So, we've ripped out most of the surround
. I need to take the fixtures off the remaining wall and then we'll take that wall down as well.
We've thought about putting up concrete backer board and tiling it again, and I've also thought about getting one of those plastic or fiberglass surrounds.
I know the plastic and fiberglass ones aren't as "classy" as tile, but quite honestly, we just want a functional bathroom. It doesn't need to be beautiful. But maybe there are other drawbacks to plastic/fiberglass surrounds?
And while we've got the surround out, I've thought about ripping the tub out as well and putting in a new tub. It looks like we can get a fiberglass, direct-to-stud tub and tub surround kit from Home Depot for about $450. I tried to find it on their website but couldn't locate it.
The tub is working now... I just keep having this feeling of dread that if I put in a new surround now, then I'll get something wrong with the tub in a few years and wish I had just gone all the way when I replaced the surround and put in a new tub as well. But perhaps that's irrational? I guess tubs are pretty long lasting...?
Anyway, I'm interested in feedback from folks here. I've actually already picked up this plastic surround
, but I could always return it and opt for something else, like a complete fiberglass tub/surround kit.
It's probably worthwhile to clearly state where this bathroom is going: our home, which is an old farmhouse, has an in-law suite that was added on. We have been renting out the in-law suite to a newly-married couple that is friends of ours. They will be leaving shortly and we have already lined up another couple. This bathroom is in the in-law suite. Our general intention is to offer young couples that we know and trust a great deal on rent as they are starting out their lives together.
So, while we want to provide a nice place for them, I also have to say that for most of these folks, they aren't going to care too much whether or not their bathroom has got this type of surround or that type of surround. All they care about is that they've got a decent, working bathroom on their apartment. And if it was a question of raising the rent to "cherry out" the place, or having it "plain", I think all of them would say "give us a plain bathroom please."
After all, if you were just married, I think you would be focusing on other things besides your tub surround, yes? ;-)