Build a new steam shower room
If you’ve got a bit more space in your bathroom, a shower room is a real luxury, especially when you add Helo steam. There are no special requirements to consider when building a steam shower room, after all if the room you build is suitable for a shower, it is also suitable for steam.
Plan the shower room layout:
- Seating – you will want to relax when taking a steam bath so seating is essential. In smaller rooms you can use a Helo fold-away seat – please see steam accessories. If you have enough space, build a seating area on one or two sides of the room, and if your room is really large why not allow enough room to lie down.
- Door - you can use a well-sealed shower door, or a Helo steam door – please see steam accessories.
- Steam outlet - the steam delivery pipe terminates with a 22mm male connection into a specially designed steam outlet (included with Helo steam generator) - when considering the outlet location, bear in mind that the steam coming from the outlet will be hot and therefore it is best to keep it away from bathers' feet.
- Lights - you will need IP-rated low voltage or LED lights for the steam shower - you may also wish to have two different levels of light, bright for cleaning, soft for bathing, or even colour light therapy.
- Ventilation - there is no need for special ventilation in the steam shower. If you have an extract vent in the bathroom, this will help remove any steam that may escape from the shower when opening the door.
- Steam generator - the generator needs to be located in a dry and accessible area ideally within 7m of the steam shower, for example in a cupboard, loft or garage - the area needs a water supply and a suitable electrical supply and you should be able to run a copper pipe to the steam outlet and control cables to the steam shower for the thermostatic control.
Plan the construction:
- Floor - as with a regular shower, the floor needs to be waterproof, especially where it joins the walls, and should fall to a waste gulley so water can drain away.
- Walls - can be constructed in blockwork or studwork or any other stable structure, then lined with tile-backer board ready for final finishes.
- Seats - if you are creating seating in the shower you can buy the basic structure from Helo or construct yourself in the same way as the walls and line with tile-backer board before finishing.
- Ceiling - construct in the same way as the walls - it is best to have a gradient so condensation can run away, so either have a central pitch, slope one way or even a domed, barrelled or rolled ceiling.
Plan the finishes & accessories:
- Tiles - this is the most usual way to finish the inside of a steam shower - almost any type of tile will do as long as the surface of the tile is non-porous.
- Grout & Adhesive - there is no need to use special materials, anything that would be suitable for a regular shower will do.
- Accessories - why not add colour light therapy, a stereo system or an automatic essence dosing system to your beautiful new steam shower?