- How to avoid water spills in a curbless shower?
- What flooring to use to make it less slippery?
- Why wall mounted toilet and vanity is a good idea?
- What drain works and what doesn’t?
I have been designing bathrooms for quite some time but to build a curbless shower is something else. Many of my clients like them for an uncomplicated look and barrier-free access. They are also easy to clean. All you have to do is take out your toilet roll and towels and spray everything down. Done. No grooves, nooks, and crannies. But if you hate to squeegee after every shower or hate wet toilet paper roll, keep on reading and I will show you how to avoid them.
1. Avoid water spills by building the pitch and the drain.
- Building a sloping floor. Your contractor should know how to build a sloping floor for a curbless shower. He can use an old fashioned method of reframing the floor around the drain and then creating the mortar bed. This will give a slight pitch to the single drain. For more on this, check out Fine Home Building. However, for more simplified accessible showers check out Med+Home Health Care. They have hundreds of products and amazing service.
If you are using mosaics or small size tile, you can get away with a common round drain that in installed on a pitched pan that directs water from all four sides to the center. there is no need for a linear drain. A better and cleaner idea for a curbless shower is a linear drain. If you are using large size tiles for the floor linear drain is your only option. In linear drain installation, the water is directed toward the slope into the drain. Check out Trending Accessibility products that are easy to install and safe to use. For more information, read about Infinity Drain installation.
2. Get the shower nozzle that doesn’t spray but has down water distribution.
Use a good shower nozzle that directs water down rather than all over the place. Click here to find out more.
3. What tile to use to make the wet room shower floor safe and less slippery.
To avoid falls and injuries, use slip-resistant tile for the floor. Small size honed mosaics stone can be both elegant and safe. Avoid polished marble because it is very slippery when wet.
4. Tile the walls.
If you are using your curbless shower several times a day, don’t paint it but rather use tile on the walls all over. Painted walls collect dust, become sticky, then paint hardens due to dampness. Use Power Grout by Tec instead of regular Home Depot grout and you will save yourself a lot of trouble with regrouting in the future.
5. Install wall mounted toilets if the location of the toilet is close to the shower. They are so much easier to keep clean and the water will not get trapped.
Most of the wall mounted toilets are modern style. Below are some traditional wall mounted toilets that don’t look institutional.
Wall mounted toilets have a very robust in-wall mounting system – we have installed them for clients up to 300 pounds with no problems! The ability to clean the area underneath, with no residue, is a big draw.
6. Use toilet roll holder with cover to avoid water.
I have to admit I don’t like soggy loo roll! So I sourced a couple of toilet paper holders with covers.
7. Get heated towel-rails and/or radiant heated floors.
It can be drafty in a curbless bathroom with no enclosure. While a radiant heated floor is not always attainable, heated towel racks are so desirable!
8. Stay away from wood bathroom vanities except for teak wood.
Because wood does not like moisture it is not a good idea in a curbless shower. This is especially true for a small bathroom with no shower door. Buy a wall mounted sink or counter sink which you can be mounted on a stone or teak wood countertop.
9. Make sure that your contractor puts up a really good ventilation. A regular fan won’t do for a larger shower.
I am in the process of bathroom remodeling for a client right now and I will post all the “in-process” pictures in my next post.
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