There’s nothing quite like a hot shower at the end of a long day. The shower is an important space in every home where we go to unwind, relax, and get our bodies (and sometimes our minds) clean. If you’re considering having a custom walk-in shower built into your home, there are a few additions to consider for better functionality and relaxation.
A shower bench is a simple and highly useful addition to any custom shower. These give the user a place to rest if they want or need to sit down. This can be important for the elderly, or those living with disabilities and various medical conditions. You can sit down and let the water flow over you, or use it to make some shower endeavors a bit easier, such as shaving.
For many people with a standard shower, it’s common to only have a handheld showerhead available. Functionality-wise, this is enough to get the job done. However, when you’re building a custom walk-in shower, you probably don’t want to stop at pure utility—this is the perfect opportunity to add some options that offer a luxurious, spa-like experience. Rainfall showerheads are always a popular choice, and wall jets that massage your body are a great luxury option. It’s important to remember that all of these will need their own plumbing, and that can get expensive. Choosing right away which showerheads you want and how many there will be is critical for allowing yourself to determine if it’s in your budget and giving your remodeling team an understanding of the scope of your project right from the start.
Showering in the dark probably isn’t an easy task, but you also probably don’t want bright fluorescent lighting that blinds you. Think carefully about your lighting needs and what will be most comfortable for you. If you have windows that let in a lot of natural light, you might not need as many overhead lights in the shower. A dimmer switch can be a good way to adjust the lighting to your mood and needs, as well. Another great option is a skylight right in your shower so you can enjoy the light from the sun.
A niche is one of the most common additions to a custom walk-in shower. A niche is a recessed area of the shower wall that functions as a shelf to hold all of your showering essentials. These can also be used as an accent piece, with special tiling in the back of the niche that heightens the design.
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