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Unread 02-24-2007, 08:54 PM   #1
momloveson
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Question Recessed Cubbies, Shower benches NEWBIE help

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I'm a stay at home mom doing a total small bathroom redo. The first picture is the bath as it was 3 days ago. The bathtub is behind the door (not visable) The picture actually makes the bath look bigger than it was (space between vanity top and tub = approx 21 inches) .

Due to EXTENSIVE water damage, the entire bath including walls and floor were taken down to the studs, with a ridiculous closet extension from another room removed to allow the tub to go to the outside wall. Not the best idea being we're in a cold climate, but the plumbing is on an inside wall.

1 have 2 questions.

First I've built a 10" deep ledge to accomodate the space left from the 5 foot jacuzzi tub. The tub is 22" deep. I intend this to be for shampoos etc. This tub is also a shower with the plumbing on the opposite side. The entire shower/tub area will be tiled, as will the floor and wanescot in the rest of the bathroom. Any suggestions on how do I properly tile the edges of the ledge to be sure I don't have water leakage during showers. Since this is an extension, I won't be able to have any sort of shower curtain liner going totally around so I anticipate there being quite a bit of water splashing up there.

Second, since I have easy access to the studs at this point, I intend to create recessed cubbies both above that ledge about 2 foot, and against the outside wall toward the front of the shower. "The Tile Shop" has a slightling slanted product called a "shower duct" that is basically a molded heavy plastic box (I know how to install) which I can tile directly to and would eliminate any chance of water buildup and seepage. But is there another option? I can't find any sort of mention of this anywhere on the internet.

As I mentioned, water control is an absolute MUST in this project, so I'm taking every step I can think of to have this bath gorgeous for years.

Sorry for the long post. I do appreciate any input.
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Unread 02-25-2007, 02:13 AM   #2
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Hi there, welcome! Gotta first name we can use? I would use Kerdi on your walls and ledge. You can hang drywall in the area you are tiling and then put the Kerdi over it. Or another way is to use a roll on membrane such as Redgard on CBU. If you decide the Kerdi route, I would suggest getting JB ebook on it. It's worth it. It's at the top of the page.
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