Modern porcelain tile is available with just about any look, pattern and feel you can imagine. The advantage is that you can have a space that looks like natural stone, such as slate, granite or marble, with the durability and maintenance advantages of porcelain tile. Natural stone requires a fair amount of regular maintenance whereas porcelain requires much, much less. With the right porcelain tile you can have the best of both worlds..
The existing shower in this bathroom was a small 3 x 3 foot space with an acrylic (fiberglass) basin. Once I started tearing out the existing shower we realized that the space behind the wet wall (that’s where the fixtures are) was an empty space which was walled in. By removing this and re-routing the plumbing we were able to add an additional 2 feet to the length of the shower for a comparatively roomy new shower.
The homeowner chose a 12 x 12 porcelain tile for the walls which looks and feels like natural slate. Running through the center of the shower, as well as at the top of the wainscot, are matching 3 x 6 inch tiles in a ‘running bond’ or brick pattern. This breaks up the inevitable monotony of one tile all the way around the room as well as giving the walls a focal point – breaking up the pattern a bit.
The shower is a Kerdi shower with oil-rubbed bronze fixtures with a rain shower head, drain, and shower door surround. The advantage of Kerdi is that it can be used on literally any size and shape of shower to waterproof even the most intricate designs.
I added a built-in wall niche in the shower for extra storage which eliminates the need for shelving sticking out of the corners or, worse, hanging off of the shower head. This also adds room to the inside of the shower and less things to bump into.
The bathroom was finished off with a free-standing ‘furniture’ vanity which will also give the appearance of a larger space. With correct planning you can turn even the smallest bathroom into something fairly comfortable and roomy.
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