Contemporary Bathroom – Concrete bathroom sink and shower elements

This contemporary bathroom is a perfect example of how concrete can be utilized throughout an entire bathroom space.
This was a complete master bathroom renovation down to the studs and sub floor.  The bathroom design started with a simple sketch and floor tile, which set the tone and color palette for the rest of the room.  We introduced concrete into the bathroom to help solve some typical bathroom issues.

Shower curb and wall cap
The shower curb and half wall cap are also notorious areas for standing water.  A wet threshold also creates a slipping hazard.  Because concrete can be cast into any shape, we decided to use it for creating a back pitched shower curb and wall caps.  The wall cap was cast in one piece and had one flat side that held the shower glass, and the other side pitched into the shower for proper drainage.  The shower curb was also cast with a compound angle to help move any overspray back into the shower towards the drain.

Concrete shower curb

Concrete shower curb

Contemporary Shower Shelf
We searched long and hard for shower shelves to match our polished chrome shower fixture but had no success.  Finally, we decided to have two shower shelves custom made out of polished stainless steel.  The shelves were set in the back corner of the shower in the tile seams while the tile was being laid.  The front of the steel shelves were bent into a right angle to help strengthen the thin steel.  Other unique features included patterned punched holes for water drainage and a notch to hold a razor.

Shower Shelf

Shower Shelf

Concrete Sinks
A master bathroom would not be complete without an 8 foot custom concrete vanity top with double integral concrete sinks.  The concrete was cast at 3″ thick and featured two rectangular shaped Novo concrete sinks.  Rather than traditional cast concrete with stone, cement, and sand, GFRC was used to ensure that the sink would be cast thin, but still remain extremely strong and durable.  We added hand soap dispensers at each sink for convenience and a large floating mirror to complete the look.

contemporary concrete sink by Trueform Concrete

contemporary concrete sink by Trueform Concrete

Shower bench
A common complaint in a shower is standing water on a shower bench, that always leads to mold and soap scum build up.  The solution was in a simple design that used two stainless steel bars across the  width of the shower that would act as the support for the floating shower bench.  The steel tubes were placed before the tile went up to ensure that they were water tight.  The back tube was set 3/8″ higher than the front tube to encourage the water to drain off of the bench.  The back tube and the concrete bench were also set off of the back of the shower wall to allow water to flow off of either side of the bench.  The concrete bench was made with an 3″ thick apron edge on both sides to conceal the steel tubes and also give the slab a thick, bold look.

Floating Concrete Shower Bench

Floating Concrete Shower Bench

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