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If you’re like many people today in the Bancroft or Hastings Highlands area, you’re thinking of converting the summer cottage into a four-season home. But naturally you want to preserve the interior wooden wall finishes. Often there is paper covered insulation in the existing 2×4 wall frames, but the concern is that there’s usually no vapour barrier on the warm side of the walls.

You’re not alone. There are a lot of people aiming to turn their cottages into 4 season homes. As a larger portion of the population heads into retirement, the cottage life is being more and more appealing. The challenge is, conversions like the one you have in mind aren’t simple. When we build a home here in the Hastings highlands, Bancroft or any surrounding area there are a significant number of cold-related construction details planned out in the beginning stages of construction. Decisions about foundations, wall-frame design and water systems. Upgrades are certainly possible, but many times they’re not ideal, nor are they easy.

1. What is a curbless shower?

A curbless shower is an open and clean design that integrates the shower spaces seamlessly with the bathroom’s main floor tiles, there are no doors or raised surfaces that impede entrance into the shower. 

The architecture and the design are cleaner and simpler in its elaboration and it is clearly reflected in the curbless shower since it shows the free space and without barriers, since there are no walls or doors that prevent visualizing the entire area and gives an effect of amplitude and more light.

2.Why should I have a curbless shower?

If you want to give the open feeling to your shower area, without any closed-off area, and if you prefer a cleaner, brighter and simpler design, then a curbless shower is right for you. Also if you have ageing adults in the home or someone with physical disabilities, it makes access into the shower easier for them and most importantly if they require any kind of assistance with their mobility this kind of shower will help.

3. Is the curbless shower better?

If you want to give the open feeling to your shower area, without any closed-off area, and if you prefer cleaner, brighter and simpler designs, then a curbless shower is right for you.  Also if you have aging adults in the home or someone with physical disabilities, it makes access into the shower easier for them and most importantly if they require any kind of assistance with their mobility this kind of shower will help.

 

 

4. Is the curbless better?

It is better if you want to optimizar the spaces and make them look bigger, but also it’s easier to access, easier to clean and even offers a wide range of uses.

You can use a curbless shower design for big or small spaces and give you more flexibility when you decide to create your own design.

5. How does the curbless shower work?

The contractors at  My Next Home Reno will design a curbless shower that ties into your existing (Or possibly a new) tile floor.  The shower is designed by creating a gradual slope for the water to drain away from the entrance and into the drain (Usually a linear drain). Some showers can be designed with the linear drain right at the entrance of the shower and the water will run toward the opening but then exit through the drain in the entrance threshold.

Neutral Tones Highlight This Freestanding Tub

6. What materials can I use in my curbless shower?

Bright Modern bathroom with classic terracotta accents

Porcelain and ceramic  are  the most recommended building materials used in  a curbless shower because it’s easier to clean and it low maintenance. The glass offers an elegant ambience and a bright modern atmosphere.

To build the curbless shower you will need an ANSI A118.10-compliant, thin, load-bearing waterproofing membrane directly below the shower floor tile (At My Next Home Reno we like to use laticrete products with 25 year warranties ) – instead of a traditional shower pan membrane underneath a mortar bed – this results in a lower profile system without sacrificing functionality.

Bonding flange drains and linear drains also offer reduced thickness of the shower base, in many cases requiring no more than 3/4” (mortar bed or preformed pan) at the thickest point, whereas a traditional clamping ring style drain.

Bright Modern bathroom with classic terracotta accents highlights a curbless shower with dual shower heads. No more hogging the water when you shower with your partner. This shower has a center drain but no Interruption between the shower and the main bathroom floor.[/caption]

 

 

7. How much does a curbless shower cost?

Bright Open Bathroom with Curbless Shower Design

It will be a little bit more because of the flooring system. The average bathroom renovation costs approximately $20,393. Most homeowners spend between $13,785 and $29,338. The size of your renovation will greatly affect this price. You can spend as little as $4587 to $9174 updating

Here at My Next Home Reno we have successfully completed curbless showers Renovations in the Bancroft and Hastings Highland area. 

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