Here is where you will see some of the best tips and tricks that will allow you to build shower niche without all the problems that can and may arise. It’s always nice to have things work out perfectly but that is simply not the case very often and especially when it comes to renovations.
Build Shower Niche
Here is the second part of the two-part post on shower niches so if you missed the first part just click “Building Shower Niche” and the link will take you there.
For this second segment, we are going to look at some tips and tricks you can use to create your niche to look its best. When you have finished walls, and the tiles get changed for different one’s then you’ll be required to make some modifications.
So let’s take a list of what we are going to cover.
- The first thing on the list is the walls.
- Secondly we are going to waterproof the walls.
- Next we will measure out the walls for the tiles.
- We will fix the niche cavity to accommodate the new tiles.
- Then tile and grout the niche.
The first thing on the list is the walls
When you first have the opportunity to prepare the walls, you can shim them if need be to keep all the walls nice and flat which would be great but that may not always be the case. So what I’m going to show you here is what to do and how to make a new tile selection work for the walls and niche.
So first we’ll check your walls for any unfinished build up of mud from the Tapers, wall deflections from warped studs from behind the wall board. You want to know what your up against when you start the job. Use levels and speed squares to check the walls and corners out for how level and plum they are and how square all the corners are.
The picture will show the wall and niche we will be working with below.
Secondly we are going to waterproof the walls
The next step is to waterproof the walls where we are going to use a product called kerdi. First we’ll cement in all the corners and wall panels that we would have measured out to length and cut before mixing up the unmodified thin-set required for cementing the kerdi to the wall. The pictures below will illustrate the concept.
Next we will measure out the walls for the tiles
The next step is to measure out the tiles against the walls and niche to make them work. In this case, the tiles will not measure correctly around the niche, so some tricks of the trade need to be performed to make it happen.
- When you’ve taken the time to get everything ready for the walls to be waterproofed, and then a change of plans come up to use different tiles this is what you can do. Check out the measurement of tiles and grout gap from first starter course to bottom of niche. The size in this case is too short. So I make the gap a tiny bit larger now the tiles will come to the lower part of the niche.
Using a laser, I can set the height for my first course and begin.
We will fix the niche cavity to accommodate the new tiles
After cementing the tiles to reach the bottom of the niche, I then check the tiles against the height of the niche. Once again they are coming up too short and this time you already have the grout gap set so its time for a new trick.
- After you have measured for the max height, you now have to get rid of the extra space that in this case is 2 1/2 inches of too much extra space. The trick here is to create a header that is 2 1/2 inches high by the depth and length required to fill the above gap.
- By laminating 1/2 plywood, you will be able to create the header you need. The next thing you will want to do is gift wrap the header with kerdi, screw it up in place and cement and waterproof the screw holes in the header.
Then tile and grout the niche
Now that the niche is built to the proper measurements, the rest of the tiles can be cemented in place, and the walls can be grouted.
As you can see, there were a few modifications to be performed to have the new tiles match up to suit the niche using the full tiles without any cutting. Now you’ve seen one way to build shower niche using some simple tips and tricks to get the job done.