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Wet Room and Walk in Shower Enclosure

Monday, August 17th, 2009

I could give you product specific details about walk in shower manufacturers, about each make and model of bathroom shower enclosure or walk in shower stall and still you’ll have to go to your nearest dealer and see them in the showroom or choose your online distributor.

So what I’ll do instead is give you some of the top brand names that people recommend and then you can check them out in the stores. I’ll provide practical information that you can incorporate in designing your walk in shower enclosure or stall that will make sense for YOU.

Walk in Shower Prices

Below are some walk in bath and shower brand names that are hot right now. Most of them carry bathroom walk in showers or baths and also have innovative showerheads and bathroom accessories. I do not include exact prices (just ballpark figures) because walk in showers can run you as little as $100 for a shower door to over $2,000 for a digital (all inclusive) walkin shower enclosure.

Matki Walk In Shower

Matki Walk In Shower

In general you can get something practical for walk in shower cubicles or a walk in shower enclosure between $300 and $700 if you shop around. You can also opt to build the walk in shower area out of any building material that has been treated so as to be water-resistant and then just add taps, showerhead and the floor drainage system. These items again can cost anywhere from $50 to several hundred.

Hot Brands for Walk in Showers

  • Airbath is mostly for baths.
  • Bette has a line of floor trays suitable for walk in showers.
  • Bisque is great for angle shower trays.
  • Bristan has everything.
  • Duravit has a very impressive multi-functional shower and all the accessories.
  • Daryl is part of the very famous Kohler and has high quality shower and bath products that are durable.
  • Grohe is well known for luxury showers and baths and for their line of water saving showerheads and taps/faucets.
  • Hansgrohe has wash basins, baths, showers and all accessories in very modern and sleek chrome.
  • Matki is high-tech, sleek and lots of glass for walk in showers and complete wet rooms.
  • Mira is another line of dependable Kohler mostly offering accessories and modern electric showers.
  • Roca has everything from porcelain toilets to sleek chrome shower heads.
  • Vado Eurobath is good for shower heads and chrome wall mounted shower mixers.
  • Aqualux, Twyford and Coram specialize in walk in showers, shower enclosure systems, and hinged pivot door shower enclosure. They also have some models for sliding doors shower enclosure, quadrant shower Enclosures and bifold doors for walk in showers.

Walkin Shower Shapes

Some of the newer walk in showers have D-Shape shower enclosures and others are corner entry and practical for small spaces enabling you to satisfy all possible master bathroom ideas.

Depending on the shape of your bathroom you may have room for a self contained shower enclosures, which as the name states, in all inclusive – doors, back, floor, tray, drain, showerheads, taps and usually they are digital.

Shower Trays

If you are building your own unique style walk in shower or wet room out of whatever construction material goes with your décor, you can opt to buy just the floor trays that come in rectangle, square and corner models to suit your space. A tray can be useful if you want hassle free care and good drainage or if you are not going to put down tile or stone or wood. However I have seen a tray used as a base and later a platform of wood or other material is built on top of the tray. This requires a top level drain that then runs down into the tray and drains as usual. This can be an inexpensive solution because trays can be as little as $50.

Shower Temperature Control

Electric showers can be added and still your walk in shower is relatively inexpensive. Consider the practical shower mixers that can be mounted on the wall and regulate the temperature better than traditional taps. They are a little more expensive (around $60 or $70 for good models) but they make your walk in shower a much better place in terms of temperature control.

Shower Doors

You can add sliding shower doors or bifold shower doors to almost any concept for less than $200 and hinged shower doors for little more $100. The most expensive walk in showers have bespoke shower doors and they cost more because usually they are made to measure.

A Splish-Splasher’s Guide to Walk in Showers

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Perspiration trickles down my back and legs as I step out of the jungle onto the swinging bridge that leads to the dock and to my home. I’ve been photographing the rubber plantation and rain forest since 5:00am; it’s now 8:00 and too hot to continue. There’s a light sea breeze wafting over the dock carrying a scent of salty seaweed and shellfish. In the distance, on the other side of the bay, I can make out the fishing boats unloading shrimp and lobster for morning market. I reach the end of the bridge and the dock greets me with a creek. To the right is my bungalow, on stilts over the mangrove tangled water (where I hang my camera on a nail and leave my tripod in a corner), and to the left is my private walk in shower…

…I step from the bamboo flooring inside the bamboo enclosure and let the cool water spray over my skin. No bath or shower ever felt so good. I can smell the wood as the water sprinkles the walls, and an earthy freshness rises from the stone floor in a little cloud of vapor. I let myself drip dry for a moment, tie a sarong around my waist and plop into my hammock. Aaaahhhh, yes! This is what I think of whenever anyone mentions a “walk in shower”.

Walk in Showers Around the World

As a journalist I’ve had a few walk in showers over the years: in Indonesia with teak walls and marble floors, in Spain with mosaic tile and Moorish arches, in China with silken partitions and a foot massaging pebbled floor, and in Japan within a glass enclosure and digital shower controls. However my strangest shower experience was in a Taipei apartment where the landlord proudly presented me to the Taiwanese version of a walk in shower. Yes indeed, the tiny bathroom was a wet room. By positioning myself just right on the toilet, and balancing my elbow on the edge of the bathroom sink, I could in fact hold the hose that came out of the wall above the toilet tank and take a pleasant hot shower.

Why all the fuss about showers?

It’s simple. A shower isn’t merely a place to wash dirt off our bodies; it purifies and refreshes us within. It’s a private moment of renewal, a way to let things go, to watch the dirt of the day flow away with the water and disappear down the drain.

Practical and Inexpensive Walkin Shower Splish-Spalsh

You needn’t go to Bali for a marble-teak splish or to Tokyo to take a high-tech splash, and you needn’t live in the jungle to smell bamboo and stone as you scrub. You can have a walk in shower as Caribbean-tropical or as Asian-chic as you desire right in your own home. Don’t settle for squatting over a toilet or standing inside a tub when you can dance to your own beat in a walk in shower that’s both practical and inexpensive.

You can buy a walk in shower cubical or a modern walk in shower enclosure made of glass or you can build walk in shower stalls from wood, stone, mosaic tile or marble. The secret to a walkin shower is how well the area is sealed and how well the drainage in the floor has been designed. To show you how simple and inexpensive it can be here’s an example: One innovative gentleman who ran a small 2 room B&B on an island in the South China Sea, simply left the cement shower area open, painted the back walls with a water-resistant bright color and filled the floor (up to the outer cement lip) with about 4 inches of medium sized loose gravel (not sand)and seashells. The water ran between the gravel and shells, draining as normal.

The Chinese owner said he had been inspired to create this shower by one he had seen when he lived on Australia’s Gold Coast. He said it cost him the price of the cement to make the area, the price of the taps and shower head, and the cost of the water-resistant paint; the pebbles and shells he gathered from the beach.

Handicap Showers

Walk in baths and showers are not just for the artistic or modern shower-goers who want something exotic. They are also practical solutions to facilitate access to disabled showers and handicapped showers in walk in bathrooms. A walk in bathroom, deigned extra wide and with no steps, can be combined with manual or electric showers. Elderly people or anyone needing level access showers, without a cubical enclosure, should consider a wet room made entirely of stone, tile or wood. A walk in bathroom/ wet room is not just for spas or hotels; they are practical for residential use and may resolve issues for designers who must create a bathroom for a handicapped individual.

Here at Home Walk In showers I will help you with tips and ideas for YOUR walk in showers so you can spend your time splish-splashing!