The Everyday Luxury of a High-End Shower

2013-07-06T11:00:00Z The Everyday Luxury of a High-End ShowerMichelle Krueger Times Correspondent
July 06, 2013 11:00 am  • 

Custom shower systems can be big and expensive – but they don’t have to be. Now that jetted soaking tubs are taking a back seat to power showers, homeowners are opting to invest a bit more in the area where they spend the most time.

Here are a few of the latest trends in showers from HGTV:

No Barriers - a standalone shower no longer means a glass door on a track. Now it means a frameless, glass shower that virtually disappears into the room and keeps a small bathroom from looking cramped. A doorless, curbless shower is practical as well as luxurious. Sometimes called a wet room, it can showcase tile work and accommodate an elaborate, spa-like shower system. Plus, it’s a universal design that will allow homeowners to continue to use the fixture if their mobility is ever limited.

Control - systems like Moen's Iodigital system monitor a shower's water temperature and automatically adjust water flow when the dishwasher, washing machine and toilet are in use. With four presets, the Iodigital remembers exact water temperature and pressure desired for a warm, gentle morning shower to cool, high-pressure, post-workout shower.

Rain showerheads - Hans Grohe's Raindance Rainfall mounts flush against the wall and projects water into the shower area with three settings for big, rain-like water droplets, a massage spray and waterfall spray.

Lights and music - Kohler's WaterTile Ambient Rain chromatherapy panel adds mood lighting to its body sprays, while Kohler’s SoundTile provides high-performance audio.

Water conservation – yes, it’s possible to enjoy a high-end shower experience and be kind to the environment as well. Moen's Envi Eco-Performance Rainshower has an eight-inch rain showerhead and uses 20 percent less water than the industry standard. Another water-saving option, a three-function transfer valve diverts water from a showerhead to a handshower to a set of body sprays.

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