Do you have a small bathroom but still want a bathtub in it rather than just a shower? Maybe you have a half bath that you would like to convert into a full bath for a growing family. With all of today’s small bathtub ideas and options, fear not—it can be done with a little research and creativity.
Do you have a small bathroom but still want a bathtub in it rather than just a shower? Maybe you have a half bath that you would like to convert into a full bath for a growing family. With all of today’s small bathtub ideas and options, fear not—it can be done with a little research and creativity. Continue reading
Before you shop for shower fixtures, it’s important to understand the basics of shower controls. What options are there? What will fit your space and budget best?
There are three basic systems for controlling the water temperature and flow rates:
- Simple single levers or knobs that control both water temperature and flow
- Combination temperature controls, which can include two or even three extra fixtures
- A separate thermostatic control valve (temperature only) and flow valve (volume only)
There’s little that makes me crazier than a squeaking shower floor. Because there are so many reasons your floor could be squeaking, it can be tricky to see how to fix it — or if it’s fixable. Your best bet is to prevent squeaks in your fiberglass or acrylic shower base from ever getting started. Here’s what to watch out for.
While the bathroom is the place that you shower, bathe, brush your teeth, wash your hands, flush a toilet, you don’t want excess water to stick around on the floors or in the shower. So instead of always getting out a towel to wipe up excess water, opt for tiles that can stand up to your bath-hating pets, daily steamy showers, or the kids’ tidal waves. Here are a few ways to use tile to increase the water-resistance of your bathroom. Continue reading
First thing every morning you take a shower to wake up, the end of the day you take a shower to wash off the day and your troubles. Your shower might be yours or you might be in a hotel or at someone’s house. Either way we are all in a quest for the perfect shower, just enough pressure and spray that helps to melt your troubles and grime away. There are so many different showerheads and now you can get a shower system that gives you the “spa experience” you just need to find the one that is best for you.
If you’re remodeling or creating a new bathroom, it’s important to take the time to consider all the shower options available, including the fixtures. You can change the look and feel of your bathroom with the design of your new shower. Make sure you feel good about your choice and that it fits all your needs and is beautiful and functional. Continue reading
One of the worst things that can happen when you are taking a shower is when someone flushes a toilet or kicks on the dishwasher and the shower water turn scalding or ice cold. It can lead to second and third degree burns and with children and the elderly it could mean a trip to the hospital. So, you have two options; 1. Redo your entire plumbing and put in pex lines that are not connected like traditional plumbing but allows you to have dedicated lines to each item that needs water. Or 2. You can install a thermostatic shower valve. This valve is hands down the most reliable way to obtain constant water temperature.
On the average people in the US will take roughly 28,433 showers in their lifetime. Most people chase after the perfect shower like it is our mission, making sure the water pressure is strong enough, the water is not too hot or too cold, and let’s not forget the showerhead. The showerhead is a key part in getting the perfect shower. Continue reading
Today’s showerheads offer more innovative options for cleaning, comfort, and water conservation than ever before. Installing or changing your showerhead in your shower is one of the most economical ways to create a more pleasant and eco-friendly shower experience. There are two basic types of showerheads: fixed showerheads are attached to the shower arm and mounted permanently to the wall; hand-held showerheads are attached to the wall with flexible tubing, which makes it easier to maneuver the water where you want it. These two types offer a wide variety of configurations with many different adjustable settings or spray patterns available.
When choosing the showerhead to fit your needs, keep in mind the following information:
- Traditional showerheads are fixed and the most affordable option available.
- Dual showerheads are fixed and offer wider water flow to cover a larger area, at multiple angles.
- Body spas and body mists are fixed strips of jets or misters that create soothing, massaging sprays with full body coverage.
- Overhead showerheads or rain showerheads are fixed and allow for a cascade of water to flow down from above to create a light, even distribution of the water.
- Slide bar showerheads are fixed and provide for a moveable mount of a vertical bar that can be moved up or down to adjust to the right height for the person in the shower.
- Handheld showerheads offer a wide variety of features and water flow options as well as provide the user to direct the water where it’s most needed or to concentrate the water in a specific area.
- Spray patterns determine the direction, range, and volume of water coming from the showerhead. There are wide varieties to choose from including full body sprays, massaging pulse sprays, power sprays, mist sprays, drenching rain sprays, and combination sprays.
- The material and finish of your showerhead will enhance the overall look of your shower and can be made to match the other fixtures in your bathroom. Chrome, nickel, solid color, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and mixed colors are available and provide polished, brushed, matt, satin, high gloss finishes or looks and can determine the durability, economical, and easy to clean materials.
- Water pressure and flow of the showerhead should be considered. Look for low-pressure showerheads as an option since they use less water but still offer a full shower experience without sacrificing the water pressure. Many showerheads allow you to adjust the nozzle for a stronger flow when necessary.
Regardless of what you decide on, make sure you choose the best option for your lifestyle so you can enjoy your shower again!