A lot of homes have tub shower or bathtub shower combos. What those are are bathtubs that also serve as a shower. And what’s nice about them is if you’ve got kids or you like taking baths, you’ve got the bathtub, but you can also stand up in the bathtub and take a shower.
There had been a move for a number of years away from combining showers and bathtubs, especially in master bathrooms.
The seeming luxury of a separate shower and bathtub led many to select separate spaces for each, allowing the husband to shower while the wife bathes or vice versa.
However, with increasing trends towards smaller housing and development in urban hubs, combining the shower and the bathtub into one single unit has gained in popularity once more, even for master baths.
Older style tub-shower combinations used to be set inside a ceramic tile alcove. They were, essentially, composed of three tiled walls surrounding a white porcelain tub.
Now, this traditional tiled alcove can really work well, but maintaining tile requires regular work to prevent mold and mildew, cracks, leaks, and last but not least, dirty grout.
After the all-tile alcoves came all-in-one acrylic tub enclosures. These enclosures generally have built-in conveniences like soap holders and shampoo ledges. They are also very simple to maintain and keep clean. The problem is they are a pain to replace.
When it comes to buying a new tub shower combo, it is essential to measure accurately before you order your new tub.
Also, be certain to measure the doorways and halls through which the enclosure and/or tub will have to pass.
Tight corners can have very little room to maneuver, so you want to be sure your new tub will fit well before it arrives..
Typically when you remodel, you will have to install your new bathtub and enclosure in large sections. The one-piece bath shower combos are generally reserved for new houses since it can be impossible to get them into existing rooms.
When planning a tub and shower renovation project, examine the placement of your drains, shower head, and hot and cold water controls.
Generally, a faucet with two controls (or a single unified control) is wall-mounted above the tub’s drain.
Some folks tend to instead like offset controls that allow them to turn on the shower without getting wet with cold water. Also, a wall-mounted showerhead is the most common type, but some people may instead choose a hand-held shower nozzle.
When installing a tub shower combo, make sure you choose your plumbing fixtures well in advance so the contractor can prepare the appropriate piping.
Spa plumbing fixtures might not go well with some prefabricated enclosures, so be sure whatever fixture you do get matches your new tub.