Shower Specifics

Selecting just the right shower for your new bathroom can be a challenge.  There are so many choices available that it’s hard to determine what’s best for your lifestyle and your budget.  If you’re doing a bathroom remodel, don’t skimp on your fixtures. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • If you want flexibility, go for an all-tile shower.  You can create your own design, shape and visual lines using tile — not to mention creating your own drainage.  A tile shower can be any size, while a pre-made shower is limited to the manufacturer’s sizes.  In addition, pre-made shower stalls stain quickly and dictate the drain design.
  • Linear drains along with curbless showers virtually hide the drain system.  The curbless shower helps prevent tripping when entering or exiting the shower.
  • For shower entrances, consider a frameless door or a partial wall.  Frameless glass around the shower will not only open up the room to make it look larger, it will showcase your tile design. Often, the tile work is so intricate, it begs for a spotlight, just like hanging or framing artwork.  A frameless glass enclosure is an ideal way to do this.
  • Built-in niches and seats are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. If you’re planning to stay in your home through retirement and beyond, these features will make the shower both safe and user-friendly.
  • Discuss the positioning of the shower controls with your custom remodeler. Be sure they are set in a way that meets your expectations.  For example, do you turn on the shower before getting in it?  If so, perhaps you’ll want the controls placed so you won’t get wet when turning them on. Or, if you prefer to get in the shower and then turn the water on, you may require space to stand to the side while the water temperature adjusts.