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Old 02-02-2010, 10:59 AM   #1
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Bathroom Alcove Larger than Tub--Old Home--How to build ledge behind tub?


Hi everyone,

I just replaced joists and subfloor under our circa 1920's bungalow. The tongue and groove subfloor was done in that room, to say the least!

We also purchased a cast iron Kohler Village alcove bathtub. It is a 5' model as was our last unit.

The old bath tub had an approx. 10-14" ledge towards the tub's BACK side (across from the drain and corresponding shower head). This is because the room is wider than the 60' tub, but not by much. It was great for holding shampoo and razors rather than resting them on the lip of the tub. The old ledge was 2 separate units, which was (2) 2x4's built up about 22" and then with a 2X4 spanning between them. (So 2 sets of 3 pieces of wood). The drywall used is what held these two units together as a "shelf". There has to be a better way to design this before I hardy the walls or reuse the existing ledge. What is the proper way to build a ledge for a 3-wall alcove bathtub? Do the hardy boards for the ledge need to be shiplapped under the wall hardy concrete boards? (They were NOT shiplapped before, and I am surprised they did not leak)

Finally, thanks for all the help--

In the spirit of DIY,

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can you shoot us a few pictures to help us better understand the situation?

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There are a number of ways to handle the space.
1. Build a wall at the end above the tub and just have a shelf to put the containers on.
2. Build up the wall half way and have a higher ledge to access.
3. Build the wall to the ceiling, incorporating a large niche with shelves to handle the various containers.
4. Build a half wall with a niche.

The lower walls keep the area open, good for small baths.
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Thanks Guys--I can upload some snapshots tonight.

Are there special waterproof membrane considerations in this corner.


]______TUB__/--[

TUB LEDGE WALL
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Thanks Guys--I can upload some snapshots tonight.

Are there special waterproof membrane considerations in this corner.


]______TUB__/--[

TUB LEDGE WALL
I would treat this wall the same as all the other walls in the tub area.
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