where to get odd-shaped shower tray?


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John Stumbles

Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to go in
a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees like this:


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Could cut off the corner of a regular tray with an angle-grinder I suppose
;-)

Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).

tia
 
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Richard Savage

John said:
Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to go in
a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees like this:


Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).

tia
How good are your fibreglass moulding skills?

This was a serious suggestion when I started my hunt for an odd-sized
sink. In the end I opted for a made-to-measure stainless steel sink.
Which, when you come to think of it, could be a route for your shower
tray. It would only be cold to the foot very briefly!

Richard
 
T

Toby

John said:
Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to
go in a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees
like this:
You do like tricky questions, eh? Find any taps?
Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and
cover it with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish
(could end up looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could
end up tacky).
Well, the Americans seem to be able to build fully tiled shower bases
without trouble. Either a membrane lined base, or soldered copper sheet
tray. The walls are lined with fermacell boards down into the tray, then a
mortar bed is poured and floated to provide a suitable tiling surface.

Suggestions here:

http://www.thetiledoctor.com/installations/st_showers.cfm
http://www.ontariotile.com/showerfloormud1.html
 
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Phil

John Stumbles said:
Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to go in
a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees like this:


Could cut off the corner of a regular tray with an angle-grinder I suppose
;-)

Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).

tia
A stonemason perhaps. We have a chap locally who makes kitchen & bathrooom
worktops etc using all manner of stone. I have seen some of his shower
trays and they are excellent. He recently built an 8 foot dia. circular
tray which was just stunning.

Might not be the cheapest option but you would get a quality item made to
your exact specs.

HTH

Phil
 
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Lee

John Stumbles wrote:

Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).
Brother-in-law did similar, marine ply base indented slightly towards
the drain and tiled with mosaic tiles.

Didn't leak in the six months prior to selling the place, despite using
a shower pump and overhead rose...

Lee
 
J

John Stumbles

Toby said:
You do like tricky questions, eh? Find any taps?
This customer's got some on their own roll-top, but I think they want to
keep them ;-|
Well, the Americans seem to be able to build fully tiled shower bases
without trouble. Either a membrane lined base, or soldered copper sheet
tray. The walls are lined with fermacell boards down into the tray, then a
mortar bed is poured and floated to provide a suitable tiling surface.

Suggestions here:

http://www.thetiledoctor.com/installations/st_showers.cfm
http://www.ontariotile.com/showerfloormud1.html
Thanks, I may have to go down that route if I can't find a custom resin
stone type, but I get the feeling these folks are nice-clean-white-things
types :)
 
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G&M

John Stumbles said:
Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to go in
a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees like this:
Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).

There is an Italian firm (begins with B I think) who sell huge sheets of
corded mosaic tiles for this very purpose. Their display showed you can lay
them on almost any vertical or horizontal shaped surface (not both at same
time of course) and grout. The display seemed to be formed over foam.

I saw them in an Italian designer tile place about six months ago in
Manchester.
 
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John

John Stumbles said:
Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to go in
a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees like this:


W A L L
--------------------------------
/ .
/ .
/ .
/ .
| .
| T R A Y .
W | .
| .
A | .
| .
L |. . . . . . .
|
L |
|
|

Could cut off the corner of a regular tray with an angle-grinder I suppose
;-)

Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).
Make up a plywood mould and laminate it yourself from fibreglass and resin.
If you use coloured resin you will have potentially a stronger and better
looking job than most of the off the shelf kit around
 
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Mungo Henning

Richard Savage said:
In the end I opted for a made-to-measure stainless steel sink.
Which, when you come to think of it, could be a route for your shower
tray
Oh c'mon guys, have you forgotten me that quickly (rhetoric! :)

Search for "stainless steel shower tray" in uk.d-i-y to see my experience
of getting a custom-made shower tray for a non-standard cubicle.

With a few years experience I'd say to get a lip of a couple of inches on
the tray and engineer a slight fall in the installation to help the water
drain.

If you do go down this route, buy a trap for the drainage and hand this in
to the manufacturer with the drawing of what you want. They will then cut the
drainage hole to fit the supplied trap (and probably recess it so that
the trap fits flush to the surface).
It would only be cold to the foot very briefly!
Not cold at all - with 1mm thick metal it heats up quite quickly.
In fact, when I nip into the bathroom and turn on the shower I've now learned
to listen for the slight "bump" as the water runs hot (shower off a hot tank)
and causes the steel to expand slightly. Only slightly though.

HTH

Mungo
 
E

Ed Sirett

Anyone know where to get odd-shaped shower trays made? This one is to go in
a corner of a room where the corner is cut off at 45 degrees like this:


W A L L
--------------------------------
/ .
/ .
/ .
/ .
| .
| T R A Y .
W | .
| .
A | .
| .
L |. . . . . . .
|
L |
|
|

Could cut off the corner of a regular tray with an angle-grinder I suppose
;-)

Another approach I suppose would be to cast a tray in concrete and cover it
with something: either some sort of tough paint-type finish (could end up
looking tacky) or mosaic tiles (difficult, and could end up tacky).
Any possibility of hacking into the corner? The corner can be brought down
into the tray afterwards.
 
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John Stumbles

Ed Sirett said:
Any possibility of hacking into the corner? The corner can be brought down
into the tray afterwards.
If the corner is hackable (have to pop round and give it a knock) I think
I'd probably go for squaring it off and using a standard tray. Just hoped
someone would say "Yes, Acme custom resin shower tray co
www.acmefoobar.co.uk" or something :)

Wonder if one could get one done as a lump of glazed pottery? Guess it'd
need a _big_ kiln to fire it though!
 
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Ed Sirett

If the corner is hackable (have to pop round and give it a knock) I think
I'd probably go for squaring it off and using a standard tray. Just hoped
someone would say "Yes, Acme custom resin shower tray co
www.acmefoobar.co.uk" or something :)

Wonder if one could get one done as a lump of glazed pottery? Guess it'd
need a _big_ kiln to fire it though!
This job reminds of the one where there was a tiny shower-room.
I had to let the tray into the stud wall (about 30mm) so as to get the
shower screen to be placed with 6mm clearance for the WC cistern lid.

You might also be able to help yourself by leaving the tray out from the
walls and building the walls out to meet the tray a bit. You can use an
arris rail to make a 45 chamfer of treated wood which is then tiled, grouted and
sealed. Or you can load mortar into the gap between the walls and tray, again
building a chamfer to tile over. The only problem is that you will have to
build little columns to come out to reach the ends of the enclosure.

alternatively you can move the whole thing along the wall a bit and use a
3 sided enclosure.
 

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