Table of contents:
- Build a snail shower flush with the floor
- Build a snail shower yourself: step by step
- Snail shower with mosaic tiles
- Interface and outer wall
- Matching shelf with mosaic stones
Video: Install snail shower in the bathroom
A snail shower to install yourself is not difficult at all. So if you are currently planning to renovate your bathroom or are simply looking for an exceptional shower, then we will explain here how you can build the eye-catcher in the bathroom yourself at low cost.
The snail shower not only looks attractive, but also convinces in practical terms with its Archimedean spiral shape. In everyday life, this means that you don't need a shower curtain, because the water cannot escape due to the round wall. However, you should note that snail showers are rather unsuitable for smaller bathrooms. So at least two square meters must be included in the planning.
If you decide to build the snail shower yourself, you can buy the required kit (entrance either left or right) in the building material trade, tile wholesaler or sanitary specialist store.
Build a snail shower flush with the floor
Floor-level showers such as the snail shower are comfortable and ideal for older people. However, the only challenge is to sink the gully into the ground.
In a new building, the floor structure (screed, approximately four to five centimeters, plus insulation, approximately 10 centimeters) leaves 14 centimeters of space for the gully, which is usually not the case in older houses. In addition, the gully must not be too far from the downpipe, because the line to it requires an even gradient of three percent, i.e. three centimeters per meter. You have more leeway if you place the gully in the space between the wooden beam ceiling.
If the above options are not feasible for you, it makes sense to build a platform and put the shower on it. Lay the steps where they do not interfere, and once you have found the right place for the shower, you can float the cement screed. However, leave out the area and thickness of the building board.
Build a snail shower yourself: step by step
1. Screwing and gluing
At the beginning, mount the gully into the floor element from below and turn it into the screw valve. Then use the notched trowel to comb the tile adhesive three to five millimeters thick onto the underside of the shower base plate and stick it on the compacted screed. Make sure that the sealing insert fits perfectly in the gully housing and weight the base plate evenly while the adhesive hardens. This ensures that the base plate is level.
2. Sealing and fixing
A groove runs along the edge of the shower circle, into which the five centimeter thick wall elements will later be placed. First you have to seal the shower. To do this, the groove must be sprayed with hybrid sealant. The hybrid sealant is ideal for sealing indoors and outdoors, because the fabric is free of solvents, isocyanates and silicones.
Before the wall elements of the shower can be used, you must inject hybrid sealant into the groove on the edge of the shower circle.
Photo: DAS HAUS / Jürgen Kirchner
3. Tongue and groove
The wall pieces to be used also have a groove on the side. A center piece, the so-called spring, couples the individual wall pieces together. Before joining, the sealant must also be injected into the groove and then the groove strip inserted. You can then assemble all eight wall elements.
There is also a groove on the individual wall pieces that must be filled with sealant. Then the wall pieces can be used.
Photo: DAS HAUS / Jürgen Kirchner
4. Tiles and spatulas
Seal the vertical joints first. On the inside you can use self-adhesive sealing tape, on the outside a reinforcement is suitable. Then fill the transitions and sand them smooth. The seam on the floor must also be sprayed with sealant and secured with self-adhesive sealing tape. Before you start tiling the snail shower, it is important to clean the shower and remove any dust.
For tiling you need thin-bed adhesive, which you can get ready to use in buckets or cheaper than powder in sacks to mix. Stir the powder into water, paying attention to the mixing ratio. If the mixture is smooth, let it ripen for a few minutes and then stir again.
Then apply the thin bed adhesive horizontally with a three millimeter notched trowel and comb through. Apply only as much as you can cover with tiles in 15 minutes. Otherwise a skin forms and the tiles no longer adhere. In these cases, all that's left is to scrape off the old adhesive and throw it away.
Mosaic tiles are ideal for the wall of the snail shower. This means that both the outer and inner wall can be covered with tiles. Another option is a combination of mosaic and plaster on the outer wall. Pay attention to careful work to avoid mistakes.
Photo: DAS HAUS / Jürgen Kirchner
Snail shower with mosaic tiles
Mosaic tiles are best suited for the spiral snail shower. To do this, carefully place the tiles in the fresh adhesive bed on the walls. It is best to work from the bottom up. You should correct mistakes as quickly as possible and immediately wipe off any adhesive that swells out of the joints with kitchen paper. The mosaic tiles can be grouted waterproof after eight hours at the earliest. To do this, rub the grout diagonally with the rubber spatula and remove too much material. After a short drying time, the joints must also be cleaned with kitchen paper. Only then can the shower base be tiled and grouted.
Interface and outer wall
You should seal the seam between the shower and bathroom floor with elastic joint compound.
There are several options for the outside wall of the snail shower. Either you tile this side of the shower or you choose white plaster. A combination of plaster and tiles looks a little more creative.
Since the shower is not very space-saving (floor element with the radii 151.5 / 175 centimeters), it can happen that the snail shower touches the bathroom wall with one side. Then it is important to install wedges in the acute angles between the shower and the wall. In this way, the tile covering can also be easily led to the wall.
The finished snail shower is a gem in the bathroom.
Photo: Wedi / Jasba tiles
Matching shelf with mosaic stones
Do you like the mosaic look? Here we have instructions for you on how to build an optically fitting shelf.
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