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I have. You can buy a quartz or granite piece for the lintel and follow one of the abundant DIY videos online. The most important part of getting a niche right is the flashing. Flashing tape and a waterproofing agent are the tougher things to find but are available.

 

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6 hours ago, canopy said:

I have. You can buy a quartz or granite piece for the lintel and follow one of the abundant DIY videos online. The most important part of getting a niche right is the flashing. Flashing tape and a waterproofing agent are the tougher things to find but are available.

 

Do you have any website you can recommend or address? Which waterproofing agent did you use? 🙂 Thanks

 

Edit: isn't quartz and granite used for kitchen counter tops and are one of the premium materials? Expensive? 😕

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You can even just use tile pieces for the ledge if you want but there are a few problems with that. Soap stains on the grout lines can be a cleaning difficulty. Another issue is they don't tend to sell tiles in Thailand with a glazed side so the tile side will show though you could use one of those aluminum strips to hide it. For something as small as a niche, quartz/granite are going to be pretty cheap since you need just a fraction of a square meter and you can have them make it exactly the perfect size; just have the hassle of the special order. But it can look better and is easy to take care of. I think that is by far the way to go. And you can make a matching threshold piece too.

 

When you go to the hardware store, look at the pictures on the pails of cementous products used for waterproofing; some show waterproofing a shower. That is what you want. Youtube has plenty of DIY videos on doing shower niches. Choose your favorite one and don't forget the flashing tape.

 

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I made my own niche using salvaged timber.

Simply make abox,say 100mm deep, plywood back, then wall it in as you go.

Then tile it when you tile the bathroom.

Lintel?, the box is all in one

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4 hours ago, canopy said:

You can even just use tile pieces for the ledge if you want but there are a few problems with that. Soap stains on the grout lines can be a cleaning difficulty. Another issue is they don't tend to sell tiles in Thailand with a glazed side so the tile side will show though you could use one of those aluminum strips to hide it. For something as small as a niche, quartz/granite are going to be pretty cheap since you need just a fraction of a square meter and you can have them make it exactly the perfect size; just have the hassle of the special order. But it can look better and is easy to take care of. I think that is by far the way to go. And you can make a matching threshold piece too.

 

When you go to the hardware store, look at the pictures on the pails of cementous products used for waterproofing; some show waterproofing a shower. That is what you want. Youtube has plenty of DIY videos on doing shower niches. Choose your favorite one and don't forget the flashing tape.

 

wow i need a moment to digest what you all said XD ledge, treshold piece? I am probably going to microcement my walls in my bathroom That product is in itself water proof, so I only need flashing tape right?

 

19 minutes ago, eyecatcher said:

I made my own niche using salvaged timber.

Simply make abox,say 100mm deep, plywood back, then wall it in as you go.

Then tile it when you tile the bathroom.

Lintel?, the box is all in one

I don't think wood is strong enough as an reinforcement for a brick wall, when the niche is small it will probably hold up fine, but my guess is that if I want to make one 1,5meter horizontally, it might not be sufficient, is it?

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Watch some DIY videos and I think you will understand everything you need to do. Just saying if you are ordering a stone for your threshold shelf (maybe sides and top too) it's also a convenient time to buy a stone of the same type for the threshold in the same order if you have a threshold. And if you are making a brick wall above a 1.5M wide niche you'll want a structural beam supporting the brick work; finishing materials inside the niche should not be holding up a brick wall. Then finish the niche by attaching material of choice; tile, wood, stone, etc.

 

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6 hours ago, canopy said:

Watch some DIY videos and I think you will understand everything you need to do. Just saying if you are ordering a stone for your threshold shelf (maybe sides and top too) it's also a convenient time to buy a stone of the same type for the threshold in the same order if you have a threshold. And if you are making a brick wall above a 1.5M wide niche you'll want a structural beam supporting the brick work; finishing materials inside the niche should not be holding up a brick wall. Then finish the niche by attaching material of choice; tile, wood, stone, etc.

 

Ah at first I thought the granite/quartz piece can act as a structural beam which i referred to in my first post as a lintel. Guess a long slab of granite isn't enough to act as a structural beam right? Any ideas where to find any structural beams? 

 

Btw, what's a treshold shelf? haha

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25 minutes ago, Polarizing said:

Ah at first I thought the granite/quartz piece can act as a structural beam which i referred to in my first post as a lintel. Guess a long slab of granite isn't enough to act as a structural beam right? Any ideas where to find any structural beams? 

If of concrete they are usually cast in situ, AAC suppliers can order any of the AAC lintels, few, if any, actually have them in stock.

https://www.qcon.co.th/

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16 hours ago, Polarizing said:

Ah at first I thought the granite/quartz piece can act as a structural beam...

...what's a threshold shelf?

Sorry I misread your post. You really are talking about a lintel. The stone pieces are not structural. build your lintel first. As mentioned reinforced concrete is typical and this will be your support beam / lintel for the wall above it. Also google "shower threshold" to see the other possible stone piece you might want I have been mentioning.

 

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41 minutes ago, canopy said:

Sorry I misread your post. You really are talking about a lintel. The stone pieces are not structural. build your lintel first. As mentioned reinforced concrete is typical and this will be your support beam / lintel for the wall above it. Also google "shower threshold" to see the other possible stone piece you might want I have been mentioning.

 

Oh that kind of treshold, i dont like treshold, so I am going with a PU floor!

 

I wonder if its possible to make such a big lintel in my wall haha, :worryyy

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16 hours ago, sometimewoodworker said:

If of concrete they are usually cast in situ, AAC suppliers can order any of the AAC lintels, few, if any, actually have them in stock.

https://www.qcon.co.th/

Thanks, do you have peronal experience with them? 

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Are your walls brick and mortar? If so, and assuming you want the niche on an inside wall, Why not just cut a rectangular hole in the wall, mortar it, cut a recess screw and screw a piece of cement board on the opposite side of the wall and skim-coat? 
 

Are you going to epoxy the walls as well? 

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14 hours ago, mogandave said:

Are your walls brick and mortar? If so, and assuming you want the niche on an inside wall, Why not just cut a rectangular hole in the wall, mortar it, cut a recess screw and screw a piece of cement board on the opposite side of the wall and skim-coat? 
 

Are you going to epoxy the walls as well? 

Thanks for your input, I am really happy to hear something other than the lintel, i have been contacting qcon suppliers the last few days and it just sounds like a tedious job.

you mean use a cement board as a backpanel for the ledge, make it act as support at the same time and waterproof it afterwards. Interesting idea, but I am not familiar with how strong such board is and does it contain asbestos (lol)? My walls are concrete, as far as I can recognize it.

 

 

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