Builder's Corner: Wet Rooms Work for Everyone

2014-01-18T10:15:00Z Builder's Corner: Wet Rooms Work for EveryoneMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
January 18, 2014 10:15 am  • 

Growing in popularity, wet rooms are having a major impact on bathroom layout and design.

Consider the fact that houses built in the first half of the 20th Century featured tubs with no showers. Over time, tubs were outfitted with showerheads and shower stalls were created.

Today, many people prefer the convenience of a shower – and when it comes to showers, universal design and luxury have a great deal in common. Some of the hottest design trends - large, walk-in showers with no doors, boutique tiles and versatile shower sprays - fit right in with designs that make showers safe, accessible and enjoyable to use.

When it comes to making sure showers work for everyone regardless of age, size, ability and changing needs (i.e. universal design), wet rooms are a great option for large and small spaces alike.

A wet room is a waterproof room equipped with a shower. The room itself becomes the shower enclosure, with a drain inset into the floor replacing a conventional shower curb or tray.  As a result, you have more options to create a room that is different in layout and style.

However, safety and accessibility are the primary reasons why most people are removing shower curbs/trays. Grab bars (which now come in a great variety of colors, chic shapes and elegant finishes to coordinate with other bathroom accessories) and curbless showers (non-slip floor options include tumbled stone or non-glossy ceramic tiles, preferably mosaics or other small pieces that are embedded in a dense network of grout. Many designers continue the tile all the way up the shower walls and even across the ceiling since handheld sprays can shoot water everywhere) make a bathroom much safer, while providing easier access for those with reduced mobility or those who need assistance.

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