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Old 06-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Shower options

OK, the bathroom project is finally back on track.

I've scheduled the electrician to come out and redo the circuits so that I have a 20 amp GFI outlet separate from the lighting.

I've a few minor plumbing fixes to do (replacing the sink and toilet stopcocks)

The next issue is rebuilding the shower.

It is a 48" x 32" enclosure with a center drain.

I am currently debating with myself the pros and cons of various options to build this out. (DYI)

I have identified the following options:

  1. base with tile walls. Probably the cheapest installation. The main issue would be to match the tile with base. I have some concerns about the long term durability of the swanstone.
  2. base and wall kit. Probably the fastest installation. Same concerns as above. I am not sure if this is cheaper than a Kerdi system
  3. Build a mud base and install the Kerdi system and install tile floor and walls. I see this as fairly labor intensive and as I have never done this before, a bit challenging (I have installed ceramic tile floors before and have no doubt that I can do it, I just am leery of making any mistakes.
  4. Instal a base and wall kit. these kits are pricy but they appear to be well made and heavy duty.
Any thoughts as to the costs, pros and cons of these options (or other options) would be appreciated.


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Old 06-06-2012, 01:17 PM   #2
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There is a good product online. They sell regular PVC, which you basically build yourself or they have a pre-fabricated shower liner. They have an entire package with sticks for your mudslope and everything. Though it could be labor intensive to do a tile shower over an insert, I personally think the tile shower is much nicer and something to show off that you did yourself. The slope sticks definitely help with making the mortar beds right. Then just use a concrete board on the walls.


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