Main Bath at Time Haven

©2005 Time Haven Productions

This is a gallery of photos of the remodeled main bathroom at Time Haven, along with notes on the design and construction. No floor plan is given. This gallery mainly features the Sink (or "Vessel") and the Shower.
The whole west wall is slate, with two columns of glass blocks. The columns are nine glass blocks high, with clear blocks at the tops and bottoms.

You can see the greenery from outside reflecting in the shower rain head. The shower door handle is just to the left of the glass blocks at the bottom of the photo.

I constructed a 3D model of the shower to get a sense of the proportions of the two "stub" walls as they step down. (Distorted by Cell phone camera lens.)
The water supply lines come into the mixer from the two sides. The upper port of the mixer goes up to the shower head stop valve. The lower port of the mixer goes to the stop valve for the wall outlet for the hose (wand).

This allows the temperature to be set by the mixer, but the mixer does not control the flow or on/off. The shower can be turned on/off with the stop valve without touching the mixer. The wand can likewise be turned on/off independently, or simultaneously. (Need to put arrows and labels on this photo.)

The room with the backerboard up and the tile floor completed over the shower pan. Stories about the waterproofing, the shower pan, and laying the shower floor tiles are in the Details section below.
At this point, we got all the slate of the boxes, washed it thoroughly and began sorting it. We laid out the north shower wall completely and the middle part of the west wall -- five feet between the two windows, eight feet tall.. The wood strips indicated where the glass shower walls would be fastened. The wood blocks represented the shampoo/soap niche. Other things represented the scones, faucets, etc. This process took several days to get the colors and patterns distributed and balanced, and to position the stones we wanted to feature.
Ready for Glass!
The base of the shower enclosure is ready for the glass.

The work of cutting, mortaring, and grouting the slate took quite some time. I would put 4 or five up per evening (one row), maybe 8 or 10 on a good night. The slate had been sealed at this point.

Fully functional!

Shower handset, hose, and bar not yet installed.

The mixer is the larger fixture in the middle. The on/off/volume lever for the shower is above the mixer; the handset on/off/volume is below.
Niche shelf detail.

Used thicker solid greenish slate from batch. I rounded corners with tools and sandpaper to soften the edges. Both little shelves were pitched forward slightly to drain.

Sanded Grout line between glass block unit and the slate.
Looking down across 6 of the 9 glass blocks in the shower.
Small ledge for putting your foot on when leg-shaving, or drying off in the shower.
The sandstone piece is set into the wall, resting on the slate below, and held down by the slate above. It's not going anywhere!
Looking at the top of the shower stub wall.
The inner half of the walltop has a slope to allow water to drain away for the glass. You can see that in the Ready for Glass! photo.
The shower stub wall as seen from the sink side.
A good quality drain was set into the floor.
Here I am setting the tiles in the threshold. The threshold was wider than five tiles, but not six. So I cut a number of tiles in half and trimmed them so that the each piece would drop in the channel and be level with the other tiles. The result was that no cut edge was showing, the cut was down in the mortar. (since the tiles were tumbled to soften their edges, they could be installed "on edge".)
The Skylight contains the fan, an open-able window, and a halogen light. The only time we use that bright light is when working in the shower (cleaning, re-sealing, etc).
Ikea Mirror!
Other photos
SLVR Cell phone photo. No lights needed during the day.
Cell phone photo. Note light coming in under countertop.
Cell phone photo. Night time.
Cell phone photo. (Detail of mirror clip). We had the mirror specially made to fit the space. It is held in with standardly available spring-loaded mirror clips, anchored into the slate. The mirror can be removed easily if needed.

Notes about a bathroom pattern (as in Christopher Alexander's Pattern Language)
©May 6, 2007 - February 7, 2015.
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