Dream Room #4: The Shower Room

A few years ago I was at a family reunion, and my aunt and uncle gave me a tour of their remodeled home. It was in their master bedroom that I discovered something that I’ve envied every since: A giant shower with spouts on opposite sides. It looked kind of like this:

At the time, I assumed that I’d be married someday, and I loved the idea of using a shower like this with my wife. It just seems like a space to share with someone you love, especially given how it caters to the temperature preferences of her and me.

While marriage probably isn’t something I’m going to pursue anymore, I still really like the idea of having a shower the size of a small room. Granted, there’s a fair amount of empty space when one person is using a giant shower, but I’d rather have more space than the 3×3 plastic cage I currently have. Plus, just because I’m not married doesn’t mean I won’t have the occasional shower visitor from time to time… (for clarity, I’m referring to a consenting woman, not some creature that climbs out of the drain. Just to make it clear.)

Perhaps this is one of those things that seems better in principle than in reality. What do you think?

Also, do fancy showers sometimes have presets for specific temperatures and water strength? It would be nice to find that sweet spot once and then have the shower automatically find it from then on.

See Jamey’s other dream rooms here.


7 Responses to “Dream Room #4: The Shower Room”

  1. Chris Broadbent says:

    My parents have one like that in their current house. I haven’t tried it tandem, but it definitely beats the 3’x3′ box I use.
    My personal #1 shower requirement, though is that the shower head be above my head.

  2. Kyle Mueller says:

    This sort of shower is fairly high on the priority of first renovations my fiancee and I have planned for when we buy a house next year. I’ve actually never seen a picture of it done before, always just had the idea in our heads. Glad to know that at least someone else thought it was a good enough idea to put into practice.

    PS: Drain creatures deserve love too, Jamey.

  3. Jeff Spenner says:

    Having the pleasure of having a wife and one with whom I have showered in one of these showers before (not at our place, unfortunately, but a friends’), I can vouch that it is every bit as awesome as it seems. Someday, we will have one ourselves. Our friend’s place also had built in speakers with in-shower controls and heated tile floors…yeah, it was amazing.

  4. Sean says:

    The shower pressure is something you can set and also depends on your showerhead. Many showerheads come with Flow Restrictor that limit the amount of water they can push out to comply with a Californian law. I’d look up your manual and see if it has one, if you can.

    Depending on where you live you might consult with a plumber about water pressure in general in your place. I’ve also heard that depending on where and how your water heater and how your knob to turn on the shower works you can adjust it so you have the perfect temp shower of your liking.

    Additions I would want would be a place to sit down, so if you just want to luxuriate in the shower you can, and a head that’s removable so you can get places, Have a dual one at home that can run off the head, detach, or both at the same time with the flip of some switches.

  5. Joe Pilkus says:

    Jamey,

    I’ve had the pleasure of using a shower like this at a number of hotels around the country while TDY. They’re realy a wonderful luxury, but honestly not one that I would spend money on to convert my current shower.

    By the way, marriage may end-up persuing you instead of the other way around. 🙂

    Cheers,
    Joe

  6. T-Mac says:

    Love the idea! All it’s missing is the shower attendant. He must be spindly, to ensure that you have enough room, as he’s going to have to be in there with you to respond to your needs…”turn the temperature up a bit, shower attendant,” or “soap that hard to reach spot on my back…yeah, that’s the one, shower attendant”. I hear that it’s a good job for retirees who are still spry as it’s a mostly sedentary job or for recently released convicts trying to rebuild their life through work experience. Sure, there’s a short acclimation period as you’re getting accustomed to having another person you barely know in the shower with you, not to mention that he basically sits in your bathroom all day waiting for you to take a shower, but once it’s part of your daily life, you barely notice him anymore. Sometimes I even forget to ask him to leave when I need to use the toilet–again, a little awkward at first to have him quietly sitting in the corner while you do your business–but now we just laugh about it afterwards. All things considered, I give the shower attendant two wet, soapy thumbs up!

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