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For many the shower is the first and last thing we do everyday. The shower thus becomes less a place to keep clean and more a haven to get started and finish our busy lives. When renovating a bathroom, building or designing a shower can be a big task. First decide the size of both your budget and you bathroom, this will be the biggest determining factor when choosing your new shower. When designing or building your dream shower there are three major considerations and expenditures, fixture types, door types, and tray types.

Shower fixture types are divided into five major categories, single-head spray shower-heads, rain showers, dual and multiple shower-heads, hand-held shower-heads, and body sprays. Single-head spray shower-heads are the most ubiquitous of all the shower-head types. These are the standard rounded and adjustable heads. Most have four or more individual nozzles which distribute the spray in various patterns, the flow concentration can be adjusted by a small attached lever. Rain showers are typically large and flat fixtures which are located directly above the user and allow the water to “rain” down in a soft gentle and consistent manor. Dual and multiple shower-heads have two or more shower-heads all controlled by the same controls. This type of fixture is typically a combination of a fixed wall-mounted shower head coupled with a hand held addition. Both fixtures can be operated independently or simultaneously. The hand-held shower-head is attached to a flexible hose, most have an attachment which the unit can placed and operated hands-free. The body sprays have multiple spray heads which are fixed and wall mounted flush to the surface of the shower wall. These are quickly becoming all the rage, as the configuration an number of shower heads are limited only by your budget and water pressure. This is the most expensive of all the shower fixture types but for some the possibility of being completely surrounded by mist and spray is worth the extra price.

The second consideration when designing your show are the doors. Of course many people opt to have curtains or to have an open shower configuration, but for many doors are essential. There are three main door enclosures, frameless, semi-frameless, and framed. Frameless glass shower doors are built from tempered glass which hand from heavy-duty hinges or pivots. With no metal framing these doors offer an uninterrupted look, the glass is self-supported making this the most expensive shower doors option. They can be custom built to fit any shower size or shape. Semi-frameless glass shower doors use a minimal amount of framing and are a slightly more economical option to the frameless door option. These can also be custom built to fit a wide array of shower configurations. Framed glass doors have aluminum framing on all sides of the doors and panels. These are the standard glass door option and the most economical of all the shower door types.

The shower tray is simply the bottom of your shower. The bottom can be constructed from a wide array of materials from marble to wood. They can be custom built to fit into any space but most come in six major shapes, square, rectangular, quadrant, offset quadrant, pentangle and offset pentangle. Square and rectangular versions are pretty self explanatory and are the typical configurations for most showers. The Quadrant show tray has a curved formed front and best suited for corners. The semi-circle front provides a nice round look and saves on space. This is a good option for smaller bathrooms or shower which may be close to the toilet. The offset quadrant is a rectangular shape which curves in at the corner. This is the most spacious configuration and will fill a large bathroom making your shower the highlight of the space. The pentangle shower tray is like the square shape minus one corner, this is a great option for very small bathrooms as it fits nicely into one corner of the room. The offset pentangle shower tray is a larger version of the pentangle shower tray.