It's no secret that in the country you want to feel no less comfortable than in a city apartment. A shower cabin is a useful and necessary thing in any summer cottage, because it allows you to refresh yourself during a hot summer day and will be simply irreplaceable after work in the garden or the garden. Therefore, many owners are wondering how to arrange comfortable conditions in their summer cottage with the help of showers.
Features and types
A shower cabin can be built independently or you can buy a ready-made structure, which will only need to be installed correctly. Previously, a street shower was made of wood in the form of a small house, but this option has long become obsolete, and new designs from various materials have replaced it.
There are several varieties of country shower cabins, which will be discussed below.
The most common option is the so-called shower enclosures, which are a simple construction of a tray and two side walls. The design of this form was loved by many summer residents for its relatively low cost, simple installation and operation. To assemble it will not be difficult even for one person, and since such a design has no functions, it easily survives the winter without any damage.
When choosing a shower enclosure, you should pay attention to its tray, sides and the material from which they are made. It is best to purchase an acrylic construction that has fast heating. But ceramics and metal are considered cooler materials, so to take a shower you will first have to warm the room. Acrylic is a lighter option, but it has a higher strength.
The pallet can be grooved or smooth. A corrugated floor is made not for beauty, but for practicality - such a surface is less slippery and is not traumatic in comparison with a smooth one. If the family has children, then you can buy a pallet with sides.
When choosing shower corners, you should also pay attention to the cabin door opening system, which can be hooked or roller. As practice shows, the roller system is more durable, since the hooks fly off quickly, and the wings begin to go crooked.
The main advantage of such shower cabins is their bringing to engineering communications systems. If you wish, you can even purchase a so-called winter cabin, inside which a water heater is installed. After the purchase, you only need to bring it to the electrical network - and you can take a shower without waiting for pre-heating.
Typically, a standard set includes the following structural elements:
- inner pallet;
- clothes rack;
- gate valve.
The warm cabin of the summer shower will be pleasant to visit at any time of the year.
They are considered the cheapest and easiest. Features of their design are the presence of one, two or even three walls. As a rule, they are prefabricated, so the further work of the cabin depends on the correct and high-quality installation.
This is the most popular and frequently encountered version of the summer shower. Such cabins are highly functional - they often come complete with a hydromassage or steam bath. Their design consists of four walls, a roof and a pallet. Usually they are sold pre-assembled, all that remains is to make a connection to the engineering systems - and the cab is ready for operation.
This option cabs can be safely called the most expensive to install. Its design is characterized by complexity and large dimensions. Often it comes complete with a steam generator, seats, built-in massage shower. Some models are hydroboxing - a combination of shower and bath. With such a cabin, even in the country, you can feel at altitude.
There are many ways to arrange shower structures in a summer cottage. An excellent option to create comfortable conditions for a stay in the country is to equip a full bathroom with a shower. Of course, compared to simpler methods, this option is expensive, but the result is worth it.
The main location for the summer shower is the area near the house and the garden.
The first option has several pros and cons. On the one hand, it is very convenient to have a common sewage system with the house, but constant humidity negatively affects the exterior cladding of the building. On the other hand, when arranging such a shower cabin, it will be necessary to equip high-quality drainage - otherwise the foundation of the house will suffer. It is also required to carefully consider the drainage system, and tiling the wall of the house. With the right approach, it is quite possible to equip an excellent summer shower without harming the building.
Installing a shower in the garden is a more economical and practical option. Today on sale you can find an excellent inexpensive cabin, which will be brought in already assembled form, and the owners will only have to equip the sewer and water supply.
If desired, such a cabin can easily be built with your own hands. But in this case, only one assembly of the frame will require a lot of time. But the independent selection of durable materials and the manufacture of durable construction will create the perfect summer shower.
When purchasing ready-made cabins or making these designs with your own hands, you should carefully consider the choice of material, because it is the quality and strength properties that determine the service life and ease of operation of the cab in the future.
Wooden buildings are a classic of a summer cottage shower. Often they are installed in the garden, where it gets cool in the evening, and the water manages to warm up well during the day. In addition, such a cabin can easily be made by yourself.
If we talk about their durability, then daily wetting adversely affects the wood, respectively, it cannot be said that such a cabin will last for many years. You can extend the life using special tools for wood. They will create a protective layer and prevent the walls from getting wet, fungus formation and rotting.
The design of such cabins is simple and quick. The main thing is to pre-calculate the optimal sizes, equip the backlight, put the door or hang the curtain, think through the system for supplying and draining water, hang the hooks for clothes. It is recommended to install the grate on the floor, then there will be no puddles and dirt near the shower.
Such designs in their shapes and sizes practically do not differ from previous options. The plastic frame is easy to install, but it is quite durable and is able to last for more than a decade. Compared to wooden structures, plastic cabs have more significant advantages: resistance of the material to temperatures, precipitation, humidity and mechanical damage.
Of course, like any other material, plastic needs care, so it is very important to monitor the cleanliness of the cabin inside and out.
The range of plastic showers includes many models that differ in parameters, design and the presence of different functions. Therefore, choosing the best option for a particular summer cottage will be quite simple.
The strength and reliability of such cabins are unrivaled. Nevertheless, for many years they have not been in demand - this is due to the complexity of installation and operation. Firstly, few people want to engage in the welding of metal sheets, if you can buy an already finished structure, which is no worse than metal. And secondly, such showers need annual staining, which is not very convenient.
Today, polycarbonate structures can be called the most practical and profitable.
Such showers have many advantages:
- light weight;
- excellent strength properties;
- impact resistance;
- excellent level of heat and sound insulation;
- plasticity of the material, which allows you to create any form of shower;
- heat resistance;
- speed of assembly;
- fire resistance;
Of course, polycarbonate, like any other material, has some disadvantages. It is easy to scratch, and many small scratches immediately spoil the appearance of the entire structure. In such scratches, dirt accumulates actively, which will be more difficult to wash. Despite the fact that the material tolerates high and low temperatures well, their difference can lead to deformation. Therefore, often specialists leave small gaps when assembling the structure.
Another disadvantage is the “fear” of ultraviolet radiation, although today most manufacturers offer cabs glued with protective films.
Criterias of choice
Most summer residents prefer to build a summer shower the old fashioned way - on their own. But the modern pace of life sometimes simply does not allow you to spend time on the manufacture of shower structures with your own hands. Today, factory showers for summer cottages combine high functionality with ease of use, and the range is presented in many models, so everyone can choose the option based on their requirements and capabilities.
When choosing a shower, you should pay attention to many factors.
- Dimensions of the structure. It should not be too overall so as not to take up much space on the site. At the same time, the cabin should fit harmoniously into the exterior and be comfortable for all family members.
- Price. It is best to opt for designs from the middle price segment - such products combine build quality and excellent performance. Of course, the cost depends on the material of which the cabin is made.
- Volume of the tank. If the family is large, then a lot of water will be required to take a shower. In this case, the volume of the tank should be at least 30-40 liters.
- Additional functions. If the owners do not visit the cottage so often, then you can buy a cabin with a minimum set of functions.
Installation and equipment
When setting up a shower cabin with your own hands, you need to consider many factors. Even non-compliance with at least one of them can render the shower cabin unusable.
As already mentioned, a street shower can be built from various materials: wood, metal or plastic profile.
In addition to the basic materials, the following elements will need to be prepared:
- water pipes and fittings for supplying and draining water;
- water tank;
- taps and watering can;
If the cabin will be heated, then separately buy an electric heater.
Pre-determine the location of the future soul, make a sketch of the cabin and calculate the amount of necessary materials.
The first stage in the arrangement of the cabin in the summer cottage is water supply. A simple garden hose is suitable, which must be connected to any water taps in the territory, which will save money, and the hose will not take up much space.
Then proceed to summarize the water pipes. It is necessary to dig holes along the length of the entire future system, the depth of which should be greater than the depth of freezing of the soil, which will allow you to use the shower even in the cold season. When assembling the pipeline, the final element should be a water tap. It is advisable to insulate the water supply with any material, for example, mineral wool.
After laying the pipes, you can proceed with the installation of PETN and only then make backfilling of the soil.
The next stage is the drainage equipment. There are several ways: drainage into the ground and disposal to the disposal site. The first case is suitable for a site with light, well-permeable water, soil. The second is considered more practical and involves the diversion of waste water into a cesspool.
The final stage is the assembly of the cabin itself. First you need to assemble the frame using a bolted connection or welding (based on what material is used). The finished frame must be securely fixed in the prepared place.
If we are talking about a factory shower, then carefully follow the assembly instructions from the manufacturer. Some models require the organization of a point foundation.
Then you need to install the tank. If you plan to install tenov, then they are installed before the tank is built. It is very important to correctly position the heating elements inside the tank - they should not touch each other and the surface of the tank, and their location should be as close to the bottom of the tank as possible.
Do-it-yourself shower cabin is almost ready. It remains only to install a watering can, hooks for clothes and pockets for bath accessories. If desired, the outdoor shower can be decorated with various elements.
Having all the necessary tools and little experience working with them, you can build a summer shower in just 1 day, and the cost of such a shower will be much lower than the purchase of a finished design.
After installing the shower cabin in the room, you should be prepared for high humidity after the start of its operation, therefore, first of all, you need to take care of the insulation and protection of the internal walls. You can cover them with foil and beat them on top with sheets of gypsum fiber. The walls are usually tiled, but in the country you can use PVC panels, the cost of which is much lower than ceramics.
The next important step is the arrangement of flooring. Here, waterproofing also plays an important role. Cement floor screed is an excellent solution to this problem. It is advisable to make the floor in the shower multilayer: first, a rough floor, then a vapor-tight film. Next you need to lay ecowool insulation, OSB sheet, GVL sheet, plastic film, cement screed, flexible waterproofing and, finally, ceramic tile. To reduce the weight of the screed, it is good to use a lightweight filler - expanded clay.
A prerequisite for arranging the floor in the shower is a bias for draining. Thus, any water falling onto the floor will drain into the sewer.
Usually, ready-made showers are installed indoors. Before starting installation, it is important to carefully read the instructions and follow the indicated steps exactly.
Recommendations for use
In order to avoid problems during operation, it is necessary to monitor the correct use of the structure, as well as remove dirt and dust from the outside and inside the cab in a timely manner.
Detergents and cleaners must be selected depending on the material of which the cabin is made. There are products on sale for plastic, metal, glass, the use of which gives an excellent result in a matter of minutes, especially since modern products do not cause allergies and do not emit toxic substances. From time to time it is recommended to pass all surfaces of the shower with a special disinfectant.
It is worth noting that the frequent use of abrasive products can damage the surface. It is undesirable to use powder formulations, as they easily scratch the surface and eventually spoil the appearance of the cabin.
It is very important to get rid of drops of water and soap on the surface of the cabin walls in time, as limescale may form, which will be very difficult to deal with in the future.
How to wash the shower cabin from limescale, you can watch in this video.