It may look traditional, but this 4-by-8-foot shower was built using lightweight EPS floor panels and an innovative drain and waterproofing membrane system from Schlüter-Systems.
It may look traditional, but this 4-by-8-foot shower was built using lightweight EPS floor panels and an innovative drain and waterproofing membrane system from Schlüter-Systems.

Though it's the tile that usually gets all the attention, the key ingredient in a custom shower is really its waterproofing system. When I built a tiled shower in my own renovated 1898 Victorian home, I had a couple of major concerns: I was worried about the effectiveness of standard membrane-type systems, and I wasn't eager to hang a lot of backerboard or to mix and haul a quarter-ton of deck mud. Thus, I was receptive to any alternative approaches that could save me time and hassles on the job while delivering reliable long-term waterproofing.

My research led me to Schlüter-Systems (800/472-4588, www.schluter.com), a manufacturer of several innovative tile-installation products that have received wide acceptance in Europe. Of particular interest to me was the company's Kerdi-Drain ($89 list), which is designed in such a way that the floor's waterproofing membrane attaches to a...

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