The tub is a common feature in many homes and apartments, but it does take up a fair amount of space. If you are redesigning your bathroom, to conserve space you may want to replace the tub with a walk-in shower. Depending on your budget for the project, your walk-in shower can be as simple as a shower head and a drain to something ultra luxurious with body jets and an overhead rain shower head.
Add a place for users to sit down and relax a minute in the walk-in shower by including a bench protruding a couple of feet out from one of the walls of the shower. If your shower is also doubling as a steam shower, giving it a more spa-like aspect, the bench is nearly essential. You might want to include more than one to allow people to sit down and chat in towels, like in a sauna.
If you are really trying to save on space, look at your remodeled walk-in shower as a walk-in shower closet, only a few feet across and surrounded mostly by walls. The primary purpose of such a space is not necessary luxury or comfort -- although they certainly don't need to be excluded -- but a space for a quick wash-up under a high pressure shower nozzle.
Walk-in showers can be an excellent place to showcase high quality tiles and shower wall materials, like marble since, unlike many shower and bathtub combinations, you can have a clear glass door instead of an opaque shower curtain. Even if you plan to use relatively inexpensive tile for your shower, combine different colors and sizes to create a mosaic-like appearance.
Jets and Shower Heads
One of the most important things about a walk-in shower is the water itself and the way that it filters into the shower. Combine different types of nozzles and jets to create a luxury shower experience. Body jets positioned up and down the walls of the shower can mimic an invigorated massage while soothing tired muscles; a gentle overhead rain nozzle can help create a relaxing, serene experience, especially if you place a sound system in your bathroom.
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