Replacing Fiberglass shower with Ceramic Tile

Project by Ick posted 09-16-2009 03:08 AM 21790 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we had our dream house built (now 10 years ago), we always wanted more of a shower. We had a corner fiberglass shower, which was a little cramped. A friend had his house remodelled and had an ‘open’ shower installed. I thought I could adapt to our space and it turned out great. So far, we’re very satisfied with it’s performance. We just get a little misting of water on the threshold.

I used a product known as Kerdi for the shower pan, and also bought one of their drains (see www.schluter.com). It came with a DVD showing installation and went very well. Project involved a little of everything. Demo (took great care to remove old fiberglass intact, to later discover it wouldn’t fit thru any doors). Relocating supply lines, drain, some switches, and receptacles. Also had a challenge of moving a floor register (our ducts are in the slab). The register is still functioning and flows out under the built-in seat. Framing the ‘open’ walls (and making sure they were solid without any assistance from above). Installing concrete backer board, building a mud bed, installing the Kerdi, and finally setting the tile. Bought an inexpensive tile wet saw and most of tile is on a 45 degree. Setting the tile went a lot slower than I’d expected, but I eventually got there. Grouting went without any issues.

After all of the tile work, we textured all of the walls with a knockdown finish, painted, and installed crown molding. From start to finish, this project took about 5 weeks.

-- Craig -- Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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posted 09-16-2009 03:17 AM

man it looks great…well done….I use the Schluter, kerdi, product when I do tile/shower installs…easy/fast and very watertight..

-- Todd- Oak Ridge, TN

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posted 09-20-2009 02:27 AM

Very nicely done.

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posted 09-23-2009 04:49 PM

Great job. I really like the built in shelving. Are you worried about water getting into the floor register?

-- Brent (Table saws worry about kickback from Chuck Norris)

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posted 09-24-2009 05:59 AM

Very nice! It looks like you could add some handrails for handicap access should that be needed. You may want to just in case of slippery floors.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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posted 09-24-2009 03:59 PM

The floor register was covered with metal lathe, and about 1 1/2 inches of deck mud. There was only about a 2” triangle after the seat went in (most of the register is under the seat). This all gets covered with the Kerdi, which was the pan material which will not let water thru. So, it shouldn’t ever let any water into the register. I guess I could always check by taking the register off and checking, then I would know whether the Kerdi is working.

-- Craig -- Bartlesville, Oklahoma

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posted 10-08-2009 01:41 AM

Looks great I like the tile color and all that room in the shower.

-- a-1contractor.com

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posted 10-08-2009 03:06 AM

Nice work. Gotta build a small bathroom soon and finish a large one in our basement. I like this idea and plan on favoriting the product information. Thanks, BTKS

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posted 11-10-2009 09:39 PM

Looks very well done. Tile always looks great.

-- Baily, Atlanta, http://www.profenceworks.com http://www.profenceworks.com/cl.html

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posted 12-30-2010 05:14 PM

I just love your new shower.Nice job on it.

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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posted 01-22-2015 04:07 AM

That bath looks really sleek and flawless for a DIY project. I am still able to recall my previous home refurbishment assignment which was completed within a matter of weeks. However, I do not entirely owe it to my workmanship and craftsmen skills alone, but also because I had many help from all around the house. My whole family rendered a helping hand and many of the fixings were ready-built. I bought them from online sources and they came in moving boxes which I only had to install and ready to go. It just needs effort and experience to achieve what you desire.

-- Marcio Wilges @ http://www.platinumremovals.com.au/

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