Master Bath: The Spamazing Shower

tile bench in showerBlame it on Kohler. The course of my husband’s life was altered after our stay at the Inn on Woodlake during our Kohler housemoon getaway. He was so taken by what he terms the Inn’s “car wash” shower with jets here, nozzles there and water tiles all over, that when it came time to design the shower in our master bath, he insisted we replicate the set-up.

And so we did. William Collins, the senior designer at The Kohler Store, Chicago, helped us create a shower so fantastic, so spine-tingly wonderful that I refer to my routine showering experience spa-mazing.

After discussing our preferred master bathroom look and feel, William pointed us toward fixtures that would create the desired mood as well as provide a fabulous showering experience. And, voila!

I smile and a wave of relaxation washes over me each time I walk into my bathroom.


Starting in the rear (no, that is not supposed to be some weird shower pun), we have a bench, perfect for elegantly resting one’s leg during shaving. A built-in cubby holds soap, shampoo and the like. The hand shower, like all of the other fixtures is part of  Kohler’s sleek, modern Loure line.

With all the fancy water tiles, I didn’t think we’d need a handshower, but William recommended we include one. From a practical standpoint, a handshower makes it soooo much easier to clean the shower stall, something our maid surely appreciates.

(I am the maid and I do appreciate it.)

A handshower along with a bench will also make it easier to maintain personal hygiene next time my back goes out or my arthritis flares or one of my boys breaks an arm. No, scratch that last item. This shower is too nice for my boys.

The handshower is like the cherry on top (or side) of the delicious sundae that is our shower. The slide bar allows us to aim the spray just where we need it. Considering that Hubs is nearly a foot taller than I am, we need it in different places.

Back to that car wash shower. Here’s what I’m talkin’ about. This is the shower ceiling. We have two Kohler WaterTiles up top. The 22-nozzle tile pivots enabling the water to be directed with the touch of a finger so that the water hits just the right spot(s). The light was a last minute addition, which I’m glad we decided to include.


Kohler watertiles on shower ceiling


And then, the pièce de résistance, our own little water wall of fame.


Admittedly, for the unwashed masses (i.e. not Hubs or me), it might be hard to understand what’s going on, so let me break it down.

Have I mentioned that my husband is a technical writer? And I’m just a mess, so I’m not sure that second picture clears things up.

Let me break it down a bit more. The thing that says, “regulates water temperature” is the thermostatic valve, it sets the water temperature for all the fixtures. Although we can change it as needed, we generally leave it in one place.

The handle on the bottom right operates the two body tiles. The two tiles operate as an all or nothing deal. The intensity of the spray depends upon the position of the handle, pictured here in the “off” state. Like the ceiling tiles, these have 22 nozzles and each tile pivots to direct the spray.

The next handle up on the right operates the shower head. William suggested that our shower would be both luxurious and practical without the shower head. I nervously agreed until our plumber told me at the last possible minute that we’d regret not having one. I caved to the plumber, fearing we’d be disappointed with our big, fancy and not inexpensive shower. (I received a discount from Kohler, but the more shower heads, the more/pricier the plumbing work, hey….)

At any rate, I love the shower and hate the plumber. William was right, at least from my perspective. I typically use the two lower wall tiles for my shower, adding in other fixtures as time and stress level dictate.

The control for the ceiling tiles is at the top right.

The shower is finished off with a custom glass enclosure provided by Tim’s, our GC’s subcontractors. Tim’s also provided the glass shelves in the shower and our large vanity mirror. I haven’t figured out how to snap a decent photo of the glass + mirror + chrome + light, but I will post when I do.

The Loure faucet is really sharp. Photography skills withstanding, I can’t wait to show it off.

I’ll be back soon with more snippets of our new home soon.


Disclosure: Kohler provided a discount, great design advice and excellent customer service to us.

9 Responses to Master Bath: The Spamazing Shower
  1. TheNextMartha
    March 20, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    Holy Mother Of Showers. That is amazing. Wow. I’d like to not shower for a week and then come use it. Can I?

  2. admin
    March 20, 2012 | 1:36 pm

    So the rule is that you need to wear a bathing suit so I don’t have to clean up any, uh, stray hairs. Also, you may not go without showering for a week before you step into my shower. It’s like a mikvah (a Jewish ritual cleansing), you need to be clean before you go in…unless you are me or the hubs, which, last time I checked, you were not.

  3. Condo Blues
    March 20, 2012 | 3:20 pm

    If that were my shower I’d never leave it. I’d be pruny for life.

    • kim/reluctant renovator
      March 21, 2012 | 10:43 am

      It’s tempting. Hmmm, maybe that’s how I’ll explain away my emerging wrinkles.

  4. Jen
    March 20, 2012 | 3:50 pm

    I have such plans now. 🙂

  5. kim/reluctant renovator
    March 21, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Think big, Jen!

  6. Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy
    March 21, 2012 | 11:18 am

    So you’re saying if I take my hubby to stay at The Inn on Woodlake, he’ll build me that shower??? *booking room now*

  7. Cher@Mom and More
    March 22, 2012 | 11:45 am

    you are making me want to remodel our master bath a lot sooner than we were going to…now i just need to come up with the money!

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