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Old 01-02-2011, 12:12 PM   #16
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Your first step should be to decide what you are going to do with your tub.

If you are going to replace it, I would strongly suggest you do it first.

Replacing a tub is awkward at best, and you don't want to worry about damaging your new finishes or fixtures when it is wrestled into place.


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Old 01-04-2011, 03:25 PM   #17
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new bath vs. shower

I'm making decision on tub situation: I appreciate anybody's two cents:

I'm of two minds about the bathtub/shower situation. I currently have a bath/shower combo with crappy plastic tub/shower surround. Long tub wall is on exterior wall.

1. My own personal preference in a dream world would be to get rid of the bathtub altogether, install a pan and then tile the shower walls. No fancy frameless shower door (in my dreams); just a curtain mounted on ceiling track.

2.However since it is the only bathroom in the house I see the future resale advantage of keeping a tub/shower combo. I don't HATE the idea of a tub, I just prefer ditching it aesthetically.

3. Since I'm okay with either option basically, it's going to come down to which is going to cost less, that is, if one plan is going to cost significantly more.

a. demo the tub, dispose of the tub, buy a new tub,professional installation of new tub, cement board the walls, and new subway tile. I'd probably do the tile myself, and possibly the bathtub demo.

b. demo the tub, dispose of the tub, have necessary plumbing work done, install shower pan and tile walls.

Is there a huge night and day difference in the rough cost of these two options in terms of fitting//plumbing/structural work? The cost of a new bathtub and a shower pan (not a tile-ready one) are fairly similar. In both scenarios I'd cement board and tile the walls so that's not a huge difference (obviously more wall to tile with shower, but still.)

What I'm not clear on is what is under the tub now that will have to be removed/replaced with similar/different materials to underlay new tub or new shower, how big a deal is rerouting plumbing for new drain for shower, which option is going to require the most professional plumbing work...

If both plans are going to end up costing the same(not including tile stuff), I'd go with getting rid of the tub and just having a walk-in shower; if one's going to cost lots more, say, a thousand more, I'd go with the cheaper plan.

I know there are variables, but just in general, which process is going to be less involved....Thanks!
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Old 01-04-2011, 07:19 PM   #18
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Going from a tub to shower means changing out the tub faucet to a shower faucet. It may also require a wider drain. OTOH, I don't know how that would compare with getting a tub out and back in.

I would find a plumber, take along some detailed pics, and ask him/her.

Do you know what direction your joists run? If your joists run the same direction as your tub, centering the drain probably won't be a big deal. It gets complicated if you have cross joists.

A base like this may make things simpler.

Disclaimer: I'm not promoting HD, its just the first example I saw.
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Old 01-04-2011, 11:04 PM   #19
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I think the costs are going to be almost the same----A good quality pan with its new drain should be about the same as a tub---Your drains are old and need reworking at the age of your house--

I like showers---most people do--I say it's your house--make it your home--you want a shower, then go for it--Mike--
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I agree that it's your house, but if you have just the one bathroom you might think about resale value in the future or that at some point, you might really like a bathtub.

The Kohler cast iron suggestion above is a good one, but you'll definitely need help wrestling that tub around. They are really heavy.

Look at for suggestions on showers and tub enclosures. They make some "half doors" that give your tub/shower more of a shower feel and still leave the tub half open for when you want to soak. They have bathroom vanities to look at too which you'll have to choose at some point.

We did a complete two story remodel and hired a general contractor but ended up acting as our contractor when he turned out to be a flake. It wound up being a lot of fun and everything worked out great in the end.
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Whoah! That must be a big renovation, a total makeover. Actually, I'm also a newbie and all I can say about is to stick and stand with your plan. Make sure you're well focused on it before doing a major step because it is obviously not so easy to fix this kind of project. I'm sure you can do it so good luck and post some photos to let us know what's the result. Thanks! =)


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