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Old 12-19-2010, 08:02 PM   #1
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What is the average size
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Old 12-19-2010, 08:15 PM   #2
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I think 24" is pretty standard. There may be a minumum in your building code. I can't recall ever going smaller than that.

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I would GUESS 30" to be most common. I did one that was only 24", but the door to the bathroom was only 24" also!
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24" open is a code minimum I believe, At home I went 27" thats all I could fit. I think Neo-angle pans and enclosures you end up about 28-30 standard

I have done doors as wide as 36" and only one ever at 24" ,thats really small.

I'm a bigger guy shoulder wise anyway and the 27" open is comfortable. I don't have any bruises

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Round here, newer homes offer a standalone shower in 32" x 32". That's one of those one piece fiberglass units. I don't see anything else smaller without having a size limit to where it's being installed.
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Round here, newer homes offer a standalone shower in 32" x 32". That's one of those one piece fiberglass units. I don't see anything else smaller without having a size limit to where it's being installed.
Walk in shower no door
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Mine is a walk in No door 27 " clear opening, No Threshold about 5 foot by 4foot floor area , 2 heads and fold up shower seat, built in 3 shelf soap ummmm cabinet? without doors Glass block top of wall and glass block cut corner shelves

I had to suck 1/4 inches everywhere to get the 27" but i didn't want to go any smaller

Did I say threshold thats door talk I meant no Curb just flush floor into the shower

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A usable 32" x 32" is about the smallest I'd ever build. Anything smaller and that's the point where I'd start looking at alternatives.
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Here are some of the code requirements for showers - shower size code requires a minimum 900 sq inches (30"x30") (36x36 is recommended smallest size)- shower seats can't infringe on the 900 square inch rule, if it's neo angle shower you have to be able to get a 30" disk inside shower so this makes neo angle showers larger then the 900 sq inch requirement - I think the math works out to they are always going to be a min 1300 sq inches, but don't quote me on that one, gotta have 24" in front of a shower entrance, door has to open outward, tempering requirements of course, however I've never seen any code requirements on size of door. Code is concerned with safety, as long as the door opens outward and a person gets through it to get inside, I guess they figure you can get out.

ADA requirements are different. Don't forget, local code supercedes everything, so check with your building dept.

If you are looking for common sense measurements - best shower door openings are between 28"-30" wide, that's what we shoot for when it's up to us.
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There is no door
No local building requirements
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In that case I would follow the info Mike Finley posted.
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No local building requirements
Must be doing this at your own home? There has to be local codes,
Like My shower has glass block shelving and being a glass guy i know they they should be tempered if not for code at least for my own stupid arse safety. Like I wondered about not having a curb but I didn't ask.

If you only weigh 120 soaking wet, and your wife is smaller than you are a 24 " opening is going to work great, If on the other hand you are 6'6" 280 you should probably go a little bigger
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No, there are areas of the country that don't need permits....for anything.
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You guys doing walk in showers ever think about making them to ADA code for future sale? Just asking.
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In a perfect situation, that would be nice. But like Mike said, a lot of curbless stuff is a bitch to pass inspection. It's too big of a pain to make a standard offering.

But these new linear drains are helping
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2' opening is what I have it designed for now I was thinking about squeezing a couple more inches out of it
But I think i will stay with 2'

BTW almost all my houses have a walk in pantry with a 2' door
Even the chubbies seem to squeeze into those with no problem
That is why i was thinking about shrinking the shower opening down a bit
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I Have also had people complain that the opening was to large because
it took a while to heat up the shower area
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Did a walk in shower stall in March where the elderly couple tried to persuade me that an 18" opening was plenty wide enough. I gave them the blurb about resale, larger people, ADA compliance, etc etc but they were not interested ... until I spoke to the building inspector who advised that although there wasn't really a code as such there was common sense which was to go no narrower than 24", which is exactly what I had suggested.
I used 2x4's to create a mock up of the opening at 18" and then 24" and sure enough they bumped their shoulder every time at 18" ... when I explained that 2x4's are a lot softer on a naked shoulder than 10mm glass they agreed to go with 24" ;-) Likewise there was no door ... a 36" glass screen & then a 24" opening.
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Its not a bad idea to size the openings to match a stock door ( 24" or 27" ) so you don't have to jump thru hoops when they call you back to door the shower cause the wife gets too cold. You do realize ADA compliance does not apply to residential construction of single family homes right?
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With people being as big as they are nowadays, a 2'6" wide door is the minimum, even for a pantry, in new construction and 2'8" for all passage doors. I've had to adjust a couple of things in the last half dozen houses to allow for this. The smallest door always seems to be a walk-in pantry. The ones designed in a corner have to be made bigger which cuts down on the wall space left for cabinets but I think it's worth it. I apply the same logic to shower entrances. To use a bypass shower, this means the shower has to be 5 foot wide to get a (close to) 30" opening. The plan my wife has picked out for our next home has two 27" doorless openings to the master shower. I will adjust the building width in the area to allow for 30" openings, although I really don't understand the two openings unless the designer did it for symmetry purposes.
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