The demand for luxury bathtubs hasn't cooled consumer interest in showers, designers say.
On the contrary, with bathtubs taking up more space in master baths, showers increasingly are becoming separate units with their own array of luxury items.
In interior designer Karen Myers Ziccardi's Newport Beach home, for example, an 8-by-6-foot marble shower is tucked into a corner across the room from her large whirlpool tub. It has a skylight, a wide bench on two sides, a steam shower unit, a body-spray fixture and his-and-her shower heads. ("Two working people get a chance to visit a little," she says.)
Hans Rindfleisch, owner of Eurobath and Tile in Costa Mesa, says Rainbars, which sell for about $360, are much in demand, especially among athletes. The two-foot-long bar provides a full-body spray. "You're totally immersed in water," he says. "It's like a carwash."