The option of removing your bathtub and converting it to a shower is the most popular option today. Everyone wants to do this. New homes are currently being built this way by David Weekly. We do not think that this is a trend, simply the way people will live going forward.
One of the reasons we feel this option is so popular is because we are busy America. We don't have time to wait for the tub to fill up and let it drain. Sometimes a bigger shower is what married couples need for their time of solace. Who really knows why or when this transition happened from people taking baths to only taking showers. It happened though and it's here to stay.
Whatever may be the reason, this phenomenon looks great and we love helping with this process.
One thing that seems to be going hand in hand with the tub to shower conversions are floating seats and architectural benches. This is becoming a very common practice and people love the fact that they have a place to sit down and relax in the shower. Who knows when that next ankle sprain will happen or God forbid, something serious where you really need this in your shower.
Grab bars are crucial these days. CDC did a study and found that most of the devastating falls occurring in the home were happening in the shower / tub area. When we read that article, it passed our "Duh" test. More importantly, the VA did a study and found that three grab bars is important in the shower area.
We feel three may be a bit much for some people, so we always recommend at least one.
By adding grab bars and removing the high threshold of the tub, you are making your showering experience a lot safer.