Years ago no one would have considered the concept of a walk-in shower in their house’s bathroom. Such things were reserved for locker rooms and health clubs. Now they’ve become a popular trend in private homes for a number of appealing reasons.
Walk-in showers offer extra space as well as giving your bathroom an open and airy appearance. They are easily accessible and user-friendly. The elimination of thresholds makes them safer alternatives for children, seniors and for anyone dealing with mobility-restricting challenges.
With fewer parts where grime and soap scum can accumulate, they are easier to clean. For these same reasons, the threat of mold is greatly reduced, with fewer places in which it can gain a foothold. Showers can be designed with or without glass partitioning, depending on personal tastes.
Walk-in showers require no special ventilation or lighting. The placement of accessories (shower heads, wall niches, grab bars) can be tailored to suit the homeowner’s needs and aesthetic preferences.
- Things to consider…
Because this type of shower has an opening to the rest of the bathroom, its walls should be water-proofed or tiled at least as high as the shower head, and the fixtures adjusted to confine the water’s direction to within the stall area. Just a small degree of slope will prevent water from flowing out into the rest of the room, yet not alter the floor enough to prohibit easy access. Your shower’s stall space should have dimensions no smaller than 36 by 36 inches, and ideally, 42 by 60 inches.
Unless you are skilled in bathroom remodeling, this isn’t a do-it-yourself job, since significant structural and plumbing issues need to be addressed. Your local Handyman Matters office is happy to offer guidance and expertise if you are considering this type of upgrade. Call 1(800)FIX-MY-HOME or locate us at www.handymanmatters.com where you can enter your zip code to find the phone number of the office nearest you.