Everyday Showers Can Be Purely Luxurious -- Nine Simple Upgrades
That Won't Drain Your Budget
By Barbara Schmidt
Each day, millions of us choose showering as our bathing ritual,
and Americans have been using the same basic shower since the 19th
After all this time and trillions of hours showering, the residential
market has finally turned its attention to the luxury shower. Oh
sure, we once thought soap on rope and a water massage showerhead
was upgrading our builder-specified bathroom, but no longer!
Homeowners are about to be tempted by dozens of new products to
upgrade their everyday showering routine.
Over 53 percent of us start our mornings with a shower at 101 degrees
Fahrenheit, so it's no wonder the hottest trend in bathroom design
for the next year will be how to build the most luxurious stand-up
spa -- otherwise known as your former common shower.
Here are nine dos and don'ts to update your shower and not soak
Do add a window above or over your shower.
Don't add a window within the shower stall itself. Framed windows
are sources of water seepage, and that can promote mold and rot.
Water can decompose materials faster than demolition, so keep framed
windows above the water line! Adding natural light will upgrade
any shower stall in an instant. Check out skylights for vaulted
bathrooms on those 70s remodels.
Do add a light fixture and/or heat lamp in your shower.
Don't shower in the dark. Tiled showers can be cold and dark once
that curtain is drawn so warm up the space with a combination light
fixture/heat lamp. A lot of showers already have a light fixture,
so this can be an easy change out.
Do add new showerheads.
Don't shower under a drizzle or drip. The Jado Rainhead is a great
option for a luxurious drenching. These oversized heads give water
the extra circumference to drop down like summer rain. This retro
design works from the wall or ceiling of a shower stall.
Do add body bar sprays to your standard shower.
Don't worry about retiling.
Do install glass shower doors with towel bar handles.
Don't use moldy shower curtains. Shower curtains by their very
nature have folds and liners that trap moisture. In no time flat
plastic liners and curtains become Petri dishes for mold growth.
Install permanent doors that slide or hinge made out of textured
or clear glass for extra light. Many of these shower doors come
with horizontal handles for extra hanging space for towels.
Do clean grout. Don't let water seep into your walls. There are
grout cleaners that remove the molds and mildew that will ultimately
eat away grout compounds. Keeping your tiled shower clean is the
best way to deter grout breakdown. Once grout is damaged, repair
immediately so that mold and mildew will not start growing behind
tile or acrylic surrounds. Clean grout can give an old shower a
Do retile shower floors.
Don't stand on broken tile. One of the fastest ways to update a
tired shower is to add a complementary rock or stone on the floor
of your shower. These joints near the base of your shower also happen
to be the first to age. Look closely at the corners and seams to
see if your grout is holding. A fresh floor can clean up an aging
décor. Store salvaged tiles for future repairs.
Do pour your shampoo and conditioners into easy-to-dispense plastic
Don't create a pile of slippery quarter-filled hair product containers.
Bottles sitting on the shower pan also encourage mold growth by
trapping water underneath the containers. Look for large plastic
containers with hand pumps to dispense your hair products. These
unmarked matching bottles can be mounted to a wall or stacked side-by-side
on a shelf for easy shampooing. An organized shower feels cleaner.
Do add a teak bench or shelf.
Don't try to balance on one foot in the shower! Teak is a great
wood that can withstand daily moisture. These benches or shelves
can be placed near you for your bath products, washcloths or towels.
Teak furnishings can be found where they sell outdoor furniture
in all shapes and sizes.
Courtesy of ARA Content