Vacation at Home: Master Shower
August 30, 2009
For the last few years, my entire family of five has been sharing one small shower/bath combo in the hall bathroom. Even though we added on to the house in 2006, we still only had only a partially completed master bathroom. For years, the master shower was nothing more than a storage closet. Not any more! I’m talking about 35 square feet of pure bliss that we just finished tiling last week.
And my dream for just a bit of Oceanside glass tile finally came true.
Two weeks ago, the shower was in a very raw state, having only waterproofed sheetrock and a tar floor. We started byhaving to resolve some plumbing issues and mortar the floor. As much as I would have loved to DIY, this massive space was out of my league. It took an entire week for our professional tile installer to cut all of the tile, mount it, grout it, seal it, and trim out the plumbing.
Choosing the tile was challenging as well. It’s a big decision. My personal style is all about classic design with a modern twist, and all of my inspiration files led me back to traditional white ceramic tile. I love spa blue and white in a bath. And since the cabinetry is all dark walnut stain, the white is a nice contrast.
In the end, I chose bright white field tile applied in a brick pattern. But for modern color and drama, I splurged and mixed in that stunningly beautiful Oceanside glass tile. The installed selections are from five different manufacturers and four different tile vendors. Take a peek inside.
I can tell you this right now. I don’t think I need to go on vacation for quite some time. I’ll just camp out right here in this 35 square foot space. I honestly feel like I just hit the lottery.
Check out this stripe that wraps around the wall. And I just want to reach out and touch these white ceramic deco tiles.
This floor includes a non-slip 100% recycled glass tile by Vidrepur made especially for shower floors. It is trimmed in glass mosaic ‘Aquamist’ by ADEX, the same tile that I used to trim my master bathtub.
We designed a sit down bench for resting and enjoying the steam function.
In the original plan, we made space for both a traditional shower head, and a rain shower over the bench. Yes, I said a rain showerhead over the bench.
If I’ve gone missing, you can find me right here.
I love the extra storage we receive with the shampoo bottle squares inset into the wall and trimmed with more glass mosaic. I’ll squeeze out extra storage wherever I can find it.
This third handheld showerhead is for rinsing off our little bundles of joy. But they’re not quite allowed inside yet.
And I’m keeping it real, so take a look at what we’ve been tripping over for three years in the narrow hall shower.
But this tile more than makes up for three years of plastic toys between the toes. I am loving the iridescent quality in even the softest evening light.
Someday soon, we will install a shower door, so that the steam unit can do it’s job to transport me to a faraway place. But for now, just having a grown up shower is vacation enough.
6×8 field tile: Daltile from Home Depot; Stripe: Oceanside Glass tile custom blend; Floor tile: white anti-slip by Vidrepur; Floor trim tile: ADEX ‘Aquamist’.