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    Doing a full master bath remodel, and the contractors are telling me the best option is to have a bathtub made out of tile. I have no clue what this would look like as I can't even find any examples online.

    Cost wise it'd be pretty similar. I know keeping it clean would be a little tricky, but otherwise not the end of the world. Any thoughts on this?

    Contractors won't make any money off of it. The tile job would be with someone else.


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    Ok, sounds like tiled bathtubs are way too expensive. I think I'll go with a traditional one. Anyone have any ideas on what I can do with this space so that I can have a tub and shower in one? We don't want to put up a big wall though since there's a skylight directly above where the bathtub area begins.

    The whole area is 58 inches by 76 inches.









    http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/6057/...roomremode.jpg

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    I've maybe seen that done one time. It was torn out after a while. Not real comfortable either. Who even does them? You would need a liner, tile doesn't really hold water. So, have you asked for references and talked to previous customers to find out if they know what they are doing?
    Because this sounds really bizarre.

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    They made it sound pretty normal. I'm meeting them tomorrow to discuss the details. Dunno what to make of it.

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    I would run this decsion by whoever is the lucky person responsible for cleaning that grout monstser!!!!!!

    And if one tile gets a tiny chip out of a corner...THAT will feel good as you slide down into the tub!

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    In Playboy if you read articles only you won't notice the tiled in tubs. They're in the photographs, behind the people.

    If you call Chicago Faucet tech support, they will tell you about the long threads being needed for some custom made tiled tubs that have thick walls. E.g. Their Geberit "Integrated Cascading Tub Filler and Bath Waste/Overflow".

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    I saw one once, it was on a rich man's yacht. They first built an enclosure out of plywood, fiberglassed that to make it waterproof and then laid the tiles, mosaic as I recall. The fixtures were gold plated.

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    Garden tubs, which is what you are asking about were very common in the 70's and 80's. They "looked good", but were uncomfortable and cold. They were seldom used and eventually most of them were converted to planters with artificial trees and greenery in them.

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    A tub made from tile.

    I was out at my cement yard today and their is products you can add to the concrete to make it waterproof and resistant to cracking.

    Mapei makes a trowel on waterproofer for swimming pools - I see no difference between this and a tub.

    Perhaps you could loop a heating pipe through the form for the tub and heat the tub itself ???

    Please let us know how this progresses.

    I'll dig out a picture of two I have collected online with just what you plan on doing.

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    I think all the tiled bathtub talk is going out the window. Too expensive and impractical. I think we'll look for a traditional option. Please give me some input on ideas for the bathroom (pics in the original post now).

    Thanks!

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    There are many acrylic tubs that would work there. What you had was more like a deck tub then an enclosed tub. I take it there is no shower head there?
    If it's just a soaking tub, you can buy the tub first, and then build a tiled deck to drop it into.
    If you plan to shower there, you may want to get a tub that has a tile flange on three sides and frame to it.

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    If you do decide you want a tiled tub, look at Wedi...they have some structural foam forms designed for this. The foam also means that they heat up very quickly. If you used say a mosaic and epoxy grout, it wouldn't be all that hard to keep clean, but it would be expensive. I wouldn't try a conventional one, as it would be too hard to warm up or keep warm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    There are many acrylic tubs that would work there. What you had was more like a deck tub then an enclosed tub. I take it there is no shower head there?
    If it's just a soaking tub, you can buy the tub first, and then build a tiled deck to drop it into.
    If you plan to shower there, you may want to get a tub that has a tile flange on three sides and frame to it.
    Wow, I have no idea what half of that means. What was there before was this:


    Tiled tub that leaked badly and needed to be replaced (previous owners were pretty stupid...)

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    What you have there is a deck around the tub, that's pretty hard to seal,
    Most tubs have walls directed right into the tub, so that no water sits on a flat ledge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    What you have there is a deck around the tub, that's pretty hard to seal,
    Most tubs have walls directed right into the tub, so that no water sits on a flat ledge.
    How can I put a shower and tub in one in that area so that I don't have to worry if water gets on the surrounding tile?

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    That tub looks like something you would only put your feet in.
    I can't imagine leaning back on the flat wall with the corner.

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