Prefabricated vs. Custom Tile Showers

One of the most popular rooms to renovate, a bathroom remodel often centers around the shower and tub. 

This presents homeowners with a crucial choice: prefabricated shower stall or custom tile? 

There are pros and cons to each; I dive into the details below to help you make an informed decision!

Prefabricated Shower

Prefabricated shower units are made of acrylic or fiberglass and shipped to your home in one or multiple pieces. The choice between one-piece or multi-piece is typically determined by practical factors, like whether a one-piece unit can fit through the doorway of a home. For this reason, one-piece units are more popular when building a home or adding on to one when they can be installed before the doorframe. Prefabricated showers can be installed by professionals or DIYers fairly quickly. Once considered a subpar option, they have risen in popularity in recent years as they have become available in a huge variety of textures, colors, and designs.


There are many pros to a prefabricated shower. First, they tend to be more cost-effective than custom tiled showers. They are also much easier and quicker to install; you can even do it yourself. They are very easy to clean and maintain as they have few or no seams for water and dirt to accumulate in. They are usually very lightweight, which can be important if you have doubts about the structural integrity of your floors, such as in an older home.


One of the main cons to a prefabricated shower is size limitations. Most units only come in standard sizes and ordering a custom size can get very pricey. There’s also the issue of repairs. While it’s fairly easy to replace a cracked tile, prefabricated showers are more tricky. If your shower cracks, your only options are to make a visible repair with a fiberglass repair kit or replace the entire thing. If you’re the environmentally conscious type, it’s important to note that these showers are less environmentally friendly, as they are made of materials that will not decompose. Finally, there is simply less creative freedom when ordering something premade than when designing it yourself.

Custom Built Tile Shower

Unlike prefabricated showers, tile showers are built onsite. A carpenter constructs a frame and walls it in with cement, then a tiler finishes the job. Custom tile showers sometimes use factory made shower pans, other times the whole shower is tiled. This method tends to be more expensive than pre-fabrication but also allows for a greater range of customization.


As previously mentioned, one notable pro of going custom is that there are literally thousands of design options to choose from so that you can get the exact look you’re after. You can also be more precise with sizing, filling any space perfectly. Tile is made of natural materials and is therefore more environmentally friendly. Finally, tile is usually considered a more high-end material and can add value to your home.


If cost is a concern, a tiled shower may not be the thing for you, as they can easily become very expensive. They are also much more labor intensive and may take days even for the pros to complete. They require more maintenance than prefabricated showers, as all those tiny grout lines will need to be cleaned and sealed on a regular basis to prevent mildew and cracking. 

Ultimately, there are many factors that go into choosing the right kind of shower remodel, such as cost, style, and resale value. With careful consideration and research, you can choose the right type of shower for your home and make the most of your bathroom remodel.

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Bathroom Design Trends

Bathrooms remain the top room to renovate, according to a NAHB remodeler’s survey, with 74% of all remodeling projects involving a bathroom in 2020. 

And it’s not surprising – although typically the smallest room in the home, a well-designed remodel can turn your bathroom into a spa and has a great return on investment. 

That’s a win-win!

Keep reading to learn more about this year’s bathroom decor trends!

Shower Layouts

Who doesn’t love stepping into the shower after a long day? With the right layout, the shower becomes more than a place to rinse off, and feels more like a sanctuary. 

A walk-in shower with glass door, tiled walls, and built-in shelves or seating is one way to revamp your bathroom space. If you have the extra space, a separate soaking tub completes this trend!

Colorful Wallpaper

The bathroom is a great space to play with color. Since bathrooms are smaller, many people feel they can take a risk with paint or wallpaper because it is easier and less expensive to change out should you get sick of it in a few years. 

Wallpaper adds a fun element to your bathroom while adding in color and keeping the room light. 

Natural Elements

For those who think wallpaper is too risky, incorporating nature into the bathroom remains a trend. Natural materials, including wood cabinets, slate showers, or bamboo decor can help bring the outdoors in. 

Hooks and Hardware

Hardware is like the jewelry of the room. People are turning away from towel bars and installing unique hooks in all shapes, sizes, and finishes. Mixing and matching hardware finishes in bathrooms creates an eclectic look. 

Heated Floors

Once considered a luxury, heated floors in the bathroom are becoming more mainstream. Electric radiant floor heating systems are energy efficient and many can be controlled directly from your phone. Plus, the toasty warm floor feels incredible on a cold winter day!

What does your dream bathroom look like? 

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10 Bathroom Faucet Finishes

A seemingly small feature, the faucet can either be designed to blend in or make a bold statement in the bathroom. 

Faucets come in a variety of options: from silver to gold tones, from matte to shiny. Selecting a finish that matches your style will elevate your bathroom. Bathroom faucets often come with a lifetime warranty, so if you select one you love, it will last!

Below are 10 of the most popular finishes for bathroom faucets!


Chrome is versatile, able to be used as a decorative or protective finish. It is shiny and polished. 

Pros: Chrome is a light metal, resistant to corrosion, and a cheap option. 

Cons: Chrome can scratch easily and shows water spots.

Style: Chrome goes with just about every style: traditional, modern, eclectic, and contemporary!

Polished Nickel

Polished nickel has a smooth, shiny finish. Compared to chrome, polished nickel has a darker, warmer tone. It can also appear to change color, depending on the lighting.  

Pros: Easy to clean with a durable finish. 

Cons: Shows water spots and fingerprints easily. More expensive than other finishes.

Style: Polished nickel goes with just about every style: traditional, modern, eclectic, and contemporary!

Brushed Nickel

Brushed nickel gives a soft metallic look with a matte sheen. 

Pros: Extremely durable, with a longer life than other finishes. Brushed nickel is also easy to clean.

Cons: More expensive than other finishes and does not coordinate well with stainless steel.

Style: Brushed nickel goes with just about every style: traditional, modern, eclectic, and contemporary!

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel has a shiny, reflective surface that is affordable and durable. 

Pros: Resistant to scratches and corrosion, easy to clean. 

Cons: More expensive than other finishes, shows fingerprints easily.

Style: Modern, contemporary, industrial, and traditional. 

Satin Brass

Satin brass, also called brushed brass, has a muted golden color, with a matte finish. 

Pros: Creates a bold statement in the bathroom. The matte finish does not show watermarks or fingerprints easily.

Cons: Satin brass is more expensive and harder to find than other finishes. 

Style: Satin brass goes with traditional, contemporary, and modern design. 

Polished Brass

Polished brass provides a bright, shiny golden finish.

Pros: Easy to clean. Polished brass is also durable. 

Cons: More expensive than other finishes. Likely to show fingerprints and water spots. 

Style: Polished brass works well with traditional and vintage design. 

Satin Bronze

Satin bronze has a smooth finish with a color in between copper and oil-rubbed bronze.

Pros: Easy to clean and maintain. Satin bronze does not show fingerprints.

Cons: Satin bronze can be expensive and hard to find. 

Style: Satin bronze works with traditional and eclectic design. 

Oil-Rubbed Bronze

Oil-rubbed bronze is chemically darkened and can vary from dark brown to dark gray. 

Pros: Durable, easy to clean, and doesn’t show marks easily. 

Cons: More expensive than other finishes

Style: Oil-rubbed bronze works in traditional and antique bathrooms. 


Copper has a bold, unmistakable color that provides a rich feeling. 

Pros: Copper protects the faucet against corrosion. Scratches on copper eventually darken and blend in. 

Cons: Copper is not as durable as other finishes and requires more maintenance. 

Style: Copper is a great fit for farmhouse, eclectic, and mid-century design.

Matte Black

A powder coating applied to steel, brass, or iron produces a matte black finish. 

Pros: Easy to clean and does not show fingerprints or watermarks. 

Cons: More expensive compared to other finishes. 

Style: Matte black faucets work with modern, minimalist, and eclectic styles. 

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