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How to Convert Your Tub into a Gorgeous Shower

Looking for smart ways to upgrade your main bathroom?

Want to save space and add style?

Bathtubs are good for soaking but think about the last time you used your tub. If you’re more apt to take a shower in the morning, converting your tub to a shower provides you with a lower maintenance, safer, and more accessible bathing solution. 

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dream space to life.

Here are the top options we recommend for the transition from bathtub to shower:

  1. Tear out the tub and build a new shower unit: A professional designer contractor can help you assess the space and potential solutions for removing your tub entirely and adding a new shower unit. When converting a tub into a shower, consider how big your footprint is. The space where the tub used to be will likely be big enough for the shower itself, but also consider whether you’re going to have a shower door.
  2. Retrofit the plumbing to build a shower/tub combo. This is the most sought after and less invasive option for homeowners. You’ll need to open up the wall, and ensure plumbing is up to code. Next, waterproof the shower area and install tile. Enclose the tub and either add sliding doors or hang a shower curtain.

According to Houzz, “58% percent of respondents claim it’s harder to sell a house without a tub”, so consider all your options before you fully convert your powder room or main bath. 

Also consider these modern upgrades to make your bath seem more luxurious:

  • Shower pans with curbs – a complete enclosure to contain water spray and channel it to a drain. Showers with curbs are often easier and cheaper to install.
  • Try the curb-less or barrier-free route for a more open, spa-like feel – While these are trickier to make and a bit more expensive, the end result is dramatic.

Not only will your luxury bathroom be a perfect getaway for you, but you’ll have the perfect place to make out-of-town guests comfortable and make them feel like they’re in a five-star hotel!

Bathrooms designed for lasting use and aesthetic delight


You begin your busy day and wind down at bedtime in this often-neglected room. A well-designed bathroom that is comfortable for users of many sizes and abilities can also be the loveliest bath on the block.

Whether you're dreaming of a luxurious, spa-inspired master bedroom retreat or a simple main-level powder room, our interior designers will take the same personal and thoughtful approach, considering functional needs and universal design as well as aesthetic appeal. Contact us today to get started! There's no substitute for working with a professional home remodeling company in Ann Arbor. See why your friends and neighbors choose Alpha by calling us today!



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REVIEWS

Cy was a fabulous construction manager. Always communicated with me about any issues, arrival time, etc... So polite and kind. Mary was also so great. She's so creative!

Karen & Dave, Ann Arbor, MI

We appreciate the quality of the work by everyone who came to our house. Dan Mattes was very patient and helpful and answered all of our questions. Our new bathrooms are great!

Steve and Melissa, Ann Arbor, MI

The entire Alpha team was so nice to work with. Every person we dealt with knew their craft and the final product is an example of that.

Jonathan and Amanda, Ann Arbor, MI,

We liked the people. Good working relationship. Design fit our vision. Materials and workmanship were high quality. We would definitely use you again on a future project.

Brian and Joey, Ann Arbor, MI

Ken, Mary, and Phil made the renovation process for our bathroom-laundry room pretty painless. They kept us in the loop, cleaned up at the end of the day, and always demonstrated a high level of professionalism (early/on-time, respectful, reliable, etc.) which made them stand out compared to all the other contractors we contacted.

Adrianne and Chris, Ann Arbor, MI

The new bathroom is great. It was a very positive experience from beginning to end. The quality of the people working for 
Alpha is a real credit to the company.
 

Chris and Pam, Ann Arbor, MI

When it comes to design, cost management and construction, the team at Alpha made me feel confident and reassured that my project would be completed on time and on budget.

Jeff and Mary, Ann Arbor, MI

I have nothing but good things to say about Alpha and what they did for us and our house. What Alpha says they will do, they do. Everyone I talked to had a horror story about contractors. Alpha is the anti-horror story. Alpha is that rarest of commodities – a genuinely reliable contractor.

Tony and Lisa, Ann Arbor, MI

I would highly recommend Alpha to others. The company workers are courteous, show respect and concern for the customer and demonstrate careful and fine workmanship.

Sara, Ann Arbor, MI

In our initial meeting, Alpha was very informative giving us a step-by-step on how and when things happen through the remodel process. Alpha took what seemed to us an overwhelming job and made it a very clear, step-by-step process ending in a great new kitchen!

George and Barb, Pinckney, MI

I absolutely love my house now. It looks brand new, and I have received many compliments from my neighbors (some of whom I have never spoken to before).

Kathy, Saline, MI

To the Alpha team who helped our kitchen be such a wonderful place for us to hang out, cook, and simply enjoy. If we had it to do over again, we wouldn’t change a single thing. We were most impressed with the professionalism you people displayed while working with us. Thank you.

Fred and Barbara, Ann Arbor, MI

We had Alpha build a two-story addition on our 1927 Dutch Colonial house. The design team at Alpha did such a good job of matching the style of the house that people who see it now believe it was all part of the original house.

Mark, Ypsilanti, MI