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Unread 02-04-2020, 08:34 PM   #1
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TL’s Bath Remodel

First post, don’t laugh too hard.

I have a master bathroom remodel project in the works and need some assistance.

I have a 69” (rough opening) wide space I’m installing a dreamline acrylic 34” X 60” shower pan into, I’ll be tiling all the walls. I have an additional 9” (on 34” side) to the studded wall I’d like to install a 9” deep bench into with a 12” deep piece of granite.

My question is how can I construct a bench outside of the prefab shower pan (sitting on plywood subfloor) and make sure it’s 100% waterproof?

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Unread 02-04-2020, 08:59 PM   #2
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Welcome, Terry.

You can do that with one of today's direct bonded waterproofing membranes. I would recommend the USG Durock Shower System membrane (while it's still available). Available from Amazon or from Contractors Direct.

You're using that shower receptor rather than building your own tiled receptor because you particularly like the look, or some other consideration?

Do I understand that you plan to construct a 9" deep bench and top it with a 12" wide piece of granite with a 3" overhang? Seems pretty narrow to me.

You plan to tile the bathroom floor?

My opinion; worth price charged.
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Unread 02-04-2020, 09:15 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link!

I ordered the acrylic base for a few reasons:
-I liked the look of a white base to match vanity and trim.
-It’s much easier to clean acrylic than ceramic/grout (in my experience).
-I’m no tile expert and the built or tile ready pan concerned me.
-The cost savings was also nice...????

I’m open to suggestions though, is the acrylic pan no good?

As for the bench, I was worried 12” was too narrow, I can order any size granite but figured anything over a 3” overhang would look unpleasant. The bench will be used more for a step (wife to shave her legs etc). Having said that I’m open to suggestions on the extra space.
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-The cost savings was also nice...????
Well, I understood all but that part, Terry.

The really low threshold worries me a bit on those, and we have seen folks have difficulties with the drain, but otherwise I don't know of any particular downside.

What about the floor outside the shower?
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What do you mean by “difficulties” with the drain”?

The bathroom floor will also be tiled. It’s currently 3/4” plywood over 16” OC 10” joists which I will install a 1/4” Hardibacker over. I have yet to pick out the following:

Tile/grout for bathroom floor
Tile/grout for shower surround
Waterproof membrane for shower surround
Mixer/diverter and head (not sure if more than 1 is needed)


Also, I’ve read mixed reviews on stick built shower benches, if I use the USG membrane what are your thoughts on a wood built bench with hardibacker and USG on top?
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That's how I would build it. I'd use 2x4's for the frame, cover the top with 3/4" plywood, and the top and front with 1/2" Durock, followed by their membrane.

Don't forget to figure in the thickness of the plywood and Durock when framing the bench.
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Just to add to the low threshold concern a little bit. Think about how you'll control water from splashing out with that type of pan. Shower curtain, frameless shower doors, track setup?
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I’ll be using a semi frameless bypass glass door. Track at the top and bottom but no track on sides.
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Howdy, Terry,

If this 12" deep bench is on the same end as the shower head you might want to determine if the bench will run afoul of your and Mrs. Terry's legs while under the shower.

I'm a proponent of hand held/bar mounted adjustable shower heads, makes cleaning the shower much easier/quicker.
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Thanks for the input! The 12” bench will be on the opposite side of the shower head. One thing I’m having trouble determining is if 1 shower head is sufficient for this 34” x 69” (60” pan plus bench) shower or I need 2 heads.
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My shower is just 6" narrower than yours and I have no problems having just one shower head.
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I’m having trouble determining is if 1 shower head is sufficient for this 34” x 69”...
I'm having trouble determining what the problem might be there. If only one person is using the shower, one shower head should be enough regardless the size of the enclosure. And if more than one person is using the shower, I'd expect them to be of sufficiently good relationship that they could share. What am I missing here?
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You always see in movies how happy people are showering together. Movies lie, cause I have never experienced that, someone is always out of the water and cold. Most of the time it is me. Throw another shower head in if you you think you are going to be getting frisky, or if you think you and the misses will be shower for work at the same time, cost is minimal and will probably help with resell.
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More shower heads is my vote, unless the shower is tiny but even then you can add a rain shower head to have a different type of experience.
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I have six shower heads in mine. I would have added more but id need a booster pump. This is during construction. There is also a rain head.

I've had 4 people in there at the same time and it's great.
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