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Old 09-13-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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Could someone please tell me how to have a mosaic or tile finished bathtub? When I read the home design books, I have seen many custom made tub such as wood, stone, glass, concrete, tiled or mosaic, coming in any shapes or dimensions you need. I think mosaic should be the most economic one among those, although I do not like so many grout lines.
My bathroom is adjacent to a closet. If I steal some room from the closet by slide half length of the bathtub into it, I can get some room to install a standing shower in the bathroom. However, there is an electrical box inside the closet which I cannot move and only 25 in between the electrical box and the wall. I have been looking for some bathtub at 25 wide but it is not likely available. Besides, it will be too narrow. So I am planning to make a kidney shaped bathtub, wider end inside the bathroom, narrow end inside the closet.
Any ideas, products information, suggestions will be appreciate! For instance, what does the structure inside the mosaic tub look like.
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Old 09-20-2010, 12:13 PM   #2
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Very much not an expert here, but I see several problems with your design.

First, custom tubs are not a novice DIY project. A tub built wrong is a major disaster waiting to happen.

Second, a custom tub will require more space and support than a manufactured tub which would mean you would have to make it even narrower. My guess is any pictures you have seen show huge tubs in huge bathrooms.

Third, a tub as shown in your design will be awkward to get into and out of, not to mention it looks like it would be dark and uncomfortable to use.

Lastly, forcing in a separate shower stall will just make a small bathroom look smaller.

Why do you want both?

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Is that a wall behind the toilet that will fall adjacent to the narrow part of your kidney bean tub? Besides that wall making it very difficult to get in and out of your tub, a custom-built tiled tub is not DIY and was posted and very expensive to have built. What about putting the shower where the closet is now and sliding the tub down to the space that is occupied by the future shower?
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I'm thinking something like that would wreck the future value of the property.
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sincerely thanks everyone for the advices. I changed my design here.
1. I will use one way vent, so no smell comes out from the vent.
2. I am concerning if the water from shower can flow away completely rather than remains in the drain pipe?
3. While I drain the bathtub, while the water flow back into the shower?
4. I really want and need both shower and bathtub in this small space. So despite the a little bit tight layout, is my desgin doable?
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Andy,
Can you sketch what your existing plumbing looks like under the floor?
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I'm thinking you need a real plumber.

Generally showers require a 2" drain while tubs and lavatories do not. I'm not sure you can "share" a trap either. Sharing the supply-side isn't a problem.
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There are still several issues with your plan, like the fact you won't have to stand up to wash your hands. Or if you are the stand up type, you would be sitting in the sink while standing so to speak.

But lets start with just accessing the plumbing. IF this were even allowable by code, how would you get to the plumbing? Would your downstairs neighbors let you tear up their bathroom ceiling? Or would you tear out your bathtub just to get to the P trap?

Have you ever showered in one of those tiny little showers? Your tub will feel spacious after you do. At least in the tub it is possible to raise your elbows.

BTW, where are you located?

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