and money you or the homeowner have set aside for this project.
  • Make sure you have enough space. According to houselogic, “Most building codes say the floor of a shower stall should be at least 30-inches-by-30 inches. A 36-inch-by-36-inch-wide stall is recommended by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).” Before you dive into the demolition/construction process, you will need to take plenty of measurements and do some careful planning.

There are plenty of bathroom remodeling trends that could easily turn your renovation from quick and painless to complicated and expensive. The tub to shower conversion, however, is one of the most practical ways to improve the value of your home while adding a much needed touch of modernity.

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