Tub and Shower Installation Tips Part 1
Undertaking a tub and shower installation can be a big project and there are a number of considerations that you need to think about to ensure that you are able to get the look that you want with the space that you have. There is a lot more that goes into a tub and shower installation than one might think. Understanding each decision that you need to make might be able to make some of these decisions before they arise. Some of the items that you will need to consider would include items such as:
- Full remodel or just replacement?
- How do you plan on removing the original tub and/or shower?
- Type of Tub and/or Shower you want
- Professional or do it yourself project
Full Remodel or Replacement
The first decision that you will need to make is if you are simply replacing your current tub and/or shower or if you are completely remodeling your bathroom. There are benefits to both situations and many times it comes down to what type of budget you have for this type of project. There are many times when people think they just want to or need to replace the tub and/or shower then realize that they really need to remodel the entire area to get the look that they want.
Removal of Current bathtub and/or Shower
Depending on the make and model of your tub and shower will determine the process of the removal of it. You will also need to consider how you are getting the tub out of the bathroom as well as how you plan on disposing of it. For those that have a professional plumber come in and do the work this is something that they would need to take care of for you. There is an added benefit to having a plumbing company help with the tub and shower installation such as they will know how to properly remove these items without damaging the piping that is there.
When you are deciding on the type of tub or shower that you want you will need to consider the amount of space that you have to work with. You would not be able to simply remove a small tub and replace it with an extra-large one and expect it to fit. Bathrooms are simply not designed for this. There is the option of making your bathroom larger to accommodate any upgrades of this sort but that is something you need to determine if that is what you want. You will also need to make sure that if you do remove the tub without a professional plumber that you have a person or two there to help move the tub. Bathtubs are surprisingly heavy and you do not want to be injured moving one.