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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, you are able to setup custom wall types and create the sloped ceiling necessary for designing a steam shower.
A vapor-resistant wall needs to at least meet the following criteria in the most common cases;
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.
You are now ready to draw your bathroom and steam shower. In this example we will start with our standard default wall tools then modify them to our new vapor-resistant wall type. If you have already designed a bathroom using the standard wall tools then you can follow the portion on changing the wall type.
Note: You may receive the following warning for the Steam Shower - Interior type:
"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 we've created contains characteristics of an exterior wall and we may not have intended for the exterior layer to be made of drywall. We can safely click OK and continue with the rest of this article.
We will first define the exterior walls of the bathroom and then add a steam shower with a different wall type.
The steam shower is now nearly complete. Now we must insert a sloped ceiling and floor drain.
* This section applies to Home Designer Pro only
Steam Stalls require a sloped ceiling to prevent condensation build up. To slope the ceiling we will use the Ceiling Plane tool to draw a sloped ceiling and control it's pitch.
Home Designer Architectural does not have the Ceiling Plane tool so we will be using one of the shapes from the library to get the effect we are looking for.
Now as an optional last step you can open the steam shower's Room Specification dialog and remove the default base molding from the Moldings panel.
You steam shower, for all intents and purposes is now complete. You can add the door style of your choosing and other finishing touches to the bathroom if you like.