A shower is an essential addition to any bathroom. Armrock Constructions specialises in bathroom renovations on the Gold Coast, and in this article we’re going to discuss important considerations around upgrading your shower, including choices on location, screens, tapware, tiling and plumbing.
If you’re considering upgrading your Gold Coast shower, don’t hesitate to contact our team. All of our projects begin with a free consultation and quote.
Dealing with Shower Shape in Bathrooms
Showers are often the tallest feature AND the most vertical feature in the bathroom. For medium-sized and larger bathrooms, this can present a design challenge – how to include a different shape in the room. Typically, bathroom features are horizontal (vanity benchtop, bathtub) or low-set (toilet, rails). Showers are they opposite – vertical and tall – how can they be included without looking out of position?
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Including different-shaped objects in a room is always a challenge to overcome in kitchen and bathroom renovations. Showers are such an example, especially when they’re enclosed in a shower-screen that clearly delineates them as vertical box in a room full of low, horizontal objects.
An integrated style can be achieved by developing a relationship between the shower and the other parts of the room. Line is important for this. Building lines towards and through the shower that connect it with other components of the room helps to reduce its differences and verticality.
This effect can easily be achieved with a great tiling solution. You can read more about this here.
It’s always worth looking at the size of the shower relative to the rest of the bathroom. There may not be any flexibility because of bathroom size or shower-screen size, but since it’s a renovation it helps to think with an open mind. A larger shower is not only more functional but also allows the room to breath, and expanding the verticality of the shower solution also helps to integrate it with the rest of the room as well.
Yes – items will be kept in your shower! To avoid the worst-case scenario of storing them on the floor, consider a storage solution that suits your lifestyle. A permanent solution that’s popular with our Gold Coast clients is a tiled niche – a nice design touch that adds visual value as well as creating a permanent place to store items.
Especially for open shower designs, identifying and controlling the way water may be controlled in the bathroom is a matter of good design and drainage. This is the difference between a solution that looks great and one that works well in a practical sense.
Relocating Your Shower
In a bathroom renovation, the old shower is often replaced without being relocated. Keeping the shower in the original position may be the best outcome, but it’s always worth considering your options. A new bathroom may be best realised by a complete reconfiguration of the layout.
There is a popular school of thought that the relocation of any plumbing should be avoided due to the increased costs associated, but this decision should be made in the context of the scale of renovation, your ambitions for the new bathroom, and other construction considerations.
Because Armrock’s services combine vital trades such as carpentry, tiling and plumbing, when we consult on your renovation, we can help you evaluate alternative approaches and their costs and benefits.
Types of Shower Enclosures
The type of enclosure your new shower will use is as much a case of personal preference as it is practical consideration. Shower screen options have changed a lot in recent times and sometimes the hardest part is making a decision! Here are some examples from our recent Gold Coast renovations.
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Fixed Panel Shower Screen
The fixed panel shower screen features no moving parts. We embed a sturdy glass panel and effectively, the shower is ‘open’ at all times. The design features drainage to minimise water escape.
Semi Frameless Shower Screen
The semi-frameless shower screen creates a minimal look which combines a thin or absent frame with glass edging and engineering. With a slight visual footprint, this allows features within to be accentuated and also to promote a lightness about the bathroom design.
Sliding Shower Door
As far as showers with doors are concerned, a sliding shower door has the advantage of not requiring any space for opening and closing, as is the case with pivot doors.
Showerhead Water Efficiency
Whether you’re motivated to save water or to save money, being aware of the water-efficiency benefits of different shower heads is a worthwhile exercise. Learn more about these here: water efficiency.