New year, new you… or new bathroom. Giving a client a fresh start – not just in the New Year – is such an exciting thing. I have been hard at work gathering inspiration and sourcing products and materials for upcoming bathroom remodels and I couldn’t imagine a better time to share some of those.
As we enter the New Year, I’d like to begin a fresh start bathroom remodel series. From showers to in home sauna’s, let’s talk about some out of the ordinary, luxury additions to the bathroom.
What is a steam shower? A fully enclosed shower space equipped with fixtures needed to promote steam. It is designed to be a multi purpose space – your standard shower and the option to turn on and off the steam feature.
Bathroom Remodel #1: Steam Showers
There are a number of benefits and bonuses to adding a steam shower into your bathroom. Beyond a luxury spa-like experience, a steam shower can help promote a health. How? The benefits of warm steam inhalation can promote the relief of stress, respiratory health, skin care and better sleep.
Create your own “smart shower” with Thermsol. They offer a smart touchscreen with Apps that allow you to listen to music and even watch TV!
EliteSteam is another well known manufacturer of steam showers. They offer smart features like digital touch screens to control temperature, lights and other features.
The most popular materials used in a steam shower are usually nonporous, such as ceramic or porcelain tile. Nonporous materials retain heat really well. As opposed to porous materials, like marble, granite and concrete where steam evaporates faster. These materials are still used, but they usually require a larger generator for the steam.
#2: The Sauna
People often mistake a sauna for a steam shower. Yes, there are similarities between the two. Both are spaces that are fully enclosed designed to create steam for a relaxing experience. What makes them different? A steam shower is designed to emit moist steam, while a sauna emits dry steam by using heated rocks or stones that water can be poured over. However, electric heaters are the easiest and a very popular way of heating a sauna.
Saunas are typically designed with unpainted wood interiors. Wood is a material that insulates without absorbing much heat, which makes it comfortable to touch/sit on. For an aesthetic reason, wood has a warm and inviting look.
The most popular wood used in a sauna is Cedar. Mostly because it is warp resistant under heat and humidity. It is also very pretty to look at, if you ask me!
Now that you know the difference between a steam shower and a sauna – which will you be adding to your new bathroom design? I’d love to hear!