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Shower Stall Selection

Aug 18, 2007
You may currently have a shower/bathtub combination. This can be a good solution for bathrooms that have limited space, but the trend is to separate these units if both a tub and shower are featured in a newly remodeled bathroom. This could require expanding into other existing space in the household. In many cases, a closet may backup to a bathroom, and if not needed, can be incorporated to allow more space in a small bathroom.

This can also sometimes be accomplished by rearranging the layout in a bathroom. Often in older baths the layout is not very functional and does not make the best use of space. When reinstalling the units, it can save some money on plumbing costs if they are located next to one another.

Plan your space carefully. Taking accurate measurements that have been double checked and transferred to graph paper can be a great help in getting an accurate layout. Using design software can make this a simpler process, and changes can be made at the click of a mouse.

Consider how the elements will relate to one another in the space you have. A shower with sliding doors or a shower curtain can save space, as opposed to a shower door that swings out into the bathroom.

When you have determined how much space you have and what size shower stall and bathtub will fit into your new bathroom, it is time to start shopping.

Once you have made the decision that your bathroom will accommodate what you want in fixtures and you have decided on what size will be workable, it is time to shop. The new shower stalls come in a variety of choices from wide models to slim space saving models and even corner shower stalls.

Removing and adding a shower or tub to an existing space can be a real job. To remove the old unit you may have to partly demolish it in the room in order to get it out. Do be careful when shopping to be sure you can also get the new unit into the house and into the room itself.

Many units are available in multiple pieces that have to be reassembled. On today's market there are many choices, and these prefabricated models are much better than the ones produced in the past and often feature all or most of the extras found in the one piece shower units.

You'll find many stand alone shower kits at your local home improvement center. If one home improvement center does not offer everything you need you may need to investigate other sources as well. Do some online browsing. Many of the items you may need are offered in kits. You will need a shower floor, shower walls, a shower head and shower doors. Most of these items will be sold in a kit, but some may have to be bought separately.

When selecting a shower head, either choose one with a pressure balance valve included, or install a pressure balance valve separately. This will allow you the comfort of maintaining the temperature throughout your shower even if water is run elsewhere in the household.

Get the right shower head while you are replacing or adding a shower stall. They are offered in large head rain shower units, multiple head units, water saving and hand held. With so many choices available, shopping online is very convenient.

Do some browsing online and expose yourself to all the possibilities in features. Panels with jets can either already be included, or you can buy them separately and install them yourself.

Investigate the many different materials to see what is the best choice for you. There are a variety of materials with different appearances, and different care requirements.

Whether your needs call for a wide shower stall, a slim line shower stall or even a corner shower stall, there is a unit that will fit your needs and situation.
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