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    Default previous owner removed bath...but we want to put a bath back in

    Hi we recently bought a new house, only thing is
    there is no bath. the house is a large family home and the main bathroom is really big but for some reason previous owner renovated and removed bath.
    there is heaps of room to put a bath in
    do you think it possible to find the existing bath plumbing under the tiles?
    we are very happy with the bathroom and dont want to renovate the entire bathroom
    and spend a fortune when all we want is a bathtub.
    what do you think our chances are of finding the old plumbing?

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    Chances are the plumbing won't be too far away but it will still need quite a bit of work to get a bath back in. It's inevtiably going to mean some retiling which means you need to find the existing ones to match or redo the lot.

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    the wall tiles are all white gloss so any of those in need of replacing, we have boxes off. the floor, well we were thinking if we can knock the ones up where the bath was to try and find plumbing, we could retile the whole floor with new tiles.
    the vanity is in as new condition so that and the shower we can keep.
    and with the bath, I was thinking if we were to find the plumbing,
    we could possibly just buy a free standing bath and just put it in there and than get the plumber to connect it to the old plumbing.
    just wondering if we were to start digging up tiles, what if we cant find plumbing,
    is the cost involved to get new plumbing installed for bath very expensive?
    we dont mind spending a few grand, like $2000 - $4000 but just want to go spending like 10k or more when all we really wanted was a bath.
    we have 2 little ones and we have no bath and its very difficult.
    the bathroom is so big and its so odd why they took the bath out,
    I would understand if it was to save space but now there is just all this room and the bathroom looks so empty

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    It should not be too hard to work out the location of the original bath, it's not like bathrooms are that big that you have more than one wall you can use.

    There is a good chance only part on the wall sheeting was removed with the old bath, so a look around with a straight edge should help find it.

    Failing that try a stud detector and look non standard spacings. The drain should be about 300 mm from the wall, the plumbing could be above that or in the centre of the baths length.

    In many buildings the water supply is from the roof cavity, so a trip through the man hole might save some time.

    Planning this project very carefully could mean significant savings.

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    Can you get underneath to access where the bath drain previously exited through the floor? That will give you a pretty good idea where the other services ( if they are still there) would be located.

    If you can't get under to see you probably won't be able to hook up the 'new' drain either without ripping up the floor...

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    Good Morning Kel

    Can you ask the previous owner, or his plumber? Neighbours might know who the plumber was.

    Also does your council require detailed plumbing plans - for when the bath was installed and when it was removed?

    Cheers

    Graeme

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