Now the fun really starts. Deciding to take that step is a big one, not just in financial terms, but also in the expected toll involved in the disruption of your home and in all the decisions you have to make along the way that help your contractor make the best installation possible. Sure, at first, it all looks like fun: Perusing the dozens of pictures of beautiful frameless showers, your anticipation grows as you begin to imagine a shower much like those you admire in your own bathroom. Then reality intrudes: Picking out metal finishes and glass types, setting appointment times and schedules with your contractor, trying to nap while the contractor’s workers pound nails and knock out walls while prepping for construction. Oh, and then there’s potential supply hang-ups and color mismatches or problems with the size of the glass. All this to say: You’re potentially stepping into a big adventure with your prospective shower installation and all the related constructive work to go from an idea to a working reality. Let’s take a step back for a moment though. Let’s consider that a properly managed construction project, no matter how large or how small, is capable of being monitored and executed to completion with a minimum of fuss, disruption of your daily life, and most importantly the stress often associated with projects that can take over your home. Is such a thing possible? Is it possible that professionals exist in the world today? People with a world-class attitude and thoughtfulness paired with real-world experience, coupled with attention to detail and speed? Yes, it really does exist, but how do you know who to pick as the right shower installation contractor? Here are some suggestions for how to approach and manage your shower installation project: Talk to friends, especially any that you know who have done relatively recent bathroom renovations. Ask them who they used as the construction company on the job, was the job done on or near the deadline, and what was the end-result quality of the work and services provided? Don’t hesitate to talk to other contractors to get their feedback on who the best contractors are to work with. Learn about the industry – about the best products and solutions available today, and how well –or how poorly – they work in the real world. Go to home and garden or trade shows. Talk to home owners as well as vendors. Get comfortable with the products you will have to support and maintain for many years to come. Lastly, and perhaps most obviously: Talk at length with all of the contractors who are bidding on your project. There are those that won’t offer you a free consultation, and that consultation will be an ideal opportunity to get a sense of the contractor’s working approach but also their approachability, professionalism, and willingness to listen and adapt easily to your concerns.