A Home-Spa Feature
Courtesy of ThermaSol
Residential steam showers have become a popular, additional feature to custom showers.
Turning your shower into a steam shower is one of the more practical ways of accomplishing your at-home spa desires (as opposed to hiring a live-in masseuse or even finding a place to install a sauna).
You can create a custom steam shower, or you can purchase a prefabricated shower that is equipped for steam. For either style of shower, you’ll need a steam generator and a water supply line that connects to the generator and steam head (which releases the steam into the shower). Steam generators are powered by electricity, so make sure you have the proper electrical outlets to support the generator. Generators are often installed in areas in or near the bathroom, and are placed where they cannot be seen, like behind a wall or in the back of a cabinet.
Steam shower steamheads.
Steam showers need to be completely enclosed so that the steam doesn’t escape the shower and damage areas of the bathroom that should not be exposed to high amounts of moisture: vanities, carpeting, wallpaper, etc. It’s also best to have a sloped or domed ceiling to ensure the condensation runs to the walls instead of dripping down on the users. Prefabricated units often have a dome top.
Most prefabricated steam showers start around $2,000 and can run much higher. Converting a standard shower into a steam shower will usually run a minimum of $2,000, but the price can rise drastically depending on how much remodeling you need to do to your existing shower space.