How to build a shower base out of tile. Learn more about your homes shower and base and find out how to build your own water tight concrete base for a shower. If needed use 2x4 lumber to frame in the box that will serve as the form for the concrete pour. Because there are all sorts of sites out there that tell you how to build a shower and since i dont build these myself i am going to stick with something those other folks dont tell you the products i specify on a shower that can never ever leak. How to build a shower article 3 shower tile installation if you are ready to build your own shower pan read on.
Mix up enough mortar to fill half of the base and spread it out over the base. Cover the weeping holes of the drain with some small stones or pieces of tile to keep mortar from plugging them. Use a level to mark the walls at a height of 1 12 4cm from the base which will maintain the 14 per foot grade. Ensure your floor can support the weight of a shower.
A professional custom shower base installation including tiling can run over 1000. Building your own shower pan is an inexpensive alternative to purchasing a prefabricated shower pan. When youre determining the size of the shower door and the direction it should swing consider other bathroom doors and fixtures. Also of course the base or pan needs to be completely watertight to avoid leaks mold and mildew.
Dont forget to allow for the thickness of the tile and the cement board. Prior to starting on the build you should have a properly framed and plumbed shower rough in covered in the first article of this series. Install the shower drain cover to a height of 1 12 4cm above the shower pan. If your shower will have a door pick it out in advance to make sure the shower opening will accommodate it.
Finishing the shower base. The shower in this project. One of the trickiest things about constructing a tile shower is getting the proper slope on the base so water will flow toward the drain. The building process is relatively simple and can be completed within a few days.