The idea with this mod was to combine the RT's already decent isle shower with the bathroom closet to give more room and make showering easier. The big obstacle in designing this project was the original bathroom was never designed to be a "wet" bathroom. The walls were not sealed or waterproof nor was the floor etc. See my last blog post for details of the build process.
The tilework wasn't a necessary thing at all, just something I wanted to do. One thing you can see from pic above right is the shower curtain "clinging" to the walls. One of the ideas I had before adding the FRP to the walls was to attach 3" wide metal strips on both sides vertically to provide a surface for magnets to stick to. The shower curtain has been modified as well with magnets on both sides and an overlapping flap on the front corner on the galley side to allow reaching through to shut the hot water heater off. The new faucet pictured is all metal instead of the plastic one it replaced. It was necessary for me to create the fitting that goes from the faucet to the shower hose. It is a combination of the original part supplied with the faucet to connect to a tube and a 1/2" pipe union cut in half then brazed to the original fitting. It came out quite perfect for the job and even looks okay.
From this picture you can get a little better idea of how the FRP panels look installed. All of them were cut with a jig saw after being layed out by transferring from paper templates I had created carefully. Two other things in this picture worth noting are the new storage location for the curtain and the endpoint for the track which I modified significantly. Also noticeable worth noting about this picture is the "horizontal bump" in the back wall. In the original version from RT, the top angled piece doesn't exist rather that is where the shelf attaches. Immediately under the shelf is this hump which is where the wire channel runs. I made the little ramp to keep water from settling on a little ledge.
|The old curtain location was determined by the original track attached to the ceiling. This track was shaped in a way that created a full "surround" in the isle above the drain and below the vent fan.|
With the track now modified the curtain now encloses the same area while including the newly modified bathroom providing much more room and offering the ability to sit for those who might like to shave their legs(not me, really!).