Modern bathroom design with high-quality steam bath

Category: Home renovation | Location: Lancashire, England | Products used: KERDI, KERDI-BOARD, KERDI-LINE and DITRA

Shower area in the steam bath with two seating areas, two niches and two showers on the two sides.

Schlüter spa for high-quality steam bath

The tile and stone protection expert Schlüter-Systems is often called in when the installation of a bathroom or wetroom fails. If the preparation was not carried out properly, failure later is more likely. In this case, it is best to recognise and remedy this before any further work is carried out.

One example of this is a residential property in Lancashire, where a wide variety of Schlüter-KERDI products have helped rectify an earlier installation, resulting in an impressive, high-quality steam bath.

Shower area in the steam bath with two seating areas, two niches and two showers on the two sides © Schlueter-Systems

The steam bath, which can be closed off with glass elements, can also be used as a shower. The KERDI-LINE-D linear drainage system with frameless channel cover was used for this.

Prepared surfaces for tile installation in a steam room with Schlüter-KERDI products. © Schlueter-Systems

Schlüter products such as KERDI-DS and DITRA ensure reliable waterproofing and a perfect tiling substrate in the new steam bath.

A wall-mounted vanity unit on the right and a whirlpool with access steps in the background. © Schlueter-Systems

A whirlpool and a wall-mounted vanity unit also form part of this bathroom.

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Shower area in the steam bath with two seating areas, two niches and two showers on the two sides
Prepared surfaces for tile installation in a steam room with Schlüter-KERDI products.
A wall-mounted vanity unit on the right and a whirlpool with access steps in the background.

Assessment at the outset

Although it was a challenging task, Steve Wagstaff from Pro-Tilers UK was not discouraged. He was originally called in to complete the project with some beautiful tiles, but realised that the original work did not meet requirements.

Having previously taken part in one of Schlüter's popular training courses, he knew his way around the colour orange. He explained: "After seeing the condition at the client's premises, it was clear that we required a dependable solution to do it right this time – Schlüter products have always proved their worth for us, especially in this area, so it was the perfect solution." This reassured the client and gave him the confidence that the products chosen would help in the necessary course correction.

 

Creative interior design and reliable waterproofing

Once this decision had been made, Steve set to work installing Schlüter products in the shower/steam area of the bathroom. He constructed two seating benches with the popular Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD tile support panel, which became striking and beautiful elements in the space when they were completed. This process was simplified by the use of Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD-ZB, a U-shaped stainless steel profile that specifically connects constructions made of Schlüter-KERDI-BOARD panels with one another.

The steam bath area, separated by a glass pane, was reliably and permanently waterproofed with Schlüter-KERDI-DS in conjunction with Schlüter-KERDI-COLL-L and Schlüter-KERDI-FLEX sealing band. The Schlüter-KERDI-LINE-D frameless linear drainage system was installed to finish off the steam area, embedded between the benches to form a seamless and attractive tile finish.

Combining forces to achieve a successful result

Since a pipe-connected, water-fed floor heating system had already been installed, it made sense to lay the Schlüter-DITRA 25 (now DITRA) uncoupling mat over it to ensure that the tiles could be laid later without cracking.

The result is a breathtaking steam room that provides the house owners with a calming and relaxing space in their home that they will enjoy for many years to come.

The Schlüter team was on hand with help and advice throughout the entire process. They proposed unconventional ideas for the space and were quickly on site with the perfect Schlüter solution. We were delighted to see how happy the client was with the finished steam bath that he can now finally use.

Steve Wagstaff, Pro-Tilers UK