Walk In Showers
Walk in showers have become more common in recent years as people deviate from standard bathroom setups in new houses and renovated rooms. Offering both ease of access and general convenience, walk in showers are definitely something to consider when the time comes to build your bathroom. Unlike standard bath units, the walk in shower is very open to customization, and designs can often be changed to suit your unique situation. Two common walk in shower designs are the corner unit and the walk in tub/shower combination. There are pros and cons to each, and your choice should complement your overall design plan.
The corner walk in shower is a common choice for small bathrooms, especially when expanding an existing half-bath, and for second or guest bathrooms. It is a common choice, and most major brands, including Kholher, Grohe, and Moen carry a variety of shower designs and parts. The benefits of the walk in corner shower are generally lower price than other variants, and considerably easier to fit in a small space (although there are certainly large spa style models available).
The walk in bath/shower combo is a relatively new addition to the lineup of walk in showers. While originally designed to accommodate elderly and disabled individuals, the design has been picked up by major brands like American Standard and Whirlpool, and are sold to compete with standard bathtubs. Walk in bathtub/shower combos generally feature a full bath with watertight swinging doors to enter and exit the bath. It has the big advantage of retaining the bathtub for soaking while keeping the ease of use of the walk in design. Because it retains the bath, it is a good choice for a master bathroom or larger full bath.