Tips for Designing Your Dream Walk-In Shower
By Bedrosians Tile & Stone | 10/28/2019
We all dream of a bathroom that's a little bigger, a little more luxurious and even a bit more practical. Ask yourself what that means to you and your lifestyle. Are you seeking an invigorating morning drench with tons of space and maybe a bench to sit on? Do you like the seamless feel of curbless shower? Do you have mobility issues and a tub no longer works for you? Then a walk-in shower could be the solution. Read why you might want to choose a walk-in shower, and let these images inspire your shower remodel so it's as beautiful as it is functional.
What defines a walk-in shower?
Basically, a walk-in shower is a waterproofed showering area that has no hinged doors, enabling you to simply “walk in.” A popular design feature is to have a wet-room-style floor where the floor is tiled throughout. However, it’s also possible to have a visible shower tray in a walk-in, but they will be very low-profile or sit flush with the floor so the step is minimal. Another common design feature is a frameless, fixed-glass screen that shields the water spray from the rest of the room.
Back shower walls: Classic 2.0 2"x2" polished porcelain basketweave mosaic in Bianco Carrara | Shower floor and bathroom walls: Classic 2.0 12"x24" porcelain tile in Bianco Carrara
Why People Love a Walk-In Shower
They save space. Whether you’re desperate for more space in your bathroom or you simply want to create the illusion of it, a walk-in shower can help with both. Removing the need for a bulky cubicle means you don’t have to account for the space taken up by shower doors or high trays. This is particularly helpful in rooms that are narrow or have low ceilings.
They're practical. A huge benefit that a walk-in shower has over a traditional enclosure is that it’s much easier to use. Thanks to the doorless and step-free design, walk-in showers are ideal for people with less mobility, such as the elderly and young children, who struggle to lift their leg over a bath or to keep their balance. And with extra space for showering, two or more kids can be washed at once, easing the morning or bedtime routine. Double showers can also be fitted inside the wet area, which adds a five-star touch.
Bathroom/shower floor: Le Cafe porcelain 2"x2" hexagon mosaic in White matte and Black matte | Walls: Traditions 3"x6" ceramic subway tile in Ice White matte | Source: Plank + Pillow
Shower Options with Curb Appeal
If you're not able to have or want a completely curbless shower, you can still achieve a sleek, clean look with glass shower doors with minimal hardware and a short profile curb. And of course, tile selection is key and Bedrosians has everything you need to design the shower (and bathroom) of your dreams.
Shower/bathroom walls: Magnifica Porcelain 60"x120" slab in Calacatta Oro | Bathroom/shower floor: Paseo 4"x8" terra cotta tile in Black Diamond | Source: @jennasuedesign
Get the look of these walls with Traditions 3"x6" ceramic tile in matte Tender Grey | Source: @maxwhumphrey
What Are the Average Shower Remodeling Costs?
If you're wondering about the shower remodeling cost, there are a few factors to consider. According to HomeAdvisor, bathroom remodel costs run anywhere from $2,500 to $25,000. Large master baths in luxury homes might even hit or exceed $50,000. The typical home will spend between $6,000 and $15,000 for a complete tear out and replace of all walls, fixtures and appliances.
Labor will run you anywhere from 40 to 65 percent of your total project. Ranges depend on your location. While material pricing doesn’t change much from place to place, a higher cost of living means higher wages. Determining your bathroom makeover budget can be tricky.
Consider the following:
Regional pricing differences. Expect to pay up to 20% more if you live in an area with high real estate prices.
Quality of materials. A fiberglass shower surround might run only $300. Custom tile work can easily hit $3,000+.
Changing the floor plan. Making your bath larger, like converting a half bath to a full bath costs $5,000+.
Type of fixtures, appliances, counters and finishes you choose. Make a plan that includes both design and budget before choosing what to buy for your bath remodel.