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Old 10-24-2005, 09:06 PM   #1
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Tub/ shower remodel

Homeowner wants this tub turned into a shower / tub, now it's just a tub with an old fashioned hand held shower headed doohickey thing (you'll see it in the photo's).

Questions:
1. What's the amt of slope that I should use on that side wall and on the back seat to make sure that water does not sit on either ledge. Is there a certain deg. to cut the 2 x4's that I'll frame that ledge with or just eyeball it?

2. Best place for a niche? I think it looks weird on the side wall. Doesn't specifically have to have one.

3. Was thinking 2"mat mounted tiles in a beige tone, creamier than the tile there now with some kind of diamond insets. Maybe a tumbled stone?? Can't have it too masculine, home owner is a she.

4. The color of the walls is a taupe (dark) color and the homeowner does not know if she wants to keep that color and the border. Also this bathroom has cream colored carpet in good shape that she wants to keep a couple of years to cut down on costs for now.

5. Any suggestions?

6. Oh yeah, new towel racks and take the trim off the mirror. This condo was built in 1983 and still has the original towel racks and stuff. I worked on another condo in this complex and took them out too.
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Old 10-24-2005, 09:09 PM   #2
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Forgot to mention that I will have a glass shower door and wall beside the vanity installed.
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Old 10-25-2005, 12:47 AM   #3
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Hi Pat, you will need to raise the shower head which means you will prolly have to put in a new valve. The tile will have to go to the showerhead or higher. Course you prolly al ready knew that. The shelf should be waterproofed and have about a 1/4" pitch. Can you put the niche on the back wall?
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Old 11-13-2005, 01:35 AM   #4
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Pitterpat ,

Thats actually apretty nice tub set-up. What you really need to do is get rid of that sink and vanity.

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Old 11-13-2005, 08:20 AM   #5
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Hi Pat,

Anything that involves water is always sloped 1/4 inch per foot. I wouldn't bother with cutting the framing to any special angle. I would just nail a ledger to the walls higher than the framing around the tub. 1/4 inch per foot is about a half bubble on a level.

The niche would look good on the shower head wall. Since you have to add the shower riser, you could route it around the niche area so its not in the way.

Kerdi would be a good choice for waterproofing everything.
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Forgot to mention that I will have a glass shower door and wall beside the vanity installed.

If you are going to tear into this I would build a 1/2 wall (regular 2x4 framing width) that would be slightly higher than the vanity for the shower enclosue to sit on. Your seat can remain the same height, if that makes sense.

I run into alot of jobs that look just like this and they want an enclosure. Problem is it's a PITA to seal and it leaves a dead space between the enclosure and cabinet. The 1/2 wall makes it work alot better.

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You may not need to change that tub mixer valve. Pull the trim escutcheon and look inside the wall at the valve body. You will probably see a port on the top of the valve that presently has a plug in it. If so, you could remove the plug and stub a line up to the shower head. You could then remove the existing tub spout, hand shower, diverter assembly and replace with a tub spout/diverter without the hand shower port.
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You may not need to change that tub mixer valve. Pull the trim escutcheon and look inside the wall at the valve body. You will probably see a port on the top of the valve that presently has a plug in it. If so, you could remove the plug and stub a line up to the shower head. You could then remove the existing tub spout, hand shower, diverter assembly and replace with a tub spout/diverter without the hand shower port.
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If you are going to tear into this I would build a 1/2 wall (regular 2x4 framing width) that would be slightly higher than the vanity for the shower enclosue to sit on. Your seat can remain the same height, if that makes sense.

I run into alot of jobs that look just like this and they want an enclosure. Problem is it's a PITA to seal and it leaves a dead space between the enclosure and cabinet. The 1/2 wall makes it work alot better.
Yeah, When I talked to the company that is going to do the shower door(s) they said they needed a 1/2 wall at the same place.

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