Renovating that old shower is something that many people would love to do, but it is also something that can easily get put off – sometimes for years – for two main reasons. One of these is, of course, the cost, but the other is the thought of all the hassle. It’s just a whole lot of grief ripping out the old shower and installing a new one, but believe us it is well worth doing. Bite the bullet, and in a few days’ time you can have a brand spanking new shower of which you can be justly proud.
Of course you may want to leave the whole thing to a contractor, but you can save yourself some money by undertaking a bit of DIY. You may not have the skills to install the new shower, but you probably have sufficient to remove the existing shower. Most plumbing contractors are used to customers doing the removal work themselves, but you need to discuss it with them first so that you can prepare the area according to requirements.
There are several things that you need to take into consideration when considering a new shower. You will find that the range of possible designs is almost limitless. You only need to take a quick look on Google and you will find literally hundreds of different ideas for patterns and materials.
One of the most important things is the amount of light that you can get into the shower. Natural daylight can sometimes be used by siting the shower next to a window, or even installing a new window especially for the purpose using glass or acrylic walls to the shower. Another way of ensuring the maximum amount of light is available is to install a corner shower so that both the entrance door and one wall are of glass or acrylic. This will allow maximum light in the shower, but it may not be a good idea if privacy is a consideration. You can also install a frameless corner shower which has tempered glass sides attached by metal clips or you can have a frameless shower door only rather than the whole construction. However, note that frameless showers are usually quite a bit more expensive than framed ones.
A corner shower can also be a space saving idea: you can use a quarter-round corner shower which has a door that slides on tracks rather than swinging outwards into the room. The door is acrylic, so there is no chance of it getting damaged or breaking, and it frees up space for perhaps a hand-basin or a toilet next to the shower.
Of course, a major consideration is the choice of materials for your new shower. When you start looking around you will see that there are many different types of material that can be used. One of the most common is, of course, tiles, and here you can really let your imagination run loose. If the bathroom is small you can make it appear larger by using the same tiles inside the shower walls as are on the walls of the room itself which gives an impression of continuity.
Of course, another way of making the room and shower appear larger is by the use of mirrors. You could have the back wall of the shower as a mirror in addition.
Marble or quartz can add a very distinctive look to a shower, and once again there are dozens of colours and patterns from which to choose.
Don’t forget, of course, to ensure that you include as much shelving in the shower as you will need for all the shampoos, soaps, nailbrushes, and other bits and pieces that you will need to use. If you have the space, you can also install seating which is a great idea since many people would rather sit than stand in the shower, and is especially useful for the elderly. If you have a lot of space you can also install a two person shower.
So as we said, look around at the amazing possibilities for your new shower, and when you have decided what you want the most important thing is to go ahead and do it. You certainly won’t regret it.