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Super Shower Remodeling Ideas to Enhance Your Waterloo Region Bathroom

A shower should be a haven, a stress-relieving setting where you can unwind and decompress after a long day at work. However, if your shower is starting to seem old or exhibiting signs of wear, a shower remodel may be necessary to give your bathroom a new lease on life.

Showers come in a variety of shapes and sizes to complement any bathroom's design, and even the tiniest renovation can go a long way toward changing your bathroom into the sanctuary you envision as your ideal retreat.

If you're thinking about remodeling the shower in your Waterloo Region home's bathroom(s) and need some ideas, look no further. And if you are planning to sell your Waterloo Region home, upgraded bathrooms are big draws for homebuyers, so any expenditures on shower remodels will be money well spent.

Take a peek at these bathroom shower remodel ideas for inspiration on anything from shower heads to tile selection.

Shower Remodelling Layout Ideas

Shower and Tub Combinations

A tub and shower combo is a bathroom remodeling idea that is great for homeowners who enjoy baths and showers but don't have enough space in their bathrooms to accommodate both. This combination comprises of a tub and a shower head fixture that can be configured in a variety of ways. This shower makeover option is a terrific alternative for families with children who need a safe place to bathe or older folks who can't stand for long amounts of time.

Square and Rectangular Showers

The most common shower in a bathroom is a rectangle or square shower. It's adaptable to any bathroom size while remaining spacious enough to avoid feeling claustrophobic. This style, as the name implies, has four corners on each side and is typically used in the end or middle of a bathroom. These showers offer additional design flexibility and can be custom designed to meet the proportions of your bathroom.

Corner Shower Units

If you don't have a lot of space in your bathroom, a corner shower is a great option. Two wall panels and two to three glass enclosures make up these showers, which fit perfectly in the corner. Corner showers don't usually need partitions and can be installed next to a vanity or toilet.

Curved Showers

Curved showers, like corner showers, are rounded rather than square. This shower is ideal for bathrooms with unusual dimensions, and it can even be offset if space permits.

Round showers are similar to curved showers, except they are designed like a circle and do not take up a corner. These showers take up more room, are usually free-standing, and come in more contemporary styles.

General Bathroom Remodeling Design Ideas to Enhance Your Shower Space

Built in Storage Niches

Adding built-in wall niches to your shower redesign provides a perfect dedicated location to house your shampoos, conditioners, and hair products. These can be used in place of soap dishes or shower shelves, and if installed carefully, they can be hidden from view.

Shower Seating

Adding a seat to your shower is a simple bathroom renovation concept that can improve your shower's comfort and appearance. A shower seat for elderly individuals or children is a terrific solution for those who don't have the space for a tub and want to boost their bathing safety.

Shower Tile Upgrades

The bathroom tile you choose can tie your shower and the rest of the room together. Choose a tile color scheme that complements the theme and aesthetic of your vanity and cabinets when deciding what will look best. Also, when choosing tiles, remember the Rule of Three: no more than three tiles of the same color palette should be utilized in the space to avoid distractions.

You should also think about alternative tile sizes. To add interest to the backsplash and accent tiles, mix and match larger and smaller tiles. During a shower renovation, tile shape is quite significant. Depending on the design you choose, you'll want to make sure that each tile complements the next.

Finally, select tiles that are appropriate for your lifestyle. Porcelain and ceramic tiles are great options for cleaning and care if you want a tile that is easy to maintain. Avoid glass tiles for shower floors since they are slick when wet.

You can choose from a variety of tile options, such as:

  • Ceramic

  • Porcelain

  • Slate

  • Polished Stone

  • Granite

  • Marble

  • Travertine

  • Limestone

Shower Head Upgrades

Even a simple, quick change like a new shower head can make a huge difference to the function of your shower as well as, in some cases, to its overall appearance. Here are just a few shower head upgrade ideas to consider:

Multiple Spray Shower Heads

A multifunction shower head combines multiple spray settings into a single device. Spray options in one shower head make it simple to create a customized showering regimen, whether you want a massage-like rinse, a cleansing rinse, or a calming rinse. You can effortlessly go from an energizing spray to a peaceful rinse by switching to a multifunction shower head.

Rainfall Shower Head

Installing a rainfall shower head is a relatively low-lift and low-cost update that can take you one step closer to that spa bathroom. But before you rush to buy a new shower head and hire a handyman to do the installation, there are a few things you need to consider about rain shower heads, most importantly the size.

First, compared to a standard shower head, the faces of rain shower heads are a good bit bigger in diameter. Rain shower heads are meant to fully cover your body in a stream of water that feels like rainfall, which requires the head to be anywhere from 6 to 12 inches wide. If you aren't making any changes to your existing shower stall or bathtub, you'll want to make sure that a new, wider shower head won't spray onto your floors every time you turn it on.

There's also a potential height issue for rain shower heads. Traditionally, rainfall shower heads are ceiling-mounted to allow you to fully embrace that rainfall effect.

Rerouting pipes to enable this setup is a more involved project, but even if you're up for it, you'll want to make sure the ceiling in your shower stall is high enough. The tallest person using your shower should have at least a foot of clearance (accounting for at minimum a 3-inch shower arm and a head that's a few inches tall so that the "rain" has some distance to actually fall).

With the rising popularity of rain shower heads, more brands now offer wall-mounted versions, which allows you to use the existing vertical pipe behind the wall of your shower and install a shower arm with a 90-degree angle on it so that the head can still be completely flat above your head.

Smart Shower Head

Manual dials and/or levers are used to control water temperature and spray outlet in the standard shower, which has been around for decades with little in the way of advancements. As you are well aware, having a good time entails a lot of fidgeting and waiting while you are exposed.

Digital showers appeared around the turn of the 21st century, with features such as push-button on-wall control and LED displays, allowing you to change water temperature similarly to your home's thermostat. Today's high-tech showers take the digital notion to a whole new level, allowing you to use applications and connections to your home's wireless assistants.

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