Types of Shower Remodels
1. UPGRADING FROM FIBERGLASS SHOWERS
All over Johnston County, NC builders are slapping up houses as fast as they can to accommodate the recent housing boom. To keep up with the demand builders have to work fast, and the buyers end up being the ones to feel the strain. They walk into their new beautiful house with a price tag in the mid 300's and a 30 year mortgage that is supposed to be their place of solitude and BAM, they see a fiberglass shower. Unfortunately there nothing that can be done about it right then. Homeowners walk by their fiberglass facade and dream of putting something there that adds value and use.
Solace Showers in Clayton, NC is their solution and they specialize in this type of thing! Let us take out the fiberglass and add a beautiful spacious tile shower with much more room since there's a ton of dead space behind fiberglass. Let us add value to your home...not plastic!
2. LEVEL ENTRY SHOWERS
A Level Entry Shower can be a great addition to your home with their clean, sleek look and lower maintenance.
Expect to pay a little more when installing an entry-level shower because of the additional work and preparation that needs to be done to accomplish proper drainage and protection of surrounding areas.
When hiring a contractor, ask if they intend to cut your floor joists. Todays technology allows for systems to be installed so that you don't have to cut into your floor joists and risk potential damage and inspection failures.
They are also a great solution for ADA Accessibility since there is no threshold to have to step over. The size of your space may depict whether you are able to install a level entry shower or not since there is no threshold to catch the water. Hiring an experienced contractor who will make sure to protect the surrounding are around the shower is key to this type of remodel.
3. ADA ACCESSIBLE SHOWERS
As our bodies grow older, things seem to change. Starting at the ripe old age of 30 it seems we begin to deplete over-night. But that's just nature! Safety begins to become a concern and showering is one of the biggest concerns.
According to seniors mobility.org a shower level with the bathroom floor is the best for accessibility, but if that isn’t possible, there are ways to make a standard threshold or low threshold shower safer for seniors. All shower areas for older adults should include easy-to-use equipment with safety in mind.
As with the bathtub, non-skid floors can be added to the inside of the shower, not just on the outside. The best options are padded or textured tile types that prevent slipping, add comfort to the feet, and let water drain.
Shower Handles/Grab Bars
Where to position grab bars and handles in the shower can be confusing. This video by Kohler includes some excellent tips for locations. The bars should be installed appropriately where the individual will naturally reach out to hold onto, whether vertically or horizontally.
Shower Transfer Benches
As the name suggests, shower transfer benches help bathers move in and out of the shower. These benches range in price from $125-$225 and provide bathroom safety for individuals in various ways.
First, these are long, sturdy, and adjustable benches suitable for stretching the legs out if needed. Second, part of the bench length typically includes a supportive backrest. Third, they have at least one grab bar.
Shower chairs fit in a bathtub or shower for seated bathing, along with a showerhead. Some are simple in design and don’t have armrests, while other models have armrests, extra back support, and a larger seat with grab handles. The price range for these chairs is about $49-$399.
A handheld showerhead works with a shower chair for senior and handicap showers. Prices vary widely, but it’s best to focus on the details before choosing one since the showerhead’s weight can make a difference in comfort for an older person. Also, a long or cheap cord that becomes crimped or twisted may block water flow and make trying to shower very frustratingly and tiring.
An accessible shower is as level with the bathroom floor as possible to allow water drainage. It also contains grab bars and allows for transition from a wheelchair, walker, or shower transfer bench. Like walk-in-tubs, prices are in the thousands, and Medicaid or Medicare Part C Advantage plans may help with the cost.
4. LUXURY SHOWERS
Luxury Showers are an extension of the imagination. You can spend as little or as much money as you want when installing a luxury shower ranging from $8,000.00-$50,000.00. They're typically bigger, have additional shower heads, upgraded trim options, and floating bench seats.
Many of the features of a luxury shower include:
It's durability makes it the ideal choice for splashbacks, floors and high-traffic areas. Epoxy grout won't crack, shrink, or discolour, making it ideal for applying in wet areas, such as showers. It's also highly resistant to the harsh chemicals found in cleaning products.
Rainfall Shower Head
Rain shower heads won't give as good water pressure as a standard shower head. I've used a few rain shower heads in hotels and they do offer good pressure, but not as good as a standard shower head. The benefit of a rain shower head is more water flows over the body as it has a wider area of flow.
Linear drains are an enhanced drainage method and they offer a minimalist seamless look to any shower.
This remarkable simple way of getting rid of excess water is becoming the fastest-growing segment of luxury plumbing.
These drains are available in different lengths, style choices, and finishes to meet the needs of any individual consumer and design professional.
A good drain made of a recyclable material such as stainless steel can deliver a great deal of value, functionality and style.
The initial custom glass shower cost ends up paying for itself in the long run. The glass remains durable and beautiful for years to come, and you won’t need to replace it any time soon
As soon as you step into a bathroom with custom glass shower doors, there’s no denying the luxurious feel of the design. Shower curtains can’t compete against the sleek lines and crystalline appeal.
The best part about a glass door is the fact that there are many detailed options to suit any design. Framed or frameless, carved with a design or smooth, opaque or transparent. It’s up to you to pick what works best for your home’s needs, but every option is as beautiful and luxurious as the next!The shower is one of the biggest features of the entire bathroom, so putting extra emphasis on it is vital to a successful design.
5. SHOWER UPDATES
If you're home is 15 years old or more it may be a good idea to initially start with a shower inspection to ensure there are no leaks or mold. If you're wanting to update your shower then the process can be overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be.Is your shower an eyesore, hard to clean or damaged? Maybe you are simply ready for a change. Solace Showers can repair and refinish your tile or fiberglass shower right in place! No need for messy demolition. We save you money and quickly deliver a beautiful shower that looks and feels new.
Start with your given area and maybe even have a designer help with the mock-ups. Let your designer help with your tile selections.
Choose the different options that you would like to add to your update shower. These Options should inculde
- Shower Benches
- Handheld Wands
- Glass Doors
- Storage options