Sounds great, right? The old traditional method is history, right? Not really, cause there's one big difference in putting a Schluter Shower, and that's cost and time. Here's a breakdown of cost differentials. With a Schluter system, you can use drywall or blueboard as the wall structure, because it never gets wet or damp, which is far cheaper than concrete backer board. But the Schluter drain is about $100, compared to a traditional shower drain which is about $20. So depending on the size of your shower, these two offsetting costs end up washing each other out. The Schluter membrane, called "Kerdi" is also quite expensive and it comes in 2 sized rolls. I can tell you now, whatever size shower you're doing, buying one of the smaller rolls, isn't going to be enough. And the biggest additional cost, unless you are doing it yourself, will be time and labour. The membrane is installed using thin set, much like the way the tiles are eventually installed over top of it. So it nearly doubles your install labour costs. That said anyone who has ever tiled before could easily install the Shower System themselves, and there are many online resources to show you every step of the installation.
So here's my project at the various stages.
Mortar bed finished, that round thing is the Kerdi drain (NOTE: This must be used with this Shower System, the traditional drain has weep holes and will not work in this application):
Here's the shower covered in the Kerdi membrane. Make sure you have over-lapped the joints and corners:
And now for the pretty stuff. Tumbled marble floor tile (NOTE: Make sure that the tile you choose is actually 4" or 2", to fit around the drain):
And finally the wall tile and grout: