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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.

Modern Ideas for Home Walk in Showers

Monday, August 17th, 2009

We’ve all been dazzled by walk in showers at hotels, some with surround-marble, multiple shower heads and waterfalls that cascade down your back. All the things you never dreamed you wanted in a shower. The problem is that after the holiday, when all that’s left of the five star luxury shower is the five star luxury credit card statement, is that you wake up and drag yourself into your measly little shower in your miserable little bathroom, and instead of feeling refreshed, you feel depressed. Post holiday shower blues!

Easy Walk in Shower Solutions

If you’ve been thinking about a bathroom rehab by adding a walk in shower, there has never been a better to do it than now. The prices are good, the technology is peaking and the selection is almost limitless. Modernizing your shower into a walk in shower needn’t be a big undertaking. Here’s why.

Matki Walk In Shower

Matki Walk In Shower

There are walk in shower cubicles that have all you need, like wall panels, doors, modular floor trays and most of them are packaged into one low price. All you need to do is call a plumber and install. In a couple hours you can be taking a shower in your sleek new space.

There is also a walk in shower enclosure that is all inclusive, in many cases with a modular console and digital control. All you need to do is pick a space, make sure there’s a drain and plug it in. Well, not exactly “plug in”, but close.

No more Slippery Showers over the Tub

Alternatives to the slippery “shower over a tub” are walk in shower stalls personalized to whatever what you want with tile, arches, stone, wood or parts of prefabricated showers instead of the whole unit.

  • use a floor tray for drainage but keep the walls natural stone
  • install a teak floor but use white wall back and side panels
  • install only the large sheets of glass for doors and leave the shower space otherwise open

Quick Design Tips for Modernizing Walk in Showers

  • Try black slate tile as a backdrop for walk in showers wet room. It’s elegant, especially if you’re going to add glass panel doors and sleek chrome taps.
  • Add multiple shower heads or a combination of nozzles hoses and waterfalls just like in the fancy hotels. There are many residential options available and for a lot less then you might think.
  • For a crisp modern look you can tile in neutral stone and add a dash of accent color in a minimalist way – such as a little Spanish olive green or a touch of China red with a single porcelain pot outside the shower door.
  • A teak seat inside the shower can give that five star feeling without the price.

  • New shower heads or an electric shower could be all you need to modernize walk in showers.
  • Buy a stylish bathroom counter top, floor tiles and new fixtures and fittings to finish off the look.