Bathroom Remodeling Ideas: Shower Shaving Niche

Shower with storage niches and niche for shavingMany women can relate to the act of balancing in the shower while trying to shave their legs. Because showers come in all shapes and sizes, there might not be enough space to add a bench to eliminate that problem when planning your bathroom remodel. However, there are still some creative solutions to help meet your needs, like a little unassuming shelf called a shaving niche.

One option is a a creative use of a shower niche, which have commonly been used to store soaps, shampoos and other bath supplies. Adding a shaving niche on the lower part of your shower can also provide a space to easily prop up your leg when shaving. It’s an extremely useful option that doesn’t take up any additional space.

If you are ready to get going on your bathroom remodel, set up a time to meet with a Normandy designer to come up with a smart and beautiful design. For more design ideas or inspiration, you can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or view recent renovation projects in the Normandy photo gallery.

Shower with glass door and niche storageniche for shower and shaving legs in the shower

Design Definitions: Plain Sawn, Quarter Sawn and Rift Sawn

Rift sawn white oak island with a distressed finish
Rift Sawn White Oak Island with Distressed Finish

Quarter Sawn, rift sawn and plain sawn are technical terms to describe how the tree trunk is cut. These three options are common when selecting cabinetry and flooring for your home remodel. Here is a breakdown of each method and their results, including how wood grains appear on surfaces.

Plain Sawn – Also known as flat sawn, this is the simplest method for cutting wood. It is also the least expensive option as it yields the most wood. However, while more affordable, you have less control over the consistency of the grain.

Quarter Sawn – True to its name, quarter sawn wood is cut lengthwise into quarters and then at an angle to allow for a linear grain pattern. However, because this method is not as simple as plain sawn, it is more expensive.

Rift Sawn – With the rift sawn technique, the wood is cut along the radius of the original log, giving every board a perpendicular grain. This process is beautiful, but produces a great deal of waste which also makes it a more expensive option.

“When it comes to design aesthetics, quarter sawn and rift sawn are more appealing,” said Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan. “In addition to grain consistency, these options can achieve a variety of styles including Scandinavian, Prairie and transitional.”

For more design ideas follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Or, to get a better sense of the remodeling process, you can register to attend an upcoming seminar. If you are eager to get started on your own home remodel, you can also set up an appointment to meet with Kathryn.

Traditional oak desk and library
Plain Sawn Oak Desk and Library
Quarter sawn oak kitchen with island
Quarter Sawn Oak Kitchen

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