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Old 10-17-2012, 01:49 AM   #1
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I have a bathroom that is very basic, toilet and sink. That's it. I could really use a shower in there but there is not room to add a separate shower. My thought is to add a shower head in the room and a drain in the floor and leave the sink and toilet where it is.

My immediate thoughts are that I would need to change out the floor and turn it into a shower pan. I would also need to take down the dry wall and replace it with cement panels.

I would also need to add in a drain. Can I just put in a T off of the drain for the toilet?

What else am I missing? Or am I crazy for thinking of this?

There is a ventilation fan in there already to suck the moist air out.

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How small is this powder room?

I suggest you look at modern waterproofing methods---Schluter makes a surface membrane that can waterproof the existing walls--

Latacrete makes Hydroban that is a paint in waterproofer--more details--size first--

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I see no way you can legally do this. A bathroom has to have at least one receptacle, which obviously you couldn't have in a shower. Same for the light switch, but that could I suppose be moved outside. There are also serious code requirements for a light fixture in a shower. You'd also no longer be able to heat the room.
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reminds me of a travel trailer bathroom....

not up to code but could you ... use waterproof led lighting, or exterior lighting (with switch outside room), maybe a waterproof enclosure for an outlet, or mount the outlet outside the room next to the switch.. if the room is small enough the coord length shouldn't be an issue.

i dont know about the drain being shared with toilet
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I think it's a great idea if you can manage the logistics of it. I lived in Taiwan for three years and all the bathrooms are like that. Sometimes there'd be a tub but they would still have a central drain and shower head. Made it really easy to keep clean.
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I think it's a great idea if you can manage the logistics of it. I lived in Taiwan for three years and all the bathrooms are like that. Sometimes there'd be a tub but they would still have a central drain and shower head. Made it really easy to keep clean.
That's great, but would never fly in the U.S.
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I see no way you can legally do this. A bathroom has to have at least one receptacle, which obviously you couldn't have in a shower. Same for the light switch, but that could I suppose be moved outside. There are also serious code requirements for a light fixture in a shower. You'd also no longer be able to heat the room.
Seriosuly? You are forced to have an outlet in a bathroom? How about those ceiling fan/light combos? You cant have one of those in a shower? Heating the room is not a problem. Im in a climate in the US where I can have my windows open probably 3/4s of the year.

With regards to the room it is a 6.5 x 6.5' square. There is currently one door, a sink, and a toilet against the same wall as the sink. The door is in the wall adjacent to the wall with the sink and toilet on it. The door opens to the left, and the sink is immediately on the right.

My thought is to put a drain right in the middle of the room and add a shower head on the wall opposite the toilet and sink and have it shoot down into the middle of the room. I was thinking to line the walls with cement board, put in a shower pan and then add tile on the walls and ceiling. This is on the ground floor so I would be cutting out the concrete foundation to add the drain Foundation is 6" of concrete.
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It's an idea that most people won't like---and might not meet code---

But that was not your question---can it be done?

Sure---Gut the room----remove the floor---add a drain--shower mixer ---slope the floor----rock the walls---mesh all corners---seal everything with Hydroban--three coats ---tile---reinstall toilet and sink---add a water proof door---

Think of it as a shower with a toilet inside---

I would not add electrical outlet---odd in this country--but it's your place---
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Yes, seriously, code requires at least one outlet (GFCI protected) in a bathroom. And the typical ceiling light/fan combos are not rated for a wet location, which is what you'll be creating. Can your project be done? Yes. Will it be legal? Not a chance. Might hurt your home's resale value too.
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plus I'd hate to know that after I dried myself off I'd have to dry the toilet off too ..... good way to keep it clean though
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England uses this idea as well.

Water does not need to get all over everything, locate shower head in right place and have a wrap around curtain that covers the sink and toilet.
Be sure to have a great exhaust fan.
Do some research on it.
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How ya gonna keep the TP dry?
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How ya gonna keep the TP dry?
With the right timing you wouldn't need it!

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