At The Glade we have two full bathrooms: one in the house and one in the Cottage. Both of these bathrooms have a bathtub.
The only tub in the house is in our tiny pink-tiled bathroom.
We are adding two new full bathrooms in the renovation of The Glade which will only have shower stalls even though there is more than enough room for a tub.
The shower in the master bathroom is in the upper left hand corner of this plan.
The master bathroom shower will be 4 feet by 7 feet- 6 inches with a round window on the long wall. No shower curtain is planned; we would like a glass enclosure on the front of the shower something like this except I’m thinking of marble tile.
The translucent wall in the photo is the water wall for the shower since the plumbing must run on an interior wall.
We wanted a permanent bench in the shower which we decided would be too far away (6 and a half feet) from the showerhead if it were placed at the rear of the shower (like we did in the conservatory’s smaller shower).
With the bench at the far end of the shower we wouldn’t get wet even if we tried.
Our contractor suggested that he could put it on the window wall but I was concerned that the lovely wide shower would become too narrow.
The bench along the outside wall would reduce the width of the shower to less than 3 feet, the reason we amended the first plan.
Independently both the contractor and I came up with the same solution: put it under the showerhead on the faucet side.
If we put the bench on the water wall we could choose to sit and use the spray wand or not.
Since I’m planning to have a wand as well as a traditional showerhead the wand could easily be mounted in a handy spot for this bench.
The shower bench has been built into the wall that will also hold the showerhead.
The other issue I always have with a shower that is enclosed in glass is reaching the faucet lever without actually sticking my head in the shower and getting my hair wet.
This glass shower at our suite in Charleston, SC, was lovely but I had to reach around the glass partition to turn on the shower.
Our contractor suggested that we add a knee-wall at the end of the bench so he could install the faucet just inside the shower stall. Genius. OK, knee-wall it is.
The shower faucet will be mounted on the knee wall just inside the shower to the left of the bench.
While I’m not a fan of the knee-wall in the bathroom I certainly think the one planned here has a very useful purpose.
How do you compromise?