If you have a small bathroom, a shower is an eco-friendly alternative to a bath. It’s space-saving, and also saves energy and water.
Water pressure will influence the design and layout of your shower. Here in Britain, most homes have an indirect water supply, meaning you will need to have the shower cistern three to four metres above the shower head.
A solution to this water pressure problem could be to have a pump installed, or a direct supply, but both of these have limitations and you should consult the advice of a professional plumber before deciding to go ahead with either.
Having a bath shower mixer in your existing bath is very popular, as you don’t need to take up additional room. It is usually enclosed with either a bath screen or curtain.
Another option is a separate shower enclosure, usually made from toughened safety glass. You can choose between hinged, pivot and sliding doors to suit the design and space of your bathroom. There is always the option of a frameless door for a minimal look.
The trays for a shower enclosure come in different materials, for example, ceramic, acrylic or enamelled steel so you can choose which best suits you.
Fixed shower heads are attached to the wall by a shower arm, and cannot be moved or have the height adjusted.
Flexible shower heads have hoses and are attached to a bar, so you can adjust the height and position.
A ‘Rain’ shower head is simply an oversized shower head that simulates the effect of standing in a downpour.
Adjustable shower heads allow you to vary the type of spray you want.
Bath shower mixers and hand held shower sets are controlled by diverters that direct the water to the main tap or shower. The most simple shower controls regulate the temperature only, using either a disc or lever. A dual control thermostatic valve allows you to preset the temperature and vary the water flow.