Whether you want to add extra functionality to your bathroom, make the room more spacious or turn it into a well-being haven,Â installingÂ a new shower is the perfect solution.
A stand alone shower is ideal in a busy family bathroom where water tends to be splashed everywhere; it helps save time and water when several people are using the bathroom everyday, and keeps the room dry and tidy. If your bathroom is cramped, replacing a bath with a shower will help make the room bigger, while the choice of shower heads and accessories on the market will allow you to create a luxurious spa in the comfort of your home.
However, there are a few things you need to take into consideration beforeÂ purchasingÂ a new shower.
What do you want to achieve?
Like every remodeling project, you need to start by pinpointing what exactly you want to achieve, and what are your priorities.
Do you want an additional washing space in your bathroom? Are you dreaming of luxurious features? Do you need to save space and water? Do you require something more accessible?
The answer to thoseÂ questionsÂ will help you decide whether you need both a shower and a bath and how much prominence you want to give to the shower.
Deciding what is essential and what can be overlooked – whether it is design, functionality or accessibility – will also help you define a budget and direct you towards specialistÂ retailersÂ if necessary.
How much space is available for your shower?
Once you have established what you want, try to visualize every possible space where the shower could be fitted, and measure the floor space available.
Shower pans now come in all possible shapes and sizes, answering pretty much every requirement. If you want to optimize on space, quadrant or pentagonal shower pans will allow you to make the most out of corners.
You might not necessarily think about what type of doors you want for your shower, but this will have a huge impact depending on the space you have. If you have little space available, awalk-in showerÂ will offer a practical yet stylish solution, but if you are adamant about having doors, opt for sliding or bi-fold instead of a pivot-styled door.
What is the overall style of your bathroom?
Are you after the wow factor in your bathroom? Do you want something modern and sleek? Would you rather have the accent away from the shower towards more traditional features?
A framelessÂ shower enclosureÂ will be much more discrete than a framed one, and will not attract the attention on the shower, especially if you have other strong elements in your bathroom, like a free-standing bath or a feature wall. If you want your guests to be blown away by your new bathroom, a contemporary walk-in shower, or even a wet room will guarantee a good reaction. Add massage jets, aromatherapy facilities, built-in seats or teak shower mats andÂ shelving, and your shower will make a real statement.
Don’t rush before making a decision.
If you want to undertake the project yourself, make sure you get as much advice as possible before starting. There are a lot of DIY websites out there with step by step guides and even how-to videos. It is however advisable to get a professional to fit the shower pan and the glass shower door or enclosure, as each need to be perfectly measured, leveled and installed for each of the components to mesh well and for the shower enclosure to fit and function properly. This will help greatly towards the successful completion of your bathroom remodeling project.