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28 Dec 2012

If you are renting a home, it can be difficult to resist the urge to change things to the way you want. With so many people being environmentally conscious, the temptation to make your house 'green' is great.

You can convert your bath into a shower combination by adding a pane of glass and a duel tap head, to save time and money, while still having the luxury of a bath tub.

It is said that a bath uses twice as much water than a shower, but what do you do when your rental home is only equipped with a bath? The answer is simple; discuss a bath – shower conversion with your landlord.

Transforming your bath into a shower will ultimately save you time and money. Showers can be quicker and they use less water, but with the shower – bath combination, you can also choose to lounge in the bath every once in a while.

Tip: If you are in a rental home be sure to discuss all the details with the landlord before starting the project.

Obviously, the way you transform your bathtub will differ depending on the type of bathroom you have, but an important element required for the transformation is to fit a glass bath panel down one side of the bath, to allow the bathtub to be used for bathing or for showering.

An aluminum channel should be mounted into the side wall and on top of the retaining wall for the bathtub, into which the glass can be secured with silicone sealer.

You only have to page through magazines, and even Home-Dzine, to see bathrooms that are bigger than most homes. Let's be honest, who really has a bathroom that size? Most homes have a reasonably large en suite bathroom and a second bathroom that you have to squeeze into.

A compact bath with a wall-mounted showerhead will meet all of your family's requirements, and can be easily installed with a glass panel that won't feel make the bathroom feel smaller.

But there are plenty of smart space-saving features to help you make the most of a bathroom of limited size, and including a bath-shower combination is just one example.

If the bath is only open on one side, it is better to use a smaller panel, as this will save space. Depending on the length of your tub, the panel should only leave enough space to enter and leave the bath, and then a bit more to make cleaning easier.

A bath panel of 10mm thick safety glass will cost around R1 800. Have a couple of hefty lads on hand to help carry the panel to its location as it weighs a lot. If everything is already set up, the glass can be fitted into position and sealed in place immediately.

A compact bath with a wall-mounted shower will meet all of your family's requirements, and can be easily installed with a glass panel that won't feel make the bathroom feel smaller.

Plus the added benefit of a shower-bath combination means that, if you ever sell your house, buyers can always revert back to the bathtub if they have small children.

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