tiled shower, built-in bench, glass front and door

Showers come in all sizes and types, from huge spa-like tile and glass wonders to miniscule, efficient, fiberglass fixtures tucked into a corner. Here are some options to get you started on your plans:

  1. Fiberglass, tile, glass or Corian walls: Tile is a frequently chosen and attractive material for showers; oftentimes the homeowner will have the shower built into a corner, with two walls of tile and two of glass, one of which has a door.
  2. Curb or no curb: Curbless showers have become popular in recent years, for several reasons. One, they just look great and resemble more a luxurious spa; two, they are necessary if you have someone stay in your house who uses a wheel chair or has mobility problems.
  3. How big? Of course, it has to fit into the space available for it, but if you have lots of room in your master bath, the sky’s the limit.
  4. Bench: Most showers have a bench of some sort but it is not a requirement, of course. Whatever works for you. Some fiberglass showers come with molded benches, and for custom-built tiled showers you can have a bench built in, or have one of those teak wall-mounted fold-down benches installed, or none at all.
  5. Grab bars: These are a good idea to include and you really should have one or two installed when remodeling or having a new shower built. It is much more expensive to do later, as the carpenters will have to come at the shower wall from the room next door.
  6. Water saving fixtures: Just a good idea.
  7. Hand showers: Many people prefer this type, but it is up to what works for you.
  8. Shower head type, full spray, or?