Steam shower worth it for mid size (60x42) shower?
I love using the steam showers at the spa on the rare occasions I get to go and wanted to do one in our home, but dismissed the idea due to costs. I am revisiting the idea since I can get a Thermosol generator for a very good price at a going out of business sale. We are putting in a new shower anyway when we re-model the master bath this spring, and our GC estimates it will cost an extra $2200-2500 to make it a steam shower (plus the cost of the generator and controls). So, it is not a cheap idea, but less than it would otherwise cost due to the sale.
We will have a walk-in shower in an alcove that is 60" wide by 42" deep. (We are replacing a tub/shower combo.) There is no way to make the shower larger. There is also no room for a separate tub, so I thought the steam shower might add a bit of luxury/relaxation to compensate for the lack of a tub. (There is a tub in the second bathroom.) The house is in a neighborhood with high housing prices.
Is it worth putting a steam unit in a shower that size? I will not have room for a built-in tiled bench, but would put in a fold-down teak shower seat (probably going to include anyway). The steam shower only needs to seat 1 person as it is primarily for me, and the kids when they are sick. My DH does not care for steam rooms, but might use when he is sick.