So since I moved in I've mostly been neglecting a problem I'm about ready to fix. About a month after we moved in the tub developed soft spots between the ribs in the floor. Home warranty said they wouldn't cover it (crock of **** IMO, but they did cover a new water heater) Subfloor is in good condition. Shortly there after it developed cracks. I used an epoxy as a temporary fix and it's working great. I had also put foam in under the soft spots as of course the tub was installed incorrectly... big surprise. The foam prevented it from getting worse but not to the point it was solid.
SO the real problem is, this bath room was built around the 1 piece garden tub. This is the first one piece I've ever had and I LOVE it, no caulk easy to clean I mean I LOVE it. They literally extended the bathroom about 2 feet out beyond the side of the rest of the house when they built the house to fit this (common practice in ND). This may actually benefit me.
I see 2 ways to fix and keep a one piece tub.
One guy says he will send me a new piece of fibreglass for $300 or $400 and the chemicals to melt the resin and form a new bond. Unfort the color will never match.... but maybe it could be made to look good with just the floor a diff color? http://www.nulookrefinishing.com/
Complicated but all makes sense. Sounds a little fishy that he can mail all that but makes perfect sense to me about being able to do it, it's just resin and glass like a PCB.
I had a plumber come out and say he could fit a normal tub but never a garden tub....
BUT if I ripped out the wall to the outside of the house I could slide a new one right in... Seems like an insane amount of work but... this is my top choice at this point.
3rd option would be to build our own tub with tile (we love tile) but I've never seen a tile tub just showers (like the one I'm doing down stairs)so I'm not sure how well that would work... Anyone ever done that? Maybe something like this
or this but with no seating? http://www.terrylove.com/forums/showthread.php?40553-Bathtub-made-out-of-tile
I actually love this tub, but need to fix it before it does actually leak.
This is actually holding up my downstairs bathroom as I don't want to put on the ceiling until I know I have my tub problem solved.
Any thoughts? Is there a 4th way if I can't even fit just a garden tub base in through the doorway (both due to the doorway & the hallway) with separate side walls?
I did however get the new plumbing done to this tub so it looks great and will be easy to remove and if we get a new tub and cut open the house.