Changes Necessary to Your Bathroom When Installing a Clawfoot Tub
Would you love to give your bathroom the classic look that comes with the installation of a clawfoot tub? You can definitely accomplish it but make sure you understand what’s required and the changes that must be made to your bathroom to prevent hassle, time-wastage, and excess cost.
Consider the weight
Cast iron is used to build a true, classic clawfoot tub. Your tub is going to be heavy. Without water it will weigh up to 400 pounds. Once you add water and yourself, you need to ensure that your floor can withstand a weight up to 1,000 pounds. It may be necessary to reinforce your bathroom floor prior to installation.
Removing the current tub
Most likely you’ll install the clawfoot where a modern tub now resides. This means you’ll need to remove the original tub first. The tile around the tub and the structure your tub is currently sitting in will get removed as well. While this isn’t necessarily difficult it will change how this area of your bathroom looks. You’ll lose the counter space modern tubs sit in and the area will look more sparse once the clawfoot tub is installed.
Unlike your modern tub, there’s no place to hide the plumbing on your new clawfoot. You’ll see the pipes coming up through the floor and into the tub. Of course, this can be an advantage. There are decorative pipe finishes available, furthering the new classic look your bathroom will benefit from.
Drilling for water
You’re going to have to drill holes in the bathroom floor to properly install the plumbing. Again, you can get creative with decorative piping and faucet in order to make the look appealing.
Beyond the bathroom: your water heater
On average a clawfoot tub can hold around 50 gallons of water. Depending on the size of your water heater, this may cause issues when drawing water for your bath. If others in the house are using water or the dishwasher or washing machine are running, you might find it hard to get that hot bath you were looking forward to all day. Consider that your water heater may need an upgrade during the tub installation process.
As you can see, there is a lot to think about when installing a clawfoot tub. If the changes that need to be made to your bathroom don’t worry you then move forward. Depending on your DIY construction skills, the other consideration is finding the perfect contractor to remove your current tub and properly install the new plumbing.