Move the bathtub? - Possibilities and alternatives
A bathtub does not necessarily have to be in the same position after renovation. It can be moved depending on the type of substructure.
Construction-related differences in bathtubs
Old enamel bathtubs are usually stable and stand on solid feet. Gluing or screwing on the floor was not common in the past. Underneath the baths may be an undamaged tile floor.
Plastic bathtubs rest on a tub support. Depending on the design, these are made of styrofoam and bonded to the substrate. With these models, it depends on the material of the substructure. Often a nondestructive removal is not possible.
Whether an existing tub can be displaced, can only be recognized if the panel of the tub is dismantled.
Problems when moving the tub
Bathtubs are usually placed on the unfinished floor or the screed. In this case, it is unlikely there will be any tiles under the tub.
Most bathroom floors are not designed to have a bathtub on the tiles. Therefore, it makes sense to remove the tiles at the bathtub's new location to place them on the floor below.
In many bathrooms there are no tiles on the wall behind the bath. After moving, the bare wall becomes visible. This can disappear behind an acrylic plate, for example. It is not always necessary to re-tile the wall.
If you want to move a bath or shower tray, you should expect a new bathroom floor tile to be required.
Think of water and wastewater connections
The tub needs a water inlet and a drain at the new place. If you only want to move the tub a bit, you may be able to continue using the existing installation. In most cases it is necessary to lay the connections.
If the drain is not too far away from the existing downpipe, the pipe can be laid above the floor under the tub or laid in the ground. Here an installer should check whether a sufficient gradient is possible. Under certain circumstances, a new downpipe is required.
The inlet can be laid relatively easily in the floor or in the wall. Who decides to stand fittings next to the tub, does not need to pry the wall. The pipes are in the floor.
The costs vary depending on the effort required. If new tiles, faucets and pipes are required, you can count on 1,500 to 3,000 euros.
Alternatives to moving
Instead of moving a bath, it is a good idea to install a new bathtub. A corner bath looks good and can often be set up in the old place of the bathtub without any problems.
Under roof slants, many people are bothered by the fact that you can not stand in the bath to take a shower. Instead of moving the tub to another location, it makes sense to install an additional shower cubicle.
Sometimes, complete solutions, such as a bathtub with an integrated door and shower, are the best alternative to moving the bathtub. These systems cost between 2,500 and 6,000 euros. Moving a bathtub is not much cheaper.
Changing an existing bathtub is often possible, but time-consuming and expensive. The installation of a new bath tub is therefore generally the better solution.
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