A key to building a shower that looks great for years is to build it so it is easy to maintain. There are a few basic consideration when designing a shower. Most people only go as far as the pipes are in this wall, and the drain is in the floor. Personally I don't like to take a lot of time to clean my shower after every use. I use a squeegee and quickly go over the glass and shower walls just before I get out of the shower. It takes very little time and keeps the shower looking great. I come in every week or two and clean everything with the repellent wash. That's it.
Lots of people get get excited about how great their new tile looks, that they fail to pay attention to some small things which can be a big deal. Listed below are a few things to avoid.
1) Water Puddling
Avoid water puddling. First of all you should have a slope of 1 to 1-1/2 degrees into the shower on all flat surfaces such as the curb or seats. Make sure that the drain is the lowest point of the shower. You don't want to have a puddle of water right around the drain. The shower door is going have water running off it onto the curb. Without the slope on the curb water can build up on top of the curb and escape the the outside.
2) Bull Nose Tile
Bull-nose tile should be on top of the curb with the side tiles tucked under them. Doing it the other way will probally hold some water on the curb in the grout lines and is asking for water damage.
3) Hinge location
If you can have the door hinges mounted on the same wall as the shower head. The hinges won't require much attention to stay looking stay looking new.
4) Clamps vs. U-Channel
Some people like the look of the glass clamps to support their fixed panels. They may look good, but they get in the way when if you squeegee the glass. If you want to keep things looking good you have to wipe them down every time you use the shower. I like U-channel because it is continuous, and doesn't get in the way of the squeegee.
Considerer a knob instead of a "D" style pull handle. They are easier to clean around, take up less room, and cost less.
6) Shower Head
The type of shower head can make a big difference in a shower and how it performs. Shower heads fall into three groups: 1)Sun-flower rain type 2) Fire Hose 3) Body Spray. Euro Frameless shower are not a watertight aquariums. The hinges will leak water to the outside if you take a hand-held shower wand and shoot it directly at them. This type of shower is designed to contain splash water. A Sun-flower shower head is great. If you are using a fire-hose or body spray system you want to make sure the are shooting away from the door.
7) Steam Showers
If you are building a steam shower it is recommended that you have ventilation in the shower to relieve any pressure from the steam. It can be a passive system (no fan), but you need something to let the steam out or the steam will push the door open.