For many reasons it has become popular to replace tubs with large showers. For one thing, tubs use more water than a shower (usually!), and a tub bath requires more time. With a shower you can still have a long relaxing soak, or you have the option to jump in, take a quick shower and be out in less time than it takes to fill a tub.

In their defense, there are aesthetically pleasing soaking tubs that are decorative in their own right, but there is still the quantity of water required to fill them and the space they take up in the master bath. Studies find that they tend to not get used enough to justify the space, in many homes.

Showers can be very luxurious and beautiful; especially large tiled showers. The possibilities of design, color and layout are endless. Shower head options include body sprays, handhelds, rain heads and more. Be aware that some of the innovative options will increase water use and may increase plumbing costs of the project.

A nice touch to include in a new shower is a built-in bench. You may want to include a hand held shower head located near the bench for use in shaving your legs.  Another practical and attractive detail is a wall niche built into the tiled shower wall for holding soap, shampoo or whatever! They can be an element of interest and the way they are tiled can add an artistic element to the shower.

For a smaller shower, fold down benches work nicely.

Zero-threshold showers exude elegance; in addition, since they have no shower sill to step over, they are a welcome addition for a handicapped family member or a mobility impaired older person.

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