Taking on, financing, and completing a full bathroom renovation is a major undertaking requiring significant time and money. If you do want to make some changes to your bathroom, but aren’t ready for a full blown remodel, you might be best to break your project down into manageable pieces and begin with a handful of small changes. The shower is a good place to start. Here are three upgrades you can make to your shower that will keep your from going into debt but still bring about pleasurable results.
Rain Shower Head
A traditional shower head certainly gets the job done, but a rain shower head is not only more aesthetically pleasing, it also makes showering more enjoyable. Rather than having to move your body around to be covered by the spray of a traditional shower head, a rain shower head has a much larger circumference and spray zone, so you can just stand still while the water envelops your entirely. Rain shower heads can easily be installed in place of older shower heads, and come in both round and square.
Thermostatic Shower Valve
If you have ever been scalded by a sudden change in water temperature while showering, you understand the need for a thermostatic shower valve. This valve works to control and maintain water temperature, cancelling out the effect of other factors – like a running dishwasher or a toilet being flushed – which may interfere with your showering mojo. Thermostatic shower valves can be retrofitted into existing showers by anyone with a little plumbing know-how by just following the directions on the packaging.
For a more complete upgrade that often includes both a rain shower head and a thermostatic shower valve, you can install a shower panel. A shower panel usually ranges from three to five feet long and spans the distance between your shower head and the water control handles. While it has all of the things its territory encompasses, a shower panel comes with some other fun additional features, almost always including body spray jets along the length of the panel. Another popular option in choosing a shower panel are LED lights. You can turn off the glaring overhead lights in your bathroom and allow your showering to be gently illuminated by just the lights in your shower panel.
While a complete bathroom renovation may be a dream come true, it is often not a reasonable undertaking. Updating your shower with a rain shower head, thermostatic shower valve or a complete shower panel are nice ways to add a little something to your showering experience with only a modest amount of monetary output and effort.
Lisa Stewart is a married mother of two with a passion for sports, her family, and home improvement.