Questions re: DIY shower using wood slats
Hubby and I want a new bathroom. We plan to gut the current room and start fresh. We are toying with the idea of a shower that will mimic the outdoor wood shower we once had in Hawaii. Being this one will be in Minnesota, it will be indoors ;)
These are our thoughts so far: something on the walls for waterproofing (cement board?) and then the wood slats (rot resistant Ipe/cedar/teak maybe) affixed to the walls.
If we use cement board, is that waterproof? From what I've read, I think we would need to avoid products with gypsum and go for cement board with portland cement? And do we need to tile/or somehow coat the cement board before affixing the wood slats?
Also, any thoughts on this plan? Obviously it's a little unorthodox, but what would make it work? Would we be able to treat the wood with some product to enhance the richness of the wood, maybe give it a little more protection, or is that unhealthy in an enclosed space like that?
I'll try to post a pic of our inspiration showers.