pre-formed shower niches

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Richard S, Mar 11, 2005.

  1. Richard S

    Richard S New Member

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    I'm in the process of rebuilding my tub surround & will be using tile. I've been trying to find the best alternative to custom building a wall niche. I had previously found out about Recess-It which I didn't want to use as others had noted that the flange protrudes a bit out from the cbu & I didn't want to mess with feathering out the thinset to get the tiles to look right. I've found 2 other products: Duk Liners & ProForm that seem to not have the same problem as the Recess-It (see attached links). I was wondering if anybody had experience with these products. All input is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Richard

    http://www.ctile.com/DukLiners.htm
    http://www.noblecompany.com/proform2.html
     
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    If you look at the installation insructions in your links, they show that you install the niche over the moisture barrier ( I would caulk this joint) then the backerboard overlays the niche flange. This will be imperceptible, and the tiles lay on a perfecly smooth plane.
     
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  4. Richard S

    Richard S New Member

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    Jimbo,
    Thanks for the reply. Have you used any of these products? The reason I'm asking is that I'm wondering if it's as easy to tile on the products as the manufacturers claim & also, if you feel that the quality of the products is up to the task as I'm worried about water leakage. I should have been more specific in my original post - sorry about that.

    Thanks again,
    Richard
     
  5. lajoe

    lajoe FlooringSupply

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    preformed niches

    HI

    I used them all, and I would highly recommend the preformed niches

    Check this online store http://www.tiledepot.us/ the do carry them all, and you can read abut their product too
     
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Noble and others make some nice ones. Check out this site for some examples of things and some ideas and help on tiling things www.johnbridge.com.
     
  7. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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  8. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Designing Shower and Tub Niches for your Kids. Play Time and Shower Niches

    Keep them low

    Stack them.



    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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    Shower Niches made from scratch

    used from left over materials.

    Can be made custom.

    Add lighting

    and on and on



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

    www.No-Curb.com - my blog site on Barrier Free, No Curb, No Dam and Hobless Showers
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  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

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    Nice work, John. I had to do mine with KERDI origami and preformed corners because it was the size of one wall tile. The flash on the camera doesn't do justice to the grout on the glass tile bands. They don't look that bad.

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  11. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Kerdi Niches

    Avoid them!


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

    www.No-Curb.com - my blog site on Barrier Free, No Curb, No Dam and Hobless Showers
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    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Oversized Tall Shower Niches

    I love this style.


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

    www.No-Curb.com - my blog site on Barrier Free, No Curb, No Dam and Hobless Showers
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  13. jono604

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    Has anyone had success with the pre-formed niches from TileRedi?
    http://www.tileredi.com/

    They look pretty handy but I've seen some chatter about their shower pans being hard to work with.
    Is it true that the tiles have to be set with epoxy thinset and if so is it considerably harder to work with.

    I'm doing a full bathroom renovation (down to the studs) so I'm open to options for creating a niche.
    Building from scratch with framing and backerboard is an option but I'm also intrigued by the ease of creating a two compartment niche using one of the pre-formed models.

    Can anyone recommend a good brand that is easy to work with and provides a great level of waterproofing.

    thanks
    Jonathan
     
  14. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

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    Pre-Formed Shower Niches for shampoo and soap

    Not all are created equal. Test yours before using or installing by filling it with water for four days. If it was made well it should not leak.


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

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