When I tell people that our bathroom will have an "open shower," they don't fully grasp what I'm talking about. The conversation usually goes something like this...
Them: "Oh, so you won't have a door?"
Me: "Right. No door."
Them: "Will you just have a wall that you walk behind?"
Me: "No. It will have two half walls, but it will be open."
Them: "Ah. So you'll just have frosted glass on top of the half walls?"
Me: "No. There won't be any glass. We'll pretty much just be showering out in the open."
And, by "interesting," I'm sure they really mean "Okay, crazy. Didn't realize I was dealing with an exhibitionist."
Here are some photos of the shower as it is progressing...
Now before you judge me, please know that this was not an easy decision to make. When Dave the tile guy first suggested this shower design, I turned 3 shades of red, and told him emphatically that "I was not that kind of girl."
However, after careful consideration, I realized that from a design and maintenance perspective, this shower was our best choice. The bathroom is at the front of our house, and has two large, tall windows in it. (Now I really feel you judging me.) There just was not a natural location for the shower that didn't close off the room or create a wall in front of the window. I am not a fan of glass block, and I don't like cleaning glass, so the open shower seemed to be a good option.
Open showers are quite common in Europe, but apparently, we Americans are a bit more modest? I know I am. (I wear skirted bathing suits, people.) I won't lie and say it will be perfectly normal to shower in the open, but for the sake of good design, I'm willing to give it a go.
We have been known to have some peeping Toms in our neighborhood. Just the other day, I caught this guy looking in our kitchen window.
But don't worry. The shutters will be closed when the shower is in use. I have no intention of frightening my neighbors. And that's no lie.