Who doesn’t want to end their day at a spa, relaxing their worries from the day away? What would happen if we told you that we can bring the spa to your home? There are a number of different shower systems that can provide you with the same relaxing, peaceful feeling as if you just ventured out to the spa!
Shower Heads for Anyone
In looking at shower heads and systems, there are a number of different types: standard wall-mount, top mount, sliding bar, and handheld.
- A standard wall mounted is directly mounted to a wall in the shower and is typically installed at a height specific to the client’s preference to allow for ease of use while showering. A shower head can range from simple design to elaborate.
- A top-mount shower head is affixed to the ceiling in the shower and usually best accompanies a rainhead shower to give the full access of bathing in a rainforest!
- A sliding-bar shower head allows for each user to adjust the shower head height based on their personal preference along a wall-mounted base.
- A handheld shower can be in addition to the wall-mounted shower head, where it can be removed or stationary depending on client preference as well.
In terms of finishes, typically all shower systems are available in polished chrome, satin nickel, and antique bronze.
Wall-Mounted Shower Head
In the simplest form, a shower can contain a wall-mounted shower head and temperature valve as pictured:
This allows for a shower head to distribute water and a temperature gauge to have the user turn the dial to the desired temperature and water pressure.
A tier above a simple shower head and temperature gauge, an additional item can be added for better utilization from the user, a handheld shower. A handheld shower can be installed in addition to a shower head. This handheld shower can be of great use to clients with children, pets, or just for easier use of water distribution. A handheld shower can exist on either a bar where it has the option to move vertically or can be affixed to a stationary bracket, respectively.
A popular option for the handheld shower is to have this affixed to the wall with either a stationary or moveable bracket and have an overhead rain head shower:
Alternate Nozzles and Sprays
In further upgrading your bathroom getaway, a shower can have alternate nozzles and sprays for steam and alternate water distribution.
We understand choosing the right shower experience can be overwhelming with all of the different options available, so here are a few items to think about to help narrow down the options:
- Think about your dream shower/bath experience and make it come to life!
- Adjustability to all users of the shower is key, so if you are on the fence about choosing between a stationary or removable handheld shower, go for the adjustable option so each user is able to customize their spa-like experience
- If you see a product that breaks your budget, try to narrow down what specific features you like about that fixture and look for those features in alternate models below your budget
Overall, coming home after a hard day’s work is most rewarding if your bathroom space helps you to relax and separate yourself from daily life. So why not have the spa treatment in your own home?
Storage space is hard to come by in a bathroom. Even with a recessed medicine cabinet, a linen closet, and vanity space, I still have trouble storing items for daily use. More storage solutions are hidden right in front of your eyes! Focusing on just one area, the shower/tub, we can already point out 4 points of added storage space: recessed shower niche, in shower bench seating, wire baskets, and corner shelving. Check out how you can maximize your bathroom storage below!
Recessed Storage Niches
Recessed storage niches can maximize storage greatly. While updating your walk-in shower and/or tub in your bathroom, we get so excited over the new finish material opportunities but often neglect to design specified storage within the shower for ease of use. Niches are great at accommodating small and large shampoo bottles, soaps, and anything else one needs in the shower. Compared to any other storage solution in a shower, niches do not take up any additional space. A typical recessed niche is 12” W x 24” H. The 12” width allows the recessed niche to fit between vertical studs behind the wall which are typically 16” apart. The typical depth of a recessed niche is 3.5”, which is the width of a wood stud. Niches can range in width and height but should be discussed prior to starting so as to make sure any plumbing or electrical wires are not in the way as well as supporting of cut stud if make larger in width.
Recessed niches should be installed in interior walls compared to exterior walls. Materiality for these niches have to be taken into consideration as well. Niches can be tiled and can be framed with different edges to retrieve a different look. For example:
Metal edges on a niche vs. bullnose tile.
Recessed niches can also span to large widths such as:
Wire baskets can be installed to either corner of the shower. These are meant to provide secured storage for soaps and shampoo/conditioner bottles without them slipping and falling off shelving. This is an alternative to recessed storage niches and pie shelves. These items are typically finished to be rust resistant. The wire baskets allow for moisture to completely escape, allowing for no moisture build up. Wire baskets provide a more contemporary/modern aesthetic to any shower.
Corner shower shelves are an additional alternative to recessed storage niches and fixed wire basket storage. Pie shelves are meant to be installed in the corner of showers and tubs. Unlike the wire basket storage, pie shelves come in a few different materials such as marble, glass, and stone.
Shower corner shelving can come in the shape of a 1/4 pie and triangle size. Typically more 2-3 corner shelves are installed in a shower to allow for ample storage space for multiple users in the shower. A corner shelf can even be installed as a seat and/or foot rest for shaving. Heights for installation of pie shelves are based on their specific users. If you are designing for clients that are shorter or taller than average, it is recommended you install based on the needs of your client. As a point of reference, the corner shelves should be installed within minimum and maximum reach distance for the user, 36”-60” off the finished floor.
Shower benches can become another means of storage within a shower. Typically they need 15” in depth to allow adequate enough space while the seat comes 17”-19” in height from the finished floor. Corner benches are typically installed out of the spray area from the shower head, anchored at 18” from the ground so that feet can be tucked underneath. At this height, this bench can be utilized at a foot rest for shaving or lowered storage for shampoo/conditioner bottles.
Typical materials utilized for shower benches ranges from stone to wood, specifically teak. Shower benches can opt to fold for storage while showering and while not in use can store itself for added space in the shower.
With all these storage solutions possible in just the shower/tub area alone, how can you just choose one? Each offers their own unique solution. When choosing some of these solutions for your bath remodel, don’t forget to consider what you seem to be missing in your current space and what can appeal to all users of the new space!
Few things are better than a hot, long and relaxing soak in the bathtub after a long day of work. When your muscles are sore, and your body aches, a hot tub can be the perfect remedy that will bring you back to live, relieve physical pain and discomfort and reduce stress. Bathtubs nowadays have become more than just an asset for good hygiene. With different bathtubs regarding style, installation and materials, it is becoming harder and harder to find the right bathtub for you. Before you consider what type of tub is the one for you, answer the following questions:
– How often do you use the bathtub, and for what purpose?
– How much space you have in the room for a bathtub?
– Where will you place the tub?
– What design fits you best? What color or/and material will fit best for your style?
Basic Generalization of Tubs
As mentioned previously, there are different generalizations of tube. The most basic one is soaking tub, walk-in bathtub and whirpool and air tubs.
Soaking tubs are deeper than standard bathtubs, with their sole purpose to allow you to soak your entire body into the hot water. Soaking tubs come in various shapes, styles and sizes, with the biggest difference the amount of water they can hold.
Walk-in tubs come with a door that serves to purpose of allowing you to walk in directly into the tub and eliminates the need of climbing over the edge. Walk-in tubs are recommended for elderly people and people with limited mobility. Because of the door, walk-in tubes can sometimes occupy larger space.
Last, but not least, whirlpool and air tubs are actually therapeutic baths that can shoot air bubbles and water into the tub. For the owner and the user of the tub, this provides massage sensation.
In most cases, choosing the material depends on the budget of the household. Some are cheaper, some are more expensive, and some are just in between. Choosing the right material depends on lots of factors. So, in order to find the best for you, let’s list some of the features of each material.
- Fiberglass is actually a reinforced plastic covered in gelcoat. Fiberglass is mostly used for air and whirlpool tubs because of it flexibility. Fiber tubs can be shaped easily, and the gelcoat provides the glossy surface. Fiberglass is one of the easiest materials for cleaning.
- Acrylic is the commonly used material for bathtubs, with wide palette of styles and shapes to consider. Acrylic tubs are resistant to fading and abrasion, they are lightweight, and if insulated, they hold heat. Acrylic is more expensive than fiber, and some classify it as expensive plastic. The price can vary between $350 and $800. Acrylic is prone to scratching, but the scratches can easily be repaired.
- Enameled steel are moderately priced tubs with a reputation for resistance to strains and scratches. The choice of colors is limited, and the price can go as high as $1,000. Similar to cast iron, enameled steel tubs have one downside, and that is susceptibility to rusts. They retain heat well, and provide excellent soundproofing. Thanks to their lightweight, enameled tubs can be moved easier than cast iron.
- Cast iron is similar to enameled steel, but with a sole difference of offering more color choices. Aside from colors, cast iron offers same features as enameled steel: great heat insulation and stain resistance. Their weight requires stout deliverymen and support in the bathroom. The price can go as high as $1,200.
- Wood is one of the most unique materials you can have in your bathroom. The downside is you wood comes with a lot of baggage, as in solid surface sealer that will prevent deterioration. Wood does not offer long-term durability, as the material is susceptible to water staining and leaking. In order to get a special leak-proof and durable bathtub, you will probably need to invest more than $10,000 because of the special preparations needed to ensure your safety.
- Solid surfaces are made out of composition of acrylic and polyester resins that are then baked into sheets. The result is a flexible surface that retains heat well, is stain resistant and comes in wide range of colors.
- Cast Polymer is a material that offers a mixture of the advantages of stone and synthetic materials. For starters, you get the look of stone and the flexibility of synthetic materials that result in more color choices and styles. The only problem is gel coating is not as durable as other materials, acrylic for example.
- Cultured marble is the best “stone” option for bathtub producing a solid-surface product. Marble is usually pricier than other materials, but the advantages are: sleek and stylish look, wide palette of colors and patterns, stain resistance and long durability. The downside is that marble can be scratched easily.
- Copper is the ultimate material for fine bathroom couture. If you are ready to pay $5,000+ for a bathtub, you’ll be a proud owner of a bathtub that everyone will love to look at.
- One of key factors to consider before purchasing a bathtub is the installation process. Where will you position the tub is one of the first question to answer here. In that regard, these are the different types of tubs.
Alcove tube is rectangular in shape, and you can install it adjacent to three walls. One side of the tub is left accessible, with the front, back and one side always bordered with a wall or other structure. Alcove tubs are usually considered the standard bathtub, with the installation coming from right or left side.
- Platform installation tubs are also known as “drop in” tubs. The installation requires a built-up structure, where the rim of the structure is as the same level as the top of the deck. In most cases, whirlpool and air tubs use platform installation.
The sole difference between platform installation and undermount installation is that the rim is covered by surrounding deck which can be made out of tiles and/or stones. A floor structure supports the tub, positioned underneath. One of the things you need to consider is whether you will need or want to move/remove the tub. If you opt for stone deck top, you will need to break it in order to remove the tub.
The last two types of installation are free standing and corner installation. Both are self-explanatory, with the free standing easy to position anywhere in the bathroom. The only thing to consider is you need to position the tub close to delivery and drain plumbing.
Some of the features that can be installed on any bathtub can enrich your bathroom, or change completely the outlook and function of the tub.
Mosaic and ceramic tiles can be used to customize the tub. The price of your tub will go up, but you’ll end up with a unique piece of tub in your bathroom.
ADA Compliance is a feature designed for elderly people and people with special needs. The ADA Compliance ensures your tub is on pair with the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of the features here are a grab bars and other accessories that allow for better movement in and out of the tub.
Other unique features include installation of jets and bubbles, chromatherapy with underwater LED lights, music, digital controls, and so on.
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Contemporary bathroom design revolves around minimalistic, streamlined, yet curvilinear design. The combination of man-made items and natural materials really stand out in contemporary baths. Contemporary baths promote smooth profiles instead of overly ornamented mirrors and vanities. Accessories are minimal and limited. In these baths there is a strong emphasis on sleek lines combined with curvilinear forms. Materials in these bathrooms generally feature a wide variety that has only become available and trendy more recently such as glass, stainless steel, and copper elements. The combination of granites, stones, woods, stainless steels, cements, glass, and bamboo complement each other and create visual contrast.
- Modern Materials
- Floating Vanities
- Frameless Glass Shower Doors
- Contemporary Toilets
- Modern-Era Faucets
- Sleek Tubs
A modern transitional bathroom contains both elements of contemporary/modern design with a more traditional approach. Clean lines and soothing design define transitional baths! A neutral palette, such as tans, beiges, whites, and light grays, tie this look together along with warm wood tones and brushed nickel or stainless finishes. The combination of traditional with modern design elements naturally appears in homes where items might have been acquired over generations. dRemodeling recommends following these distinct design elements:
- Modern Tiles
- Vintage/Modern Fixtures
- Vintage/Modern Cabinetry
A mix of floor tiles are common within transitional bathrooms such as neutral color tiles, wood plank floors, and marble tiles. Unique, sleek floor tiles along with a mixture of fixtures and cabinetry really highlight the transitional look.
Daltile – SaddleBrook Glazed Porcelain
Daltile – Lindon Point Glazed Porcelain
MS International, Inc. – Arabescato Carrara 1” Hexagon Honed in 12 x 12 Mesh
Vintage & Modern Fixtures
A vintage claw-foot tub looks perfectly in place with modern cabinets or maybe a traditional set of cabinetry grounds the modern toilet and tub. This combination of modern and vintage fixtures complements the other. dRemodeling suggests the following:
Kohler – Iron Works Historic Freestanding Oval Bath (K-710-W-0)
Kohler – White Vox Vessel Sink
Vintage & Modern Cabinetry
Merging different styles of cabinetry with certain fixture styles uniquely joins a space together. Adding a modern vessel sink to a traditional cabinet base creates a beautiful transitional looking bath!
Wyndham Collection – Hardwood Vanity Cabinet
White Berkeley – WC-1717-36-SGL-VAN-WHT
Wyndham Collection – Hardwood Vanity Cabinet(Sheffield Collection)
The modern/transitional style can be achieved by combining timeless pieces with modern ones such as a classic claw-foot tub with modern floor tiles, a modern vanity, and frame-less shower doors. The modern/transitional style utilizes a neutral color palette with warm tones. Brushed nickel or stainless steel finishes transforms a traditional bathroom to a beautifully put together transitional bathroom. Check out dRemodeling’s bathroom portfolio as well as a transitional bathroom here! Don’t forget to take a look at dRemodeling’s Houzz Modern/Traditional Bathroom ideabook and dRemodeling’s Mordern/Traditional Bathroom board on Pinterest!