Shower plumbing without recessed panels - risky? Acceptable?
I am working on the design for our master bath renovation. I planned to install a shower in the corner against two external walls. To not compromise insulation, I planned to build a raised rectangular column to hide all plumbing for shower head, handheld shower, valve, etc. I planned to tile this column.
Now, my husband says that since there will not be recessed panel for plumbing with such layout, I have to change the design. Honestly, it ruins all my plans - the only change I can make is switching shower with whirlpool tub so the tub is in that corner. This will not resolve the problem - I wanted to use the tub as a shower/tub combo and it will also require similar plumbing.
Any thoughts? Is it really risky to install the plumbing/pipes without access panels? What is the common practice - to make plumbing accessible no matter what?