This post is written in partnership with Decoraport. All opinions are 100% my own.
Having a functional shower in this bathroom is an absolute necessity, since our last “master bathroom” was in fact only a half-bath. In fact, it was more like a closet with a sink and toilet. While it did the trick for brushing my teeth and applying makeup, one of our must-haves for this house was a fully functional master bathroom. It might still be on the small side of life – I like to joke that you couldn’t swing a cat in it – it’s perfectly functional for my needs. Brian doesn’t shower in there in the morning so as not to wake me or the baby up, and instead uses the main bathroom in the hallway. So, the master bathroom is in fact only used by me, and I’m a tiny person, so it’s perfect really :-)
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Yes, in my absolutel dream house I would have a big soaking tub and a shower that fits like 10 people. But that’s not reality so I’m going to make the most of my little master bathroom!
Back to the issue at hand – what to do about the current shower situation.
Let’s talk pros and cons of replacing versus merely “fixing it up” for a second…
The pros of a whole new shower enclosure include:
- It would be new!
- We could make it bigger or smaller, reorient the plumbing etc. etc. Bigger is probably not an option because of the awkward window placement but a different size perhaps, or even a corner shower?
- Shower enclosures are really easy to clean and allow a lot of light to filter in. I’m all for a completely glass surround instead of the slightly claustrophobic current sitch.
- Doesn’t necessarily require a plumber to install – depending on your DIY skills.
The cons of a whole new shower enclosure include:
- Demo. Ugh! We have a newborn. This might be too much to undertake right now.
- Possibly unearthing plumbing issues. There’s always plumbing issues!!
- More expensive – since we would have to demo/fix plumbing plus the cost of the enclosure.
- Probably would test our DIY skills and patience. Even our marriage?!
I like the idea of having a whole new shower pan and not having a shower that’s completely enclosed like our current situation. There’s so many beautiful options to choose from these days too, but realistically I don’t think it’s in our budget right now – nor do I particularly want to deal with what might turn up once we demo. Old house and all!
Instead, I’m opting to replace our pathetic shower curtain hanging on its equally pathetic tension rod with a brand spanking new glass door. Next problem? The opening is only 24 inches so now I’m on the hunt for something that will fit that doesn’t need to be custom-made! I’m hoping to have an update on this for you next week!
P.S. I just purchased this pretty Boston skyline art (affiliate link) and I’m hoping to find a spot for it in this makeover. Isn’t it gorgeous!?