When you think of a shower, what images come to mind? Do you think of a dirty campground shower with a grimy concrete floor? Are the images in your head of a wonderful communal shower like they have at the gym you go to?
Hopefully neither of these is true. Hopefully you think of a beautiful place you get to go to start your day. A functional but elegant place you can go. A place in your house that reflects the best way to prepare for some of the challenges you may have to conquer in the hours to come.
When you are planning for your new shower, there are plenty of options to consider:
What size do you want?
Often times you can find extra space in your shower and most people agree that a bigger shower is always better. One way to increase space is simply to remove the fiberglass shower surround that came with your house. These surrounds have space hogging shapes that rob you of valuable real estate. They also come in standard sizes which don’t always use the space in the most efficient way.
Are you (or someone you share a shower with) tall?
People are taller these days and often times your shower head reflects the height of a person with less of a vertical stature. Raise the shower head and stop bending to the will of the shower head. That’s no way to start your day!
Where will you put all your stuff?
Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, razors and the list goes on. The two most popular options here are corner shelves and recessed niches. Think about your space and how these will best suit your needs. The niches are more custom and better looking. They do not do as well with the larger bottles some of us use. Corner shelves are also a more economical option.
Would you like a seat in the shower?
Do you have room for a large rectangular bench or do you want a more space saving corner bench. These are usually used for shaving legs. However a customer recently told me she lets her children steam in her shower when they are under the weather.
Do you want a curb (a barrier to contain the water) or would you like to be able to take a wheelchair into the shower?
Curbless showers are becoming more popular. If you do want to do curbless just realize that it will add time and expense to your project. It requires you to lower the floor in the shower which means removing concrete and dirt. Then pouring a new slab about six inches lower than the original one.
What type of tile would you like?
Porcelain is currently the most popular for quality and price. Natural stone usually has more options for trim pieces. Glass and metal also enhance. Sometimes the best showers use some or all of these.
Will you change your fixtures? You may not think you need to but consider how often you get a chance to access all of the pipes.
Do you plan to retire in this home?
If so, you may want to consider the curb question again. Grab bars for stability should be a consideration as well.
Last but not least, try to pick a design that will endure the test of time.
You may love purple glass but will a potential buyer a few years down the road?
Each shower is unique with it’s own challenges and opportunities. My job and pleasure is to help you overcome the challenges and exploit the opportunities to their fullest potential.