New Master Bath Features Zero Threshold Shower


EXISTING BATHROOM:   This home is located in the River Glen subdivision in Fishers.  Although they had remodeled their bathroom seven years ago, the homeowners were not happy with their master bathroom.  “When we remodeled the bathroom, we were hoping to not have to do it again.  The shower never really worked for us, and when it began to leak, we decided it was a great opportunity to get a new design.”

AGING IN PLACE:   Aging-in place led the design process for the new master shower.  “I wanted to be able to get a wheel chair in and out if need be,” said the homeowner.  Fortunately, zero-threshold shower pans have emerged in the market place, allowing for much easier installation.  According to the Project Designer, “We have to slightly modify the existing floor joists to fit the zero threshold pan.  This allows the cement board underlayment to seamlessly blend into the shower pan, eliminating the need to float the lightweight concrete shower base in order to get the adequate drainage.”

SHOWER DETAILS:   The shower footprint was expanded, and the floor was covered with 2” x 2” mosaic tile that matched the existing tile on the tab deck.  The shower walls were tiled in 12” x 18” Milos beige porcelain with 1/8” grout lines rather than the standard ¼.  The accent tile is Multi-Tumbled Smooth Rectangle set horizontally at 6” high.

OTHER MASTER BATH DETAILS:   For the rest of the bathroom, minor touches brought the remodel together.  “Our house is very traditional and I wanted an ultra-modern look,” said the homeowner.  “But, due to budget reasons, we could not get rid of the traditional vanity.”  The design therefore called for more transitional material choices, with hints of modern like frameless shower doors.  A granite remnant in Venetian Gold was installed as the vanity countertop with two new sinks.  The existing plumbing was reinstalled throughout the space.

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