|A center shower from a recent renovation. See more pictures here.|
This is the first in my two-part Shower Design Trends series. In this post, I’m going to talk about designing showers. In my second post, I’m going to talk about hardware and accessories that are popular in shower design.
Showers are dominating the bathroom. Changing lifestyles have a lot to do with this – people are more busy, moving from one thing to thing another, and want to spend less time cleaning. Some are also swayed by the supposed eco-friendly and green benefits of using showers over tubs. Whatever their reasons, showers are a must in bathroom renovation projects.
Shower construction has not changed drastically in the past few years. Most of the showers I design still consist of the following:
- a conventional tiled wall or surround
- a tiled floor
- a drain
- a glass door in front
- a shower head
|A conventional shower. Source.|
Right now, the most desirable trait of a shower is size. Most people want larger, nicer showers. These are just some of the traits that I have received from clients in regards to size:
- at least a 42” x 42” footprint
- can accommodate two people
- large enough for a bench
- large enough for an in-shower tub
|Curbless shower from a recent renovation I completed. See more pictures here.|
- saw into the slab and repour at a lower level
- cut into beams of a pier-and-beam structure, to add extra room for the rough floor
|Another example of a curbless shower. Source.|
If your client wants a curbless shower, you might also consider installing a trough drain. These drains line one wall of the shower. The floor of the shower can be flat, as opposed to sloped, making maneuverability much easier. Trough drains also allow for a larger tile, which opens up a range of decorating possibilities. Two-inch by two-inch tiles are really the largest you can use with a central drain, but you can easily work with large tiles or even a solid piece of stone or marble for a trough drain system.
|A trough, or linear, drain with 6'x6' tile. Source.|
|Doorless shower. Source.|
|His-and-hers shower and soap niches from a recent renovation. See more pictures here.|
In my next blog post, I'll go into the hardware and additions that are popular in showers. Benches, niches, shower heads and thermally-controlled valves will all be addressed.