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Unread 11-04-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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New to tile, building shower

Me or my husband have never done tile work. My father tiled his kitchen floor but that is the only experience he has. We built are house and are now adding on a master suite since we have had another child and ran out of rooms. We do all the work ourselves and I am wanting a tile shower. Can any of yall give us advise on where to get information, like step by step guide? and do you think it is to difficult for a beginner to do? I appreciate any help or advise. Thanks
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Unread 11-04-2010, 07:56 PM   #2
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Hi Sam welcome! First check here and look under shower contruction. You will hafta decide what type of system you want to use. All the showers I do are Kerdi. With guidance here you can do it yourself.
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Unread 11-04-2010, 07:56 PM   #3
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Sam,

Welcome to the forum.

You can get all the advice you need right here. Ask as many questions as you'd like. We do ask a few favors;

1- Tell us where you are so we can recommend materials and methods
2- Number your questions like this so we can refer to them more easily
3- Order and read John's book; Tile Your World which is linked somewhere here on the screen you are looking at.
4- Peruse the library for a bunch of things you'll not think of right away, a good place to start is here.
5- Give us an overview of your project and what it will entail; size of the room, types of tiles, fixtures and the like.
6- We like pictures, before and after. Some close up, some further away. Take lots of pictures before, during and after. They will come in handy later.
7- keep all your questions in this one thread. Bookmark it so you can find it easily.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 07:52 AM   #4
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Thanks,
1. I live in Dutton Alabama, which is in the very northeast corner of about 45 min from Georgia and 45 min from Tenn.
2. I will purchase the book and look through the library.
3. It is a new construction. Right now alll we have up is the studs. It is a
7x11 room. We don't know the size of shower we want yet or type of tile. We wanted to research before we started anything. We were thinking a 3x5 shower and ceramic tile but that is just our first thought. I would love a doorless shower but did not know what size or layout I needed for that. I will add pictures some time today but right now it is just studs and there will be a recessed light over it. We are on a budget seeing how I am a stay at home mom and he is a minister and also both in college. Any advise would be appreciated.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 09:16 AM   #5
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Hi Sam and welcome!

I did my bathroom remodel a few years back (link is in my signature below). My space was about 9x9. Lots of other project threads on the forum to get ideas from.

Search forum for "curbless showers" that might give you some ideas as well.

When you do post pics, please use the paperclip icon to attach them to the forum.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 09:32 AM   #6
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Hi Sam,

I had almost zero DIY experience before I started remodeling my bathroom, and I've done it using with a combination of John's book and the guidance of the good people on this forum - well, and the liberry.

Ask a question, post a picture, you'll get an answer. They've never steered me wrong.
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Unread 11-05-2010, 09:42 AM   #7
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Hey Sam

The beauty of the mud-bed shower is that it easily fits whatever size you come up with. Same with the tile - it'll be perfectly happy to cover a 3 ft wall or a 30 ft wall

If you're on a tight budget, I'm guessing you will look at Kerdi and run screaming from the cost of the fabric and drain. But at about $125 for the drain, about $500 for fabric, plus a bit for the Kerdi-Band and Kerdi-Fix, you've got all your waterproofing for under $1000. That may feel like a lot for the waterproofing, but you save immensely on the speed and cost of everything else. Just frame it however you want, sheetrock it with plain sheetrock, and go. Put up the fabric, then tile & grout, and you're done. No worries, no leaks.

If you drop to cheaper alternatives, your workload can go up. Liquid membranes like Laticrete's HydroBan will be about $300 for a 5 gal pail, plus you still need the drain, and there would be more prep work involved in hanging CBU, taping/mudding joints, and - if you choose - installing a 2-layer sloped mud bed w/ an embedded PVC liner (tho HydroBan could do liner duty w/ proper attention to details).

All in all, you're embarking on something that can rather easily be done and done well. It can easily be done wrong, too - so we enjoy you asking all these things up front.
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