Building a better tile

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  1. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a better shampoo niche takes time and skill. The efforts will net you a less cluttered looking shower with more shower storage. There are so many ways to do this and so many ways to screw it up badly. There is of course a few simple rules I follow and things I like to do to make a niche look and function better.
     
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  2. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a shower niche (How to Guide) - Setting the back tile tight

    The lower niche is more for play time. The long space perfect for bath time. The larger taller niche to the right will be for shampoo and conditioner bottles.
     
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  4. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Centering the tile niche on the plumbing fixtures
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a shower tile niche - layout 101
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a custom shower niche with Denshield

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    Another photo of a custom niche - but this one is for the toilet paper. Saves space and works as a perfect night light.



    JW - "When it's perfect. It's Good Enough."

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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a shower niche in a steam shower or steam room
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a niche that meets the long wall
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a Marble Tile Shower Niche - Shower Cubby
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Building a shower niche or cubby - Prepare a grout sample board

    Another low niche for shaving - or not ;)

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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Tips for building a shampoo shower niche larger
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    What is the best size for a custom shower niche?

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    Many times one full tile looks best.



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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Designing playtime into a shower niches' location
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Using masking tape while building triple shower niches
     
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    John,

    I've been reading up on how you create a shower niche and if I understand this correctly, you create an oversize waterproof niche opening so you have the ability to adjust the tile as necessary to match the surrounding tile. I'm going to be tiling a new shower next year and also want my tiled niche to match up exactly with the surrounding tile and like this approach. What I wanted to know is the best way to fill in the approximately 1" (plus or minus) gap behind the tile. Instead of filling this gap with thin set, would it be better to grout in a shim between the niche and the tile? If water behind the tile is a concern, I could make this shim out of a non-porous material.
     
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    John that small shower room w/ the toilet in it, does water make it almost to the door or what?
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Grouting Outside Corners
     
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Edges and corners still need banding.
     
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