Adding a walk-in shower is a terrific alternative when building a new home, finishing a basement space, or remodeling an existing bathroom. A walk-in shower is a waterproofed area for showering that doesn’t have a hinged door at the entrance point. One popular feature utilizes tile throughout the entire shower area, including the floor, to minimize the need for a step. Some walk-in showers also feature a frameless, fixed-glass screen that protects the rest of the bathroom from water spray. If the space is large enough to accommodate it, some walk-in showers are completely open.
Walk-in showers provide homeowners with many benefits. They add value to the home, and save space by removing the need for a swinging shower door. They provide flexibility when planning the layout of the bathroom, and are a great option for those with mobility issues, including elderly and handicapped people and young children.
Walk-in showers are also less complicated to clean and maintain. Tile and glass are easy to spray and wipe down, and there are no door handles or hinges to scrub. There’s also no need for a shower curtain, which can attract mold and typically needs to be switched out regularly.
Homeowners can choose between a standard prefabricated shower kit or a custom shower created from scratch. A custom build will require access to plumbing pipes, so gutting and rebuilding walls may be necessary.
Design options are limitless. You can choose standard shower heads, or you can opt for a rainfall shower head, a handheld sprayer, or steam-shower fittings. You can include an integrated ledge or bench. Plan for toiletry niches, lighting, and ventilation needs. Consider slip-resistant flooring and grab bars for safety.
Mr. Handyman of Wheaton-Hinsdale can assist you with your walk-in shower planning, design, and installation needs. For more information, please contact:
245 W. Roosevelt Road #69
West Chicago, IL