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Bernadette has over 30 years of experience in the renovating for profit business. She’s a registered nurse, a renovator, a mum, and a teacher.

14 – Day 7: 14 Days To A New Bathroom

On today’s episode,

Bernadette is now on Day 7 of the series 14 Days To A New Bathroom and will be discussing the shower. She will discuss the three main configurations of the shower and the main points to consider when choosing the best type of shower for your bathroom renovation.

This episode is a part of a 14-Day mini-series on Bathroom Renovations.

Listen to Day 7: 14 Days To A New Bathroom 

Bernadette covers,

  • The walk in shower and why it requires the whole floor of the bathroom to be waterproofed
  • The different types of floor waste and the type of tiles fit for each
  • The important element you should have in the transition from your bathroom to shower to make it much more safe
  • How to keep your costs down when choosing a shower screen
  • The most important thing to remember to contain the water in your shower


​Well hello! It’s Bernadette Janson. Back with She Renovates the podcast for women who want to create an income and a life they love through renovating.

So in today’s episode of our mini series: 14 Days To A Beautiful New Bathroom, we’re going to be talking about the shower. And I want to get straight into it and start by saying there’s three main configurations of. You can either have an enclosed shower, where the shower is completely enclosed by a shower screen. You can have a walk in shower, where you just have the single blade of grass and it’s open. Or you can have a wet room and generally with a wet room, you have the shower and the bath within the shower enclosure and there’s like a glass barrier between that and the rest of the bathroom. Or you can have a true wet room which we won’t talk about, but that’s where there is no shower screen at all and the whole bathroom is a shower and I guess the only time I would consider that, to be a configuration you’d consider would be if you were creating a disabled bathroom.

So let’s talk about the walk in shower, because that’s probably the most common configuration we see. And I guess the main thing you need to think about is how are you going to deal with the water runoff. Firstly, this configuration requires the whole floor of the bathroom to be waterproofed. And you want to think about the type of floor waste that you’re going to use. So every shower requires floor. So the tiler needs to grade the floor towards the floor waste, so you can just use a standard square or round place or you can go for a linear floor waste. Which I think if you’re going for an open walk in shower, is a better option, because it’s more efficient at getting the water away and it also enables you to use a bigger floor tile. When you’re tiling a shower floor, if you’ve got a large tile, often it just does not work. Because it has to be cut so much to create a floor to the floor waste. It’s just not a good look.

Whereas if you go for a linear tile, the flow goes from one side of the shower to the waste rather than going to a central point. So it enables the use of bigger tiles. I’ll add some diagrams to our show notes, because I know these concepts are a bit tricky to explain.

So you’ve decided on the type of floor waste. You also need to decide whether you’re going to have a smooth transition from the bathroom to the shower or whether you’re going to have a sit down. And I would suggest in whatever configuration you go to, that you do have a small sit down, because it will help with keeping the bathroom dry even if you’re going for an open walk in shower.

The tendency has been to have the same floor level in the bathroom when you transition into the shower. But I think a very small sit down is a good thing, because it will help to keep the bathroom floor dry which will in turn make it much more safe.

The next thing is the shower screen, so you’ve got a choice of going for custom made or going for something off the shelf. So if you go for something off the shelf you have to design the shower to suit that which is a good tip for keeping your costs down. Designing for standard sizes so that you can go for something that does not need to be custom made. So for example with walk-In showers, you just need a single blade of grass as a shower screen. If you’re having that custom made it can cost you a $1,000, where if you’re buying it off the shelf you can get it for $200-$300 and then just pay to have it installed.

One thing to be mindful of, often those single glass panels come with a little glass shelf which doubles, so they issue a shelf to put product on, but also it’s used to strengthen the shower screen. I personally like to avoid them, because I think they’re not a good look. But it depends how particular you are about the look of your shower.

And then of course the hardware or the shower arrangement. So you can either go for a rail type arrangement or you can go for a shower and hose, a rain head shower hose is a very nice look but it means that every shower, you have to get your hair wet and if you don’t wash your hair every day that can be an absolute pain.

So you want to think about who is going to be using the shower and whether they’re going to be okay with washing their hair every day. And I guess a good compromise would be to go for a rail arrangement that has both, has the right head and it also has the hand held shower which means that you can choose.

And the last thing I want to say about the shower, particularly if you’re going for a walk in, is think about where the water is going to be directed. So where you position your shower hose, and so obviously you don’t want your water to be directed towards the opening. Because that will make it even harder to contain the water in the shower. So think that through when you’re deciding on the positioning of your hose.

We’ve talked about the three different configurations, albeit briefly, but configurations for a shower, whether that be the wet room set up, whether it be an enclosed cubicle or a walk in shower. You need to make sure that you have adequate floor, so that will impact the floor waste that you choose and also the tile size with screens. Whether you’re going for custom or whether you’re going to design to fit something off the shelf, waterproofing we’ll talk a bit more in depth later on.

And then also where are you going to put a sit in. And also the type of shower system, whether you go for a rail or rain head or a combination of both. And lastly, remember the positioning of the shower, so you minimize the amount of water that escape the shower air itself.

Okay, well I’ll see you back to another episode of She Renovates.

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