With the rough in of the shower in place the tile work can start. There are a few precautions to make sure that the shower will be water tight and once those are in place we are ready to tile. For this project we decided to do the tile work with our own crew. The layout is precise the stacked arrangement of tile does not leave any room for fudging things. The lines need to be razor sharp from top to bottom. The dark grout is a nice contrast with the Carara marble but it would show anything out of line. The homeowners cose the Carara marble in two size formats. The 12×12 tiles for the end walls and a 3×6 subway with the backwall the heart of the project. The dark grout sets off this pattern change. The niche is inset with a 1×1 mosaic of handmade glass tile. This was set with a white thinset so the color of the glass shows through. The homeowners had the tile chosen early so we could have it ordered and shipped. This was great as delays waiting for a piece or two are a drag for everyone. Working with a designer and with some of their own ideas resulted in a exquisite bathroom.
The two shower heads are in place in the shower. The unique aspect of this shower is the custom plumbing work that allows one or both showers to have the volume of water set. It can be gentle summer rain or a downpour depending on the day.
The frameless glass shower doors were put in place by our glass champions. Talk about precision. The door and the solid wall line up exactly. The mass of the 3/8 thick glass door is substantial on the heavy hinges it opens and closes both in and out of the shower space with ease. I am always impressed with the skill and attention to detail the glass folks bring. We had the panels treated with a coating to reduce water spots which can affect untreated glass panels.
Thinking through what is important to get in the bathroom remodel, who will be using it, and what materials to you like is a great way to start. There are some good bathroom planning tips on our planning page here.