A Quick Shelf Recess for a Tile Shower

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Maine tile contractor Tom Boucher shows how to quickly install a watertight recessed shelf opening for a tile shower using a pre-made box from Schluter Systems.

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This summer, JLC followed along with Kennebunk, Maine, professional tile contractor Tom Boucher as he and colleague Bob Vedder installed tile floors and showers for two bathrooms in a custom home under construction at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. This week, we bring you another installment in that story as Boucher creates the water-tight rough opening for a recessed shelf in one of the showers.

Compared to the old way — cutting and fitting pieces of cement backer-board — this method is far quicker and easier, says Boucher. For a step-by-step view of the process, view the slideshow.