One of the biggest home remodeling trends right now is replacing or supplementing your old bathtub with a walk-in shower. You may have noticed many of your neighbors making the switch to walk-in showers and even considered getting one installed in your bathroom. “Keeping up with the Joneses” is not just something we do for appearance. Your home is actually more valuable if it is updated with the same amenities that other homes in the neighborhood offer. Walk-in showers are soon to become the norm among upscale homeowners. If you still have only a traditional bathtub, you may find your house more difficult to sell in the future. Besides increasing your home’s value, there are many other ways a walk-in shower will improve your bathroom.
More Space Means More Luxury
Installing a walk-in shower opens up the floor space of your bathroom. Not only does this make your bathroom appear bigger, it also affords you more space for luxury bathroom items. Double shower heads, comfortable shower seats, and in-shower storage are all options for walk-in showers. You can even create a relaxed spa-like atmosphere with an open walk-in shower that has no doors! No matter how you design your walk-in shower, there is one consistent benefit that all walk-in showers share: more space to move. Even if you do install seating and other amenities, there will be a noticeable increase in the amount of elbow room you’ll experience in a walk-in shower. That means you’ll feel less cramped and more relaxed.
Just as some families are building in-law additions to accommodate aging parents, walk-in showers have also proven to be a prescient design element for aging family members. The absence of thresholds to step over or even doors to open makes these showers easy and safe for elderly family members to use. Installing a seat and grab bars inside the shower is another great way to make shower easier and safer to use. Installing a walk-in shower for yourself is also a great way to add style to your bathroom while simultaneously planning ahead to accommodate your own needs as you age.