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Shower niche located on outside wall - do I need a header?

Shower niche located on outside wall - do I need a header?

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Old 07-22-20, 08:05 PM
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Shower niche located on outside wall - do I need a header?

I'm renovating my bathroom as you'll see in the picture. I will be replacing the tub and tiling the wall. My wife would like a niche on the back wall there and I'm wondering how to frame this up. The niche would be something long enough to pass through two of the existing studs. Obviously I can cut these studs and install a couple horizontal pieces like in this video (time queued) but the back and right walls in my picture are the outside corner of the house and so I'm thinking it needs to be properly framed. Do I need to treat it like a door header, using doubled 2x6 and 1/2" plywood sitting on jack studs?

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Old 07-22-20, 08:09 PM
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Yes, but a niche in an exterior wall is a bad idea (no insulation). You might be better off sacrificing 3.5" of space and build a double wall instead. Just an idea.
 
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Old 07-22-20, 08:21 PM
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Wow, I never thought about that insulation situation. Man am I glad I checked in here and asked. Solid input - thank you.
 
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