This bathroom project was comprised of removing the existing 4′ shower and converting it into a new 5″ shower. Installing a new Alumax Moana “Heavy” glass door. All of the fixtures were to be Brushed Nickle. The shower base was a custom tile base with an offset drain. The floor was to be 12*24 tile on a brick lay. The photos are of the tile floor going down, the shower base layout, and a shot of the base freshly laid. Since we were on a second story floor going over wood we decided to use the Schluter – Ditra system (http://www.schluter.com/6_1_ditra.aspx). We’ve used it several times and have found that it is far superior to concrete board or Hardy board for these applications. The floor installation went rather slow as it was (1) a brick lay and (2) there were several nooks, corners, and a closet that had to be worked around. If it was an open room and a straight lay the tile work would have been done before lunch, as it was though…it took all day.
The shower base was a similar challenge. The customer wanted an inlay or design on the floor. We started with a KBRS base (of which we are the only company in the area with KBRS in our showroom, http://www.kbrsinc.com/). The KBRS bases are made to order (everyone), and totally impervious to water. They install quite easily (simply glue them to the existing floor with some thin-set), once cured it is ready for tile installation. Once a pattern was decided upon, it was laid out, marked, and then installed. The two photos of the base show the lay-out stage and then the “set” stage (the threshold had yet to be laid).