If you are like most people, you will spend hours in the bathroom showering, bathing, primping, and relaxing during your lifetime. But while even the smallest bathroom should provide room to get around, the shower stall can be one of the most enclosed spaces you come into contact with. Rarely is a shower big enough for you to stretch out in. Typically a shower stall will average around 32 inches by 32 inches. In an effort to gain more space, it can be worthwhile to expand your shower. Not only does this provide you ample room to shower in, but it can also add value to your home. Here are some tips to consider when expanding your shower.
Consider the Layout
There can be a lot of limitations when it comes to expanding your shower stall. In an effort to avoid overspending, you don't want to have to move around any of the plumbing lines. This means your options are limited to either expanding the stall outward or opposite of the shower head. Make sure this is going to work in your current layout without any walls needing to be knocked down. If you have the funds in your budget, you may want to think about taking the shower head out and expanding it the other way. This will require moving the shower pan and plumbing lines. You will need a professional plumber to ensure everything lines up right. You can choose to build a custom shower pan or you can buy one that is premade. If your dimensions are fairly standard, you should have no problem finding one at a big box store.
Once the wall has been knocked out and the plumbing lines moved, you can then hire a contractor to rebuild your walls. This usually involves adding a layer of wood, sheet rock, and tile. You want to be sure that everything is sealed tightly to avoid any leaks. If water gets into the walls, it can promote mold and mildew growth.
Build a Custom Shower Pan
If you are going to expand your shower, you will also need to change your current shower pan. This can be done by a professional plumber or you can choose to do it yourself. To do this, you will need to remove the current shower pan. Then, you want to prepare the floor for concrete and membrane. After you have installed the base of the drain, you are going to want to add a thin layer of concrete that slopes to the drain hole.You will then need to layer the membrane and drain, another layer of concrete, then a layer of tile over it. This will allow you to expand the bottom of the shower so that you get the right water flow.
For more information, tips, and assistance, talk with a professional plumbing supply company, such as Day's Plumbing Supply Inc.Share
21 December 2015
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