Problem with free standing tub filler
We recently completed a master bath renovation that includes a Victoria & Albert freestanding tub and Cheviot Tub Filler, Model 7565. This filler has separate hot and cold supply lines that are 7" OC. The filler is installed between the back length of the tub and the wall. We left about 9 inches between the wall and the edge of the tub.
Unfortunately, we have had nothing but trouble with the Cheviot tub filler and I think it's time to stop fighting with them and instead figure out an alternate solution.
Given my supply line configuration, I'm having trouble figuring out my options. Many of the tub fillers have a valve under the floor or behind a wall and then have only a single supply line showing "above the floor." That won't work for me and my two supply lines.
I don't know if the lines can be altered to come up through the rim of my tub instead of several inches behind my tub.
If my contractor constructs some kind of deck behind the tub, I don't know whether the supply lines will work with a Roman Deck configuration. Do I have to find something with hot and cold supplies that are 7" OC?
I know, I know. Hire a plumber to advise me. But I've already paid for FIVE plumbing visits to install and troubleshoot the Cheviot tub filler and I would like to gain some understanding of my options before sinking more money into this. And unfortunately, I don't have $3,000 to spend on this!
Greatly appreciate any input.