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Unread 09-01-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
harleysilo
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Tiled Shower/tub Combo, possible?

I'm gathering ideas for our Master Bath renovation, be a while before we start. We are considering elliminating the garden tub, since we never use. We don't plan to move for many years to come (10-15).

I occasionaly enjoy a bath and was wondering, could I build up the side of a shower to the height of a standard tub, to have a showertub, but all tile?

Why not? Other than the step over into the shower of 12-16"...
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Unread 09-01-2006, 07:00 PM   #2
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I actually did this,using an elongated shower pan, rebar, wire mesh, and tumbled marble...for some reason i never took a pic.
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Unread 09-02-2006, 07:05 AM   #3
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that's a shame!

My wife pointed out that if I turn the size shower we want into a tub as
well we would probably need a second hot water heater just to take a bath in it.......I did see a bi-level kick ass bathroom in Mexico, where the tub was in the floor, all surfaces were tiled, tile floor leads to top of tile tub etc.

Maybe this requires some more thought, I would like to hear opinions on the negative aspects if anyone has any.
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Unread 09-02-2006, 12:58 PM   #4
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What you want to build is usually called a roman tub.

They can be built like a typical shower, but the liner has to come up all the way above the high-water level. It's not the easiest thing to do with a PVC or CPE membrane.

However, you can build a roman tub with Kerdi. The advantage with Kerdi is that you don't have to deal with a single-piece liner and all of the folds; Kerdi is installed in pieces and still is waterproof. The biggest problem until now was the drain as the original Kerdi-Drain was designed for a shower and is not able to be closed. There were some work arounds for that, but Schluter has recently introduced a slick closeable Kerdi-Drain. The drain grate turns to close the drain. The only catch is that it's expensive, around $450.
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