Masonry showers: types and styles
The style of a masonry shower is hugely customizable. You can opt for one form over another. The measurements are variable, the coverings, which we will talk about shortly, can range in colors and shapes. Lately, it is very trendy to choose the shades of gray, white, and black that makes the bathroom very elegant. But some prefer pastel colors or play with fanciful compositions of positive impact. With a masonry shower, the creativity and imagination of anyone can be satisfied.
The styles of masonry showers, it was said, can be multiple, from modern to classic to rustic. One of the pros of these showers is undoubtedly the possibility of almost total customization. But which are, for example, the most used coating materials? Let’s find out some together.
The natural stone is an impact-resistant material and the time with which it is possible to create the suggestive decor effects both by using it for the floors that in the lining of the walls or sinks, showers, and tubs. It is resistant to heavyweights, humidity, atmospheric agents, molds and insects, but is afraid of scratches, stains, and lichens that can settle in the cracks.
The concrete is a material that, surprisingly, is always used more ‘often in the modern bathrooms also next to other materials such as wood or stone, making it very original and stylish bathrooms.
Even the classic and timeless exposed bricks for a bathroom with a vintage flavor can be masterfully combined with modern materials and nuances for attractive and particular designs.
The enamel is an exciting product because it is incredibly versatile, with a range of much more full color, economical, and easy to use. It can also be laid on old tiles during renovations, and one of its advantages is that it makes the surface uniform without leaks, therefore even more waterproof and easy to clean.
The resin is a material that we find both in natural form or artificial. In ancient times the former was used to isolate ships. From the 1990s onwards, the synthetic variant is used as a coating. Like enamel, it has the property of ensuring that the wall becomes homogeneous, and, as regards the colors, there is plenty of choices.
And now we come to the classic coating: the tile or porcelain stoneware. It is necessary to have great care in the waterproofing phase of the walls, but the choice is undoubtedly wide both in size and in style. The mosaic is back in fashion and goes very well with modern bathrooms, especially in shades of gray.
Masonry showers: what are the costs?
The cost of a masonry shower depends on several factors, including, above all, the choice of coating materials. In general, one can say that the cost of construction ranges from 500,00 € to 2.000,00 €, but in the case of first coatings (such as marble or granite), it can also cost a lot more. The cost of the surface, ultimately, can range from a few tens to many hundreds of euros per square meter, depending on what you choose.
Masonry shower: the work to be performed
In principle, when you want to make a masonry shower, you start from the definition of the measurements and create one or two parapets in perforated brick or water repellent plasterboard. The insulating material must be applied to the walls, possibly spreading it from the bottom to the other about the walls and from the inside to the outside for the floor. Therefore, it should be left to dry for at least 24 hours.
The next step is the laying of the chosen covering. Dulcis in fundo, here is the time to mount the tent or the door that you can choose from the material you like as long as it is, of course, water repellent.
Masonry shower: what to watch out for
Surely it is necessary to pay close attention to the waterproofing factor of the walls and floor. If the shower tray is flush with the story, as is often seen today, it is necessary to optimally evaluate the lapel of the water repellent sheath positioned under the tiles (usually at least 20 cm).
Even the right inclination of the “shower tray,” if it is at floor level, it is necessary to be well studied as that of the sheath mentioned above, to allow the outflow of water and avoid flooding or infiltration.
Masonry shower: how to save
Before starting work to build a masonry shower, it is good practice to request at least three or four quotes to get an idea of the cost. In this way, more solutions will be available to choose from, even based on price.
The construction of a masonry shower, if it takes place in the context of a more extensive building renovation, can benefit from the deduction of 50% on the personal income tax and the 10% reduced VAT (instead of 22%). To be able to benefit from these tax incentives, it is necessary to turn to construction companies registered with the Chamber of Commerce and issue a regular invoice. Also, care must be taken to carry out the payments of the works through “talking transfers,” which shows the description of the works and the data of the client and the executing company.