When Domenic and Louise called me in to provide an estimate to repair their ensuite shower, like any project, I had no idea what I was walking into. I arrived to find a beautifully finished master ensuite, dressed with large travertine tiles and high end fixtures. The jacuzzi tub was wrapped with large black granite panels which faces a large flat screen TV. His and hers, above counter sinks, sit perfectly on a white quartz surface. A separate makeup counter. Crown moulding to the ceiling.
What could possibly be so wrong with this shower?
At a glance, the large 4x7 shower looked absolutely gorgeous. It had a ceiling mounted rainshower head, multiple wall mounted jets, and floor to ceiling frameless glass panels. I was so blown away at how nice everything looked, that I didn't even notice the immediate red flag that was the large format travertine tiles on the shower floor. Turns out that the shower floor was the reason Domenic and Louise had called me in. The shower floor was made so perfectly flat and level, that the water was not finding it's way to the drain. It was "pooling" and sometimes making it's way out of the shower from under the glass door. Which highlighted red flag #2, no curb! This shower was beautiful and the workmanship was top notch, but it just didn't work.
Don't Try This At Home
We first had our glass guys come in to safely remove the large glass panels for us. We then removed the bottom row of wall tiles as well as the enitre base of the shower. Due to the fact that we were removing a natural stone product, we had to be extra careful not to damage any adjacent tiles during the demolition.
We were very pleased to find that the previous contractor actually used the Schluter system to waterproof this shower.
We installed our Schluter shower kit which includes the curb as well as the shower base. The base of the shower is now properly sloped to the drain and we are now ready to waterproof with Kerdi membrane.
We decided to go with a 2x2 travertine mosaic tiles for the shower floor. These tiles will not only look great, they will also contour to the sloped base perfectly. We measure and cut all of our tiles first. This makes the installation go a lot smoother.
We install matching travertine tiles around the base of the shower walls and over the curb to tie it in. Grouting is done to match. Final coat of sealer is applied and we are done. Now the new custom glass shower door can be measured and manufactured. Once the glass is ready, it only takes a couple hours to install. It was really unfortunate that we had to tear this shower apart to fix it, but it was necessary. We are really excited to give Domenic and Louise their shower back.