Five ways to build a better shower

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: BathInterior
September 29, 2013

The shower is a place to unwind from a stressful day, where you can forget your worries and pamper yourself. Remodeling the shower is extremely popular because it allows homeowners to create a spa-like experience in their own home, not to mention it’s a good investment and can increase resale value. Before you start your remodel, here are five ways to create a shower that will give you some well-deserved peace and quiet.

1. Spacious shower. If you’re gutting your bathroom, think about opening up the space to expand the size of your shower. Typically, showers are 36 inches wide by 36 inches deep; but now, luxury-style showers measure at least 48 inches by 96 inches. You can also create more shower space by selecting certain types of shower doors. Sliding glass doors can be a hassle to clean, as dirt can get into every little crevice. Hinged, glass doors, or if you have the space, a larger opening with no shower door at all, are better options for creating a modern, streamlined look.

2. Bring in the light. Do you have a small bathroom and don’t have room for a spacious shower? Not to worry — make the shower look bigger with lighting. Adding a skylight above the shower will make it feel larger in size and give a sense of being in a high-end resort. The materials you use on the door can also brighten things up. Choosing a glass door lets more light fill the space while showing off a fancy showerhead or tile. The glass can be frosted for added privacy.


3. Showerheads of all kinds. Shower-heads come in a wide variety of styles to add the desired look — and functionality — to your bathroom. From rainshowers to traditional showerheads and body sprays, the combinations are almost endless.

No matter what style or the number of sprays you choose, make sure to include a hand shower. It makes cleaning the shower a breeze, will help with washing the family pet, and gets all those hard-to-reach places during your daily shower. Moen now offers both multiand single-function hand showers. The multi-function hand shower features four settings: a focused rinse, full spray, massage and combination full spray and massage. The new single-function hand shower is available with a slide bar, allowing everyone in your family to adjust it to the perfect height. Best of all, both use up to 20 percent less water than the industry standard 2.5 gallons-per-minute models. You can now install and use a hand shower as your primary showerhead, without a major remodel, thanks to Moen’s new, shower arm cradle. Instead of attaching a bracket to the wall, the shower arm cradle easily installs onto the existing shower arm.

4. A place to sit and relax. Shower benches and seats are becoming an essential component for rest and relaxation. It’s a great way to add a spa-like element to your shower but also provides extra safety for your family. You can build a bench into the shower or attach one that folds up against the wall. Different styles and materials are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. Teak is a popular choice in the shower as it withstands different temperatures, is resistant to bugs and humidity and is also easy to clean.


5. Storage in the shower. Finally, build niches in the shower wall to fit all the bottles used on a daily basis. Creating several built-in areas will eliminate reaching for bottles on the shower floor and make it easier for the family to stay organized. Make sure the shelves slope toward the shower to keep the areas from getting moldy or full of soap scum. If you aren’t putting in new shower walls, you can also create more storage with a sturdy corner shelf. Choose one with at least three shelves so Mom, Dad and the kids can each have their own shelf.

With these few key upgrades, you’ll soon have the spa-like shower you’ve always desired. For more information about Moen products, visit

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.

Do-it-yourself projects for bathrooms

To create your own dream bathroom, experts from Fypon, a decorative millwork company, recommend one of these do-it-yourself projects:

• Install a set of pilasters on both sides of your shower stall and a door crosshead overhead to upgrade the look of your bathroom. No problem if the panels get wet because the urethane pieces resist moisture.

• Surround mirrors in the bathroom with painted or stained urethane mouldings. Paint, faux finish or stain the mouldings to complement the room.


• To add a touch of elegance to your bathroom setting, install a small wall niche in a focal point of the room. Use for displaying a flower arrangement or piece of artwork to carry through the theme of your bathroom.

• Look up … and add mouldings to your bathroom. Steam rises from showers and sinks, but that’s not a problem when using these moisture-resistant mouldings. An easy project is to install crown mouldings in your bathroom to add distinction to the room.

• Install brackets or corbels either underneath or on top of bathroom cabinets or shelves to add dimension and visual appeal.

This article is courtesy of Home Improvement News and Information Center.