March 30, 2011
To Enclose Or Not To Enclose, That's A Reader's Question Of The Day
I'm hoping to do one of those bath-in-the-shower-enclosure setups [like at Jackson Square] and wondered if people had any experience with them. It'll be a sealed steam shower enclosure.
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First Published: March 30, 2011 2:15 PM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
I've lived with a shower+bath similar to the setup shown here for 2.5 years and no problems. No leakage or mold. There's an exhaust fan in the enclosure and it clears out quickly. I like it. However, mine is not a steam shower and I have no idea if that would work.
Posted by: lofty at March 30, 2011 2:30 PM
Steam showers are great. I've designed some. They are pretty expensive, require high quality installation of the waterproof membrane at floors, walls and ceiling, and an accessible location for the steam equipment.
Plan on spending 15-25k for the full works including tempered glass doors and panels, tile work and equipment.
Posted by: noearch at March 30, 2011 2:46 PM
Frameless shower doors, as shown on the photo, won't work for steam.
Posted by: Faboo at March 30, 2011 4:14 PM
No, they won't. must be framed and tempered.
Posted by: noearch at March 30, 2011 4:24 PM
Heat = Crackola?
Posted by: 47yo hipster at March 30, 2011 4:54 PM
We regularly design tempered glass assemblies with through penetration fasteners and hardware. You merely have to complete all the prep before you temper the glass.
But you must mind the gaps with frameless doors for a steam shower, otherwise with too many loose joints you will only get a kinda steamy shower and an almost steamy bathroom.
Posted by: redseca2 at March 30, 2011 5:50 PM
Tempered is required by the building code for safety. If you fall against tempered glass it will not break into sharp pointed shards, but just crumble into small pieces.
Tempered glass is also required at all french doors, sliding doors and windows below a certain sill height and windows adjacent to glass doors.
Posted by: noearch at March 30, 2011 6:26 PM
That's not a sealed steam shower as shown in the picture; the door glass ends a ~foot short of the ceiling (clearly shown in the picture).
Posted by: tony at March 30, 2011 10:16 PM
As the others have said I don't see any problem in doing this, but in this particular case the narrow and deep gap left between the tub and glass looks very difficult to clean, and over time some dust and soap scum etc will need a good scrub. So I would avoid this particular scenario personally.
A fan can be included in the space although make sure it is independently switchable, because you will not want it sucking all the steam out while using it. Also given the large volume of steam being evacuated with this fan make sure the materials used are rust proof and that no steam traps are present where the steam will condense in the ducting and pool, leaving a puddle of water.
It's also a good idea to design the steam shower with and operable transom, which allows for adjusting the steam and venting it out of the shower area and allowing the shower to air out properly without leaving the door open.
Posted by: DML at March 31, 2011 9:28 AM
This is a great post. Question: whats the difference between this and a modular shower enclosure with steam?
I found a few online http://www.bathpd.com/shop which seem like they would be much less expensive?
Posted by: joey negros at April 1, 2011 9:27 AM