So you’ve decided to renovate your bathroom and are facing the all important decision of selecting the perfect shower. It’s worth investing a bit of time to consider the variety of looks available as well as deciding on the practical considerations you value so you achieve a sleek and modern shower area that ticks both boxes for style and practicality. Today we will explore the smorgasboard of options for your new shower and share key things you should consider.
1. DETERMINE THE SHAPE AND SIZE OF YOUR NEW BATHROOM
Are you renovating a master ensuite or a family bathroom? Depending on what room you’re renovating you should consider who and how you will be using the space. This then leads to whether or not the existing layout, shape and size meets your needs. While most homeowners keep their existing layout to reduce costs and the time associated with new plumbing arrangements (such as relocating drainage which requires permits, inspections and approvals), some do opt for a new layout if it’s necessary. For example, if you have a bath which doesn’t get much use, would removing it be worthwhile to make room for a larger shower or even vanity unit? Before you begin your remodel, you’ll want to determine the size of your shower area to proportionately fit your space and suit your layout.
2. DECIDE ON A SHOWER DESIGN
Whether you prefer the look of an enclosed shower or a more open plan design or a combined shower bath, will of course play into your decision for the overall shower design, so it’s important to consider the things you value and how the space will be used over the years to come. There are quite literally a plethora of options when it comes to shower designs . Usually the size of the space will determine your shower design, however if you have the ability to do so you may consider having a walk-in shower. The benefits of this include no sliding/moving mechanisms for doors and minimal maintenance/cleaning. If you have an odd space or it is simply an unusual size, then a custom designed and enclosed shower is for you. Other things to consider include whether or not you might like alcoves to place your showering products or even a ledge to sit on for a full showering experience.
3. SELECTING THE RIGHT MATERIALS
Selecting the right materials is an integral component to creating a shower that will stand the test of time. When deciding on the material to use for your shower you need to take into account not only aesthetics but the practical aspects of installation, maintenance, cost and even replaceability. The size, type and finish of your chosen tiles will have an impact on how often you need to clean your shower. Large formatted tiles will require less grout lines and gives the appearance of a larger overall space. On the floor, porcelain tiles with a textured gloss finish (also known as a lappato finish) are ideal. Such tiles are hard wearing and while they give the appearance of gloss they are in fact easy to clean and have an anti-slip quality. For tapware, chrome continues to be a popular choice given that it is easy to clean and match with other fixtures in the bathroom. New trends such as brass or black finishes are viable but can sometimes come at a cost and can be hard to match with other fixtures within the bathroom.
4. CHOOSING A SHOWER SCREEN
Gone are the days of the shower curtain! To showcase your shower, many homeowners are opting for frameless showerscreens for a sleek look. This does come at a cost of water dripping out into unexpected areas if installed incorrectly. Semi-frameless showerscreens are a much more popular and practical option for this reason. With the option of sliding doors or a swinging door, semi-frameless showerscreens provide the benefits of containing water in the space whilst maintaining a modern slim-line look. If you don’t have much room to work with, a sliding panel of glass is a good option, as they don’t need to hinge or pivot outwards, saving valuable floor space. If you have sufficient space and budget and want minimal cleaning, a toughened panel of glass can easily provide the screening required for walk-in showers.
5. WATER EFFICIENT SHOWERHEADS
The Water Efficiency Labelling and Standards (WELS) is Australia’s water efficiency labelling scheme that requires all shower products to be registered and labelled with their water efficiency. As there are many types of showerheads to choose from, using the scheme to compare showerheads is a good way to ensure you have an optimal showering experience.
The type of showerhead you choose will again depend on how and who will be using your bathroom and making sure it ties in with your styling. An adjustable rail shower with a hand-held showerhead will suit a family bathroom as it will be suitable for users of different heights and makes it easier to clean the space and/or children and pets. If you like a showerwall to be neat with no pipes or hoses, then having a wall or ceiling mounted showerhead is ideal. Whatever your requirements are, there are endless combinations for showerheads to suit your needs.
When renovating your bathroom, it’s important to make sure the design suits the whole family both right now and into the future. Nu-Look is more than happy to workshop your new wet area with you so it meets your style and preferences. Get in touch today to organise a free consultation.