Q: We just moved and remodeling the master bathroom is top priority. So, this is my chance to install a custom-style shower stall. With that said, can you please give me some tips on designing a custom shower?
A: A custom shower stall can be as simple as adding a personal hand spray unit or as complicated as installing electronic mixing valves with music and lighting. I’ve worked on many custom shower projects, and here are my three basic tips:
▪ Follow local codes and any water restrictions. First contact your plumber and local building inspector for information on permits, fixture codes and/or water flow restrictions you may need to follow.
▪ Choose your spray options. Once you understand your local requirements, choose your favorite spray(s) to feature in your new shower. Spray options can include body sprays, multi-function heads and rain-style shower heads.
▪ Look for shower packages. Rather than purchasing single components, performance shower packages are available. These packages may include the mixing valve, shower heads, diverter and accessories all in one. Shower packages also take the guesswork out of design, so your new custom shower stall can look as clean as it makes you feel.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.