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Get the Bathroom of Your Dreams
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.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Tie a Tub and Shower Together
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.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Do Some of the Work Yourself
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.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Build in Niches for More Storage
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.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Upgrade Your Tile
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.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Waterproof Your Shower
Even as luxe as this shower remodel may seem, owner Angela, of the design blog Unexpected Elegance, 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.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Should You Include the Tub?
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.
Questions you'll want to consider to help you decide whether or not to go tub-free:
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- Do you actually use the bathtub or does it just seem like a good idea?
- Can you reglaze your current tub and save money?
- Do you have or expect to have children? It is simpler to bathe children in tubs than in showers.
- Will elderly or disabled persons be using this bathing facility? With their high walls, bathtubs can be difficult to step into; showers are much easier.
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Maximize Natural Light
Watertight, bath-rated light fixtures exist for a reason: showers can be dark. But there is one way to banish shower gloom, and it's way cheaper and more eco-friendly. When you can get it, natural light is best.
You'll find no better way to do this than by combining a corner unit with frameless glass walls. Evolution of Style blogger Jenny was in her friend's house one day and captured images of that bathroom's unique three-sided corner frameless unit.
Frameless Shower Basics
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- Thick tempered glass, attached by metal clips, forms the walls. No framing is needed.
- You can buy a frameless shower door only, if you wish, instead of the entire enclosure.
- Frameless shower units are usually significantly more expensive than framed showers.
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Round Out Your Shower
When space is tight, you can't do much better than adding a corner shower. But what about when space is super-tight, as found in a tiny house? You add a quarter-round corner shower with a sliding door.
Eliminate Shower Door Swing
Rounded corner shower enclosures come with a fantastic feature: doors that slide on tracks, instead of swinging outward. This avoids potential space design headaches because door obstructions are not a problem. And since the door is acrylic, there is no chance that it will shatter.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Raise the Roof for Better Air Circulation
Enclosed environments like showers trap moisture and are prone to mold and mildew. Bathroom exhaust fans are one way to combat the problem. But fans use electricity and aren't always effective. A better way is to increase air circulation at ceiling level.
Open-Air Shower Ceilings
For this high-end residential bathroom remodel in Seattle's Greenwood district, Malboeuf Bowie Architecture popped off the shower ceiling, exposing the space to natural light and airflow.