At Clarum, we build modern homes with an emphasis on sleek, clean lines throughout. One popular focus area for homeowners is the bathroom—where design changes are subtle but impactful.
The latest trend in modern home construction? The curbless shower.
As the oft-overlooked focal point, your shower can greatly impact the overall appeal of your bathroom. Even a daily 15-minute rinse will equate to roughly four days of total time spent in your shower each year—which is reason enough for many to pay particular attention to its design. Not surprisingly, this is a space of much scrutiny for the construction of any modern home.
Modern showers have come a long way. What used to be comprised of a shower head inside of an existing bathtub are now completely separated to allow for more space, versatility, and visual aesthetics.
Because modern homes are all about clean, sleek lines, it’s no wonder that homeowners are turning increasingly to curbless showers in their modern home design.
The threshold between the bathroom floor and the shower floor is has obvious functional significance—it keeps the water in the shower area, and from a design perspective it allows for a deliberate change in tile geometry or pattern.
However, one of the growing trends with modern bathroom construction is flooring that runs through the entire shower, without a dividing threshold. Some of the benefits of a curbless shower design include:
Going curbless or “barrier-free” also serves the dual function of opening up a small space to appear larger. Under the right circumstances, and with some thoughtful planning, the curb can be eliminated without reducing the functionality of your shower.
The primary concern when designing a curbless shower is to contain splashing water—which greatly factors into flooring considerations, shower placement, drain selection, and overall bathroom design. Here are some of the things your home builder should consider for your curbless shower:
As you can see, curbless showers take a great deal of planning to pull off effectively. But with the right amount of thoughtful preparation, you can be proud of your sleek new shower… and make those four days a year just a little more enjoyable.
Interested in learning more about Clarum’s approach to modern home building? Give us a call at (650) 322 – 7069.