How to Convert a Garden Tub to a tub/shower combo?

JessicaLynnTXMarch 1, 2011

Hi all! I am new and have searched the forum and found a similar post to what I am asking, but not exact.

Below is a link to a sketch I did of my master bath. I want to remove the shower stall, move the toilet over to where the shower stall is and that way, it would add 6'x4' of walk in closet space to my closet (which is currently a normal closet).

In order to remove the shower stall, I need my garden tub to function as a tub/shower. I know we are going to have a build a full wall (currently, only has a 1/2 wall between shower and tub) so we can add the shower head. Besides that, I will need a plumber to move the toilet, and then we will need to tile the tub area.

How difficult is this endeavor? Can I just hire a plumber to move the toilet, and then add the shower head if we build the walls ourselves and then tile ourselves too?

Any suggestions to make this easier? Thanks!

Pic of bathroom before I moved in.

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is this on a slab or crawlspace, above a basement or 2nd floor?

    Bookmark   March 1, 2011 at 1:58PM
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Slab, first floor. Thanks!

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 10:12AM
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moving plumbing on a slab is near impossible, unless you're willing to have a jackhammer crew come in and break up the slab. Note that the shower drain can't be used as a toilet drain (wrong size, most likely).

Were you thinking about moving the tub around? or putting a separate control for the shower on the end wall (since the fill and drain for the tub are on the stub wall)?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2011 at 10:28PM
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That alcove is designed to house a tub only, not a tub shower unit. You can't "repurpose" what's there without water damage to your floor, window, and behind your walls. The tub itself not designed to be used that way, and neither is the window designed to be in a wet area. You'd need to rip it all out and start over by installing a smaller and waterproof window, then installing a tub that had an integral tile flange which is part of the waterproofing system needed. Then your waterproofing membrane and whatever wall cladding you might want.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2011 at 9:48AM
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