Bathroom reno

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Posted by: from Saskatoon
7/15/2012 at 2:42:43 AM

We would like to install a bathtub or a shower that is not larger than but close to 48in x 33in. Is there a standard tub or shower that fits this requirement? We can't seem to google find one.

If such a tub does not exist and we have to settle on a shower, we prefer rectangular instead of one with a neo-angle corner. If such a fitting is not available, how much will it cost to build a customised shower with these dimensions built?

What do you recommend for the walls and floor?

Thank you in advance for answering my questions.

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Date/Time7/15/2012 at 10:22:54 AM

Hi Lawrence:

You can have a tile shower made to the exact dimensions that you need. A schluter base can be put in place with a drain then the base and walls can be finished. You would have to get a custom safety glass door made but that can be done.

If you want a tub shower combination, this again can be constructed from "scratch. This avenue will be costly, but not as much as one might think.

Go to a professional flooring and tile store, and they can put you in touch with a good tile setter who can advise you.

Good luck.


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Date/Time7/15/2012 at 12:25:32 PM


You could have your project custom made or you can look into availability through your local Rona or Home Depot type stores. They usually carry the most common items however many manufacturers also make over-sized tubs & showers.

You just may find what you hantvia this route.

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Jacques from Stellium Renovations in Montreal
Date/Time7/15/2012 at 1:37:07 PM


Short tubs might be available, I'm not certain about those exact dimensions. Try the big manufacturer's websites to be certain (Crane, American Standard, Kohler, etc) or a plumbing supply store. With that sort of space, you could consider a shower only. There exists many kit types to fit that configuration. I'm particular to a hand-built tiles showers using a certain German-made brand that features a pre-maufactured foam base and orange impermeabilisation membrane since I've installed dozens of them and have never had a leak, ever.

The main issue with the cost of a reno is how much of the current existing configuration (drain, supply, etc) can be re-used by the new install. I usually inform my clients, that a hand-built, custom shower will cost between $ 2,500 to $3,500 for a basic configuration. Additional costs will be incurred when you add exotic touches like corner shelves, alcoves or cubbies, surface mountred accessories like soap dishes, and additional spray heads, benches, and the like. I've produced showers that sit in a standard bath enclosure (30" X 60") that included a whole bunch of exotic touches where the final tally exceeded ten grand. The client was delighted and I gave them what they wanted, but it remains that the sky is pretty much the limit when you start adding extras.

So to sum up. I'd use tile on the floor and walls, a good quality grout sealer and without a doubt, some form of waterproofing system that ensures a long-lasting trouble free install. It's not the cheapest way to go, but you didn't happen to buy the cheapest car ever made, did you? Or the cheapest house? You don't wear the cheapest clothes either, nor the cheapest shoes? The quality often lies behind the wall, unseen.

Also, make certain your contractor has done this type of work before and ask to see pictures and talk to clients who've lived with the results of the work for awhile. Flaws can take a whiile to manifest themselves, but bad work will ALWAYS fail.

Hope this helps,

Jacvques Bouchard

Stellium Renovations,

Montreal, Quebec

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Date/Time7/16/2012 at 10:11:52 AM

With the dimensions you list here it will be impossible to find a standard tub to fit the space. Standard tubs are 70x30 and come in a left or right handed configuration. I would suggest a custom tile shower for this space. The cost will vary depending on the contractor but should range between 3-5 thousand, depending on the type of tile and water proofing you use.

People are always tempted to go cheaper with this type of project-Dont do it- its cheaper to do it right this time then to have to renovate your basement etc in six monthes because your shower has a leak in it.

MIchael FLanagan

Senior Project Manager

MCI Interiors

Calgary Alberta

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Date/Time8/28/2012 at 10:17:57 AM


If you look at a company called Bath Fitter, they can custom build your walls to almost any dimensions.

As for your shower base they also have many sizes to choose from; everything you purchase inclydes installation.

I've done many in the pass and the beauty is they can do it in 2-3 days

Phil D

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Date/Time3/26/2013 at 12:28:07 AM

Sorry, but I think Bath Fitter just covers up a problem rather than fixing it. Putting a new tub liner on top of the old tub. To me it's like hanging a picture frame over an unsightly hole in the wall.

Back to the question, try shopping in the Japanese or European markets. They usually have limited space alternatives such as the tank-less water heater. Or simply do a custom job with Schluter, Pro-Va or WEDI systems.

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