One of the first things we change when we begin to remodel our home is the bathroom. We all get tired of the same old design and there is always new accessories and shower ideas that will always catch our eyes. No matter if it is new construction or a remodeling job we all have ideas of the way we want things to look and the items we want included from rain shower heads to standard shower heads. One of the most popular things that people will look at as a form of bathroom upgrade or addition is a walk in showers. Walk in showers have become very popular for many different reasons. One of the main reasons is how a walk in shower can be constructed in just about any size and place you want it. We will take a look at some of the steps required in installing a walk in shower.
If you are remodeling you are probably removing your old tub enclosure or shower combination tub. After you remove your tub you will determine where your plumbing is located for the drain. It is a good idea to use this same drain so you will not have to bust up any concrete to move the drain. If you are doing new construction you have probably already located the drain in the area that you need it. After you have made the determination about your drain it is time to consider the type of shower floor you will be using.
Just like any other construction project you will have to work from the bottom up. You may purchase a shower pan that is already made of stainless or copper that will last for a long time. When use a pre-constructed pan you will place the pan and fill it with a type of gout that will be hand finished and troweled smooth from the out sides of the pan down to the drain. After this grout in place you may then place your tile on the shower floor. If you are not using a pre-constructed pan you will need to make a form in the place where your shower will be located making sure the drain is included. You will then fill your form with the grouting material you are using. If you use this method be sure to use a sealer to give your shower floor a watertight seal. Once you have finished the shower floor it is time to move onto the walls.
You may have located your shower in a location that may have your walls already constructed. If you did all you will need to do is to run the plumbing for your water lines and showerheads and close the walls in with a water proof sheetrock known as green board or Use backer board around your shower which is a type of cement board that I would recommend over green rock. This backer board is a great choice for placing your shower tiles over. Regardless of which type of materials you use to close your shower in be sure to silicone all of the joints around your shower to make them water proof. If your walls are not already located around your shower there are several different ideas that you can consider for your shower construction.
As if you have not made enough shower decisions already it is time to determine the shower heads, faucets, doors and other accessories to make your shower a unique design that you will enjoy for years to come. Be sure to check with your local contractor to see all the options that are available to you when you decide to design your own shower.