Feng CiaoContemporary Bathroom, Detroit

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Example of a trendy brown tile and porcelain tile alcove shower design in Detroit —  Houzz
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vickiehodgdon wrote:Mar 30, 2014
  • Larkin 04

    I actually would like to know the answer to this question. I obviously would not buy the house but *gasp* I could be remodeling my bathroom and trying to figure out the design. I like this layout!

  • PRO
    Xstyles Bath + More, Inc.

    The bottom of the niche is about 49" off the floor. We would have answered sooner but were enjoying the conversation.

modernman wrote:Dec 26, 2010
kayne247 wrote:Aug 20, 2013
nadshak wrote:Nov 19, 2012
  • PRO
    Xstyles Bath + More, Inc.
    The depth of the niche is approximately 6".
  • kokota
    Can you tell me the height of the ledge? It looks like it's about a foot. Is that right? Thank you!
magsfabfinds wrote:Oct 20, 2011
  • PRO
    Xstyles Bath + More, Inc.
    Make sure you have nailers in the wall at the front edge of the bench. We notched all studs, no more than 1/2", sides and back. Had a problem notching out corners where the 2x4's came together so we used a 4" angle grinder on corners of bench to get the best fit possible. Remember 1/4" per foot pitch.
    Slip bench into place, no adhesives, screws, nails, etc. Install Hardibacker on walls around bench with a narrow gap of approximately 1/8" all around. Fill gap generously with marine or pure silicon type caulk. (Best, longest lasting caulk you can get your hands on.) Cut strips of fiberglass cloth (the type used as crack isolation membrane) approximately 6" wide. Attach to walls above bench about 5" and the final 1" overlap onto bench using a paintable membrane such as TEC Hydraflex. When tiling, leave an 1/8" gap between the top of the bench and the bottom of the tile. I just used QEP spacers. When tiling is complete, cut back fiberglass cloth just behind the surface of the tile. A razor blade will scrape excess off bench. I like to grout the joint and clear silicone over the top but you could use a color matched caulk. I don't like the color matched caulk though because it's not pure silicone.

    I hope this helps.
    We won an award from the National Tile Contractors Association for this project. Mainly for how the curbless shower was done.

    Thanks for your interest.
  • magsfabfinds
    Again, thank you so much for your helpful response. Your work is inspirational and impeccable!
magsfabfinds wrote:Oct 19, 2011
  • PRO
    Xstyles Bath + More, Inc.
    There are no brackets. The bench is embedded in the tile and substrate. Additionally, the 2x4's were routed out slightly so the weight of the bench is not carried on the tile edges. Since then, I've been using extruded U Channel which I screw to the studs and is just wide enough to slip the bench in place. Extra care needs to be taken with caulking and waterproofing.
  • wisewomanplans53
    Perfect! Thank you for the information!! Beautiful work!!
Left Right Design wrote:Dec 12, 2010
marfong wrote:Jul 12, 2016
newrenovator wrote:Nov 16, 2013
  • Phil
    Just by eye the large tiles are prob 2x2 and the small rectilinear tiles are prob 6"x2' assuming that shower is 4' deep.
paramounteg wrote:Aug 16, 2013
Marisa Lloyd wrote:Nov 28, 2012
carolenid wrote:Jan 17, 2014

    What Houzz contributors are saying:

    Joni Hilton added this to Tap Into Stud Space for More Wall StorageMay 3, 2014

    Don’t forget the ingenious microdesign possibilities in the shower. If you’re building or retiling one, consider a shelf for all the soaps and shampoos that used to hang on a rack or sit in a puddle on the floor.Expert tips on designing a shower niche

    By Any Design Ltd. added this to Convert Your Tub Space to a Shower — the Fixtures-Shopping PhaseFeb 16, 2013

    Decide on your handheld nozzle's placement. If you're planning to have a shower bench, make sure you can reach and control the handheld while sitting down. A dedicated flow valve for a handheld is great, but often the controls can still be reached in the center of the shower.You can also place the shower controls close to the entry for easy startup with minimal splashing.

    Shawn Gauthier added this to Your Shower: Make Room for the BenchJun 4, 2011

    Substitute a ledge for a bench. If budget is tight, install a simpler ledge. It will save money and perform the exact same function.

    Debbie Snider added this to Your Guest Bath: Make Your Friends Feel PamperedDec 11, 2010

    Place hair and bath products where they will be used. Doesn't this shower look welcoming?

    What Houzzers are commenting on:

    Castle Rock Construction added this to Bathroom Shower IdeasJul 1, 2019

    If you're planning to have a shower bench, make sure you can reach and control the handheld while sitting down.

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