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Unread 02-10-2009, 05:31 PM   #1
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Maybe over my head

I have what I have always called a roman shower. To enter the shower, you have two steps (1 about 5" and the other 1.5"). Due to the safety reasons and asthetics, I would like to bring the shower floor even with the remainder of the bathroom's floor.

The subfloor in the roman shower and remainder of the bathroom is poured concrete slab. I have demo'ed everything except the tiles on the floor of the roman shower.

I was thinking of building a new subfloor (out of wood) and installing a curb.

Is this even feasible?
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Unread 02-10-2009, 05:36 PM   #2
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Hi Huntr, welcome. You already have a slab, just add concrete to the height you want. I wouldn't add wood to it.

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Sounds like a good candidate for a handicapped accessible (i.e., no curb) shower. You'd need to tear things up enough to put in a new drain, and you might want to take enough up to replace the trap depending on how old and what condition the existing one is. If you used Kerdi and Ditra, you wouldn't have any water issues.

I think you could probably get away with some fine gravel, then a nice thick layer of deckmud with metal reinforcement for your slope, then the Kerdi (see www.schluter.com).

If you deck mud was reinforced and thick enough, sitting on the concrete base that exists already, maybe pea gravel or possibly sand would work to minimize how much deck mud you needed to mix up and place.

See what the pros have to say...I wouldn't build a wooden floor there to raise things up.
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