Effective Space Saving Functionality
Walk in showers are in. In fact some homeowners prefer the invigorating experience of a shower as compared to a slow soak in a bathtub. This should not come as a surprise as home owners today are looking for both space saving functionality and stylish innovation.
These enclosures are not only trendy, but because you can purchase small corner models, these units also offer the bath renovator more options for placement and design.
This is increasingly important in powder rooms or second bathrooms where families now have the option to add a shower in the basement or attic.
And these showers don’t just have to be small corner units either, in Europe a popular concept in bath design is the wet room or open layout in which there are no barriers separating the different stations in the room.
Modern Wet Rooms
This open space concept gives your bathing facility a more spacious feel and is best suited for couples who don’t mind sharing the space or single owner homes where there is no privacy issues or need to schedule washroom usage times. In fact in some households walk in showers have become so popular that they have replaced the bathtub altogether.
When it comes bath design, the simplicity of the enclosure creates a fresh and open feel in your home. For large family baths walk in units offer a spacious design with ample room for couples or children that like to bathe together to save both time and water in the process.
Frameless or framed, partially enclosed or fully enclosed these models all have a place in the modern bathroom.
A Frameless Model Opens up the Space
A frameless enclosure adds spaciousness and contemporary beauty to your bathing area, whereas a framed model can be made to match the other finishes in your bathroom for visual integration. And if privacy in your bath is an issue, then frosted glass can be used to discretely seclude the bather from the rest of the room.
Fully enclosed units gives the bather the ability to transforming their shower into an invigorating steam shower, thereby eliminating to need to go to a spa to enjoy the luxuries of a steam bath.
Add a removable stool or chair and you have a relaxing place to blow off some steam after a hard days work. And to accentuate the spa like feel even further, augment your space with a multi-head shower panel that offers both versatility and relaxation from the massaging multifunctional jets.
Full-Body Massaging Jets are all the Rave
Or how about indulging in a ten jet body spa, which can aim steam or streams of jetted water to cover the entire length of your body for an all-encompassing hydro-massage to lift your senses.
A doorless design gives those with limited mobility the advantage of unobstructed entry for both themselves and their mobility device. Factor in some grab bars or side rails and you have a safer more user friendly bath enclosure that can be used as a roll in handicap shower for seniors.
A space saving corner design can be filled with such amenities as a built-in bench, adjustable shower heads and a hand held sprayer for complete bathing accessibility. Plus not only will your bathroom look bigger, it will be easier to clean because you have less surfaces to maintain.
Design wise, the clear glass enclosure keeps the shower from overpowering the room. And if you really want to trip out your shower you can add luxury features such as chroma-therapy, DVD and CD players and of course an optional TV to boot in your bathing space.
For surface materials, non-porous glass and ceramic tiles are always a favorite and the added benefit of using mosaic tiles on the shower floor is that the many grout lines help to aid in surface traction.
With the advent of bath technology, prefabricated showers made from acrylic, fibreglass and other cladding materials are readily available to customize your bathing enclosure to fit just about any space.
An important characteristic when it comes to design ideas that some renovators forget about is the shape of the unit. The shape of your enclosure not only can save you space in your bathroom but can also enhance your other fixtures and room's decor.
Taking Advantage of Limited Space With a Corner Enclosure
While a classic walk-in shower typically consists of a large showering area shielded by a screen, the design does not have to be boring. For alcoves, square and rectangular shaped showers work best, though this design can pretty much be used anywhere.
For corners, quadrant shower enclosures with their curved or angled facades offer space saving utility. And for a more artistic space age feel to you bathroom, you can use d-shaped shower enclosures that fits against one flat wall and curves away from the back of the wall to form a semi-circle.
The shower design you chose will mainly be determined by the available space in your bathroom. Walk-in showers are here to stay and will become increasing popular in the future when space and efficiency will become more predominant in households.
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