Let us first understand what a wet room or walk-in shower is and how it is different from a regular shower area. Unlike regular shower area, a wet room has a completely water tight finish allowing water to be sprayed anywhere in the room without causing damage. It is common for wet rooms to be installed as opposed to baths, but if your bathroom is big enough, then there is no reason, why you cannot install both.
What makes a wet room watertight? It is not actually the tiles on the floor and walls, but rather the waterproofing or tanking, if put in a professional term, which is applied prior to any tiles being fixed. A wet room, therefore, removes the need for any enclosure or cubicle as the room itself acts just like an enclosure. Also, the floor of the room will have a slight slop to allow all the water to drain away in much the same way as a shower tray works.
Walk in Shower Enclosures
A walk-in-shower can be seamlessly merged in your bathroom. The central idea behind a walk-in-shower proposes a wet area dedicated for showering purposes; the separation thereby renders the remaining bathroom area dry. This simple yet highly effective solution results in better hygiene and a highly organized bathroom. These enclosures are made of toughened safety glass and allow you a quick, no fuss showering.
Before you go ahead with installing a walk-in enclosure, for the sake of reaching a better-informed decision and achieving best results, there are a few simple but not so obvious tips we must give importance to:
Keep It Door-Less
That means you must let go of your privacy considerations and be more focused on your shower. This concept works best without doors for it has two benefits attached to it once the door is eliminated, one you have unrestricted access both ways and two, you have extra space available right outside your shower which would have been otherwise occupied by the door. Now you could use that free space for storage or other arrangements. The other benefit of the no-door policy is lesser cleaning and easier maintenance.
Select The Most Secluded Corner
This simply increases your chances of unabashed splashing and have unrestrained fun in your shower. The idea is equally connected with prevention of splattering water on other areas of the bathroom you wish to keep untouched and undisturbed by water. A corner means having two walls at your disposal which apart from placing the wet area away from the remaining area of the bathroom also holds strategic importance from a plumbing and storage perspective.
One essential element of this structure is its base, and that base must be built at an angle so that the water effectively slopes downward towards the mouth of the drain cover during the course of using the shower. This eliminates the possibility of water collecting in the showering area as it is annoying for the bather to finish with a puddle and also for the next person who has no choice but to either wade through or wait for the little puddle to crawl away. To combat the flaws of floor designing, the bathroom industry produces pre-fabricated shower base pans that are made of acrylic and are reinforced with fibreglass for durability. These are built with an inherent angle which facilitates the passage of water to the drain.
The Glass Panels
Remember to choose durable panels as they complete the enclosure and are as committed to the structure as the two walls you have chosen to play the pivotal role of the shower station. The panels will take a lot of water beating and possibly in case of an inadvertent incident, an accidental push or a bump which signals us to buy panels made of toughened safety glass of at least 5mm thickness. This is to arrest the possibility of a broken glass scenario. Also, the glass may be marked with lime-scale leftover and soap marks. To safeguard against limescale, glass panels can have the anti-limescale coating included when you place your order.
The Right One
There is no such thing as a right or wrong enclosure, what is worth pondering over is the fittings used and the quality of the product. Usually, a good quality product will not disappoint you, but the problem seeps in with the fittings many times; no sooner you have seepage in your walls due to leakages or condensation the chances of mildew and mould flourishes are quite imminent. An enclosure that functions appropriately doesn’t leak, and is positioned to spray at the glass panels and not at the entrance is not just the right shower but the best.
Where’s the light?
The inclusion of light is often forgotten from the equation formulated for good ambience. The trick is to have ample light to create a feeling of spaciousness which can be achieved through using transparent panels which is the most suitable for an environment of indoor lighting. Alternatively, using natural light through windows where advantage must be taken of large windows if present or even a glass patch in the roof, allowing light to pass through the ceiling.
It Happens To Be The Case
Some bathrooms may have a pillar right in the middle, which may result in a space crisis. So instead of the unusual construction pattern, you could work it to your advantage by turning the pillar into the shower panel station by installing a shower tower, and have panels around it and circumscribe your wet area.
You wanted to have a seat while you are in your shower; the wish is not outrageous it’s quite natural and legitimate, especially when you are tired or if you are in the advancing towards or the advanced age category, where standing for long durations feels cumbersome. The solution could take multiple forms, but the most obvious is to have a bench integrated within this area which would be of use for seating and storage purposes.
The only drawback could be the chill during winter wafting through the open entrance but that would be the case only if there were no central heating installed into your bathroom which is highly unlikely and if perchance you don’t have it then you may consider picking from a myriad of boiler-radiator combinations or have a hot towel rail installed in your bathroom to neutralize the chill.
So go have a look at your bathrooms, see if you need remodelling or just a ready to use fixture would suffice, the solutions are often simple and easily available. A better design is certainly going to have a healthy impact on your mind through your daily bathing routine, which must be smooth for you to enjoy yourself when you enter this zone which totally belongs to you!