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Unread 11-04-2015, 04:43 PM   #1
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Phx,Az - sunken shower remodel

Hello again kind people...


I registered here in Jan 2008 to get help remodeling my shower. Then a year or two later I did our other bathroom. Both successful jobs thanks to this forum!


Now I may be forced into action again to help my elderly parents. My mother recently fell getting into her shower. Fortunately she was not terribly injured. Her mobility is poor and her sunken shower is an accident waiting to happen.

I would like to remodel her shower so there is minimal amount of stepping up or down required by her. I need to place safety bars galore in the area. I was thinking a built in bench too but am not eager to try my hand at that for the first time.

The two gotchas for me right off the bat are filling in the sunken portion and then the giant window on the exterior wall. I don't have measurements yet. I think the shower floor is 10 inches below the rest of the rooms foundation. The window... perhaps 4" above the foundation.

Modifying the window/opening is something I really want to avoid.

I would be using a Kerdi drain and membrane.

So have a look at some initial pics. If there is anything at this pre-demo step you see and have thoughts or concerns about... please share.
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More pics. Hope they display properly.

edit: Any idea how I can fix the rotation?
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What is the window sill elevation compared to the main bathroom floor ?
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Larry, I am going to come at this from a different angle. I would construct a removable slatted floor out of Ipe or Teak that would flush out with the curb. That would allow a simple single step up. It would be removable so it could be returned to the existing condition if necessary and for maintenance.

or get into a serious redo on tile, waterproofing and plumbing.
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John,
I had the very same idea. Is it a realistic option? Just not sure how to build it so it's sturdy and well supported.

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I was hoping the window wouldn't be the first problem brought up.

I didn't take any measurements ... I'll get those tomorrow hopefully. But judging/guessing by my memory of the tile size, I would imagine the sill sits about 4" above the room's floor.
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We built this shower with a 4" drop below the slab, then built an Ipe deck in 3 sections. The other two have legs, the inner section rests on the edges of the outer two. That way the middle section can be lifted easily (Ipe is heavvvyy) and the outer sections tilted for cleaning.
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Thanks Paul. That looks really nice! I don't suppose you have any other photos of the deck you could share?


I think building a deck is the route I will take for this shower... at least for now. Gotta run it by the 'ol Madre and see if she is comfortable with the idea.
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The shower valve may be a little low......hard to tell from the pictures, but it will be a pretty elegant solution.
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