Something which is not obvious from "Plans" is that buying the bath is on the critical path. Normally with this kind of job, you would expect to build all the walls first then put the fittings in, but because the door into the bathroom is so narrow we need to have the bath inside the bathroom bafore the new wall on the end of the bathroom can be built!
So, we went shopping the other evening, looking for bath tubs and other bathroom fixtures.
It's really quite astonishing how tiring it is, trundling from one DIY store to another, sitting in baths and asking questions. Jen had already done a lot of research online so we knew that our choices were quite limited (the bathroom is 55" wide, so cannot realistically have a bath wider than 32", and there aren't many baths on sale here in the US which are both that narrow and longer than 5'), but doing comparison shopping was pretty gruelling.
But we made our choice, and have ordered a bath made by Toto which we both found comfortable and which fits into the bathroom and which is big enough. It will be delivered on Monday, a week before it will be needed. So, no more critical path.
The biggest difficulty we have now is in finding a tap. We a wall mounted spout with two handles to control the water flow, which is not too hard to find. However because we're installing just a bath and not a shower, it is proving trickier than we'd like to find fittings which do not come with a shower head and a shower mixer and a diverter knob on the spout. We like showers, but we have two others in the house already.
I'm sure we'll find something, and we are comforted by the fact that the taps are almost the last thing that is needed.
Posted by Dunx at April 30, 2004 11:58 AM