If you are embarking on a new bathroom redesign you’re sure to be looking at all the available design options. What type of suite are you going to choose? How will this fit into your design theme? What sort of budget will a new design cost? These are all things which will go through your mind before the installation process begins.
While the new bathroom installation process can be messy and might take some time, the end results are definitely worth it. Bathroom design has come on a long way in the past decade or so, with new designs now available which can create a stunning impact in the room. But perhaps before you get too excited about the finished room it’s worth looking at some of the practical things during the design stage – such as the type of shower you are going to choose.
Separate shower cubicle or shower over bath
The decision to have a shower over a bath or as its own entity is normally dictated by space alone. A separate shower enclosure can add to the cost of the redesign process but it’s much more functional than having a shower fitted over the bath, especially as otherwise you’ll have to step into the bath every time you want to shower. There is now a huge range of shower cubicle/enclosure designs available, with some offering complete showering experiences by using a number of directional jets.
The type of shower
The type of shower you choose is again normally dictated by other things – such as your hot water system in this case, although a separate system may be installed if necessary. There are three main shower types:
o Electric showers are very common, especially in homes which don’t have conventional hot water systems. They provide an easy way to heat water, when it passes through the shower unit, and can be installed in any dwelling, as long as it has a suitable electric supply. One common problem associated with electric showers is that they don’t normally provide a high rate of water flow.
o Power showers provide an excellent showering experience as they boost the water pressure using a separate pump. They can’t however be used with a combi boiler as this type of water heater can’t provide the flow needed. They can however be used if you have a separate hot water tank and a cold water header tank.
o Thermostatically controlled showers are the most common type of shower installed today. They are just a mixer shower with a thermostat included and run off either a combi boiler system or a conventional hot water tank-fed system. Whist these showers don’t normally provide the same rate of flow as a power shower, they are usually more than suitable for a domestic environment, especially if combi-fed.
Whilst the space you have and the type of shower you choose will play a big part in a design process, it’s important to factor all the refurbishment elements together before starting any work.
About the Author
Harry Trent is a Gas Safe engineer from Hants. For everything bathroom related he uses junction2interiors.co.uk.