Cement board is the first step in any good tiling project. Getting perfect holes for the shower handle and pipes is a challenge but doable with the tips I provide in this blog post http://www.homerepairtutor.com/cement-board-installation-pt-2/ Please pass along my link if you know someone doing a bathroom renovation, they will be thankful :)
Pegasus 3-Handle Claw Foot Tub Faucet without Hand Shower with Gooseneck Spout for Acrylic Tub in Polished Brass
FINALLY! It's been so difficult to find an attractive one piece acrylic or fiberglass tub/shower enclosure. Love the storage in this unit! A one piece enclosure appeals to me after once having a bathroom where the shower and tub seam leaked. Never again!