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How to fit shower over bath - new build house
I am in the process of buying a new build and in the main bathroom there is no shower, only a bath. Apparently I am too late in the build process to add a shower in and I would like to know how I can do this myself. Would pressure be sufficient to just add a shower tap to bath taps? Would it be too complicated to add an electric one in after the tiling is done?
Hoping someone can help,
4 Answers from MyBuilder Plumbers
Honiton • Member since 6 Jan 2010 • 36 jobs, 100% positive feedback
Recommend inviting a qualified plumber to access and advise!
Answered 31st Oct 2019
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New Romney • Member since 15 Nov 2016 • 37 jobs, 97% positive feedback
a good qualified plumber will sort this all out for you.
Answered 1st Nov 2019
Taunton • Member since 13 Mar 2019 • 4 jobs, 100% positive feedback
Fitting an electric shower is not impossible but you will probably have to surface mount the pipe (you might be able feed the shower cable through the cavity). If you have a Combi or unvented hot water cylinder, you could fit a thermostatic mixer. This option would involve either removing the tiles near to where the mixer will go - and then replacing them - or accessing the wall on the other side of the shower wall and rescimming. It can be done, just depends on budget and preferences.
It's a shame really, because I've seen this before in new build homes, where an en suite has an electric shower but the main bathroom just has a bath. Anyway, good luck with it. You can get it sorted in the long run.
Answered 25th Nov 2019
Kingston Upon Thames • Member since 24 Sep 2014 • 42 jobs, 100% positive feedback
A short answer would be yes you can fit retrospectively a shower to a bath.
A new build is very likely to have reasonable pressure.
If I was to buy a new build I tell them it's a deal breaker to not have a shower fitted as standard this is the 21st century!
But given its unlikely you'll do the above it would be wise to get a plumber in to assess all that's been fitted so that the best and most suitable solution is created to get you a shower. Probably the best part of £600 likely more. Chase up the building firm and dig your heals in.
Answered 11th Nov 2019
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