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Old 11-11-2011, 10:57 AM
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In the planning stage for my master bath remodel - who has a custom shower setup that they're happy with?

What would you do differently?

What's good and bad? What's useless?

Regular showerheads?
Body sprays?
Rainfall heads?

How much water does it flow and when does THAT become an issue?

Other master bath tips?

Looking at the Kohler DTV system but not sold on it due to complexity and the "water tiles" seem to have a less than glowing reputation.

I have a rectangular area at the end of the bath approx 6' wide x 40" deep for the shower, want to do something reasonably fancy, nice stone setup with a bench and at least a couple of outlets, but don't want to waste money on things that are pointless. I have 3/4" hot and cold runs to the bath so I don't think that'll be a problem, I think I can get about 12 gpm out of it.
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Old 11-11-2011, 11:27 AM
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Shower isn't worth the space ... I mean, it's just a weekly event, when I can remember to do it. Usually on Sundays.
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Kinda hard to think about "showers" right now.
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I really like rainfall head with a handheld set up nearby.

I used Grohe stuff.

Will try to get pictures up soon.
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Originally Posted by MAXIMUM B View Post
Kinda hard to think about "showers" right now.
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Round shower in the middle of the bath, no door, curtain keeps any splash inside.

Shower floor is maybe 2" below outside floor. Shower wall does not extend to ceiling - maybe an 18" gap between ceiling and top of wall

Plumbing "section" is all glazed brick, rest is glazed brick bottom half and glass brick top half.

Entrance is about 1/4 of the diameter, plumbing section 1/4, remaining 1/2 has the glass brick. Bench is opposite entrance, covers about 1/4 of the diameter

two shower heads on "wall" - one normal height, one halfway up. Have been in hotels with a ceiling mount head - nice but you have to step out of it to get water out your eyes.

Shower heads and water control are standard stuff. Drain in floor is maybe 5" diameter

Having a walk in shower is great. When it is cold that is where the dog gets her bath.
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We have a small master bath by todays standards. I currently have it gutted and have been slowly building something pretty cool withthe space I have. We are on a slab so I started by busting out the shower floor and replacing the cast iron trap then while I had it broken up, I lowered the floor as far as I could. Now instead of having to step over a threshold into the shower (and thats the first thing that seems to rot not matter what you do to waterproof) you will step down into the shower with no trip. Picking out fixtures, tile ,etc now. Its not going to be anything Home and Garden worthy but it will be cool for its size.
Anyone using a corner toilet and how do you like it?
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I wish I could do a curbless shower, but does not seem to be in the cards with my slab.

This is also a pretty small bath by modern standards - it's about 10' x 6', unfortunately isn't wide enough to let me do anything really "amazing", can't fit a tub alongside the shower or anything like that.

I have been looking into linear drains - I think it would be cool to tile the floor with "wood slat" looking tile, and with a linear drain I could slope the pan in 1 direction instead of 2 so I could use long wood boards for the floor.
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In the planning stage for my master bath remodel - who has a custom shower setup that they're happy with?


Looking at the Kohler DTV system but not sold on it due to complexity and the "water tiles" seem to have a less than glowing reputation.
I have this Water Tile and we love it. It's flush mounted to the ceiling, and has 4 tiles built into the 1 "head".

As a tall guy, the flush mount worked out great in our application as I can get underneath the tile without any issues.

I think even with 3/4 supplies, the mixing valves are probably going to be the limiter on your flow. The tile flows 10gpm (4 x 2.5) at full rich, and based upon how quickly it drains my hot water tank, I'd guess 10 gpm is pretty accurate. We ran 3/4 supplies as well, but I dont recall if the valves than stepped it down to 1/2 for the heads.

We had a larger drain installed as well, so the water never accumulates around your feet.

I havent heard any bad reviews on this water tile in particular, and we love ours. I can definitely give it a

Makes every morning shower like a 'car-wash'.
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jp, thanks for the feedback. did you install a bigger drain fixture, or did you increase the size of the whole drain pipe back to the junction? I only have a 2" drain pipe today, but I imagine going to a larger fixture could have benefits.

The water tiles look great, but just looking at the instruction sheet on kohler's site for that thing is insane. I am baffled by why they'd want the installer to do that much work on site, seems potentially problem prone. I won't have easy access to anything once the tile is up, which concerns me. The plumber that I like was game for anything but this sort of thing seemed a bit out of his league.
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We definitely installed a bigger drain fixture, I dont recall if we went bigger than the 2" line that was already there though. I'll have to see if I can double check for you.

The install did look a bit tricky, but our plumber didnt seem to have any issues with it. He actually seemed to enjoy the challenge. He made a template, than soldered up a pressure-balancing loop. The contractor roughed in the framing, and mounted the loop. And then the plumber just tied everything together. (I'm sure I'm simplifying some, but it didn't seem to be to big of a deal.)

We've had it for 3 years now with 0 issues. I haven't had to yet, but I'm pretty sure I can remove the individual heads and then take the whole "tile" down for service if needed.

We had looked at some combos of body-jets and what not, and have tried some at friends houses... For me, having the large tile overhead with huge flow is ideal.

Because of our setup, i couldnt run a tankless hot water heater. So eventually you do run out of hot water. I dont run it full-rich that often... But if I had an endless supply of HW, I could probably spend 30 minutes in there.
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I have a large shower by most standards. 3/4 inch feeds from the manifold up to the temp valve then feeding 2 shower heads and 5 body sprays thru volume control valves. All Grohe. I love it. I have it turned down to flow about 11 GPM. I am able to run the tank out of hot water if we stay in there too long but a normal 15 minute shower for me and 5 max for her is no problem.

Standard bronze 2" floor drain is fine.
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post

... a normal 15 minute shower for me and 5 max for her is no problem.

15-minute shower?!? What are you doing in there? Is that why there is only 5-mins of hot water left for her?
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I have a large shower by most standards. 3/4 inch feeds from the manifold up to the temp valve then feeding 2 shower heads and 5 body sprays thru volume control valves. All Grohe. I love it. I have it turned down to flow about 11 GPM. I am able to run the tank out of hot water if we stay in there too long but a normal 15 minute shower for me and 5 max for her is no problem.

Standard bronze 2" floor drain is fine.
Gotto put an 80 Gallon Superstore,mine never runs out and my 3 teenage sons stay in there for 20-30 minutes.
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Rennai never run out of hot water again
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I wish I could do a curbless shower, but does not seem to be in the cards with my slab.

This is also a pretty small bath by modern standards - it's about 10' x 6', unfortunately isn't wide enough to let me do anything really "amazing", can't fit a tub alongside the shower or anything like that.

I have been looking into linear drains - I think it would be cool to tile the floor with "wood slat" looking tile, and with a linear drain I could slope the pan in 1 direction instead of 2 so I could use long wood boards for the floor.

I really miss the Japanese style of bathroom -- a room for bathing; the drain is in the room's floor. The shower fixtures are on the wall, there is no stall. Usually a deep soaking tub is across the back wall. The down side is when the mold starts to grow it suddenly shows up everywhere in the room!

In the US we put the water closet (toilet) in the bathroom. I prefer having the toilet and sink in their own, small room seperate from where I bathe.
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Holy crap, 11 GPM, Id be burning through a couple hundred gallons a day showering alone. unfortunately my well filter cannot supply that volume of water for that long or it is overtaxed.

With my install I am contemplating a recirculating system for massage heads located behind the shower seat. If I want to use the massager I will close the drain and recirculate the water through a pump and heater. Doesn't seem too complicated and I hav good access to the back side of the seat for the mechanicals.
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15-minute shower?!? What are you doing in there? Is that why there is only 5-mins of hot water left for her?
He's a man, he can stand in the hot water as long as he wants to.....she has all day to grab a shower.
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I really miss the Japanese style of bathroom -- a room for bathing; the drain is in the room's floor. The shower fixtures are on the wall, there is no stall. Usually a deep soaking tub is across the back wall. The down side is when the mold starts to grow it suddenly shows up everywhere in the room!

In the US we put the water closet (toilet) in the bathroom. I prefer having the toilet and sink in their own, small room seperate from where I bathe.
Japanese baths are great. My father ended his career in a position that required him and my mom to live in Tokyo for 5 years. They came home and built a custom house with a Japanese bath just like you described. They are building another house with a similar layout, just smaller than the last.

I can't say I ever used a traditional Japanese toilet, or should we say a hole in the floor.
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