Custom Tile Shower & Tub Surround
Written by Todd Fratzel.
One of my favorite features of our new home is the master bathroom suite. Anyone that knows me might find this odd and even think I’d say the utility room, garage or basement, but the master bathroom is definitely my favorite room.
The best feature hands down is the custom shower that I designed. The shower is approximately 4′ deep by 5′ wide with a custom tile design. As you can see in the photos we have multiple shower heads and water sources. On one wall there is a standard shower head along with four body sprayers. These are Moen products which I’ve been very happy with. On this side of the shower the supply lines are 3/4″ PEX to provide plenty of pressure.
On the opposing wall we have one standard shower head along with a triangular granite seat. The corner shelves are by Newport Brass and the quality is top notch. The shower door is a glass door by Sterling.
I would say the most challenging part of a custom shower is making sure you have a complete design worked out before anything begins. You really need to know what shower valves, controls and trims you’ll be using. You need to think about the actual tile layout and door type you might want to use. The more you plan ahead of time the more satisfied you’ll be with the final product.
As you can see the tile pattern I designed has one row of tile set square to the walls along the perimeter followed by a diamond pattern in the center. If you plan the dimensions of your custom shower based on your tile design you can get a perfect pattern as you see. If you’re interested in more specific details about this shower feel free to email me.
Resources and Tools:
I recommend the following resources and tools for tiling.
I would say my wife’s favorite part of the bath room is the whirlpool tub. We purchased a Jacuzzi brand tub and it works beautifully. The tub has an optional in-line water heater which I highly recommend if you live in a cold climate. I put an access panel to the tubs motor unit through an adjoining walk-in closet. Planning the layout of the tub is also very important so that you can have proper access to the working parts for maintenance and repair.
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