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Old 11-26-2007, 10:54 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by theatre8rose View Post
Due to the small size of the bathroom and a limited budget, we are considering building our own bathtub.
The question is, what is the catch?
1. You would be fine buying a regular stock tub, but bathroom will not fit anything you see in a store.

2. You want something fancier looking than stock, but not the money to pay for a high-end piece.

If 1, you should do some extensive search - you should be able to locate a smaller tub.

If 2... good luck. Latest Fine Homebuilding has an article on pouring a concrete countertop with integral sink - might be a good thing to read. But you really should ask yourself: do you have the facility, tools and skills to fabricate a tub? Or will you end up spending more on wasted materials?


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Old 11-26-2007, 11:00 AM   #17
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i think it sounds like a cool idea and one I would consider doing myself. . . I could see building a big rectangular tub with some shiney 3/4" tile - kinda like a mini-pool

If I were to do it, i would go high end though and install jets and heat - not sure if this would be a 'limited budget' type project
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Old 05-11-2008, 04:29 PM   #18
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American Craft Mag featured a gentleman from North Caroline that made a gorgeous but simple tub with copper pipe and waterproofed Norwegian teak wood. It was simple, but classy, and gave the house an artistic, craftsman look, which I believe these days, would raise the value of your home, but that does depend on where you live. I live on the west coast (Oregon) and carftsman is very popular. If you want a more urban look you can do a tiled tub for pretty cheap. Go to flea markets, salvage yards, etc and pick up old (cleaned), salvaged "subway tile" and use that, and throw in a scattering of colored tiles to give it a little punch. Just because adults don't take baths often anymore, doesn't mean they wouldn't like to have a tub for their children.
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Old 10-25-2010, 09:55 AM   #19
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Seems everyone has missed out that the Japanese are a dab hand at this ! wooden round bath tubs in their small homes. Seen them on tv but not in person. An option maybe toconsider ?
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Old 11-02-2010, 07:45 AM   #20
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has an old small cast iron tub been throw out yet?
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Old 11-02-2010, 10:10 AM   #21
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Just go to one of those Farm & Tractor stores and get one of those galvanized(brushed nickel clone) horse troughs?
Gabby Hayes loved his.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:43 PM   #22
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I have no idea why people are writing that you can't build your own tub. The famous artist Calder built a bathtub and used his personally designed tiles for a bathroom in Roxbury, CT back in the 50s. It is now worth $15-$20 million dollars and is wanted by every major museum in the U.S., if not the world. Yours probably won't be worth that much, but you'll have a custom tub that you'll love forever. And it's not that expensive to do. I'm doing it myself on Cape Cod. Just make sure it's water tight and the floor it sits on or within is well supported.


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