2 bathtubs & shower help

Old 11-01-11, 08:54 AM
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2 bathtubs & shower help

First off...thanks for any help I might get....

We have three bathrooms we are totally redoing....all three have one piece fiberglass units...two bathtub/shower and one just shower unit.

The shower unit wall to wall is 46.5" ....the bathtub units are 58.5" wall to wall. They were put in when the house was built in 1987.

We are looking to replace them with Kohler Sterling series units ....and of coarse the tub/shower combo units are 60" across and the shower units from Kohler are 48" across.

Are there any options where I can use these Kohler units?? or am I going to have to go with a 'custom' cultured marble type deal which a couple of contractors have quoted us??

Any advice is GREATLY appreciated
Old 11-01-11, 09:06 AM
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the bathtub units are 58.5" wall to wall
Is this stud to stud???

Often 1/2 sheetrock and 1/2 tile would give 2" overall. So you become 60.5" when everything is gutted.

The shower unit wall to wall is 46.5"
Same thing here. Add 2" and its 48.5".

How old is the home? I would find it hard to believe the rough openings were not made standard dimensions.

Let us know.

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I agree that it is unusual for a home built in the 80s that doesn't have standard dimensions for tubs. Have you demo'd the existing stuff and then measured the space?

If your measurements are correct why not just make the space that you need. Unless there are outside walls involved moving a stud wall around to suit your needs really isn't a big deal.
Old 11-01-11, 01:40 PM
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Make careful measurements as it is very difficult to position full sized shower/tub-shower units as retrofit. For the most part they may or may not pass through doors and turning corners may be a bear. Getting them into a bathroom with only a 32" door will present a problem as well. Just so you will be made aware of some of the problems.

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