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Custom Accessible Bathroom Renovations vs. Prefabricated Walk-In Showers

Updated: Apr 18

When it comes to making bathrooms more accessible, there are various options for individuals with mobility challenges or disabilities. Two popular choices are custom accessible bathroom renovations and prefabricated walk-in showers. In this blog post, we will explore four key differences between these two solutions!

Photo 1: Custom Bathroom Renovation by BuildABLE

Photo 2: Shower Conversion by BuildABLE

1. Customization and Personalization:

BuildABLE's accessible bathroom renovations offer unparalleled customization. These renovations are tailored to the unique needs and preferences of each individual – and their families. The experienced team at BuildABLE works closely with clients to create a space that not only meets accessibility needs but also reflects their personal style and taste.

Prefabricated walk-in shower conversions, on the other hand, are pre-designed/manufactured solutions. While they offer some level of customization, they’re designed to fit standard shower spaces and may not cater to specific accessibility needs. However, there are many prefabricated wall types (ex. composite, acrylic or froggwall systems) & designs to choose from – and supports, such as grab bars and benches, can still be added in.

Composite/Utile Shower Conversion with a few of BuildABLE's Grab Bar options.

2. Space and Layout Considerations:

With BuildABLE's custom accessible bathroom renovations, the entire bathroom space can be modified to ensure maximum accessibility and convenience. This includes wider doorways, wheelchair-friendly floor plans, adjustable sink heights, grab bar installations throughout the space, and other features that enhance accessibility and safety.

Custom Accessible Bathroom Renovation by BuildABLE

Prefabricated walk-in shower conversions primarily focus on converting existing bathtubs or outdated showers into more accessible walk-in showers. While they are an excellent option for individuals who face difficulties in stepping over bathtub edges, these conversions may not work for those needing a barrier-free/roll-in space.

3. Material Quality and Durability:

BuildABLE's custom bathroom renovations prioritize high-quality materials and craftsmanship. Clients can choose from a wide range of premium materials, extensive choices for tiles, slip-resistant flooring, sturdy designer grab bars, and other stunning accessible fixtures that are designed to withstand daily use and maintain their aesthetic appeal over time.

Prefabricated walk-in shower conversions utilize standardized materials, such as acrylics instead of tile. While they are designed to be durable, the materials used in these conversions may not be as customizable or as robust as those in custom solutions. One advantage to these conversions, however, is that there is often far less maintenance involved.

4. Project Timeline and Cost:

As custom renovations involve a comprehensive overhaul of the entire bathroom, they typically require more time for planning, design, obtaining any necessary permits and construction. The timeline can vary depending on the complexity of the project, but you should estimate Custom Ensuite Renovation by BuildABLE

at least a few weeks to complete.

Because these are completely custom – they can range from $15,000 - $100,000 depending on the clients' choices in materials.

Prefabricated walk-in shower conversions are known for their relatively shorter installation time.

Since they focus on converting existing shower spaces, the installation is quicker and less disruptive - taking only between 3 to 5 days!

This can be a big advantage for those seeking a more immediate solution.

The cost is also appealing, starting around $7,000.

Shower Conversion (Acrylic) by BuildABLE.


Choosing between an accessible custom bathroom renovation and a prefabricated walk-in shower conversion depends on various factors, including individual needs, preferences, and budget. BuildABLE offers both options to cater to different requirements. While custom renovations provide the utmost personalization to address comprehensive accessibility needs, prefabricated conversions offer a quicker and more budget-friendly solution specifically tailored for the shower area. To make an informed decision, it is crucial to consult with professionals who can assess your needs and guide you towards the most suitable choice!

To learn more about BuildABLE's accessible custom bathroom renovations, visit For information about prefabricated walk-in shower conversions, visit


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