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Old 08-14-2012, 12:38 PM   #1
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We are redoing our bathroom. It's a small bathroom in the master, with no tub, just a shower stall.

What tile would you guys recommend for a shower? I really like the look of the tan-ish travertine, but I hear it's not the best for shower as it needs to be sealed.
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Old 08-14-2012, 01:27 PM   #2
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I stayed for a few days in a home that had some kind of marble on the shower walls. The owner provided a squeegee. After shutting the water off, I was asked to simply "squeegee down" the glass front and door, and all the marble. Only took a couple of minutes, and kept the marble and glass looking nice and clean.

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Old 08-14-2012, 07:00 PM   #3
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We are redoing our bathroom. It's a small bathroom in the master, with no tub, just a shower stall.

What tile would you guys recommend for a shower? I really like the look of the tan-ish travertine, but I hear it's not the best for shower as it needs to be sealed.
Small travertine tiles are great. All stone has to be sealed as does all non-epoxy grout. Most sealers these days are 10-15 year sealers. As Glenn said, just squeegee down after every use and make sure you have a good exhaust fan to remove the humidity in a timely manner.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:04 PM   #4
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thanks for the reply. nice shower, did you install yourself? it's really similar to the look we're after. Here's the model we liked
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Yep, did it myself. Made the bullnose tiles myself on the outside edging and there is a shelf on the inside wall not pictured... couple more pics.

And Kerdi is really the way to go on the waterproofing membrane, IMO.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:17 PM   #6
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wow, beautiful work. our stall isn't nearly that big, roughly 37 x 43. we are thinking about lengthening the 43 dimension; we can't go anywhere on the 37 dimension.

my wife doesn't want the "rain" showerhead. i was kinda disappointed, lol.

yes, I was planning on the kerdi as well. seems like the right way to do it. what did you do about the pan? I was thinking about just utilizing the whole "schulster" system, including pan and curbing.
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Just remodeled our bathroom also. Took out three closets to make it bigger and put a walk in shower where the tub was. Used subway tiles on the shower walls. Love it!
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #8
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wow, beautiful work. our stall isn't nearly that big, roughly 37 x 43. we are thinking about lengthening the 43 dimension; we can't go anywhere on the 37 dimension.

my wife doesn't want the "rain" showerhead. i was kinda disappointed, lol.

yes, I was planning on the kerdi as well. seems like the right way to do it. what did you do about the pan? I was thinking about just utilizing the whole "schulster" system, including pan and curbing.
The rain showerhead is the ****. Don't know why anyone wouldn't want one...

I did a mud-base for the floor because it was an odd dimension vs the standard Schluter bases (plus I wanted a little extra slope for drainage) and the curb was also built.

But, if you're doing all that stuff for the first time, I would definitely recommend using their "out of the box" system. I can't say enough positive things about their products.
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Just remodeled our bathroom also. Took out three closets to make it bigger and put a walk in shower where the tub was. Used subway tiles on the shower walls. Love it!
As long as that second picture isn't the finished product!

So, you're living up to your name and making an old fogie handicapped accessible shower?

Looks nice, BTW.
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Old 08-14-2012, 07:33 PM   #10
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The rain showerhead is the ****. Don't know why anyone wouldn't want one...
that's what i keep telling her. maybe i'll just install it and see what she says. easier to ask for forgiveness....

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I did a mud-base for the floor because it was an odd dimension vs the standard Schluter bases (plus I wanted a little extra slope for drainage) and the curb was also built.

But, if you're doing all that stuff for the first time, I would definitely recommend using their "out of the box" system. I can't say enough positive things about their products.
yeah, ours is a crazy shape too. if we do extend the length, it'll be 36 x ~55 pan. I'll have to cut the Schluter base to fit, but that might be better then to try to trowel a graded shower pan for the first time . altho they do make those plastic guides that stay in the pan, those are neat too.
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