Picking the right shower or bathtub for your bathroom can be a challenge. It’s a long-term investment, so it must meet your needs, as well as your family’s. There are many factors to take into consideration before coming to your final decision between a shower or bathtub. Asking these questions will help you rule out and pick the best option.
How much space do I have in my bathroom?
If you have a smaller bathroom, you must consider space for foot traffic and other bathroom necessities, such as your toilet, sink, or linen closet. The average bathroom is between 36 to 40 square feet. A standard-sized tub can take up almost half of that, giving you less room for storage and vanity features. The alternative option would be having a walk-in shower, allowing you more room for comfort. Know what is important to you and work with a designer to avoid a cramped or nonfunctional bathroom.
What are my physical needs?
If your bathroom is used by multiple people around the house, considering everyone’s needs is important. For example, if small children are a part of your household, having a bathtub is beneficial and generally a good option for a more kid-friendly bathroom. You could install a combination shower and tub, where the adults could use the shower if they prefer. If you have elderly loved ones that live with you or visit frequently, or you’re planning for your own future needs, safety and accessibility features may also be a necessity and help you stay in your home and keep your independence longer. In cases like these, walk-in bathtubs, roll-in showers, shower seats, hand-held showerheads, and other accessible features are great options.
How much do I have to spend on a shower or bathtub?
When considering different bath and shower options, make sure they fit into your budget. If you’re leaning towards a brand new bathtub, the average cost is $3,325, while a walk-in shower can average $6,000 for a custom design. Of course, multiple factors can influence the price of various projects. When weighing the cost, remember to take into account all the benefits of each style. Walk-in showers are currently trending and are seen more and more in houses around the Fox Cities, but bathtubs are also timeless and worth considering. The materials and design you choose and the team you opt to work with can also dramatically influence the price.
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Made your decision?
Watters Plumbing serves the Fox Valley and Northeastern Wisconsin for all your bathroom needs. We have years of experience installing and remodeling tub/shower combinations, walk-in showers, bathtubs, barrier-free showers, and walk-in tubs. Chat with our bathroom remodeling designers to learn more or to get the process started!
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