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Help finding 60' alcove tub with long/wide basin!!

posted by: JulieAP on 07.24.2011 at 11:25 pm in Bathrooms Forum

We are pulling out a old fiberglass tub/shower unit and replacing with a real bathtub and shower. We need a 60" alcove tub with apron and were hoping for something that is a nice deep soak. We never really use this a shower... but use the bathtub quite a bit. We thought since we don't mind sitting in our little 12 inch deep tub... a soaker tub will be so much better.

The guy at the plumbing store was going to sell us a hydro systems tub (no bubbles... just a soaker) and we love the depth but the inside feels too short!

We just realized the 60x32 we are pulling out has a basin that is 47" long and all the tubs we have been looking at only have max of maybe 43" basin.

Anyone find one that is longer on the inside? Please share what brand and model!

We need a nice long basin and are willing to compromise depth for more leg room!




clipped on: 01.10.2013 at 10:39 am    last updated on: 01.10.2013 at 10:39 am

Sharing my Bathtub Research

posted by: belasea on 12.03.2012 at 01:10 am in Bathrooms Forum

Everyone has been so helpful, so I thought I would share our bathtub search experience. The bathroom we are doing will have a shower over a tub and I like taking baths as well.

I was dead set on a cast iron tub until I realized that all of the cast iron tubs manufactured now have a non-slip bottom. I found out that this non-slip bottom is challenging to clean. I even went and looked in the showrooms, and sure enough they were all gray. My research on gardenweb and talking to contractors/plumbing stores also confirmed that they were difficult to clean. Not impossible, just difficult and I just wasn't up for the challenge.

I was very reluctant to go with fiberglass since our current fiberglass tub looks yellowed and horrible. However, I've been told they are built much better now, and we went with a thicker model. I also wanted one with a built in flange.

Next, came the height. I wanted one deep enough to take a nice bath, but not 20 inches high because it is higher than I want to step over as we age. Why don't more manufacturers make tubs 18 inches deep? Why are most 14 or 20?

We considered:
Kohler Bellwether - did not like the nonslip surface, but like the shape
Mirabelle Edenton - saw some complaints about chipping and not draining properly. I visited Fergusons, and the salesman did not deny it and said it was up to my contractor to test the tub. My contractor said he has installed these tubs without a problem, but it was higher than I wanted and decided it wasn't worth the risk.
Hydrosystems Lacey and the Sydney - both 20 inches high or higher
Americh Turo - after much research, went with this tub. Our contractor said these are good tubs, and the Plumbing store said another contractor installed it in his own house. It's only 18 inches high, 32 inches wide (also comes 30 wide), but has a deep bath. We purchased the non-airbath model. It has arrived and we're very happy with how it looks. Here is a picture of it. I'll post better pictures after its installed, but thought this may help someone else out who may be looking for 18" height tub.

This post was edited by belasea on Mon, Dec 3, 12 at 1:18


clipped on: 01.06.2013 at 11:35 pm    last updated on: 01.06.2013 at 11:35 pm

(Pic Heavy) Beveled Arabesque is being install as I type!

posted by: slush1422 on 09.15.2012 at 06:33 pm in Kitchens Forum

FIRST things first, Beekeeperswife! You are awesome. Thanks again for all your install tips and photos. They have been so helpful so far. I am LOVING the way it looks and it's not even grouted yet.

Here are some progress photos.
Tips from Beekeeperswife:

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Hubby working:

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Lots of cutting. Thankfully the tiles were soft and cut like butter!

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

One wall almost done!

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Had to bevel the corner tiles

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Wall# 2 almost done

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Starting around the window

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

I was happy with how they did around the potfiller

From Beveled Arabesque Backsplash install

Thats it so far! Should be done tiling in about an hour. So the tile job took about 8 hours with a lunch break with my husband and our friend working. Tomorrow we grout!!!


clipped on: 10.16.2012 at 07:06 pm    last updated on: 10.16.2012 at 07:06 pm

RE: Slonewby backsplash update...IT'S HAPPENING!! (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: slonewby on 07.25.2012 at 07:46 pm in Kitchens Forum

Hey Missy! It's a super simple and super inexpensive beveled subway tile in cream from Bellavita Tile with alabaster sanded grout. Honestly, it is the PERFECT cream for Bianco Antico..warm/soft but not yellowy. I couldn't be happier (and hubby is still saying...needs color...haha....I can accessorize!)

Couldn't find an accent that I liked but when the switchplates go in, it will change the look too~


Tile choice
clipped on: 07.25.2012 at 09:50 pm    last updated on: 07.25.2012 at 09:50 pm

Coffee maker on new granite

posted by: tanajo on 07.14.2012 at 09:22 pm in Kitchens Forum

Yay! New granite installed on Thursday and I'm in love. My question/concern is about my coffee maker. Can I just leave it on the counter or should I put something under it? I'm worried it may leak or sputter or drip, etc.... And I won't see it to wipe it up right away. The granite is Alaska white


clipped on: 07.14.2012 at 09:25 pm    last updated on: 07.14.2012 at 09:25 pm

New To Kitchens? Posting Pics? Read Me! [Help keep on Page 1]

posted by: buehl on 09.18.2011 at 04:00 pm in Kitchens Forum

Welcome! If you are new to the Kitchens Forum, you may find the following information and links helpful.

The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)/Articles pages contain helpful information about how to navigate this site as well as the world of kitchen renovations.

The Kitchen Forum Acronyms will help you understand some of the acronyms used frequently in posts.

The Finished Kitchens Blog has pictures and information about many GW members' finished kitchens. Not only can you see them alphabetically, but there is also a category list if you're looking for specific things like a kitchen w/a Beverage Center or a kitchen w/a mix of dark and light cabinets. Access the FKB Categories Page via a link in the navigation panel on the right of any FKB page. Additionally, there is also a link to "In-Progress Kitchens" for those members' kitchens that are not quite ready for the FKB. There is also a link to "Coming Soon Kitchens" for those kitchens that are ready for the FKB but have not yet been added. To access the "In-Progress Kitchens", the "Coming Soon Kitchens", and the "FKB Categories", see the links in the navigation panel that is on the right side of each main FKB page.

The Appliances Forum is very useful when you have questions specific to appliances.

To start off the kitchen remodel process...take the Sweeby Test. Then, move on to Beginning a Kitchen Plan.

Other topics such as layouts, planning for storage, and stone materials are discussed in later topics in this thread. Even more information can be found by doing a search on the forum.


  • Before posting a question, please search the forum. There's a very good chance someone has already asked the question.

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  • Note, however, that you will probably have better luck searching if you use Google (or similar search engine) than if you use the Forum search function. When using Google, to limit your results to Garden Web, include the following in your search criteria: ***

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How are the home page and the Forum organized? (based on the Kitchen Forum's FAQs entries)

  • The Kitchens Forum home page lists 30 thread titles, starting with those that don't yet have a response. After the unanswered threads, threads are listed in order of most recent response. That first page displays the last 2 hours or so of activity. (If there is no response to a thread in an hour or two, the unanswered thread usually starts to drop.)
  • Below the thread list are page numbers 1-67 for the total 67 pages of threads available -- capturing maybe 2 months or so of threads, less when the Forum is busy.
  • Below that (and at the top of the thread list as well) is a space for you to switch to the Conversations or Gallery "sides" - these are set up similarly but are not nearly as active.
  • Next down is a Search box -- very important! This is also the Search box you should use (not the one at the top of the page.)
    • Always refresh the page two or three times b/f assuming a thread has disappeared right after starting it.
    • As to searching...a thread will not be found doing a GW search for up to 24 hours after it has been started. This may seem too technical, but...searches are done against what are known as "indexes". Indexes use key fields/words to find things. iVillage only indexes threads once a day. So, that means that until your thread is "indexed", it won't show up in a search. If you start a thread just before the index is taken, you will be able to retrieve your thread by searching soon after creation. If, however, you start your thread right after the daily index, then you will have to wait almost 24 hours for the next index.

  • Next is a place for you to start a new thread. And finally there are some instructions and links at the bottom.

Kitchen Forum "Sides"

Discussions: This is the "side" you are on. It is for on-topic discussions concerning kitchens...renovations, use of, etc.

Conversations: This is the "side" where you can post off topic threads such as regional get-togethers and non-kitchen subjects.

Gallery: This is the "side" where members often post pictures...especially if you're posting a lot or a finished kitchen. (Note: This is where StarPooh, our FKB person, wants you to post your finished kitchen prior to having it added to the FKB.)

Again, welcome and good luck! The journey is wild, sometimes bumpy, but fun and very rewarding in the end!


clipped on: 11.27.2011 at 11:02 am    last updated on: 11.27.2011 at 11:02 am

RE: Size of Recessed Lighting in Kitchen? Help Me!! (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: TorontoTim on 11.26.2011 at 09:59 am in Kitchens Forum

I put in 4" fixtures - MR16 bulbs, which you can buy LED replacements for today, so guaranteed you'll be able to do it in the future when LED's become more prevalent and economical.

I have 9 foot ceilings, and the pics below show how the lights wash on the cabinets, which go all the way to the ceiling. They can be angled/pointed in whatever direction you feel like.

Personally I don't like large recessed fixtures and I've been putting these smaller retrofit units in everywhere (made in Canada Contraste lighting CA2000D fixtures, not cheap made in China Home Depot specials).

In my 10x14 kitchen I put 10 of these fixtures around the perimeter about 10-12 inches out from the face of the upper cabinets, which allows me to angle them slightly towards the cabinet if I need to, in order to wash the face of the cabinet and light the counters. I also put 19 dimmable LED pucks inside the cabinets and for counter lighting on 2 switches - one for inside the upper glass cabinets and one for the counter lighting.







clipped on: 11.26.2011 at 05:45 pm    last updated on: 11.26.2011 at 05:47 pm