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5 Ways To Install A Walk-In Shower
A walk-in shower is a great feature to have in your bathroom, and they are often much easier than you might think to fit into even a very compact bathroom. They are also a great accessible feature to future -proof your home, and will also make it more attractive to potential buyers. Here’s a look at some ways to include one in your bathroom.
Build a corner shower
A corner shower is a popular solution for small bathrooms. They save space, and if you use clear frameless glass panels, the dimensions and flow of light around the room is uninterrupted. If you have a little more room to play with, you could install a longer rectangular shape.
An alternative would be to go for a curved corner shower, which is very economical on space, and looks attractive.
Remove the bath
If you rarely use the bath tub, you could consider removing it altogether, and replacing it with a double size walk-in shower. This will give you lots of luxurious showering space, and be big enough to accommodate a carer, a wheelchair, or a parent and small children. Use a glass door partition to preserve the sense of space in the room.
Choose shallow trays
The more streamlined the shower tray, the more spacious the bathroom will appear. Minimal level changes also make the shower more accessible. Go for a rectangular shape, rather than a large square shape, to maximise the sense of space.
Go full wet room
If you have already made the decision to get rid of the bath tub, it may be an idea to go one further and install a wet room. This is a big DIY project, but perfectly achievable, if you are already quite handy at home improvements.
The biggest challenge is to angle the flooring so that the water flows to a central drainage point, and to fully waterproof the walls with a membrane lining. Once the room is fully waterproofed, or ‘tanked’, you will also have the advantage of built-in damp and mould protection, and you will also leak-proof your bathroom.
Furthermore, the waterproof boarding insulates the wet room, helping to keep it warmer and retain heat during the winter months. This in turn will save on heating bills and reduce CO2 emissions. During this era of soaring energy bills, the reduced costs could be significant, and will also add value to your home, should you wish to sell in the future.
Add a glass screen to create a shower area
If you decide to create a wet room, you can still create different zones within the bathroom. Glass screens to close off the showering space will stop the surrounding units and towels becoming soaked every time you have a shower. They can also a little a colour or pattern to the room, with tinted or frosted galls designs.
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