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STYLE GUIDE
Showers
Combine multiple showerheads and body sprays to create a spa-like retreat. Whether you install a combination tub/shower unit or splurge on a separate shower, it’s easy to integrate luxurious features that elevate your showering experience.
SHOWER HEAD OPTIONS
The easiest and least expensive shower upgrade is switching out a standard shower head with a model that offers a
range of massaging spray patterns. When shopping, look
for WaterSense-labeled products that use no more than 2.0 gallons of water per minute (rather than the standard 2.5 gpm). To ensure good performance with less water, look for new models that infuse air with the water to create a more voluminous spray. Also consider adding a handheld shower head to the mix; models that slide up and down on a bar mounted to the wall can be an ideal choice for a shower that will be used by people of varying heights. For added luxury, consider installing a ceiling-mounted  xture, such as an oversize rain-style shower head.
BODY SPRAYS
If your shower space is large enough and you’re planning plumbing lines in adjacent walls, consider splurging on body sprays designed to pummel you pleasantly all over. Be sure to consult a plumber to determine how much work is involved and whether your home’s water pressure can supply the expanded spray system.
STEAM SHOWERS
Consider adding steam to your shower to enjoy a spa-like experience and health bene ts. Steam showers relieve stress and feel great by improving circulation to your muscles, removing toxins from your body, and cleansing your skin. Steam also helps with respiratory health—opening breathing passages, loosening chest and sinus congestion, and alleviating symptoms of colds, asthma and allergies.
SHOWER ENCLOSURES & DOORS
Enclosures range from compact corner units to spacious shower rooms. Some prefabricated surrounds are sold as kits, which are easy to bring home and assemble inside your bathroom. Glass or translucent plastic doors help a shower feel big and bright. Choose sliding doors for tub/ shower combos, swinging doors for freestanding units, and bifold or neo-angle doors for corner enclosures. Hinged shower shields partially screen a shower opening. Nearby  ooring should be able to take a bit of spray.
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