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That stuff looks beautiful. I also like the minimalist design. When they want different tiles put in between which everyone over here loves, It starts to get gawdy looking. Good job!
 

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When they want different tiles put in between which everyone over here loves, It starts to get gawdy looking.
Yeah we were doing designs like that here 30 yrs ago, so a lot of us try to steer clients away from that.
I spend some of my time viewing American designs and techniques, and you do have some first class tiler setters around, but I can’t deny, 80% looks very dated from our perspective.
 

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I agree, some bathrooms here are just too much. I call it Italian style even though I'm half Italian. Also, 80% of the homes here don't even have one piece of tile in their home. Linoleum, shower and tub inserts, carpet, etc. Good enough I guess.
 

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Yeah it would depend on the size.

Large tiles are hard to get coverage on. And it's not for the faint hearted. Have you tiled before? What background are you tiling onto? Have you considered how you're going to waterproof the shower area before you fix a tile? The tiles wont waterproof the shower alone. You need to 'tank' the shower before you even mix your tile adhesive etc.
When you say "tank" the shower, that means the ceiling as well? Should that be set first?
 

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When you say "tank" the shower, that means the ceiling as well? Should that be set first?
You would have to check with local building regs, I can say that most professionally installed showers are meant to be flood tested, ie filled to the kerb with water and remain there for a period of time, (24hrs rings a bell somewhere, but could be way off, but a flood test nevertheless) whether your state insists in this, I do not know. And whether you would fall under those rules, again I am unsure.
I’m sure your local NTCA representative could advise.
But as we all know, DIY is one thing, professional is something else.
To answer your question tho...,,😁
The ceiling would only be tanked or tiles here if it was exceptionally low or it was at the clients request.
And yes, you would wait until the tanking is set before tiling.
There are several ways to achieve this.
 

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If the ceiling was to be done, do you tile that before the walls?
 

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I'm starting!!! This will be my first attempt at preparing and tiling a small stall. It's my own place that's sitting there not being used so I started to fix it up on my spare time. Our local code does not require the types of testing you mention though I would like to try it anyways. It's not the tanking i'm concerned about, it's trying to make the tile look nice.
 

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I'm done. I redguarded the durock, and got to work. The floor with 2x2s came out perfect, but I'm not too proud of the walls. The first tile I set was 1/2 inch off the center of the back wall, then I continued straight up to the ceiling and went to lunch. Came back 30 minutes later and noticed it. I can't believe I screwed up the math. I'll try to add some photos so you all can point out the mistakes.....already told the boss to find a tiler for his shower, though I would never make that mistake again. It's just too much work for what he pays me.
 

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Here are some pictures. Go ahead fire away, I need to learn. I. Threw in an outdoor pic just to show the house.20191203_131125.jpg20191203_131336.jpg20191203_131226.jpg
 

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