Tub To Shower Conversion

We are capable of building beautiful custom showers with tiled floor and walls, custom frame less glass enclosure and steam showers. A very nice and practical touch to any tiled surface is heated floor. We can install either mat or wire to cover the shape of the floor efficiently.
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One of the most popular bathroom projects is "Tub To Shower Conversion". Most home-owners don't use a tub to bath in it, they simply take shower. Typical tub is anywhere from 13 to 20" high where a shower curb can be as low as 3". In some cases we can build a curb-less shower base. It's 
especially useful for older home-owners. Most popular tub size is 60" long by 28 to 32" wide. That space provide plenty of room for a new custom shower base with mosaic tile and decorative drain cover.
The biggest challenge when converting a tub into a shower is proper drain pipe size. Since a tub requires 1 1/2" drain pipe, the shower drain has to be increased to 2". Usually it's not very complicated process since the stock pipe (main drain pipe 3" or 4" in diameter) is close by, not more then a couple of feet away. However, the whole length of shower drain has to be at least 2" in dia. and be vented properly or the shower might not drain fast enough. Shower Remodeling Ideas
2" P-trap for new shower
New 2" p-trap moved to the middle of shower floor
 
Finished Custom Shower
Completed Custom Shower

A steam shower is a moisture-sealed enclosure that provides a cloud of steam and regular shower fixture as well. Many customers turn their ordinary shower stalls into warm, vaporous havens called steam showers. Along with the benefits to your skin and sinuses, there's no waiting for a whirlpool tub to fill or a sauna to heat up and when you're done steaming, you just turn on the shower for a refreshing rinse.
To produce steam, simply hit the digital controls in the shower stall. That turns on an electric valve to fill the steam generator with about a gallon of cold water. Then, the generator's electric element boils the water. A pipe sands the hot vapor to the steam head which fills the stall with tropical moisture that never gets above a safe 118F.
Using a steamer for 20 minutes consumes about 2 gallons of water so it's a very efficient fixture. For comparison: 20 min. shower takes about 50 gallons of water.  On the other hand, you'll pay more for electricity. Steam units are sized based on the stall's volume in cubic feet, its shape, and what it's lined with. A typical 4-by-5-by-8-foot stall (160 cubic feet) covered with ceramic tile requires at least a 7-kilowatt generator. For a stall tiled in stone, you'll need twice as much steam-generating capacity.
Installing one of these at home requires the services of a professionals: a tile and shower-door installer to build you a steam-proof enclosure. When that's done, you need a plumber to connect all the pipes and an electrician to hook up the generator's 240-volt electric conduit and digital controls. Instead of building a custom enclosure, you can purchase a fabricated unit, but it is not going to look very attractive in your new master bathroom. Recent studies show that more and more home-owners walk away from whirlpools and soaking tubs to custom showers and steam showers.
A steam shower works by piping cold water to a steam generator, which boils it and sends steam to an aperture in the shower enclosure. You can adjust pressure and temperature using digital controls. The steam mechanism should be located within 25' of the shower and have "auto-flush" function that reduces calcium deposit. 
As a general contractor, we built many beautiful and functional showers, whether it was part of a room addition or just the bathroom renovation itself.
steam shower

Steam shower installation



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