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Is there a way to create a steam shower in my Home Designer software?
In Home Designer Pro and Home Designer Architectural, custom wall types can be defined to create rooms or areas like a steam shower. In this article we will show you how to define a vapor-resistant wall type, and how to design this style of shower.
To define the wall types
A vapor-resistant wall needs to at least meet the following criteria in the most common cases;
- A surface layer of tile.
- A layer of thinset mortar.
- Cement Backer Board with mesh taped seams.
- Vapor barrier.
- Stud framing.
The wall type shown in this article is based on the common structure for a wall of this type. It is always best to refer to the building codes in your area for the correct structure of a vapor-resistant wall.
- Click Build> Wall> Define Wall Types from the menu.
- In the Wall Type Definitions dialog that displays, click the New button to create a new wall type.
- Name this wall Steam Shower – Interior, add five additional layers by selecting the Insert Below button, and define the wall as follows:
- Exterior Layers
- Layer 2: Fir Framing – 5 1/2″
- Layer 3: Vapor Barrier – 1/16″
- Layer 4: Backerboard – 1/4″
- Layer 5: Thinset Mortar – 1/4″
Layer 6: Tile of your choosing – 1/4″
- Repeat the process to create a second wall type. This wall type however, will be called Steam Shower – Exterior and the Exterior Layers section will have a siding material layer, along with an OSB layer, instead of drywall.
You are now ready to draw your bathroom and steam shower. In this example, we will start with the standard default wall tools, then change the bathroom walls to use the new vapor-resistant wall type(s) mentioned above.
“The wall layers just defined have drywall on the exterior of what appears to be an exterior wall. Are these layers defined correctly? The exterior layer should be at the top of the diagram.”
This simply means that the program sees the wall type created contains characteristics of an exterior wall, which would not typically have the exterior layer to be made of drywall. You can safely click OK and continue with the rest of this article.
To draw a steam shower
- Select Build> Wall> Straight Exterior Wall and/or Straight Interior Wall from the menu, then draw an area to represent the bathroom.
- Using the Select Objects tool, select the room and click the Open Object edit tool.
- On the General panel of the Room Specification dialog that displays, change the Room Type to Bath, then click OK.
- Next, navigate to Build> Wall> Straight Glass Wall or Straight Glass Pony Wall from the menu, and add two additional walls in the corner to form the area that