The growing trend of the last 5 years is easy to keep clean bathrooms. People HATE and I mean HATE cleaning shower screens, the first wave of easy to clean bathrooms was no door fixed panel screens which has now progress to no shower screen at all!. Below is the most common fixed panel set up
With most of the bathroom renovations, we do in Perth the water can be a little damaging to glass or other bathroom materials so we are always looking at making that bathroom easier to clean for you. Below we will provide you with the pros and cons of the shower wall as opposed to the shower screen as we are always looking to whats next in bathroom renovations.
As simple as that no glass!. That dreaded part of the bathroom that everyone hates to clean. By using large format tiles from 300mm x 600mm to 600mm x 600mm in size you end up having minimal grout to go along with that no glass style. Add a shower niche to that space and all of a sudden you have eliminated the hardest cleaning parts. Like this below Munster Bathroom Renovation.
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I personally love a beautiful tiled wall as you can make a real statement out of it. It can feel impactful in a way that decorative glass won’t do the same. Below in this Claremont bathroom renovation we use two types of matte stone tiles to create a real luxury vibe.
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Often clients are wanting a little privacy in their shower areas. This may be due to multiple people using the same space or some maybe a little shy. Whatever the reason the bricked wall allows that extra little bit of privacy.
Blocks Out Light
The biggest con of these types of shower walls is they often block out the light from coming through. Which is not ideal as we are all trying to make these spaces bigger. What you can do as an alternative is the half wall with a screen above which is a great compromise but can be slightly more costly due to the need for a custom-made screen above and the extra tiling.
Making A Feature You Don’t Want
A shower wall will draw attention to the space that it is in. It will most likely become your focal point due the size and location of the wall and can be an unwanted feature if you did not intend it to be. So even though some will love it others will want your eyes drawn to that expensive shaker vanity set up/
Most of the walls we build we tend to leave a gap above, often this is for a much better ventilation to the exhaust fan which is most likely outside the shower area space, you can also use the wall for items to be placed on if you are wanting to.
One other option is the half wall and half screen like in this ocean reef renovation below.
The reality is I do not think we will be doing this in every bathroom in the coming years but I do believe it will be something we do more and more ofter as people become more aggressive towards a bathroom that requires as little maintenance as possible.
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It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article was written by James Mc, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects. We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂