So, that big shower system you saw in the magazine while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store is something you want for yourself. It will create a spa feeling for your bathroom, and the body jets will feel so relaxing after your workout.
But there are some important considerations, from the layout of the jets and showerhead to how much hot water is available. One important and often overlooked factor is how you like to shower, as well as anyone else that is going to use that shower. Are you a person that likes to take a quick shower, preferring to soak in a bathtub? Or is the bathtub something that never gets used and a long hot shower is something that you really enjoy? The answers to these questions help determine how much hot water is needed and what the best water heater technology to use.
If the shower is large enough, owners often want multiple showerheads. And even if there is only room for a single showerhead, we recommend installing a handheld showerhead. There is a significant difference between integrating a handheld showerhead in the design and replacing an existing showerhead. The outlet for the handheld can be placed lower on the wall and a sliding bar can be used to allow the owner to adjust the height of the handheld based on how tall they are. When designed into the shower, a handheld head is much more aesthetically pleasing.
Then there is the placement of the body jets. Conventional wisdom is to place them off axis with the showerhead. Sometimes that isn’t possible. Installing the jets in the perfect location might mean they are directed right at the shower door and will lead to an unacceptable amount of water on the floor in the bathroom.
Somewhere in the process, outside walls have to be considerer – most showers have at least one exterior wall. While it is possible to place water pipes in an exterior wall, best practice is to avoid it wherever possible. Generally, creative piping plans and the use of handheld showerheads can overcome this constraint.
Sounds simple … right? Good planning and design make the difference between a ho-hum shower in the morning and an invigorating, refreshing experience that gets you ready for the day.