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Shower Niches 101: An Introduction For Homeowners

If you are like most people, you spend a considerable amount of your time at home in your shower. Getting clean is just a part of life, but a shower should serve you well while you are getting clean. Therefore, having the right amount of storage and accessibility in your shower is always important. If you have never heard of a shower niche, you are likely still using a shower caddy or some other form of storage solution to house all those necessities you need when you shower. Here is what you need to know about a shower niche.

What exactly is a shower niche?

A shower niche is a space inset into a wall inside the shower. This inset area provides you with a logical place to store things like your shampoo, body wash, and razor or loofa so everything you need is right there for you while you shower. Shower niches can be different sizes and have a different number of shelves or design elements, and many modern showers do have a niche even though this was once not a commonality.

What are the different types of shower niches?

You can find shower niches that are more basic with a rectangular shape, and you can find niches that are designed as an inset ridge that runs almost completely around the shower walls. While the majority of shower niches are small and conservative, they can be larger if a homeowner prefers. 

Can a niche be installed in an existing shower?

Retrofitting a shower niche in an existing shower is a possibility. However, this is not a project that should be taken lightly and should be entrusted to a contractor. In order to install a niche, you have to essentially cut into part of the shower wall and make sure you are not causing damage to the exterior wall in the process. 

Are there situations when a shower niche cannot be installed?

There are situations when a shower niche cannot be installed. For example, it is not always feasible to install a niche if the only wall available to do so is an exterior wall. Likewise, if a wall where a niche is desired is a primary support wall, it is not possible to alter the wall without compromising the support that it provides for your home. It is not always feasible to install a shower niche if your shower walls are made out of certain materials as well. 

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Dump Trucks, Bulldozers and Cranes, Oh My!

Welcome to my blog. I'm Kara Montgomery. My entire life, I have had an obsession with construction. When I was a little girl, I had a whole set of construction equipment toys I'd play with. As I got older, I read so many books on construction. Even though I didn't follow construction as a career path, this has continued to be something I'm interested in and I thought it'd be fun to create a little blog that covers various construction topics. There is really no specific construction topic this blog will cover, so anyone who has an interest in the construction industry will find something of use.

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