Older basement shower needs remodel. Questions about showers and concrete blocks.
The house a recently purchased has a full basement with an extended front entryway on the first floor. Underneith that front entry is open space in the basement that the previous owner used to install a mud shower. It's about 4ft deep by approximately 8 feet wide. I've included a diagram.
The shower itself is a fiberglass surround that is not level and is just half-assed. The concrete blocks are covered in that fiberboard paneling that looks like fake tile. The seams are poorly sealed and in general it needs totally gutted. After I gut this I'll be left with a complete bare cubby hole with concrete block walls and a drain in the floor.
I'm looking for ideas on how to finish this properly and make it a nicer more inviting shower. I've thought about completely tiling everything, or maybe even installing a composite floor plan and then tiling upwards from that. I'm just not really sure how to attack this. Can I put cement board right up against the exterior block wall and then tile onto this? The reason I ask this is because if I fur the wall out and install greenboard and hardie I'm afraid I'm going to loose too much of the interior room (width). The house has a french drain system and shows no signs of water penetration into the basement and doesn't have a sump. I'd also be open to replacing the surround with another prebuilt surround but making sure this time it's level and done right.
Just wondering what kind of ideas you guys may have.
Last edited by speedster1; 01-28-2010 at 07:31 AM.