I am in mourning over my little powder room makeover that is becoming a major money pit, but will save you the boring details. Thankfully, had the good sense to purchase a Drake Toto (elongated model), but did not realize until the installer left that the john sits 3 1/2 inches from the wall @ top of tank and is approx. 3 inches from the bullnose tile (new, along with new floor) @ the base. I know from comparing spec sheets that the Drake is farther from the wall than a number of models, but not 3 1/2 inches! I have read the threads where others have had a similar (though smaller) problem. Just assume that original john (installed when house was built around 1986-87) must have had 14 in. rough-in. Installer promised he could move john back to a more acceptable distance without damage to the floor even though he caulked totally around base--claimed he did not notice distance from wall--and he is a licensed plumber!! Big problem is that he did not show up as promised and now will not return our phone calls. Don't know if it is worth $$ having another plumber come to take up the john and try to adjust or just to let it go and get on--have a Corian sinktop, faucet, light, etc., left to install plus drywall work and priming/painting. I am not keen on a shelf (difficult to match cabinetry) and thought perhaps I could get a basket/box with greater depth than the tank cover and put it against the wall. However, it appears the tank cover slopes to the front--does this mean the floor is not level? The room originally had hardwood down w/a marble plate under the john. We had never seen the plates until we moved to this area (Cincinnati) and were told that they had to be used between hardwood and john or a code violation. Now we are wondering if the plate was there for another reason. Advise from Toto and the plumbing supply place where we got the john is to try getting a 14 in. rough-in (not available in Drake), but I know from extensive research that most of them will cause problems w/water rough-in due to design and larger base. We thought the Toto Pacifica might work but have not read comments re this model, and it is certainly a costly solution. We really want to put Totos in all of our bathrooms eventually and assume they all require 14 in rough-in's. Our second brand choice (specifically, the Eljier Titian) does not come in 14 in. either. Any help, advise, etc., would be greatly appreciated.
TOTO Pacifica CST808