As I think through all the possible problems I may have with my upcoming bathroom renovation, something has occurred to me that I am wondering about.
Basically the bathroom is 5'X9'...the 5 foot wall is opposite the door, and is where the tub will go (existing tub is in there). I plan on buying a fairly standard 5 foot tub, acrylic (MAXX brand) and may go with a slightly more stylized (armrests etc) version.
So .. I will need to get the tub in through the door, once in, it will be perpendicular to the alcove where it will be installed. I will need to turn it 90 degrees but since it is the same size as the room, theoretically I will need more than 5 feet to turn it.
Anyone have this problem? am I looking at having to take out part of the wall? Does it makse sense to assume I can lift one end up to turn it?
You'll have to take down part of the existing wallboard. The only part of the tub that's 5 feet is the top rim/flange that butts up against the three walls, AND the front apron. Typically, you get the tub in the room, tip it up on one end and turn it so that when you lay it down it will be properly situated. You need the corner of the front apron to go between the studs as you lower it which should give you enough clearance to lay it all the way down.
Another option is to get a tub that has a removable apron.