Unlocking Bathroom Luxury: Your Comprehensive Guide to Walk-In Shower Remodeling

Key Takeaways 

  • Perks: Walk-in showers offer a sleek design and accessibility features.

  • Drawbacks: Consider factors like privacy, temperature, and resale value.

  • Design Choices: Customize shape, size, and materials for a unique look.

  • Cost: Premanufactured kits cost less, while custom designs can be expensive.

  • Installation: Know the steps involved to plan your remodeling effectively.

  • Maintenance: Learn the best practices to keep your shower in top condition.  

Modern bathroom interior showcasing a sleek walk-in shower with a clear glass enclosure and a rain showerhead, alongside a stylish free-standing tub with a wall-mounted faucet, all complemented by large high-gloss floor tiles.


Your bathroom is more than just a functional space; it’s a sanctuary. Elevate it into a modern haven with a walk-in shower! This comprehensive guide, packed with expert tips, covers the A to Z of walk-in shower remodeling. From converting old tubs to customizing a spa-like experience, you’ll find it all here. 

The Incredible Perks of Walk-In Showers 

Style and Aesthetics 

  • Openness: No doors. No curtains. Just a seamless, spacious aesthetic.

  • Modern Look: They’re the ultimate in contemporary bathroom design. 

Accessibility and Safety 

  • Low to No Curbs: Ideal for people with mobility issues.

  • Slip-Resistant Floors: Extra safety never hurts. 

Luxury Shower Experience 

  • Multi-Nozzle Spray Systems: Target different body areas for a spa-like experience.

Real-Life Example: One of our clients at Rise Up Renovations had mobility concerns. They opted for a curbless design with slip-resistant flooring and multiple nozzle spray systems. The result? A functional and luxurious showering experience that meets their needs. 

Things to Mull Over: Potential Drawbacks 

Home Resale Value 

If selling your home is in the cards, think twice. While a walk-in shower is trendy, at least one full-size tub is often advisable for resale value. For more tips on this, check out our guide on how to plan a successful remodel.  

Privacy Concerns 

No door means less privacy. But you can easily fix that with frosted glass panels or other innovative solutions.  

Feeling the Chill? 

Open showers might be a bit drafty, especially in colder climates.  

Your Canvas: Design Choices  

What Are Your Options? 

  • Colors and Tiles: Create a cohesive look.

  • Glass Elements: Add elegance.

  • Geometric Shapes: Go for squares, rectangles, or hexagons.  

ADA Guidelines 

Especially useful for individuals with mobility issues, ADA guidelines recommend specific shower sizes and features like an attached bench for sitting.  

Budgeting: What’s the Damage?  

Cost Breakdown


Type of Shower

Material Cost

Professional Installation

Premanufactured Kits

$800 – $2,500

$2,000 – $4,000

Custom Designs

$6,500 – $15,000


 For a comprehensive view of costs, take a peek at our cost guide for bathroom remodels. 

Real-Life Example 

We recently worked on a custom walk-in shower in Lees Summit. The project cost around $15,000 but added significant resale value to the home.  

Installation: How It’s Done  

  • Demolition and Disposal: Out with the old.

  • Wall Framing: The skeleton of your new shower.

  • Mechanical Rough-in: Plumbing and electrical work.

  • Wallboard Installation: Prepping for tiles.

  • Shower Pan Installation: The base of your shower.

  • Tile and Fixtures: The finishing touches. 


Remember, hiring professionals for each step ensures quality. Wondering how to pick the right contractor? Here’s a list of questions to ask. 

Keep It Shining: Maintenance Tips 

 Weekly Cleaning
  • All-Purpose Cleaner: For tiles and grout.

  • Glass Cleaner: For glass panels.  

Preventative Measures 

  • Daily Shower Sprays: Fight soap scum.

  • Grout Sealing: Every six months. 

Pro Tip: Use a squeegee to remove excess water after each shower. It helps prevent mold and mildew. 


A walk-in shower isn’t just a home improvement; it’s a lifestyle upgrade. And like any big change, it requires planning, investment, and upkeep. With this guide, you’re now equipped to make informed decisions for a successful bathroom remodel. Ready to take the plunge? Reach out to us for expert advice and tailored project estimates in Kansas City and beyond.  

For more bathroom remodeling ideas, head to our projects gallery.  

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