Large Tiles on Shower Floor

edie828March 6, 2012
Absolutely stunning. We are thinking of using large format tiles on our walk-in shower floor. Our tile installer has cautioned against it because it's harder to create the proper drain slope. How did you overcome this? Aesthetically, I'd rather use the same size tiles in the entire shower rather than using a mosaic size on the floor as he suggests.
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dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
Great question - we considered the slope of the floor carefully with respect to the larger format tiles and the solution was a linear drain (which is visible underneath the floating bench). The linear drain allows for a single slope shower floor and eliminates awkward diagonal tile cuts to a central drain. Whenever possible we try to conceal shower drains under a bench and not under foot. One other shower design element worth considering is to locate the shower controls in a position that allows them to be reached when standing outside of the shower thus letting you operate the shower without getting wet. Good luck with your project! dSPACE Studio www.dspacestudio.com
2 Likes    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 1:09PM
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TanCalGal
This type of thoughtful planning ahead and wonderful ideas helps us understand why hiring an architect is absolutely worthwhile.
1 Like    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 1:46PM
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Emily Hurley
Wow! I would have never noticed the drain. What a great idea.
1 Like    Bookmark   March 8, 2012 at 5:36PM
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rbcola
Amen Emily. This is absolutely lovely! Complients to dSPACE Studio on your design and your willingness to educate. Thank you!
3 Likes    Bookmark   May 22, 2012 at 5:24AM
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Mona Ives
Fantastic. I wish our plumbers and installers were half as smart as you :) I'd be weary of asking them to do anything out of the ordinary.
    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 2:50PM
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lefty47
HI -- Plumbers and installers and tile setters always want to do the easy thing - so they can get it done and out the door to the next job. Sometime you can find a tile setter that is an artist at their job. Love the shower - just beautiful !
    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:04PM
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rbcola
I hear you on that thought about in/out the door. However, i must tell you I went to the discussion portion in questioning the pros/cons of wall mounted lavatory faucet and you can see for yourself - this person knows what he's doing. He's re-instated my desire to put in the wall mount. (FYI: "Plumbed Elegance".....knows and cares!!!
    Bookmark   May 23, 2012 at 3:24PM
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chany48
Does the linear drain have any slope to a drainage? If water stays in the slot, mold would grow... or it doesn't?
    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 10:48AM
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dSPACE Studio Ltd, AIA
Hi, great question. The linear drain has a slope inside to prevent standing water. Thanks for your question and good luck with your project.

dSPACE Studio's portfolio of work can been seen at www.dspacestudio.com
    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 11:12AM
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chany48
Thank you!
    Bookmark   July 21, 2012 at 11:18AM
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