Steam Shower Enclosure

4 reasons why you need a steam shower this Christmas

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to buy a steam shower, and even if you haven’t, here are 4 great reasons why you should buy one:

1. Improve General Health

Steam showers enclosures are good for your health.  The hot steamy environment causes the core body temperature to increase, causing the user to sweat.  The body happens to use sweating as a way of both cooling itself and ridding itself of toxins that are harmful.  As a result, when we sweat in a steam shower, the body will push some of these toxins, which were sitting just under the skin, out of the body through the sweat and oil glands.

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2. Improve Skin Appearance

The Finn’s have a saying, ‘You look your best 2 hours after a sauna‘.  The same principle applies to steam showers.  When you are relaxing in the steam, tiny capillaries which are at the surface of the skin are filled with blood.  This is in an attempt to eject heat out of the body, however the process has great benefits to the quality, look and complexion of the skin.  Along with the heat, the blood carries nutrients and oxygen which are life giving miracles to the skin, which make the skin look healthier, more vibrant and simply makes you look better.  Steam room benefits are many and varied.  Try it, you’ll see real results.

3. Reduce Stress

When stressed out, a lot of people find the best solution is to just get away from everything and relax, to clear their mind.  The steam shower not only causes great relaxation through the warmth which heats up the muscles of the body, it’s also a place where you can escape and be by yourself.  A perfect place to unwind and think.

4. Desirability of Your Home

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also add desirability to your home.  If you’re ever wanting to sell your home, owning a steam shower will certainly add desirability and value.  A steam shower shouldn’t be seen as a luxury but rather an investment into your home.  In the meantime you’ll be the envy of all your friends!

So there you have it; 4 fantastic reasons why you should buy a steam shower.

Salt Baths shown to Soothe Arthritis pain

A new study completed by Vincent Compan at Manchester University’s Faculty of Life Sciences has shown that bathing in saline solutions can ease the agony of arthritis. Simply soaking in a bath filled with your favourite bathing salts can help reduce the inflammation that a growing percentage of the population experience each day through arthritis. “The research has been said to open up exciting new opportunities, with endless potential to help so many patients” said Dr Compan.

The research demonstrated how soaking in a saline solution can cause the cells that cause arthritis to “dehydrate” resulting in a reduction of the swelling that can become painful for sufferers. The salt showed the same results when injected directly into the body or when absorbed through the skin when soaked in a saline bath. The research reflects the common beliefs shared by those that make annual visits to natural hot springs. These springs are extremely high in saline levels, causing them to often be resorted to by patients looking for a “natural miracle cure.”

A National Issue

More than 10 million people currently suffer from the pains of arthritis, causing crippling pains and inflammation within joints commonly found in the hands, feet and limbs. Many sufferers are in constant agony to the point where daily life can become stressful. At present there is no cure for arthritis, but there are a number of both commercial and home remedies available for sufferers to help ease the pain and slow the condition down considerably.

Commenting on this research, a spokesperson for the charity Arthritis Research UK said “It’s been known for some time that salt solutions can have some benefits towards the aches and pains of arthritis , but it never been known why this was the case. This study has shed some light on this and by identifying the molecular target for these hyper tonic solutions we can hopefully block the molecule that progresses inflammation” – Daily Mail 21/09/2012. 

The Ultimate Home Remedy

In addition to the above, it’s common knowledge that breathing salty air can reduce the inflammation and swelling of airways. Salt therapy can also be used to ease asthma, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infections, hay fever, most respiratory allergies and even cystic fibrosis.

Combining the benefits of salt therapy with the warming comfort of a steam room is something that anybody can install in the comfort of their own home. Di Vapor offer a variety of different sized free-standing steam rooms that can be installed in most environments including bathrooms, en-suites, extensions, garages and even bedrooms.  For more information on sizing and features, visit the following link: http://www.divapor.com/steam-showers.php

Di Vapor also offers a walk-in bath for those with mobility issues. Our exclusively designed glass hinged door is specially designed to open and close easily, for simple independent bathing. Add a few bath salts for the ultimate soothing relaxation experience. More information can be found here: http://www.divapor.com/varedo-walk-in-bath/walk-in-bath.php

 

 

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2014 Design Trend Update by Di Vapor

Here at Di Vapor we try our very best to keep on eye with what’s on trend, without focusing purely on the bathroom space. Knowing what styles people look for around the home can often reflect certain trends that can appear in bathroom design.

The growing popularity for glass shower enclosures generated the introduction of two new cabinets, The Verona & The Venice, meeting the need of glass construction throughout with modern design. Glass as a material keeps natural light as a priority, keeping rooms bright and welcoming. The need to keep our living spaces open and alight is reflected on a few trends that have taken hold this year.

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LIGHTING

Having a well lit living space is something we all consider when it comes to home design, but sometimes we can often miss even the most basic principles. An ongoing trend that has fast tracked it’s way to the top is the need for professional lighting consultants. Experts with years of experience can take the space that you’re working with and maximise your lighting options, taking full advantage of the natural light available within the room.  They can also advise on which light systems would suit your space best, whilst considering the best possible energy efficient option.

MATERIALS

Recent figures have shown that a rising demand in the use of manmade materials throughout the home has drastically impacted the number of options available to work with. In addition, manmade materials are often customisable, making them work well within your requirements at very little cost. New resin technology allows any base material to be wrapped in a 3mm thick liquid cement that sets silky smooth, remaining cool to the touch whilst visually maintaining warm natural stone tones.

Kerlite is another manmade material wonder offering heatproof & acid proof properties whilst maintaining a high level of tensile strength. This non pourous material makes it a superbly versatile option for a surface top or splashback. Furthermore, the manufacturing process allows for a number of different shapes and sizes – No design is too extreme.

GLAZING & GLASS

We’ve seen it used in modern housing developments, replacing walls and supports for maximum light coverage – Using large glazed glass panels has quickly becoming a key trend for both the kitchen and bathroom. Large bi-folding glass doors to a kitchen allow for plenty of natural light to pour in, whilst offering an attractive entrance to a garden space.  Using glass as a divider within a room such as the bathroom helps to divide the floor space without interrupting the flow of natural light. The rising use of glass as a feature over the last decade has quickly  become a staple trend, set to continue strong throughout 2014.

COLOUR SPLASH

Current colour trends demonstrate the desire for natural colour tones pairs with blue & grey as supporting base colours. Accent pieces are back offering the more daring designer a chance to be loud without being too harsh.  A splash of lime green or ruby red can quickly raise the mood of a room, whilst also offering a unique way to highlight small features.  For a flawless tried-and-tested way of introducing colour,  combine light neutral colours with a bright colour offering.

 

 

The Alternative Showering Experience

Di Vapor offer a variety of shower cabins that provide an exciting and unique alternative to the standard shower enclosure. Whether you prefer being drenched by vast quantities of water from overhead,  consider yourself a quick in & out shower person or someone that needs to be left alone for 30 minutes – Di Vapor define the alternative shower experience.

We’ve decided to take a closer look at the current Di Vapor range offering you a detailed insight into some of the key products on offer. It’s easy to get lost in a long list of features from a multitude of different styles, but deciding on what’s important to you can be a good place to start.  When looking for a new shower enclosure, what’s the most decisive factor for you?

STYLE

Possibly one of the most essential aspects when redesigning any showering space is deciding on your style – What do you want your shower enclosure too look like? Do you have a particular colour scheme to work with? Perhaps you have a shape in mind or are limited by certain work space restrictions? Picking a cabin with a style that suits your needs is the first step towards building your dream.

The Savona Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

When it comes to style, The Savona leads the race as one of our most popular contemporary designed steam shower enclosures within the range. A  straight lined glass construction throughout combined with low step entrance keeps the Savona the centre of attention. A sleek set of 6 massage jets across the back keeps things simple, whilst offering 2 different shower heads adds variety. Two words that sum up the Savona quite nicely: Sleek Simplicity.

FUNCTIONALITY

The bathroom has always been an important part of any home, offering basic practical needs on a day to day basis. However, many of us have began to utilise our bathroom as a space to relax and unwind, through the multitude of technological developments for the house & home. It’s never been easier to transform the basic bathroom into a home spa haven, complete with relaxing whirlpool bath and private sauna steam room.

The Superior Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

If maximum functionality and a prominent list of features are important to you, the Superior may be the choice for you. Offering a corner whirlpool bath complete with water & air jets, powered by individual built in pumps, soaking away the stress couldn’t be easier. In the same 1350mm x 1350mm footprint, you also get a fully functional steam generator with time & temperature settings, combined with FM radio and speaker system. A private steam room in your very own home – What more could you ask for?

BUDGET

The most common constraint for any home renovation; How much money do you have to spend? Being limited by a sensible budget does not mean that you can’t achieve your dream bathroom. Di Vapor maintain a high level quality throughout the entire range, but the prices are not as high as you might think. Affordable options are available without compromising on features or quality.

The Garda Steam Shower Enclosure by Di Vapor

We’ve picked the Garda shower enclosure as a perfect example of this; Quality without the hefty price tag. For less than £1000, you can have yourself a completely free standing glass shower enclosure complete with two shower heads and hydro body jets. As an added bonus, this enclosure also comes complete with a fully programmable steam generator for private steam bathing. Who said that your home spa haven would never happen? With options like the Garda available, it’s never been easier.

Whatever your limitation, we hope that this article has helped you understand how easy it is for you to have the alternative showering experience. Long gone are the days of glass shower screens & wall mounted electric showers – The alternative showering experience is available for everyone.

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Glorious Glass is the Material of Choice

A recognised and established trend expected to continue making an impact throughout bathroom design is the remarkable way in which glass can be used as a raw building material. Architects and designers across the globe are continuing to find unique and attractive ways to incorporate glass into home renovations, paving the way for both practical and unusual solutions for the bathroom.

There are obvious benefits to utilising glass, with the most apparent being the sense of an increase in natural light. The passive characteristics of glass allow daylight to pass through without limit, creating a brighter and more welcoming atmosphere. Furthermore,  using glass helps to create a seamless finish like no other, guaranteed to take centre stage in any  bathroom renovation.

Below are a few of our favourite examples of how glass can create a truly striking finish;

Floating Glass Sink by Prizma Studio

This take on the classic bathroom sink demonstrates how something as simple as flowing water can be transformed into majestic beauty. Complete with an invisible drain, transparent wall fixings and a clever internal glass support structure, the sink seemingly floats in situe.

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Modern Glass Cristalli Bathtub by Novellini

For the ultimate in opulence, this futuristic approach to transparent bathing is as striking as it is magnificent. Constructed almost entirely from glass, the  straight edged sides meet the upward curves of each end providing a minimalist, unique modern finish like no other.  The freestanding side mounted taps add a hint of chrome, finishing the bath in true European designer fashion.

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Floating Glass Shelving by Adatto 

Storage is an ongoing problem for every household, with the bathroom being no exception. In no time at all, one can expect a wealth of shampoo bottles and body washes cluttering any available surface – Where does it all come from? This unique take on the floating shelf provides an ample wall mounted platform to keep untidiness at bay, with no limit to how many you could have.

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Glass Block Dividing Walls – Various Suppliers

Perhaps a blast from the past, the use of glass block tiles became frequent fare in the 1980′s with many home design moguls incorporating them into the kitchen and bathroom. The truth is, when used right, a glass block wall is great way of dividing space within a room without losing all important natural daylight. The added element of frosting maintains privacy, whilst being an extremely versatile material to work with.

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Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure by Twyford

This list wouldn’t be complete without the introduction of a frameless glass shower enclosure – a proven solution to help create a luxury hotel spa escape within the privacy of your own home. Walk in showers usually comprise of a single large glass panel mounted against an adjacent wall, creating a protected open-plan showering space for the user. Combine with a monsoon overhead shower and let the deluge begin!

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Freestanding Glass Shower Cabin by Di Vapor

Taking a slightly different approach to the frame-less walk-in shower, the enclosed glass cabin provides a practical glass showering solution as it eliminates the need for a waterproof membrane or any additional tiling. There’s a wealth of different sizes and shapes available so decide on your room limitations before you start shopping.  The Venice by Di Vapor provides an ample sealed showering space with dual shower heads, body jets and removeable bench seat.

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Designer Glass Bathroom Mirror by Affinity

The introduction of a large mirror can drastically transform the look & feel of any room, instantly increasing the levels of natural light within the bathroom. This designer example is not only sizable, the side mounted lighting creates a striking mural on an otherwise ordinary wall.  If you haven’t already looked to fit a large mirror in your bathroom, it’s one of the easiest and quickest ways to transform your space.

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