Questions re bathtub to tiled shower reno

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Posted by: from Burlington
3/14/2016 at 6:37:42 PM

I am hoping to get my bathroom renovated -- from a standard plain-jane bathtub-shower to a tiled walk-in shower (as well as replacing the floor, sink, toilet and fixtures).

It's my main floor bath (9 X 5'), which means that guests will use it as well, so I'd like it to look nice. I have two questions: first, I'd like to move the showerhead plumbing from one end to the other -- is that a huge thing? It would mean moving the shower plumbing from an inside wall to the same outside wall that the toilet and sink plumbing are currently located, if that makes any sense.

My other issue is that I don't like the glass walls and doors that are currently in style. I can't stand all the glass. I'm wondering how hard (hard = expensive) it is for someone to build a wall of glass blocks? Am I just asking for problems by considering a glass block wall?

I'm not asking for quotes yet -- just wondering how big of a can of worms I'm opening.

Questions re bathtub to tiled shower reno
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Date/Time3/14/2016 at 10:00:22 PM

Tub to shower conversions are a common request. Moving the plumbing from one side to the other in most cases is not a problem. If you have an unfinished basement the water lines can be rerouted between or through the joists (tgi's). You dont want to route lines on an exterior wall due to freezing.

Glass block walls are still very popular and are no problem to install. You have many options regarding style, curbed or curbless etc.

I hope this helps.


Ron Hoy

R Hoy Tile & Stone

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Terry from Plumb Perfect Ltd. in Caledon
Date/Time3/15/2016 at 9:26:11 PM

Anytime you need to relocate plumbing it will always cost more. It usually requires opening up the ceiling below, not just the bathroom floor and must be correctly done. I would strongly advise against installing any plumbing in an outside wall where the piping may freeze in winter.

As for the tiling/door, you can just go with classic subway tiles and a sheer shower curtain if you don't like glass. I wouldn't recommend glass block as it is just as difficult to keep clean and is not good for resale.

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