Date Posted: October 15, 2013
FIVE WAYS TO BUILD A BETTER SHOWER
North Olmsted, Ohio...The shower is a place to unwind from a stressful day, where you can forget your worries and pamper yourself. Remodeling the shower is extremely popular because it allows homeowners to create a spa-like experience in their own home, not to mention it's a good investment and can increase resale value. Before you start your remodel, here are five ways to create a shower that will give you some well-deserved peace and quiet.
1. Spacious Shower
If you're gutting your bathroom, think about opening up the space to expand the size of your shower. Typically, showers are 36 inches wide by 36 inches deep; but now, luxury-style showers measure at least 48 inches by 96 inches with more than double the space. In fact, more homeowners are opting to eliminate the bathtub in the master bath in order to build a larger shower. You can also create more shower space by selecting certain types of shower doors. Sliding glass doors can be a hassle to clean, as dirt can get into every little crevice. Hinged, glass doors, or if you have the space, a larger opening with no shower door at all, are better options for creating a modern, streamlined look.
2. Bring in the Light
Do you have a small bathroom and don't have room for a spacious shower? Not to worry -- make the shower look bigger with lighting, either artificial or natural. Adding a skylight above the shower will make it feel larger in size and give a sense of being in a high-end resort... all in the comforts of home. The small opening creates a dramatic look and is a great option for bringing in light to bathrooms with no windows. The materials you use on the door can also brighten things up. Choosing a glass door can let more light fill the space while showing off a fancy showerhead or tile. The glass can be made frosted for added privacy.
3. Showerheads in All Shapes and Sizes
Showerheads come in a wide variety of styles to add the desired look -- and functionality -- to your bathroom. From rainshowers to traditional showerheads and body sprays, the combinations are almost endless. And if you dream of some indulgence in your shower you aren't alone. According to Moen's Consumer & Market Insights team, 61 percent of homeowners would love to have two or more body sprays in their shower.
No matter what style or the number of sprays you choose, make sure to include a hand shower. It makes cleaning the shower a breeze, will help with washing the family pet... and of course, gets all those hard to reach places during your daily shower. Moen now offers both multi- and single-function hand showers. The multi-function hand shower features four settings: a focused rinse, full spray, massage and combination full spray and massage. The new single-function hand shower is available with a slide bar, allowing everyone in your family to adjust it to his or her perfect height. Best of all, both use up to 20 percent less water than the industry standard 2.5 gpm models. And, making it even easier to update your shower, you can now install and use a hand shower as your primary showerhead, without a major remodel, thanks to Moen's new, shower arm cradle. Instead of attaching a bracket to the wall, the shower arm cradle easily installs onto the existing shower arm.
4. A Place to Sit and Relax
Gone are the days of bathtubs being the only place to relax and reflect; showers can offer the same comfort from a stressful day -- that's why shower benches and seats are becoming an essential component. It's a great way to add a spa-like element to your shower but it also serves several purposes, including extra safety for your family. You can add in a bench by building it into the shower or attaching one that can fold up against the wall. There are different styles and materials to choose from, like teak benches, which come in a variety of shapes and sizes. This is a popular choice in the shower as it withstands different temperatures, is resistant to bugs and humidity and is also easy to clean.
5. Storage in the Shower
Finally, build niches in the shower wall to fit all the bottles that stay in the stall on a daily basis. Creating several built in areas will eliminate reaching for bottles on the shower floor and make it easier for the family to stay organized. Make sure the shelves slope towards the shower to keep the areas from getting moldy or full of soap scum. If you aren't putting in new shower walls, you can also create more storage with a sturdy, corner shelf. Choose one with at least three shelves so Mom, Dad and the kids can each have their own shelf.
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Old world bronze 9" grab bar with corner shelf
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