Americh Beverly 404, where to buy, DIY modification ?
I _thought_ I posted this successfully last night, but can't find it now -- apologies if I'm accidentally double-posting.
DW and I are about to renovate our master bath using the Americh Beverly 4040 (need a tub of those dimensions AT MOST, can't use anything larger -- and we happen to like the aesthetics and bathing style too :-).
Question 1: Where should we buy?
I found best price at anythingbathtubs dot com, which is a sister site to clickshopnrun dot com and eblowouts dot com. Appears to be a shopping portal to direct distributors, not a brick and mortar store itself. And I can't find any BBB entry or other 'it is real' confirmation of the site. I found one gardenweb post mentioning buying through clickshopnrun. Anyone know anything good/bad about this store?
Anyone recommend a different but good place to get a Beverly 4040 cheaply/quickly?
Question 2: Can/Should I DIY modify the brand new tub?
I couldn't care less about jets/lights/bubbles, but WOULD like to use it 'japanese style' -- keep it filled to soak DW and I (separately, given it's size) after cleaning in the shower. As such a small pump and inline heater would be a good idea to maintain water temp and/or reduce load on the house water heater.
Upgrading to the Builder series and adding the option inline heater would do that, but appears to essentially double the price of the tub from ~$1400 to more like $2600. Ouch!
Would it be a great/good/bad/terrible idea to drill it myself and add standard hot tub spa kit to it? Pump, heater, controler, air switch can be gotten for $500. The tub is acrylic so should be straightforward to drill and add a single inlet and jet just to heat the water, right?