Stand Alone Shower

Transforming Your Bathtub into a Stand-Alone Shower: A DIY Guide Introduction

We’re well into the 21st century, and while some people still prefer a bath, the vast majority would prefer a stand alone shower. There are those few, mostly elderly and children, that would still prefer taking a bath. For some elderly, getting in and out of those showers can be challenging. Either way, we want to consider the options to give our bathroom a new look by eliminating the bathtub and adding a shower. We want to give our shower a whole new look, something fresh and modern.

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Some People Consider a Bath as Unsanitary

For most of us, nothing is more relaxing than a hot shower, and it’s one of those investments that families will enjoy for many years. For some people, taking a bath has even been described as unsanitary. A bath can also use more water compared to a shower. For example, on average, a bath uses 35 gallons of water, whereas a shower with a low-flow showerhead uses 25 gallons.

You’re not alone when desiring a stand alone shower. In 2015, the American Institute of Architects completed a survey. In that survey, they asked homeowners if they preferred a shower with or without a tub. A resounding 65% preferred no bathtub, and in 2014 the number was 56%. Not having a bathtub is becoming the trend. While those numbers may be true overall, those numbers change from state to state and city to city.

Factor in Years Of Enjoyment From Your Stand Alone Shower

Like any upgrade or remodel, your decision must be well-planned and thought out. Do you want to go without a bathtub completely? Real estate professionals recommend leaving at least one tub in your home. Your final decision for a walk-in stand alone shower should come after you factor in the year’s use and enjoyment. Of course, another factor is cost, which will depend on various things, such as the quality of fixtures, faucets, shower fixtures, etc. Another question is labor. Will you do it yourself or hire a contractor?

Don’t Nickel And Dime Your Stand Alone Shower Remodel

While budgeting for your new shower, consider taking a few extra steps to improve the remodel. For example, change your pipes, especially if your home is over thirty years old. Chances are, your bathtub has been there for many years, and it may prove to have some existing dry rot or other issues. Replacing it before your new shower goes in is critical. While most of us are on tight budgets, your new shower is a luxury, and you’ll enjoy the benefits for years to come. With that in mind, get the tiles and fixtures you want without nickel and dimming them. Enhance it with a luxury shower head–––it’s easy to spend other people’s money.

Stand Alone Shower

Create a More Modern and Functional Space From a Stand Alone Shower

Are you tired of your old bathtub taking up valuable space in your bathroom? Converting your bathtub into a stand alone shower can be a fantastic way to open up your bathroom, create a more modern and functional space, and potentially increase the value of your home. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the process of transforming your bathtub into a sleek, stylish, and space-saving stand alone shower. Whether you’re looking for a DIY project or planning to hire professionals, we’re ready to make your dreams come true.

Below is a Basic Idea of What it Takes to Install a Stand Alone Shower

Installing a stand alone shower involves several essential steps to ensure a successful and functional addition to your bathroom. Firstly, considering the available space and plumbing connections, you’ll need to carefully plan the shower’s placement and dimensions carefully. Once you’ve determined the location, remove any existing fixtures or walls that might obstruct the installation. Next, you’ll need to install the shower pan or base, ensuring it is level and properly sloped for drainage. Plumbing work comes next, connecting the water supply lines and drain to the shower fixtures. 

After securing the plumbing, you can install the shower walls and enclosure, ensuring they are sealed and waterproofed to prevent leaks. Finally, finish the installation by adding the showerhead, faucets, and additional features like shelves or benches. Properly executed, installing a stand alone shower can elevate your bathroom’s functionality and aesthetics.

Start With Planning and Preparation:

Before you start the conversion process, planning and preparing carefully is essential. Here’s what you need to do:

Assess Your Bathroom:

  • Measure the available space to ensure it can accommodate a stand alone shower.
  • Consider the plumbing layout and the proximity of water supply lines and drains.


  • Determine your budget for the project, including materials and labor costs, even if you plan to hire professionals.

Research and Inspiration:

  • Browse design magazines, websites, and social media platforms for inspiration on shower styles and layouts.

Building Permits:

  • Check with your local building department to see if you need any permits for the conversion.


  • Shower pan or base
  • Wall panels or tiles
  • Shower fixtures (faucet, showerhead, and controls)
  • Waterproofing materials (e.g., waterproof membrane, cement board)
  • Plumbing fittings and pipes
  • Caulk and grout
  • Shelves or storage units (optional)


  • Safety gear (goggles, gloves, dust mask)
  • Measuring tape and level
  • Saw (circular or reciprocating)
  • Screwdriver and drill
  • Pipe wrench
  • Tile cutter (if using tiles)
  • Notch trowel and float (if using mortar)
  • Rubber mallet
  • Silicone caulk gun

Demolition and Removal:

  • Remove the bathtub and associated fixtures carefully. 
  • Disconnect the plumbing, ensuring water and drainage lines are sealed off properly.


  • Install the shower pan or base according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 
  • Waterproof the walls using a waterproof membrane or cement backer board. 
  • Install wall panels or tiles, taking care to create a watertight seal. 
  • Connect the plumbing fixtures, including the showerhead, faucet, and controls. 
  • Add any additional features like shelves or storage units.

Finishing Touches:

  • Apply caulk and grout to seal joints and corners, preventing water leakage. 
  • Ensure proper ventilation in the shower area to prevent mold and mildew. Test the shower to ensure everything functions correctly.

Cleanup and Maintenance:

  • Clean up any debris and dust from the construction process. 
  • Regularly clean and maintain your new stand alone shower to keep it looking great.

Whether you DIY or Hire a Contractor, a Stand Alone Shower is a Rewarding Project

Converting your bathtub into a stand alone shower is a rewarding project that can enhance the functionality and aesthetics of your bathroom. With careful planning, the right materials, and attention to detail during installation, you can create a stylish, space-saving shower that adds value to your home. Whether you choose to tackle this project as a DIY enthusiast or enlist the help of professionals, the result will be a bathroom you can be proud of. So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to enjoy your new stand alone shower!

At Big B’s Plumbing, We Have You Covered

Your next step is finding the professional to put it all together. At Big B’s Plumbing, we’ve been providing bathroom remodels for many years. We have thousands of reviews across Google Business, Facebook, and Yelp. We also pride ourselves on an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you’re converting to a shower-only bathroom, we’ve got you covered!

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