Show­ers that make a splash

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The days of sim­ply turn­ing on a tap and get­ting wet in or­der to get clean are well and truly over.

While once we might have squeezed into a 900mm by 900mm cu­bi­cle with a shower cur­tain and a sin­gle shower rose, the new breed of show­ers are more akin to an ex­pe­ri­ence at a day spa. Award-win­ning bath­room de­signer Dar­ren Gen­ner of Mi­nosa De­sign says these days, show­ers are all about the ben­e­fits of wa­ter.

“We’re re­ally in a rev­o­lu­tion of wa­ter be­cause over the past cen­tury we’ve re­alised that bathing is re­ally about clean­li­ness, which has evolved into well­ness,” he says. “We’re at a point now where we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing we can with wa­ter and shower heads to make them big­ger, to os­cil­late, to colour change and to spray.”

Dar­ren says show­ers are now about our con­nec­tion with the heal­ing pow­ers of wa­ter, clean­li­ness and re­lax­ation.

Within shower spa­ces now, Dar­ren says they’re keen to in­stall both an ad­justable shower rail and a shower soaker — a rain shower that comes down from the roof or

off a wall. He says it’s usu­ally the soaker that gets used the most. “The soaker is so good to use — it’s so nice to have a good spray of warm wa­ter hit­ting you,” he says. “It’s re­ally re­lax­ing, it’s re­ally calm­ing — and it’s get­ting you clean.

“In my ex­pe­ri­ence, the shower soaker gets used all the time.

“With the shower heads that come off the wall, you can have a nor­mal rain shower, or you could have a water­fall that comes out of the wall and hits you. It’s very ther­a­peu­tic.”

Niches in the wall and builtin seats are com­mon re­quests from Mi­nosa De­sign clients while light­ing is help­ing to cre­ate a sense of calm in show­ers. While sky­lights can bring abun­dant light into the space in the day­time, more sub­tle op­tions are also avail­able to use at any time of day.

“We’re now do­ing wa­ter­proof LED lights in­side niches, just to get a soft light while you’re in the shower,” Dar­ren says. “As bath­rooms as well­ness cen­tres be­come more pop­u­lar and peo­ple re­alise what it does for their psy­chol­ogy, light­ing will play a mas­sive part in the shower.”

For those ready to take their shower to the next level, Dar­ren says lights are also avail­able within shower heads.

“They’re tur­bine con­trolled and so when the wa­ter goes through the tur­bine it gen­er­ates its own elec­tric­ity, it pro­duces a light which lights up the shower,” he says. “As soon as the wa­ter stops and the elec­tric­ity goes out of the tur­bine, the light goes off.

“We’re also see­ing body mis­ters — lit­tle fine sprays of wa­ter — as an­other op­tion.”

For most of us, the bath­room is the last bas­tion of pri­vacy, so you can make it a re­treat.

“It’s the only room where we spend time by our­selves, be­cause we’ve all got open-plan and in­te­grated liv­ing these days,” Dar­ren says.

“The bath­room is the one place we can go to be soli­tary.

“It’s very in­dul­gent and we’re see­ing the briefs in bath­rooms from clients get big­ger and big­ger, in the past five years es­pe­cially.”

He says dou­ble show­ers are ex­tremely pop­u­lar with Mi­nosa De­sign clients.

“For us, in the par­ents’ re­treat it’s now stan­dard is­sue to have walk-in dou­ble show­ers, so hus­band and wife can both be in there,” he says. “The show­ers are big and if it’s not a dou­ble shower in the sense of dou­ble heads, it’s dou­ble size. “We’re not do­ing show­ers that are 900mm by 900mm any more.”

Dar­ren says the min­i­mum shower sizes Mi­nosa is de­sign­ing are 900mm by 1200mm and while they can have ei­ther glass or a solid wall, clients want to walk straight into them, rather than en­ter­ing through doors.

Even shower grates have changed, with strip grates more pop­u­lar and large, sin­gle tiles be­ing used for the en­tire shower floor.

“The floor tiles are be­com­ing big­ger and big­ger thanks to tech­nol­ogy but as they in­crease in size, you can’t use a stan­dard floor waste,” Dar­ren says.

“You have to use some kind of strip drain or grate where you’re grad­ing the whole floor be­cause of the size of the tile. We might lay one tile only down in the shower and it could be 900mm by 1800mm, or it could be one me­tre by three me­tres.”

Dar­ren says while the colour and ma­te­ri­als used for the tap­ware is a mat­ter of per­sonal taste, he’s a fan of brushed nickel and bronze over brass and cop­per.

When it comes to mak­ing se­lec­tions for a new bath­room, Dar­ren ad­vises to spend ex­tra time and money to get a qual­ity re­sult that will last and avoid trends.

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