Home bathroom-showers come in all sizes and shapes. You can have pretty much whatever your budget can afford as you design your bathroom.
Home bathroom showers can be placed above the bathtub, or you can have a walk-in bathroom shower with or without a door. They may have only one shower head, or they may have showerheads shooting at you from all directions.
If you choose not to have a door, however, you need at least a five foot distance to the doorway to avoid getting water out into the room. Even then, you need a lip to contain the water.
Showers and tub areas can be lined with plastic surround pieces, tile, or faux marble; or you can buy one piece showers or one piece tub with shower which are installed before the wallboard is installed.
This is our bathroom-showers area, in the early stages, with greenboard taped and mudded.
You can see the cutout where the shower seat will be placed. It shows the insulation behind the greenboard.
We decided to have faux marble put up for walls and ceiling. We are really glad we chose this approach. We love the marble and highly recommend it even though it was a bit more expensive. They say you will get every dollar back when you sell the house.
This marble look is wonderful to clean. With a window squeegie you can wipe down the walls after each shower, and it's a whiz to keep the shower clean.
We had a seat installed in our shower, as well as a soap dish and two corner shelves. The shelves are just big enough for his and her shampoos, conditioners, and liquid soaps.
Some people even use this faux marble for their window sills too. We didn't use it for our sills throughout the house, but we bought some simple sills at the Home Depot.
For window sills, it is a good idea to have something that is easy to clean, rather than just using wallboard.
Bathroom tubs can be lined with a tub surround, or with tile. If you do a tub surround, it needs to be brought in before the walls go up, pretty much.
We bought a kit to install our own tub surround after the walls were up, but in reading the information on installation, RL realized the glue was highly flammable and needed extreme ventilation when using it, and he wasn't willing to take the risk. Instead we used tile similar to the one below.
Really decorative designs can be made with tile these days. The shower/tub tile above has a unique trim feature near the top of the tile. You can buy the designs already put together, or you can design your own. See the design my daughter, Lorena, created for their bathroom-showers tile
HERE - scroll down to "Photograph samples from book"
The first group of tile pictures on the green background under "Photograph samples from book" are Lorena's design. One picture further up on the page shows a similar design put around the door to their shower, and then she used the same design above their jetted tub. The pix is there too. Lorena also designed the shower base tile, having to accomodate a limited space. Her husband's ebook shows the pictures in larger detail. Larry has some very good content on his site.
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Tile for your bathroom shower etc.
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