Bathroom Remodel - Tub Plumbing?

Updated on January 07, 2012
S.H. asks from Harvest, AL
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My husband & I are in the process of buying a house (hopefully will be closing in the next couple weeks! *fingers crossed*). We are already discussing changes we want to make (some soon, some not-so-soon! haha). One thing we really want to do is remodel the main bathroom (it is HIDEOUS! Tub & tile included! LOL).

We are hoping to get a jacuzzi tub. We've taken some measurements of the house, and I just looked at the bathroom measurements. It looks like the existing tub is 5 ft x 32". We'd really like to get a 6 ft jacuzzi if possible/feasible. My question is about moving the plumbing for the tub...

When you are facing the wall with the tub, on your left is a closet. Then there is a wall there between the closet and the tub. This wall contains the plumbing for the tub, as the faucet is on that end of the tub. Would it be complicated/expensive to move that wall to the left, making the closet smaller and allowing for a larger tub?

I'm probably getting a little too excited a little too early hehe :)

EDIT: I know you guys probably aren't going to be able to give me expert info. I thought maybe someone had done this before and could tell me "Oh man that was easy!" or "No way, don't even try!" LOL :) We will definitely have a plumber look at it before we try anything!

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answers from Medford on

Im laughing... We just moved into a new house 2 1/2 weeks ago and I had ideas of things to fix up when we got in... Im lucky to have made a duplicate key for my husband and figured out what all the light switches are for so far! Let me know how your plumbing change works out. (o:

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answers from St. Louis on

Judging from you location I assume you have not basement? My aunt and uncle have a house in Huntsville and paid dearly for a basement. Around here they are the norm. The point is if you have a basement anything you do is easy access, if you are on a slab getting to the drain pipes are a nightmare.

Regardless it will probably cost anywhere from 500 to 1,000 to have the pipes moved. Plumbers aren't cheap but water leaks are more expensive.

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answers from Lakeland on

It depends on the plumber and contractor and how much they have to move. Since you will need a wall moved and the pipes moved it can get costly. You also have to consider what might be behind the walls, no one will know for sure until you take the existing wall out. You always need to be a little flexible with your budget, sometimes stuff comes up that no one can foresee happening (like maybe the plumbing cannot be moved, just an example).
The quickest and least costly is to replace/update the existing tub, toilet and sink/vanity. Moving plumbing they may have to tear up the floor as well, it can be a very big job.

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answers from New York on

Call a plumber. We are good for a lot of things on this website but I think
everyone would have to agree that is beyond our expertise LOL. Good

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answers from Houston on

The key to all of this is where the DRAIN is, plumbing (water lines) are usually in the walls and can be moved. The drains are in the foundation usually. They can be moved, but at a hefty price.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

We did something kind of like this. We had a shower that had a built in bookcase on the wall behind it. So we had the pipes moved back about a foot as well as the drain. It really wasn't too hard and didn't take very long. I think it was around $500.

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