If the standard shower looks too boring and ordinary, a brick shower may be the ideal solution for you. Today there are a large number of models with different designs and shapes that enable individual bathroom design and quickly become an eye-catcher in the sanitary area. If you want to learn more about brick showers and their positive and negative sides, read on!
Brick shower for a modern bathroom design
Brick showers are particularly popular and widespread in the Mediterranean countries. They differ from conventional showers in that they are more robust and long-lasting, and they also offer sufficient privacy protection. Mostly they are made from aerated concrete blocks and then provided with acrylic fastening, tiles or waterproof plaster. When it comes to design, the possible variants are enormous and almost everything depends on your personal wishes and needs – the design of the shower, the shape and access to the cabin, etc.
Different designs and variants
A brick shower with floor-level access is perhaps the most widespread variant and this is not accidental – it is not only barrier-free, but is also much quicker and easier to clean. The floor can also be bricked, but there must be a slight slope towards the drain to avoid flooding. If you have opted for a masonry shower without a door, the shower cubicle should be elongated – this way the splash water that occurs when you shower will not reach the bathroom. However, if you find showering “with the door open” rather uncomfortable, there are shower doors made of different materials and you should only find the model that suits your personal preferences. The shower doors made of transparent, colored glass or plastic look particularly chic and modern.
Calculate the cost
The walled-in shower cubicle can be built in a square, round or helical shape. As the name suggests, the spiral shower cubicle has a spiral shape that enables elegant access without the need for a door. Their main advantage is that the spray water stays within the shower area. However, a “snail shower” takes up a lot more space than the conventional models, which is why this variant simply does not fit in bran baths. It is also not a cheap matter – the costs can reach up to 1500 euros. In this context, the cost of a brick shower mainly depends on the material used – the aerated concrete blocks with a price of about 2 euros each (with a thickness of about 10 centimeters) are the cheapest solution. Glass blocks, glass doors and other extra equipment can significantly increase costs.
Advantages of the brick shower
A brick shower can give every bathroom an individual touch, but that’s not its only advantage – as mentioned above, it is far more durable and stable than the conventional variants. These useful properties are due to the high strength of the aerated concrete blocks. And their light and versatile processing allows the shower walls to be built in different shapes – whether straight or curved, depends only on your personal preferences and the size of the bathroom. Furthermore, niches and protrusions can be easily installed in the wall. And with colorful mosaic or glass blocks, you can set original accents in your bathroom and create a really modern atmosphere.
Brick shower – negative aspects
However, brick showers also have some disadvantages, which you should take into account if you have already decided on this variant. For example, if the shower is completely bricked up, there is often insufficient light in the shower cabin. The ceiling lighting can completely solve this problem. What you should still know is that the aerated concrete blocks absorb the moisture more easily than they release it again. That’s why you need a special water and moisture repellent coating, but the tiles are also a good solution in most cases. Finally, it can be said that the negative aspects of a brick shower are much less than their advantages, which should not be underestimated.