so, here's the thing

We had our first shower today -
yeah, yeah, we need plaster and paint and a sink, but we just couldn't wait to try out our new toy.

The planning of this bathroom was long and arduous.
And now that it's built, we have a challenge...

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No lip, threshold, bump - straight, flat shower floor runs directly into the bathroom.
And, presently, potentially permanently, no door or curtain. The mud, under the tile, is gently sloped toward the drain.
And I know what you are thinking - believe me.

What if the floor gets wet?
Yeah, well, what if it does? Don't floors get wet? Don't we wash them with water? (I've heard that some of you do.)

Isn't it cold?
No, turns out it isn't especially cold. It does have a decidedly locker-room feel, which kind of takes some of the sexy out of it, but it wasn't cold or drafty.

You took one shower, what do you mean? Both of you?
Yes. And Middle came by to ask us about the weather. Through the door.

Did they slope the bench top slightly to allow for water run off?
Yes they did, but it still collected a bit in the corners. While good workers, they were not artisans and there are tiny tile mistakes here and there.
You might never see them, but we do.

So - the challenges...

Post shower, there aren't a lot of dry places on the floor immediately outside the shower area.
Should I put a sea sponge nearby and sponge up the water? I don't mind that it's on the floor but I may mind stepping in water later when I am dry...should I get some kind of floor squeegee?

Should I buy a teak mat for in front of the sink? K could stand on it when he shaves and it could go outside the shower if we wanted to slide it there...

I'm reading a lot about grout sealant. I'm not in the mood to do this, it's incredibly toxic, the grout is not white, and it needs to be re-done every six months. PLUS it has to be applied to ONLY the grout lines as it is damaging to the tile. Can you see me, with a cotton swab? applying sealant? which costs a ton of money? I don't want to do it. Do you think I can get away NOT doing it?

K has just pointed out that my sea sponge idea is good in theory but warns that the sponge will quickly be coated in hair and lint and dust and look like one of those close-up disgusting cartoons of the goo inside Stimpy's ear (which I'm sure you all remember from the fabulous Ren and Stimpy show, right?).

ps: The walls of the room are not going to remain green - they will be Edwardian Linen, which matches the wall tile.


islaygirl said…
well, what happens if you don't seal the grout? darkening and staining? i don't think it's realistic to do the sealant, not with that hexagonal tile. although, maybe around the commode ... but i don't want to go there. i am still just loving everything about the color of the tile.
jenny said…
redone every six months with a q-tip?

I think you just answered your own question right there.

I love the idea of the flat shower floor with no threshold. It looks really nice and as long as the wet floor thing doesn't bug you the teak mats should do the trick. Plus a floor squeegee. Because dirty/sandy shoes and a wet bathroom floor don't sound like an ideal combination.
Paula said…
Our bench collects a bit of water as well, we use a small squeegee for that, the water on the floor should dry pretty quickly, do you have a vent fan? The teak mat is a good idea.
Geggie said…
I like the teak mat idea? Is there room for one outside of the shower and one at the sink? Or maybe seagrass mats?
MsCellania said…
Good idea, that teak mat. In fact, I see 2 teak mats in your future. That way, one can step off to the 2nd teak mat in front of the sink, so the other showerer may step out of the shower.
Floor squeegee - good idea. But then it is lurking, looking very janitorial, on the sidelines. So, hmmmmmm...
To whomever suggested the vent fan, Amen Sistah. And leave it running while you are dressing, etc. Annoying sound but necessary in your damp climate. But of course, I have no idea where you actually live; but I KNOW IT'S DAMP, DAMMIT!
I put a rectangular small mesh basket about 12" x 4" with rubber-coated feet in our shower (on the floor) to hold shampoos and body washes. It saves the mold buildup and staining from under the bottles.
Grout sealant can be applied with a hair or foam small paint brush. We don't need it in our climate (semi arid) but I might do from 6' down in your shower. Can you hire that out? With your irregular tiles, you won't be able to easily squeegee the walls (which I do; there's that pesky OCD crappe of mine surfacing).

The whole thing is really lovely. I think you've done Very Very well.
Velma said…
I was just going to suggest two teak mats, but I can see MsCellania did already. That's exactly what I would do, though.

My other suggestion for venting? Put the vent fan switch on a timer. We did this in our last house and it was terrific - stayed on just long enough to do the job. In our current house, I forget to turn it off far too often.
Unknown said…
ANother vote for two teak mats, which I love, btw. And I'd also vote for a squeegee. In Israel, where all the floors are terazzo, people squeegee their entire houses. It's so cool. I use a squeegee in our house and it works very well, and our tile is fairly irregular.

Sealant? I think not.
Anonymous said…
We had an open shower at the last house. I was fine with it for many years and then, one day, I wasn't. So I put up a (really excellent) shower curtain.

The "lip" on our open shower was about the height of the thick tile outside the shower: less than half an inch. Which meant that water got everywhere. And which also meant that when the shower backed up, water REALLY went everywhere. A raised wooden mat had not occurred to me and now I wish we'd had one.

Forget the sealant.
tut-tut said…
Edwardian Linen; I would use that color for the name alone, sight unseen.

I have never redone (or even had a new) bathroom, so I will luxuriate in yours, from afar.

Cannot Martha Stewart (or her ilk) answer some of these design issues?
--erica said…
that is gorgeous tile.
~ej said…
i love your new tile, it's so pretty. have loved reading your bath stories and reading everyone's ideas on the teak mat. i def vote for the fan, makes the room dry out much faster.