The idea behind a custom shower is to be completely engulfed in water, a torrential spray from all angles to give a genuine spa experience at home
(PRWEB) August 02, 2012
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There are a lot of ways to go about building a custom shower, some of them more complicated and costly than others. The idea behind a custom shower is to be completely engulfed in water, a torrential spray from all angles to give a genuine spa experience at home.
To help figure out exactly what components should go into a custom shower system, HomeThangs introduced a guide along with the tips on how to pick the right fixtures.
1. Body Spray Shower Heads
Body spray is a small showerhead mounted directly into the wall, each with its own supply line that sprays horizontally out into the shower. These usually come in pairs or triplets, such as Novello Collection body sprays by LaToscana for example, and are mounted on opposing sides of the shower, spraying toward each other. Some flush mounted ones, such as Kohler Water Tile, can even be installed directly into the ceiling. Any time one has two or more sprays, they should be installed in a pressure balance loop of piping that ensures they’ll all produce an even amount of water.
Depending on the particular bath spray head, it will either be fixed within the wall, or protruding and swivel-able, more like a regular shower head. Ideally, the jets should spray at shoulder/upper back level, waist level, and thigh/knee level, but it has to be taken into consideration that one person’s shoulder height could be another’s face, so adjustable sprays would make a big difference in this case. As well, different types of spray heads produce different kinds of jets – from very sharp deep tissue massage to a fine mist, so one has to be aware of the number of nozzles and the type of spray they produce.
2. Rainfall Showerhead
The large flat rainfall shower heads specially designed to recreate the feeling of standing in a natural deluge. These are great for custom showers, especially when installed with their own volume control. This way, they can be used independently for a gentler experience, or in tandem with other shower heads for a stronger spa-like water massage. It should be mounted either directly in the ceiling, such as Jado Rain Showerhead from Grand Luxury Collection for example, or wall mounted, like Fima Carlo Frattini Rain Shower Head from FimaBio collection.
3. Regular Shower Head
For a custom shower, one can get just about any kind of shower head – from a high pressure head to a fancy massage shower with lots of pressure settings, or even just something fairly standard. The really important thing is that it has to be installed so the nozzle is about six inches higher than the tallest person that will be using the shower, so they won’t have to duck to get their heads wet. As well, it shouldn’t be out of the reach of the smallest person using it, especially if it’s a shower head with a lot of settings, such as 4-function shower head by Rohl, from Michael Berman Collection for instance, so everyone who uses the shower will be able to adjust it to meet their needs.
4. Handheld Shower
A handheld shower is especially important to have in a custom shower that will be shared with several different people of different heights – especially children. A good handheld shower will be attached to a metal bar, like one from the Palladian Series by Rohl, so that it can be raised or lowered as needed to accommodate everyone who will be using it.
6. Pre-Matched Shower Set
A pre-matched shower sets are available too, such as Thermostatic System by Rohl, from Country Bath Collection. These can include any or all of the components listed above done in the same design and made to be installed together. This can be a convenient way to get the hardware for a little bit less, and a good way to keep all the hardware matched, but leaves less room for creativity, although extra body sprays can be purchased and added to the kit.
7. A Thermostatic System
A thermostatic system is important for controlling the temperature in a shower putting out as much water as fast as a custom shower does. A thermostatic system is a type of anti-scald device that, essentially, keeps shower within 2-3 degrees of the desired temperature. While adjusting the heat on a normal shower might feel like a feat in safe cracking that can be thrown off whack by the first stray toilet flush, thermostatic systems display the actual temperature on the knobs, like thermostatic shower mixer by Fima Carlo Frattini, and will maintain the temperature set regardless of external fluctuations. That means it ensures that all shower heads will put out exactly the same temperature water.
Whatever components get installed, one need to make sure the plumbing is adequate to supply them. Each shower head (or group of body sprays) should be on their own volume control and shutoff, and all of them can still run through the same thermostatic valve.
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