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Old 02-07-2018, 02:00 PM   #1
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I want to but a curbless/zero barrier shower into my existing master bath which is slab on grade. Has anyone undertaken a project like this? The space where I want to add the shower has a garden tub now. I am thinking I can possibly make some cuts in the slab and remove an inch or so of the thickness?? I am slightly out of my element here and any ideas would be appreciated

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Old 02-07-2018, 03:41 PM   #2
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In other words, you want a handicapped accessible shower pan. If that's correct, you don't need to shave the slab. Companies like E L Mustee have pans with a slight slope that are wheel chair accessible.

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If it was my bathroom remodel, I would demo the slab in the sloped area and drop it as needed. You will likely be wanting to relocate the drain and trap anyway (such as to center it, or relocate it for a gutter style drain) and then install a new drain. That will all get done with the floor completely removed... then the new sloped floor - or a lowered but level one, depending on the tile layers preference- will be installed.

If you won't be the one doing the tile, I suggest you talk to your tile layer first.
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Old 02-07-2018, 04:08 PM   #4
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That's fine but keep in mind that a center drain isn't required just in case you don't want to demolish the entire bathroom. There are pans with offset drains.
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Old 02-07-2018, 05:53 PM   #5
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For wheel chair access we took the shape of the shower out of the floor The floor went back in lower after the plumbing was done.
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:39 PM   #6
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Neal, did you install a trench drain in front of the shower entrance?
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Old 02-08-2018, 06:37 AM   #7
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I like the idea of doing a trench drain across the front and doing the slope up as it goes to the back. Yes, this would be wheelchair accessible but I don't want it to look like a hospital. I am thinking of running the wood look tile I have chosen into the shower with perhaps a Souix Chief drain?

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I didn't look at handicapped settings until I had to expand a 5x3 1/2 bath for my father. It was an architect who introduced me to the idea. Now while you don't want it to look like a hospital, a trench drain & 2 grab bars won't do that. We also had the Sioux Chief drain a few feet away. I had hired a plumber friend of mine only because I need licensed signatures to obtain the certificate of completion. The same with electric. He thought that the Sioux Chief drain was overkill. BTW, a handicapped accessible shower doesn't make the bathroom handicapped if the door isn't 36". Transporter chairs are smaller than full sized wheel chairs. Finally, we are all getting older. You don't want to have to remodel the bathroom again in 20 years.
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Old 02-08-2018, 07:28 AM   #9
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Neal, did you install a trench drain in front of the shower entrance?
I don't remember the details, we went in to frame the walls and found who ever started only did one and the church wanted the boys shower too. We ended doing way more than we bargained for.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:40 AM   #11
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Thanks Guap0. I have changed the main door to a 36" farmhouse style slider, I couldn't do a pocket and a swinging 36" door would have blocked off part of the closet door which I already changed to a 36" pocket. The potty room is going to be tricky, It is very tight already.
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So far, so good.
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