“Close your eyes and click your heals three times…because there’s no place like Dome,” Under the Dome, Stephen King
“Enjoy the benefits of a drier, healthier home simply by installing a Showerdome,” Showerdome website, author unknown
Sometimes you need a roof over your shower. Luckily, Louis has you covered — with a dome, a Showerdome. The Showerdome is exactly that — a dome with a shower under it.
No one really knows where the dome originated. Its long architectural lineage can be traced back centuries into prehistory. In the modern era, domes are generally associated with planetariums, government buildings, mortuaries, hippies and Showerdome.
After Louis, the Romans may have been the biggest dome fans. They were also fans of baths. Fast-forward a couple thousands years, and the good people at Showerdome have married these two elements of classic Western culture.
Do you want to prevent steam from forming mold and condensation in your bathroom? Showerdome. Do you want to see yourself in the mirror when you get out of the shower? Showerdome. Do you want to breath the same hot, steamy air while showering in a claustrophobic enclosed space? Showerdome.
“It’s different,” says Louis. “I’ve never lived under a dome before. Firstly, feeling no breeze, no draft, is quite interesting. You definitely do breath in — the smells are enhanced. Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing, I don’t know.”
On top, Louis’ Showerdome is very dusty. Sometimes this dust needs to be cleaned off the top of the dome. Luckily, reaching the dome is no problem for Louis, as he is very tall. He is too tall for the Showerdome.
“You know in The Simpsons when Homer makes a car for Herb? He makes a car for his brother, and it’s got the bubble and his head’s in it. That’s what I’m like in the dome.
“I’m not actually looking through the wall of the shower; I’m looking through the top of the dome.”
Though in Showered I try to get the full experience, to know what the shower is truly like for the person that uses it every day, this is one thing I must miss out on — I cannot be so tall as to shower in the bubble. Still, entering the domed vessel is unlike any previous shower experience I have had. I forget everything I ever knew about showers.
My plan is to let the hot water steam up the Showerdome, creating a sauna. I turn the mixer to the hot setting, indicated by the color red. I make sure the glass door is closed tightly behind me. The water pressure is too strong, piercing at first. I see a knob at the top of the shower head, loosen it, and the water sprays out more gently — controllable pressure.
Within minutes I notice the smell Louis was talking about, like being in a stuffy room in the heat of the summer. I turn the water hotter. The steam just keeps rising, with nowhere to escape. I hope for full sauna, imagining the Showerdome so steamy, so misty that I can’t see my hand in front of my face.
But at a certain point the steam levels off. I shampoo, wash, rinse and turn off the water. The amount of water build-up inside the dome is impressive. The second the door is opened a mass of water drops to the bathmat, which is saturated. I worry that I’ve done something wrong, but Louis assures me this is just what happens with a Showerdome.
Looking around the bathroom after my shower I notice no mold, no steam, no condensation. The mirror is clear. I look at myself and I say: