Q: We’re planning to remove our bathtub and install a large custom shower. As a plumber, you must be full of ideas for accessories we can add to our new shower stall. Can you please list some hot topic custom shower accessories for us? Hopefully, we will be able to install at least some of them. Thanks in advance!
A: A custom shower is basically a shower space built in place to meet your exact needs. Usually they’re built with tiles or solid surface materials. Plumbing for a custom shower can include multiple shower heads and body showers, depending on local water use codes.
For custom accessories, here are four current trends:
▪ Shower locker. These recessed rectangular shelving units can be purchased as a storage component or custom built into a shower wall.
▪ Decorative grab bars. While grab bars have been used for years in many showers, custom grab bars include decorative features for form and function.
▪ Corner seating. Custom corner seating can be a comfortable way to save space.
▪ Shower hooks. Custom placed shower stall hooks are a big reason why after all these years soap on a rope is still hanging in there.
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