Is It Difficult to Install a Clawfoot Tub Shower?

The aesthetic appeal of a clawfoot tub shower entices several people to consider including one in their own bathroom facility.  The problem is that not every bathroom area is suitable for remodeling to accommodate one of these fabulous products.  The majority of bathrooms that have already been constructed lack the available space to include one of these awesome bathing products.  Installing one of these units in an area where a prefabricated tub and shower enclosure is already in existence is not always a feasible solution either.  Bathroom tubs of this nature are normally wider than an existing plastic molded unit.

clawfoot tub shower

clawfoot tub shower

Clawfoot Tub With Shower

Installing a clawfoot tub with shower often requires a complete and total remodeling project to be undertaken.  The area for the new unit will require slightly more space as well as additional plumbing to bring water to the unit and make it serviceable.  It may not be necessary to tear out walls and rebuild them to create the additional space but it will be necessary to remove and modify other fixtures in order to make everything fit as it should.  If this is the case then an interior decorator may be a useful resource for assisting with the remodeling process in order to make everything fit and flow.

For extremely cramped bathroom facilities it may not be possible to install a clawfoot tub shower at all, without redesigning the floor plan to create more space.  Walls may need to be moved or relocated in order to make the necessary adjustments and increase the available space to make it suitable for the situation.  This can be a very expensive project to get involved with as a qualified construction engineer will have to be contacted in order to ensure the proper walls are moved to adequate locations while maintaining the integrity of the house.

clawfoot tub with shower

clawfoot tub with shower

clawfoot tub shower enclosure

clawfoot tub shower enclosure

Clawfoot Tub Shower Curtain

These units are best situated in an open area where the owner has the opportunity to enter and exit from any location.  This will also ensure the proper placement of the clawfoot tub shower curtain which is designed to provide a full wrap around the tub enclosure.  When the tub is placed too close to surrounding walls or other features the curtain can become snagged, ripped or torn.  This can create water damage outside of the unit as well as make the tub unserviceable under these conditions.  It will also result in further financial obligation with each new purchase of a replacement curtain.

clawfoot tub shower curtain

clawfoot tub shower curtain

Regardless of where the clawfoot tub shower is located, the plumbing fixtures will need to be moved or modified in order to feed water to the system.  The way these products are designed existing in wall plumbing components will not be sufficient in their current fashion for hooking up the plumbing.  It may even be necessary to hire a plumber to increase the water pressure to the system in order for it to operate properly and meet expectations.  There are plenty of problems that can arise when considering installing one of these systems which should be addressed by qualified professionals.

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Posted in Bathroom on Sep 10th, 2012, 3:52 pm by andre

 
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