Planning ahead when designing your new shower gives you the chance to include several design features that really make a difference to its style and functionality – and adds a spa-like quality to your space.

A well thought out shower niche avoids the not so pretty line up of shampoo bottles on the shower curb or floor and can be a better alternative to a glass shower shelf attached to a shower wall that collects waters and takes up space.  The niche can be recessed into the wall at arm height for easy reach and custom designed at just the right size to fit what you need. Using an accent tile on the back wall of the niche adds a nice design feature.

include several design features that really make a difference to its style and functionality – and adds a spa-like quality to your space.

A niche needs to be planned at the framing stage after your tiles have been chosen so that the opening fits with the tile layout and does not interfere with plumbing fixture locations.  Niches do not have to be centered; can be all shapes and sizes – and you can have more than one. Just make sure to balance the location with the other elements in the space, like the hand shower bar and valve.  Consider adding some niche lighting (strip led works well) but remember this will need to be wired in at framing.

Check out some great niche ideas on Carla Aston’s Awesome Shampoo Niches on Pinterest https://pin.it/a3bmoeiieecdnn

Planning ahead when designing your new shower gives you the chance to include several design features that really make a difference to its style and functionality – and adds a spa-like quality to your space.

A well thought out shower niche avoids the not so pretty line up of shampoo bottles on the shower curb or floor and can be a better alternative to a glass shower shelf attached to a shower wall that collects waters and takes up space.  The niche can be recessed into the wall at arm height for easy reach and custom designed at just the right size to fit what you need. Using an accent tile on the back wall of the niche adds a nice design feature.

Shower benches really make your shower feel like a spa and are great for sitting and relaxing on while showering – and for shaving legs!

While talking about bathroom framing, it is important to think about the noise transfer between a bathroom and the rooms either side.  Consider adding sound insulation before closing up the walls. A little more expensive than regular insulation but likely worth the expense so that the person sleeping in the room next door isn’t woken up by water noise or shower singing

It is important to think about the noise transfer between a bathroom and the rooms either side

Tracy Corbet owns and operates Corbet Homes in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Corbet Homes is a boutique design and construction services company serving Vancouver’s North Shore. We offer personalized design and contracting services for residential renovation and remodeling projects, constructing spaces with close attention to both functionality and style.

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