When you decide to install an extra shower enclosure in your home, it will take a great deal of planning. The first step is obviously choosing the location of the shower. If you can’t use the existing area that houses the bath tub, then you’ll need new pipes installed and routed.
This can end up costing you quite a bit of money, and you will need to have a contractor come in to make sure that the project is even feasible for the space that you are planning on using.
If the room that you are planning on adding the additional shower to is fairly small, you might want to consider using a quadrant shower enclosure that will utilize the space that is available in a corner rather than pushing it along the wall. This will take up less room for you, and you can add in things like a linen closet or even a heated towel rack in the space next to the shower.
One of the most important things you will need to consider, besides the routing for the pipes coming into the shower, is the drainage system. This is extremely important and should be done by a professional plumber whenever possible.
Your drainage system will need to be recessed into the floor so that the water will drain towards the center of your enclosure. This takes a great deal of work to plan out and, if you don’t get the drain level set right, your shower water won’t flow correctly, which can cause all kinds of water issues for your floor. You will also want to make sure that you use watertight sealant on your drain system to ensure no water seeps through and ruins your flooring.
You will need to make sure that you measure carefully, especially if you are planning on using tiles over your enclosure. The tiles are going to make the dimensions of your shower different from just using the enclosure on its own. You need to be aware of this so that you don’t short yourself on space when you start putting the tiles together. Once those tiles get set in you will have a very hard, and expensive, job of trying to redo them later.