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Old 11-16-2015, 06:13 PM   #1
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Curbless Shower pan: linear, center or off-center?


We are remodeling our bathroom, shower area is 36x60. We could make it also to be 36"x70"or so, our bathroom is completly gutted out! So we can move around and change.

We are not sure which shower pane to use, linear, center or off-center? We would like to have a curbless shower with the glass surround and glass sliding or swing door.

We would prefer a linear-channel drain, however that is not mandatory so we are fine with the regular drain as well. The Local code is not permitting linear drain at the shower door entrance.

We would like to use large format tiles, for example 12x24 for entire bathroom, same tiles entire bathroom.


Our Subfloor is 1 3/4" (or 7/4") thick.
We do have a crawl space however we don't have floor joists. Old construction.
We have only 2x6 Girders (bearers-beams) with the beam span of about 60" and on top of that we have that subfloor that is 1 3/4". It is like nice hardwood thick floor, like 1 3/4" x 6"(or so).


My plan was to cut the subfloor and to install new 2x6 floor joists with joist hangers attached to existing beams and then to lower the subfloor so that shower part of the floor is even-flashed with the top of new floor joists.
That way, that part will be lower for 1 3/4" from the rest of the bathroom floor.
If that is not enough then yes, I can notch those new joists as well.

I can maybe increase the thickness of outside of the shower area for maybe 1/4", so that is not much.

Please review the attached bathroom floor plan with four different options.

What would you then recommend?
Which one is better, better to keep water inside, more comfortable and more pleasant to use? I don't have any experience with any of these shower

What would you recommend? Any other solution, idea will be appreciated.
I will appreciate advice and help.



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Curbless? In most cases those require lowering te floor on the shower area--so that a single plane pitch can be added--sending the water to the linear drain--

That could be accomplished without lowering the floor if the linear drain is at the doorway--but you said that local code does not allow that---
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Yes, we will lower the subfloor, that is not an issue.

Just asking for advice with the shower pan model-design.

Which option is better to go with:

1. Standard Center drain and 4 way slope

2. Linear drain at the end of the wall that is parallel with the shower entrance. One way slope toward the wall that is parallel with the shower entrance, that is slope toward the linear drain.

3. Off center regular drain and 4 way slope, drain at the wall-side that is perpendicular to the shower entrance

4. Off center linear drain and 4 way slope, drain at the wall-side that is perpendicular to the shower entrance



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You mentioned using large format tiles for the floor---so liner drain with a single pitch is best---even an experienced,highly skilled tile setter will have a hard time making the cuts for a center drain using large tiles.
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