Swap a Bathtub for a Shower

A few years ago we saw a new shower receptor unit from Sterling Plumbing that seemed right on the mark for many homeowners wanting to replace a bathtub with a shower, a popular switch for aging Boomers who want to stay in their home. For empty nesters with two bathrooms one bathtub is enough, what’s needed is the convenience and safety of a walk-in shower stall. The new receptor unit lets you use the same 5-foot tub alcove so it’s not a major remodeling project. You remove the tub and replace it with the receptor that comes in both left-or-right drain configurations depending on the location of the plumbing line. It’s installed directly into the wall studs at the subfloor. To complete the project, install tile or a solid surface on the three surrounding walls to create a comfortable walk-in shower.

A plumber will charge $2,782 to remove the old bathtub and fixtures and install a new receptor, wall surfaces. If you have experience with plumbing projects, you can dismantle and remove the old bathtub and fixtures, and buy the receptor wall surround kit for $925 and install it. Here’s the cost analysis for this job Convert a tub to a shower.

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