STEAM SHOWER-LAKEWOOD, Co Part 2
This Lakewood residential steam shower tile installation is completed. The tile is purchased at Floor & Decor where 90% of all the projects I'm working on the tile is purchased. This porcelain tile does not come with a tile trim piece so we installed brush nickel metal edging by Schluter on all edges of the shower and grouted with Mapei's UltraColor Plus FA our preferred grout for steam showers.
Once the demo is finished we have a clean slate to work with. The shower needs some framing, insulation, new plumbing and somewhere to store the new steam generator. Plus the shower drain and p-trap would need to be replaced in order to install a new Schluter-Kerdi shower drain.
In part 1 we showed the shower bench we built for the steam generator. Because this shower is on concrete slab we needed to break out the concrete and dig out the dirt to make room for the new PVC trap and drain.
With the new drain in place we back fill the hole and will install the new shower curb and pour the new cement shower pan. Which is actually a dry pack deck mud that we trowel at a ratio of 1/4" per ft towards the drain.
As a rule after the cement is poured for the new shower pan minimum cure time is 72 hours before we can apply the Schluter membrane material to the pan for a secure adhesion. We'll work on the walls and ceiling while the cement is curing. All surfaces of the shower are waterproofed.
We make sure that all surfaces and details for our custom tile installations will meet up and slope towards the shower and shower drain. Such as the bench top and window sill which are sloped slightly towards the shower floor. This eliminates standing water. Also the shower ceiling is slanted towards the shower valve wall to help the water condensation flow away from the bench. We'll provide another picture once the shower doors are installed.