Considering how much time the average homeowner spends in the bathroom, it’s not surprising that a bathroom remodel is the second most popular project when it comes to home renovation. Before you begin selecting tile colors or countertops, start with the most important part of your design — choosing your showering and bath options. When designing your dream bathroom, there are many considerations to take into account, such as the type, size and style of tub, shower and fixture configurations. The following will help you navigate the endless array of available bathing options.
Shower and Bath Combinations
If you want both a tub and shower, but don’t have a lot of space to work with, such as in a guest bathroom, a shower-tub combination is a great solution. While there are standard inexpensive kits typically made from molded fiberglass, there really is no end to the design options. For example, a porcelain tub can be paired with a beautiful tile surround, and feature either glass doors or a curtain.
Shower Stall Types
Shower stalls can be as small as a telephone booth, and tuck into the corner of a tiny bathroom, or expansive enough to fit two people. They can be open and require a curtain or enclosed with a glass door that slides or opens outward. The floor may be tiled or be a one-piece insert. Many feature built-in shelving or cubbies.
If you have the space to accommodate them, walk-in showers are a high-end upgrade. Unlike enclosed stalls, these showers feature glass or tiled walls that restrict overspray without doors or curtains. They often have tiled inset cubbies and built-in seats. Walk-in showers will usually require waterproofing an extended area around the shower, which will add to the expense.
Showering is all about the fixtures. You could have the most luxurious, spacious shower, but if the showerhead isn’t optimal, it could ruin your entire bathing experience. Before selecting your bathroom shower fixture, consider factors such as the size of the shower, the type of spray style you prefer, and your budget. Make sure you have your existing water supply lines and water heater professionally evaluated before selecting a showerhead. Your system's capabilities and limitations will play a critical role in the function of your new shower. While the standard wall-mounted single-head fixtures and handheld showerheads are still a popular choice due to their flexibility and suitability for smaller spaces, consider upgrading to one of the trending upgrades for a truly spa-like experience:
Rain Showers. An overhead rain showerhead is a great hands-free way to get complete coverage due to their large, flat head.
Multiple Showerheads. For more flexibility, multiple showerheads are a great solution. Wall-mounted fixtures that feature both a fixed showerhead and a hand-held showerhead are controlled by the same set of handles but operate separately. In large spaces, you may want two sets on opposite walls to accommodate shared showering.
Body Sprays. For the most luxurious bathing experience, opt for body sprays. The spray heads are integrated into the shower wall and sit flush with the surface. They can be configured in countless ways to refresh you from head to toe.
For creative solutions for your dream bathroom makeover, call the experts at Owens Construction today. We have over thirty years of experience in bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations and home additions. If your bathroom isn’t the luxury spa you deserve, call today to schedule a consultation. Stay tuned for part two of our bathroom renovation series!