A lot of customers would prefer
to do away with tubs, says Chuck Steele, certified kitchen
designer and certified bath designer at Cedarburg Lumber. People
dont take baths any more.
Many new builders forego a
whirlpool system in favor of a better shower experience
according to Volk. Standard size bathtubs are put in new homes
mainly for resale reasons.
Todays showers are enormous,
says Volk. A standard size shower is three by three feet. Volk has
seen shower rooms eight feet wide by up to 16 feet long. Theyre
called locker room showers, because theres no door. Big
showers go with big houses, she concedes.
And size is only part of the
package. Its whats inside these cavernous shower rooms that
makes for luxury: body sprays, steam jets, benches and multiple
Buyers are most interested in the
shower head selection, according to Mary Kay Fagan, store manager
at Colleen Horner Bath and Tile in Pewaukee. Large, round rain
heads, which simulate being rained on, are popular. If you want
more than just rain, you could opt for the waterfall shower head.
Water temperature and action can be precisely controlled from a
Hand-held shower heads are big
sellers according to Fagan. Some slide up and down along a bar for
adjustable height and flexibility. And theres always the
practical aspect of a hand-held spray they can be used to
clean the shower itself. Its a big area that needs to be
cleaned, Fagan reasons.
And then theres the therapeutic
and soothing benefits of steam. Self-sanitizing steam jets can be
programmed for temperature and duration either before or during
the shower. For steam to work, the shower has to be completely
In addition, most of todays
showers are elaborately tiled, with borders and accent rows used
to customize a project. An average shower can cost between $8,000
and $10,000 with some going as high as $30,000 according to Tara
Gosey, construction sales representative at Colleen Horner Bath