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Example of a classic walk-in shower design in New York with a pedestal sink
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Barrier-Free Shower StallTraditional Bathroom, New York

Master bath in a private home in Brooklyn New York, apartment designed by Eric Safyan, Architect, with Green Mountain Construction & Design

Example of a classic walk-in shower design in New York with a pedestal sink —  Houzz

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Francine Champagne wrote:Feb 4, 2013
would love to know the brand of toilet and sink

- toilet and sink brand

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    Spa Tile
    Sure Francine, Kohler Bancroft
ecronan062 wrote:Mar 15, 2013
I would like to know the paint color. It is beautiful.

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    Spa Tile

    Doors and Trim: 2148-50 SANDY WHITE SG
    Ceiling: 2137-70 WHITE WISP EGGSHELL

    Hey, what about the tile? Glad you asked: We work with clients to select tile and stone texture, pattern and colors first, because these will limit the otherwise infinite and difficult choice of paint colors. But, we apply the paint before the tile to limit the drips and for nice transitions between grout and paint. Everything gets touched up and cleaned later, but cement and grout wipe off painted more easily than raw surfaces.
A God-Blessed Life wrote:May 3, 2013
  • tileladychris
    My only concern is the shower floor. While I love the look of the larger tile and can see the special cuts made to allow the shower to drain, I worry about slip resistance of a smooth tile like this.
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    Spa Tile
    I am always concerned about slip hazards. Fortunately, floor tile manufacturers are too. The 13" grid is overlaid by cuts forming a slight inverted pyramid sloping down about 1/4" per foot from corner to center. This gentle pitch is enough to drain water quickly and completely. A lot of old houses have floors more slanted than 1/4" per foot (until I level them) and nobody falls down. The floor tile is Daltile, Veranda Solids, color: Saddle. It has a comfortable, leathery feel to it. Easy to grip.
pittmasha wrote:Sep 19, 2013
  • pimmscup
    did you have to slope the floor or did you use a pre-made base? its awesome!
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    Spa Tile
    I sloped the floor to fit available space. I find this less complicated than adapting a polystyrene base of a standard size, or a custom manufactured one.
rabblefish wrote:Oct 30, 2013
  • dogwisezoe
    Who is the manufacturer of the shower doors
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    Spa Tile
    Thanks for asking. Please read this thread from October forward.
Sau Nguyen wrote:Oct 31, 2013
well-organized bathroom

- where can i buy this shower?

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    Spa Tile
    Funny. I just came back from a week in Berlin, and I saw mostly excellent and some surprisingly bad design there. The "WC" as you say is 15 inches not "cm" from center to the wall, (or shelf) as per code around here. I notched a joist to get it exactly where the client wanted it, so they have space between the sink and toilet. I also added jambs for doors over the towel niche, but so far they have not asked me to install doors. This came up in an earlier comment. I better put some new photos up. From what land are you viewing my work?
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    Spa Tile
    Ah, I see now, Scott-land. Thanks for complements from there.
corinnemcgrath wrote:Oct 31, 2013
Would love to know the brand and colour of the small tiles in shower

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    Spa Tile
    The wall tile is Clay Basics in Cotton White 3 x 6 and Random Bamboo 1 x 6 purchased at Nemo Tile in New York City.
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    Huasu WPC Factory
    The toilet may be Kohler and $445,if you need,I can provide more manufacturing information like this type in China. Get you surprise for the price difference!
Lorraine wrote:Oct 31, 2013
Hi, Who makes the mirror? Thanks!

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    Spa Tile
    It is a custom medicine cabinet.
doodlebee wrote:Oct 31, 2013
  • gatorohm

    Thanks Spa Tile for the response.

    If our plumbing can be moved without a huge expense, this might be an option.

    Otherwise I need doors that slide both ways.

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    Spa Tile

    You need your hot and cold lines moved a few feet, over, under, or around, not your waste line. Plumbers are expensive, but this should not be huge. As for sliding doors, the usual issue is how they track and how they avoid each other. If the track is screwed through the floor, and you plan to spray water on the doors, and flood the floor (its a shower!) than nothing will stop water from finding it's way through the screw holes. It happens all the time. A curbless shower like the one in my picture, is waterproof because there is a waterproof membrane under the tile. Do not drill a hole in this boat, because it can not be taken out of the water for service. If you think caulk or grout or wishful thinking will save you, think again. Adhere your track to the tile with epoxy, or don't use a track, or create a waterproof groove between tiles, but don't let anyone drill. That would be a huge expense.

jmartinkovic wrote:Nov 22, 2013
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    The sink and toilet are Kohler Bancroft. The flush lever was changed to brushed nickel, the Faucet, trap, and supply lines can also be brushed nickel, your choice. I recommend you pay what your local showroom asks. Pictures are good, but even if cheaper on the internet, it helps to see and touch. For instance, compare the white fixtures to the white tile, not all are the same. I don't know what you should budget, but support your local showroom, or they will not be there when you need them.
  • mathomson5
    This is an old post, but older posts are useful, too. Kohler white is the same as Crossville Tile's Retro Pure White, matte porcelain field tile -- in my opinion. Kohler and Toto (and some other brands) use the same colors, but I prefer the Toto if it works -- Kohler had deeper tubs; Toto had more advanced technology for ease of cleaning. A marble in my four color glass and stone deco looked just as good with a less expensive white field tile in ceramic -- less than Crossville's porcelain by half -- in the basement. Whites change with light and it is important to see how the tile looks in the daylight and at night. A color of paint can also affect how a white tile will look in combination with other elements. A matte tile will reflect less than a shiny, polished surface like a porcelain tub/toilet/sink. In the basement the tub is also Kohler white and the fixtures are Porcher white (vanity with sink and toilet purchased at steep discount from a showroom that was closing). I used this less expensive white matte field tile in the basement bath that receives no sunlight, and also installed a stone gray porcelain tile floor. the glass and stone deco provides the bright "daylight". The Crossville matte white tile was used in an upstairs hall bath that receives indirect sunlight. I was able to use a Merona decorative tile in 1" white mosaic (not as suitable for showers, but okay above four feet of wall in a tub shower) -- to help offset the more expensive (and durable) Crossville porcelain. The Merona tile has a stone element that is sparkly as well as a glass -- and it looks great with the quartz countertop.
Linda Lacher wrote:Apr 10, 2014
How did you waterproof the window?

- Love the look, what about window rotting

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    Spa Tile
    After almost 10,000 idea books including this photo, you deserve a prize for asking about the window. Perhaps you had a window rot in your house, or on your job.

    The client had a small window installed of PVC to replace a larger wood window. I treated the area like a shampoo niche, applying Kerdi fabric with in and out corners all around the window opening. Where adhering waterproof Kerdi to soft wood or any surface not suitable for thinset, I switched to urethane caulk (not silicone). The window is inserted in to a waterproof opening in the interior. The granite slab is inserted a few inches under the window, but over the Kerdi. The slab, and stoneware tile are also set in some deep recesses with urethane. The exterior is aluminum siding, like the rest of the house, and I applied some roofing membrane before the siding was patched and before the window went in for the last time. There is a lot of redundancy. Shower water would have to run up hill before it reaches any vulnerable seems, but they too are sealed. It was a puzzle, but after the exterior survived Hurricane Sandy, I was pretty sure neither the interior nor the exterior would be a problem.

    Finally, wood windows are not OK in shower stalls. But, PVC plastic or aluminum are not easy to glue Kerdi fabric on to either. I am advised Epoxy can work with PVC (PVC window parts are "welded" together) but I haven't found an epoxy yet which sticks long term. If anybody out there has a clear marine epoxy they use on plastic windows, please let me know. Aluminum seems to adhere to urethane caulk, pretty well. Feel free to look me up in Brooklyn to discuss this if you like.
  • flyr4fun
    Wish you were in Calif. You sound like you know how to do the job the right way and don't cut corners. I'm sure you have a long list of happy clients!
febstar13 wrote:May 24, 2014
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    Spa Tile
    I bought the sliding door hardware called "Hydroslide" and ladder handles from CR Laurence. I prepared templates and brought them to my glass fabricator. They cut the glass, drilled holes for the hardware, tempered the panels and delivered. I installed them myself. Any glass fabricator can do this and probably has an account with CRL. The big problem to avoid is to keep your glass installer from drilling through the waterproof membrane to install a guide, channel or other hardware in a wet location. A lot of glass installers in my area routinely make that mistake. Be advised: drilling through the membrane directly under the tile voids my warranty and can kill the shower. Caulk or "sealer" will not undo the damage. The small floor guide you see here is adhered with JB Weld automotive epoxy, not screwed. Holes and screws though the wall tile for the track are well above the water line.
  • karencoombe

    Whoch of the epoxy are you usiing, The Water weld putty? JB Weld have a large assortment of epoxies...I'd have you over, alas I live in Toronto!

monika2024 wrote:Jul 6, 2014
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    I insert blocking inside wall cavities for all accessories. In the dry areas, I back them with plywood blocks behind plaster or sheetrock. In wet areas, like the hand shower, I back them with waterproof materials: brass, aluminum, heavy plastics... This is more of a design issue than a mechanical one. I ask my clients to decide in advance, how much wall space is needed for towel bars, shelves, mirrors, and other accessories. It is hard to pin them down when the room is gutted, as to where accessories will be mounted. But, deciding after the walls are finished, after the chance to insert solid blocking behind the substrate has passed, leaves no other choice than to rely on plastic anchors.

jmartinkovic wrote:Jul 7, 2014
Who makes the light fixtures?

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    Spa Tile

    It could make sense. I don't know the conditions you have. You imply, your shower stall substrate will be on a concrete slab over the dirt. Reliable substrate is very important. Perhaps he or she wants to be sure no cracks move in the existing concrete, which would crack tile and cause waterproof membrane to leak. in this case, you will have shower water from above to direct in to a drain, and ground moisture from below, pushing against tiles. It could avoid a lot of trouble to pour a new slab under the whole bathroom, including new shower and sink drain locations, toilet waste, and any other lines passing through.

  • pe88y

    thank you for your reply.

samuelhcohen wrote:Jul 10, 2014
  • John Nguyen

    Hi there. is that a slide door with just the top track? Can you tell me where to find/buy that?

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    Spa Tile

    Sorry for the delay. I think this came is as a comment on a prior question, not a new question. The track is called "Hydroslide" from CR Laurence. Many glass fabricators have accounts with CRL.

senga6 wrote:Aug 17, 2014
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    Spa Tile
    Thanks for asking and for your kind words.
    Curb height, is answered different ways on the internet, not always by people in authority or willing to mention their professional or trade licenses, and it is confusing. I understand enforcement, interpretation and local codes may be inconsistent.
    Disabled people, and any of us could be, temporarily or permanently, are often limited or excluded by curbs, which others easily step over. I am not a lawyer, architect, or engineer, but I expect where the ADA and other regulations conflict, it will eventually be resolved in favor of the federal rule.
    The total height in this photo from the top of the drain to the top of the waterproofed threshold at the bathroom door is about 2.” It just worked out that way. If you need 2" in your bathroom, you can adjust the run and rise of your slope, and level of your threshold. It is not a curb, but I understand it satisfies the requirement in some areas, as written or enforced.
    My licensed plumber reported it as “Ordinary Plumbing” in an existing house, because there was a fixture there previously, and my city can’t afford to send an inspector whenever a home owner replaces tile and fixtures.
    As a practical matter, the entire bathroom floor and all walls are waterproof with Schluter Kerdi fabric membrane, more than 2” up, and more than 76” up in the shower. The threshold and the base of the door jams are also waterproofed. Flood water rising from a blocked drain and reaching the top of the threshold, would exceed the amount contained by a 2” curb, or a much higher one, if it were around the shower only.
    NYC Code, last time I checked, still describes the two-stage, lead-pan system, but a plumbing contractor for the often expanding NY Methodist Hospital, recently told me he does not allow his employees to install lead in showers. Lead is poison. Two stage shower drains are obsolete (lead or vinyl) and highly problematic.
    Exposing workers to lead, may expose contractors to litigation from them. I suppose, since it is in the building code, that may protect contractors from litigation from home owners regarding mold, ceiling damage, etc. To protect home owners, I explain why lead pans are hazardous and ineffective. If they still ask for it, I walk away, but they rarely ask.
    Good luck on your renovation.
lhlatimer wrote:Feb 27, 2015
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    I don't know why the hand-held shower head would not comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. A person in a wheel chair could reach it, if the bracket was adjusted to a low level. But to be ADA compliant, the single-lever shower controls would have to be a few inches lower. I am not the architect, and neither he, nor the client asked for that. The shower is curb-less, and it replaces a claw foot tub, but there are still barriers in the rest of the 1908 wood-frame house.

    I welcome clients, especially in NYC, who require ADA compliant bathrooms, in ADA compliant homes. The waterproof membranes will work in any shaped room and as in the room pictured here, the entire floor will be waterproof. Even outside the shower, the floor can be safely flooded. Of course, ADA compliant fixtures will be required.

    I also welcome clients who wish to adapt their existing homes, even if they predate the Americans with disabilities act.

    In this case, the barrier free shower is more convenient. With a waterproof floor across the entire room, there is probably no reason for a curb.

ns57pemb wrote:Jul 2, 2015
Where do I get the wall tile border?

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    Spa Tile

    Do you mean the one I also used on the back shower wall? It is from Nemo Tile in New York City? It was item number: CLABRICK01 - 1X6 RANDOM BAMBOO BRICK BOND. I pasted that in from the order page. Also, the white tile is from the same manufacturer called "cotton white" It is stoneware, very hard, and irregular. No two tiles are alike.

    Or do you want to know about the floor tile, which I cut to form a base on the wall. That is Daltile Veranda Solids, color: Saddle .

Alice Ruppert wrote:Jan 3, 2016
  • Alice Ruppert

    Thanks so much for your feedback hoping to install the Duravit shower system with a tile floor as you explained but so far have not found a contractor who has put such a system in if you know of someone I would appreciate it thanks again

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    Spa Tile

    I am not able to recommend contractors. There is a shortage of skilled, legally compliant, yet low-wage workers. In old cities, most residential construction, in fact, is renovation of existing homes. It is multi-skilled, highly-custom work, and takes a lot of patience to do well. Consider an old house to be like a really big and complicated antique. Yet, our housing policies are geared towards new construction of only a relatively few, often luxury units, and preservation of rental property. Policies need to change before enough home improvement contractors are able to operate legally and profitably. Only then will consumer satisfaction and availability rise to a healthy level. Of course, conditions are not the same everywhere.

jillmargo10 wrote:Mar 4, 2016
ick!!! towels next to toilet??

  • gailgw
    Ummm, put down the toilet lid before flushing it.
jillmargo10 wrote:Mar 4, 2016
ick!!! towels next to toilet??

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    Spa Tile

    How do you suggest I design for that in a 600 SF apartment with a family of four?

  • gailgw
    Ummm, put down the toilet lid before flushing it.
levitta wrote:Sep 22, 2016
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    Hillcrest Glass

    Wow! Didn't mean to start an argument, just provide some info. It sounds like you know your glass. My comment was aimed at the general use of hydro-sliders not your specific installation-which is beautiful! We never screw channel in on the bottom so the water barrier is not pierced, it's adhered with high bond adhesive and silicone. The reason I added the info is that we have lots of people who come to our showroom with photos and their specific application won't allow for some installations. Each installation is different and there are limitations in some and not others, just food for thought not ammunition for a fight. I'm waving the white flag : )

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    Spa Tile

    Sure. I am still learning to drive this home improvement social media truck too. Good to know you don't penetrate waterproof membranes when you adhere channels.

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