Each project has so many decisions to make; and it can feel like the most challenging decision is which materials to pick.
Here’s an extreme close up of the floor tile. Can you see the texture? I ran across this tile at The Tile Shop and liked it far before I even realized I’d actually end up using it. Months later, I brought home a sample for my master bathroom, nixed it, then it sat and collected dust until I had an ‘ah ha’ moment and realized it was perfect for the guest bath.
Don’t forget the ceiling color! It doesn’t always have to be white. You can use a darker or lighter shade of the wall color, or a contrasting color. Dark colors are good if you have a high ceiling which is out of proportion to the room size: this sometimes happens where a bathroom has been squeezed in to an older house with high ceilings. Dark colors can also disguise stray pipes, wiring and structural oddities up near the ceiling.
Preassemble the shower valve by soldering copper nipples and the shower supply pipe to male adapters and screwing them into the shower valve before fastening the valve to the blocking. That way you won’t damage the valve with heat from the soldering torch. Mount the valve 36 in. above the floor. You can mount the showerhead at any height, but plumbers typically mount them 6 ft. 6 in. above the floor.
Not only are frameless shower doors attractive and functional, they’re also very safe. Each panel is made of thick safety glass that’s been tempered to withstand impacts. Breaking one of these doors would prove difficult, and in the rare occasion of breakage, these doors would still be much safer than regular glass. Because they’re made of tempered glass, the doors fracture differently than regular glass. Instead of sharp, dangerous pieces, tempered glass fractures into fairly uniform beads that are relatively smooth.