Walk-In Shower Remodel: Potential Downsides for SLC Clients

In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the potential benefits associated with including a walk-in shower in your bathroom remodel. Walk-in showers are often a great choice for many homeowners, adding space and style to your bathroom revamp -- but there are also other cases where this might not be the most desirable approach for your space.

At Pine Tree Construction, we're happy to offer a wide range of bathroom remodeling services in Salt Lake City, including walk-in showers and numerous others. While part one of our series went over the benefits of these items, today's part two will dig into some of the potential drawbacks and why you might decide against a walk-in shower for your new bathroom.

walk-in shower remodel downsides

Less Privacy

For those who prefer full privacy while showering, the walk-in shower presents a few issues. With no door or curtain, this style of shower is not the best choice for those who prefer to use a bathroom mirror during their morning routine.

Now, this can be mitigated by using opaque or obscuring glass designs, which are often an option when working with our design professionals. However, these don't quite achieve the same levels of full privacy that a traditional curtained shower will.

Water and Moisture Escapes

It's a simple reality: Walk-in showers aren't as effective as other types at stopping water from escaping your bathroom. This is a pretty big problem if you plan on including a shower in an already-wet area of your home, such as the basement or near a laundry room.

If you're going to build a walk-in shower in these kinds of wet areas, make sure that you waterproof your structure! Install some flooring and a strong ceiling, just to be safe.

Less Seating

Walk-in showers are great for those who like to take long, relaxing showers or baths (and sometimes even both). They provide more space than your average shower stall and some types come with built-in seats near the end of the bathtub-style base -- perfect for sitting while you lather up.

However, if you want to include more than one person in your bathroom remodel, adding a walk-in shower may not be the best choice. First of all, most people prefer their own personal space while bathing (meaning that adding more than one person makes this kind of design feel cramped). Additionally, these showers often don't have a lot of seating, so it can be difficult to include more than one person at a time.


Finally, while we went over long-term ROI of walk-in showers in our "benefits" section, there's a flip side to this: A high up-front cost. And while we'd all love to only think in the long-term when it comes to our remodeling jobs, there are some cases where you simply won't be able to afford this up-front cost, even if you know you'll be recouping some of it over the next several years.

For more on the pros and cons of a walk-in shower in your SLC bathroom remodel, or to learn about any of our home remodeling or home addition services, speak to the staff at Pine Tree Construction today.