I'm considering having my old system boiler replaced with a combi. This
would give me the ability to remove the cylinder/airing-cupboard in the
bathroom and provide extra room for a walk-in shower.
The main soil pipe of the house passes through a boxed-in section in the
bathroom and the drain from the existing sink and bath is tapped into this.
The existing sink is next to the bath and the drain from the sink passes
through the bath side panel and runs behind the side-panel (but above floor
level) where it is joined by the bath drain before joining the main soil
pipe. There is just a very short (6") length of the sink drain visible where
it leaves the sink vanity unit and runs across the wall before reaching the
bath panel. If I re-arrange the position of the bath, and sink and add a
separate shower on the other side of the room, what is the normal way of
dealing with the new drains? Would they run in a boxed-in section around the
base of the walls?
I've often seen this but it can look as utidy as the pipe though if
there are several pipes to hide it's worth considering.
The pipe from my loo runs 3 ft behind the sink pedastal and then through
the bath panel and out to the soil pipe outside. I decided boxing it in
would actually look worse than a plain black pipe.
Yes - I'm anxious that a re-modelled bathroom should look tidy and not have
uncovered pipes or boxed in sections. I don't know what the answer is other
than creating a false raised floor to the whole bathroom! I couldn't put
the pipe work under the existing floor because the holes I would have to cut
in the floor joists for the pipes to go through would seriously weaking the
joists - and close to bath that would not be a good idea!
You could consider getting two or three local companies in to give a
quote. It may be cheaper than you think and so you may decide to leave
it to the professionals. Or it may, at least, give you ideas on how it
could be done - ideas that you may not have even considered or realised
It is possible to arrange engineered solutions using splints for joists
so that they are not compromised by even large holes, it is possible to
use small bore connections, even to a loo, etc, etc. It is possible to
take pipework via fitted furniture - such as a baby changing station..
It won't cost you anything to get some quotes..
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