Over the years, interior designers have become savvier in their designs. As more people get into the art of interior design, the need to think outside the box keeps lurking. One specific part of the house that has captured the eye of most interior designers and house owners thereafter is the bathroom. There was a specific time when bathtubs were the in thing. This is however not the case of late. More homeowners are choosing to replace their bathtubs with walk-in showers. The reason is that they find bathtubs to be less practical and even lesser sensible these days. Modernization has led to the application of smarter and attenuated designs. One particular design that has hit the trending mark is the curbless shower.
Designers have found curbless showers to promote much cleaner lines in the bathroom, with lesser visual clutter as well as fewer cleaning challenges. Achieving a curbless shower is however a technical process that goes as follows;
- The first step is to make a drop in framing for the shower slop. This is something that needs to be done early in the construction process. The preferred size for a normal shower floor should be two by eight depending on the design and the load factor as well.
- What follows is to line the four-inch floor drop with a waterproof membrane that is preferably single plied and filled with a concrete stab that to an angle that is directed towards the end where the drain will be constructed. There should also be a slope on both sides to accommodate a trough.
- The next thing is to lay the tiles. Ensure that the slope is achieved without having to cut the tiles into funny looking bits. It is possible! This not only directs the water to the drain lines that can be on the edges or at the center but also allows for the shower floor to line up with the bathroom floor.
- Then you can decide whether or not to align the floor with the bathroom floor. This depends on the manner in which the shower heads are arranged.
- The next step is to decide whether or not to install a glass partition or door between the floor and the bathroom floor. This kind of bathroom can do without either.
Some things that you can also look into is whether to stick to the same tiles on the bathroom floor and the however floor. The bathroom tiles can be larger than those on the shower floor, or they can be exactly the same. The difference in the sizes can be useful when it comes to the provision of a more appropriate scale and giving a more firm grip of the shower to the floor.
The drains can be fitted on the outside with stainless steel cover plates. This will conceal them and avoid rust. The plates are also preferable because they can be installed without interfering with the surface of the floor of the shower during installation.