The average person spends around 65 hours in the shower every year — that’s nearly three full days! It’s more than just a place to bathe. Your shower is your sacred space, where you escape the outside world for 5 minutes or more.
In recent years, the walk-in shower has become a popular choice for many people. But what is it and why is it so popular? This helpful guide about walk-in showers will answer all of your questions.
What is a walk-in shower?
A walk-in shower is an open shower space with no doors, curb, or curtain. Most of the time, they may have a fixed glass panel or a wall that helps to keep the steam and warmth inside the shower.
Because they are so open, you can make them very visually striking and show your personality through your design. Adding rainfall shower heads or body jets can add a very natural feel to this airy style.
Walk-in showers tend to be much larger than traditional showers, and they can completely transform the look of a bathroom space.
Why get a walk-in shower?
Suitable for (almost) all bathrooms
Another benefit of walk-in showers is that they fit bathrooms of any size. You can customize a walk-in shower that fits perfectly in your space and satisfies all of your shower-related desires no-matter the size of the shower.
There are loads of designs you can pick from, and choosing the right one could make your bathroom look much bigger. For example, installing frameless glass or running the same wall tiles throughout your shower and behind your vanity.
A quick tip: the glass fixture should be positioned to block water from entering the rest of your bathroom.
The most accessible shower style
As walk-in showers are bigger than conventional showers, they are more much accessible, making them beneficial for people with mobility problems.
Because there’s no bathtub or curb, you don’t need to step in and out of the shower, which could prevent slips and falls. For this reason, walk-in showers are an ideal choice for seniors, in addition to a bench and grab bars.
They look great!
Walk-in showers are minimalist, modern, and stylish. Flick through the pages of House Beautiful magazine, and it won’t be long until you come across a beautiful walk-in shower. You’ll find walk-in showers in nearly all the world’s finest five-star hotels and many famous people have them in their homes.
Framed or frameless?
This all depends on your design preference.
Frameless walk-in showers are the most popular design. They are minimalist and modern and compliment bathrooms with sharp lines and contemporary decor, creating an open, clean symmetric look.
Framed walk-in showers are popular for Scandinavian-style bathrooms. They suit both contemporary and traditional bathrooms and come in various styles like chrome and matte black.
Grid-framed walk-in showers have more of an industrial look, making them a good choice for bathrooms with design features such as subway tiles, exposed plumbing, and metal highlights.
How to install a walk-in shower
They might seem simple enough when they’re finished, but installed a walk-in shower can be tricky – especially if you are converting a bathtub or a curbed shower.
In order to direct water to the drain, the floor need to be gradually sloped. This normally means that the rest of the floor in the bathroom needs to be raised up (only about 1/2 and inch depending on the size of the shower).
Then, you would either use a pre-fabricated shower pan (like the ones from Schluter) or build a mortar bed to act as the waterproof base of the shower.
Once the shower is properly waterproofed, your tile installer can get to work laying the tiles and then the glass and shower fixtures can be placed.
Cost to install a walk-in shower
The cost of a walk-in shower is dependent on 2 main factors:
#1. The size of the shower – the larger it is, the more it will cost to waterproof and to lay tiles
#2. The finishings that are installed – marble is more expensive than ceramic, and large pieces of glass can drive up the costs as well
We once remodelled a 40 square foot shower for around $20,000 because the homeowners wanted to install beautiful marble with a 56 square foot pane of glass (we attached it to the ceiling for support).
A walk-in shower is always a beautiful and functional addition to a bathroom, and it can be a great option to consider when remodelling.
To help you design your bathroom in 3D, we built an online design studio. You can select certain items, like tiles or vanities, and see what they look like together right on the website.
If you’re planning to renovate your bathroom in the future, drop us a line – we would be happy to help!
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