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During the last two decades the shower has went through a bit of a transformation, from being just a place to go and get a wash to being a place that can be one of the most relaxing places in the home. If you have a bit of money available to spend then you have the option these days of installing a full spa, where you can sit down and relax, and even watch the game while in the steam bath. The market these days is flooded with loads of different walk in shower designs, so finding one that you really like shouldn’t be too hard. The thing that separates all of those different walk in showers is the materials they are made out of and their features.
There are three different types of walk in shower designs. These are, the wet room, the door less walk in shower and the standard walk in shower with a step over ledge, which are all then divided up into different materials and features. Most people go with the standard walk in shower, this is available in a number of different materials. Showers like these can range from tiny little cubicles which are only three or four feet across.
The original walk in shower was made to this design. These were then followed by larger tile designs and then more exotic materials such as marble or glass block. Over the last couple of years we have started to see the addition of seats and hand rails for safety reasons, massaging shower heads and steam pumps, radios, televisions and telephones. With wet rooms you basically turn the whole bathroom into a walk in shower. Over the years the wet room has been the number one choice for people who don’t have much free space in their home. I would recommend hiring a professional to install your new walk in shower, don’t try it yourself, even if you are quite confident, if you make a mistake while installing it the cost of repairing the mistake could be quite high.
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One of the biggest components of a bathroom remodeling project is the average cost to build a shower, or to replace an existing one. Until recently, bathtub shower combination’s that use a shower curtains were the only option. Other choices were either not available or simply too expensive for the average homeowner. But the United Kingdom started grabbing people’s attention with new affordable options, with one of the most popular choices being walk in showers. While these open and enclosed shower designs are affordable, there are factors that should be taken into consideration that can drastically impact the cost of your bathroom renovation project.
One of the major factors that can determine the cost of a walk in shower design is how it is purchased. There are many kits available that make setup and installation simple for those who have some home improvement experience, and the overall cost to do a walk in shower can be as low as $700 for everything. While this is the ideal situation for any homeowner, this may not be possible, or you may want to purchase the components for your walk in shower separately to create a truly customized look. If this is the case, expect to spend around $1500 to as much as $4000 depending on the installation cost and your design tastes.
The cost of walk in showers is also drastically influenced by the style and shape that is selected. There are rectangular, square and corner walk in options available – which can make it easy to find the perfect size unit for your bathroom. But changes in the shower size and shape can impact other areas such as the flooring and plumbing. And if you can not upgrade these areas yourself, they will add to the cost of professional installation.
Before you choose the perfect walk in shower for your home, keep in mind there are a number of factors that will impact the overall cost and your remodeling budget. Before you buy, consider if there are any major changes that will be needed and determine if professional installation is required. Also, set some money aside for unexpected repairs or expenses. By keeping all these factors in mind, you can find the right contemporary walk in shower for your home and give your bathroom a whole new look.
The most popular addition to most peoples bathroom when they start to think about a remodeling project is more and more becoming the modern walk in shower. Once considered a luxury item they are are fast becoming a required item for most families. They are even becoming a requirement that people look for when deciding on a new home.
One of the things to look for when you are considering walk in shower enclosures for your new remodeling project is can you make it a total part of the room, in other words does it fit into your plans? After all you don’t want to put all that money into a remodeling project and then have it turn out as something that you’re just not happy with. But if you do your homework in the planning stages you can totally avoid these problems.
We have come up with a list of just a few things that you might want to keep in mind as you look at differant walk in shower designs:
1. What size should your walk in shower be? This is very important, because you don’t want a shower that is too small and looks like it is just an after thought. But then you don’t want to go the other way and have a shower that just overwhelms the entire bathroom and just looks too big. So it depends a lot on the size of your bathroom, you want a shower that stands out but at the same time it should be convenient to use.
2. Having some slope in the floor. You do not want slope in the floor as it could work against the built in slope in your shower drain pan. The drain pan, or the floor of your shower, will be built to funnel the water in the shower toward the drain. You should not have any water forming puddles in your shower floor.
3. Additional Functions. There are a lot of additional functions that you can have built into your shower area. In addition to the more common accessories such as towel racks and shower benches you could add additional shower heads for water from different angles or for different spray patterns such as the rain shower head. Another feature might be the power shower, that adds an additional water pump in case your home has low water pressure, or maybe the electric shower which incorporates an inline water heater so that you don’t run out of hot water. For the ultimate in luxury you could add a steam feature which would turn your shower into your own spa.
As you can probably tell by now there are quite a few thinks to consider when you start to think about a bathroom remodel and the addition of a walk in shower. This is an area that is easy to set up as your own luxury retreat.