Following a long day at work or after finishing up a tough workout, the first thing you want to do is hop into a nice refreshing shower. Would you still want to get into that shower if it has old, peeling caulk and terrible water pressure? Probably not.
Old, unkempt showers are a killer for the value of your home. If you’re renovating your bathroom, having a functional, aesthetically-appealing shower is a must.
Looking for some inspiration before you start your remodel? We’ve compiled some remodeling tips and bathroom shower ideas for you.
Your Remodeling Considerations
You don’t just want to dive into your remodeling project without thinking about it first. Before you call the contractor, you should create a list of priorities and needs out of your shower.
Some of these considerations include:
- What is your budget? You don’t want to fall in love with the dream shower only to find out that it’s thousands of dollars out of your price range. Set your budget before you start doing any other searching to save yourself from getting disappointed.
- How long do you plan to stay in this house? Is this a starter home or somewhere you plan to retire? If you’re not committing to staying there long-term, consider focusing your shower remodel on increasing the resale value of your home.
- Will your shower be accessible to all? Universal design is a growing trend, focusing on making all features of your home accessible no matter your ability. Features like non-slip floors and shower seats can help prevent a dangerous accident from occurring.
- What kind of built-in areas do you need? You’ll need a place to stick the shampoo, conditioner and loofah. Unless you want to have to get out of the shower to do so, you’ll need to make sure you plan for built-in space.
- How much maintenance are you willing to perform? While you may love the look of sparkling glass doors, you may not be up for the challenge of cleaning them as often as is necessary. Be aware how much upkeep your shower will require before starting the remodel.
- What are your space limitations? Depending on the size of your bathroom, you may be somewhat limited in your choices. Your contractor will work with you to find a design that fits into your budget while still being an appropriate size.
Options for Your Shower Remodel
You have dozens upon dozens of options to customize your shower exactly how you want. Since we’ve only mentioned a few, be sure to reach out to your contractor to learn more about your options beyond the ones listed.
The exterior of your shower is important, especially since showers are usually the first thing you’ll see upon entering a bathroom. For this reason, you may want to think about how much privacy your bathroom offers. If the area is relatively low-traffic, you may opt for a bright, clean glass enclosure. However, if the bathroom is shared, a thicker or frosted glass option may better preserve your privacy.
Doorless showers are another trend in bathroom renovations, due to both their accessibility and their visual appeal. They offer a seamless transition from the rest of your bathroom to the shower, creating the feeling of an open floor plan. If you choose a doorless shower, expect to spend some time with your contractor working on your plan to avoid privacy issues and water splashes in the bathroom.
If you prefer to have a door but still enjoy a seamless look, you could consider a frameless option. This design is more expensive than a traditional shower door, but can provide a minimalist look without sacrificing your door.
Choosing a shower head is mostly a matter of your own personal preference. Think about your lifestyle and choose a shower head that best reflects your habits:
- Single spray. This is the most traditional kind of shower head, offering a single directional spray of water. More expensive versions may include adjustable water flow or LED lighting.
- Rain. If you want to feel like you stepped into a storm with your next shower, try a shower head that mimics the sensation of rain. For those who can’t stand getting water in their eyes, you probably won’t enjoy this overhead style.
- Handheld. Another good shower remodel choice for the sake of accessibility, handheld shower heads allow you to shower even if sitting down. Typically the water flow is lower too, which can help for limiting your water use.
- Multiple. For a totally unique shower experience, install several shower heads in your bathroom. This can create a beautiful waterfall style effect, but may use a large amount of water too.
Are you looking for skilled contractors to make your shower dreams a reality?
Contact Elite Renovations today. No matter the size of your project, our contractors are here to help.