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Old 01-28-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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I'm trying to find a reasonable source. What I have is a 1 piece fiberglass shower that I plan to tear out. I would like to replace it with a cultured marble base and side panels. The step in curb is 48", the 2 side walls are 34" and the back wall is 48". Basically a three wall configuration. There is a left hand drain, I don't really want to move the drain. The material needs to be cultured marble. She does not want ceramic tile, she is older and does not want to clean groute lines.
Any suggestions on what online source I should contact?
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:29 PM   #2
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You might look into swanstone:

http://www.theswancorp.com/

Their site says there are about a dozen distributors close to you (including a few Lowes locations).

Their products are usually fairly reasonable for the application you describe.

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Old 01-28-2008, 06:30 PM   #3
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Swanstone has some thing for you,
but if it has to be cultured marble
I'd contact local fabricators.
Save some on shipping and probably lead time too.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:36 PM   #4
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You might also try and find a group like Century Marble:

http://www.centurymarble.com/

They're a custom solid surface & cultured marble fabricator near me. Not sure what the shipping would be: but a 4' x 3' pan usually runs around $500, with me picking it up at their dock (3" curb & three sidewalls 4" high). They'll put the drain wherever you want.
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:44 PM   #5
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You might also try and find a group like Century Marble:
http://www.centurymarble.com/
They're a custom solid surface & cultured marble fabricator near me. Not sure what the shipping would be: but a 4' x 3' pan usually runs around $500, with me picking it up at their dock (3" curb & three sidewalls 4" high). They'll put the drain wherever you want.
That's who I was thinking of as "local" for me
Their plant used to be about 2 miles from my house.

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I wish I got to use their stuff more often. Seems like everyone has to have a custom tiled base anymore.

I usually stick to basic white, bone, biscuit, etc. Some of their colors look a little tacky/cheap--in cultured marble anyway.
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Is terrazzo an option? You might find it to be cheaper than cultured marble.
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I wish I got to use their stuff more often. Seems like everyone has to have a custom tiled base anymore.
I usually stick to basic white, bone, biscuit, etc. Some of their colors look a little tacky/cheap--in cultured marble anyway.
Started doing business with them (Century)
in the middle 70's, when every second
vanity was cultured marble (So hot!LOL).
I'm no fan, but if that's what they want....


Killer--
I just tore out another 60's pre-cast
terrazzo base last summer.
Are they "new" again?
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Killer--
I just tore out another 60's pre-cast
terrazzo base last summer.
Are they "new" again?
I haven't installed one in years, but they were always my first choice when I needed something custom, because they last a long time. The jobs I do now usually have granite or slate installed over a mud poured base.
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I haven't installed one in years, but they were always my first choice when I needed something custom, because they last a long time. The jobs I do now usually have granite or slate installed over a mud poured base.
Never know what the new
"hot-retro" thing will be

I've seen some of those that
were a real shame to tear out.

Some that it was a civic duty!
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Use a local cultured marble supplier. They will come measure the existing drain location and pan size, fabricate, and install it. Beats you trying to handle a pan that big (they are heavy) , and if you pick up yourself, once it is in your truck, it is yours. We pay about $500 or so for thee pans. Not worth the $150 cheaper for you to be responsible for providing measurements for pan and drain location, picking it up and transporting it to the job, manhandling it into place and hooking up drain.

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