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Undermounting a bathtub for alcove installation.

Posted by palimpsest (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 13, 13 at 9:36

I am brainstorming regarding a very small bathroom renovation. There are two baths and it makes sense, lifestyle-wise, to put a larger shower in the slightly larger bathroom and put a small bathtub in the the very small bathroom.

So I am looking at 48" and 54" tubs. In this housing segment that would not be a strong negative.

Kohler makes the 48" acrylic "Greek" tub, which is a deep soaking tub, and the 54" cast-iron "Seaforth" tub.

The other choices are enameled steel through American Standard and Bootz. (I wish Kohler still made their 48" tub). I would like to stay away from a steel tub.

I would really like a 48" tub because of the shorter size, but the Greek tub is a drop in, and it would be an alcove installation. It would have a shower or it would never be used.

I was thinking that, if a customized deck was fabricated out of Corian, a cove (almost like a short backsplash) could be placed around the perimeter eliminating a lower corner seam in its entirety and a flange could be placed for tiling.

I think this could get expensive but could be worth it. Has anybody done a deck of this sort?

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RE: Undermounting a bathtub for alcove installation.

I'm planning for a Greek tub though like you haven't quite got the rim figured out for our alcove. My contractor is confident when he explains how he will use kerdi, a waterproofing material around the rim but I'm not quite understanding him. I will be talking to him tomorrow and if I get a better understanding, I will let you know. In the mean time, please post anything you decide - I am really feeling a bit uncertain.

Just figured out today that the tub spout needs to be 9 inches for wall mount - I want Hansgrohe for the "themostatic" option. Seems plenty of 6 inch spouts but only one 9 inch that I have found so far. I'm trying to get a confirmation with my plumbing guy now. But wanted to let you know that you should be careful that your tub spout won't be too short.

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