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Old 04-13-2016, 08:41 AM   #1
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Enlarging wet bath

We LOVE our vintage Flying Cloud but really dislike the tiny shower space in the wet bath. There is barely room to stand and it is impossible to turn around while showering. I am trying to devise a way to expand the shower stall area out into the hallway. Even 6 inches would be a huge improvement. We have already removed the door.
I was thinking of moving the door sill out into the hallway and building a rectangular shower pan with some sort of lip and then enclosing this with a shower curtain - see attached sketch.
Anyone tried something like this?
I think the main challenges would be fabricating a watertight shower pan and building a lip high enough to capture the shower curtain without being a tripping hazard.
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Old 04-13-2016, 10:34 AM   #2
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How about a clip on, or slide on piece that you put in place only when you were using the shower. An inverted U to go over the existing shower pan with al L shaped piece attached to it which is 6" or more in width at the bottom to give you the additional room, but drains back into the original shower pan. That way you have kept the original pan, but expanded the shower space anywhere above the floor. That is usually where you need it to be larger, not at your feet.

Not sure if I made sense with my description, but I built it in my mind...lol.
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Old 04-13-2016, 10:45 AM   #3
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Perhaps

A little hard to visualize what you are suggesting but we really do need the floor of the pan to be larger so that it is possible to turn around while showering. I was thinking more of a curved rod at the ceiling and some sort of lip at the floor level that would enclose an enlarged floor pan. As they say, though, the devil is in the details...
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For the extended shower curtain... consider using snaps. You would need to custom sew a shower curtain or retro fit a premade one. Add snaps to the curtain and then rivet snaps to the ceiling in a circular path. You can buy snaps that are intended to be screwed in place and replace screws with rivets. Sailrite sells them here: http://www.sailrite.com/Snap-Fastene...00aAu8s8P8HAQ#

This will be less distracting to look at that a curved rod and for the occasional shower, snapping on the curtain isn't much trouble.
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Old 04-13-2016, 12:02 PM   #5
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This works

Here are some pics of the shower wall extended outward...original in my 53 liner. The pan will be 24 x 32.
If nothing else, it will give you some idea of space.
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Old 04-13-2016, 02:21 PM   #6
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Interesting

So you are moving the wall or it has already been moved?
Looks very similar to my current layout.
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Someone has suggested building a new sill and then laying in a membrane followed by floor tile over the entire floor pan. Is this doable?
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Staying with stainless steel

I have removed the existing sill from the doorway and added a new larger sill. I used angled plastic shims to slope the bottom so the new section will drain into the existing drain pan. A welder will fabricate the new pan extension from 16 gauge stainless and weld it to the existing pan. The new edges will be rolled up inside the sill and welded at the corners. I will post additional pics when complete.
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All finished

Welder built a pan extension from 16 gauge stainless and welded it to the original pan. I added a curved track to the ceiling for the shower curtain. Turned out great. Will test it this weekend.
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