You can also do a subway shower with travertine tile, which looks really good. I have also done them with marble and granite tile cut from 12 x 12 floor tile.
This particular shower is installed in a space where the contractor removed a regular five foot bathtub and replaced it with a fiberglass shower pan. Cement backerboard was then installed over a moisture barrier.
I installed a better-bench in one corner, a large corner shelf in the other, and used the Schluter Kerdi membrane to waterproof a built-in shower niche. Just one example of how Kerdi can be utilized for individual aspects of any shower. This particular shower also has a framed listello installed around the wall directly above the niche.
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