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Got a personal home plan that I'm toying with, trying to source the crowd here to figure out if it's a bad idea or not.

I'm going to gut and remodel our master bath this winter, and I'd really like to set the new tub down into the floor. House is on a well insulated crawl with a good three feet of clearance, if not more.

Tub will go parallel with joists. I'd like to cut a whole, frame in a pit of sorts, then set that tub down in there so there's only a few inches above the main subfloor.


Besides having to have a pump to get the drain water back up to the main waste line, what else do I need to think about here?
 

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My brother in law has one just like you have explained in his house. My BIG concern, is, do you have children? I would think that a small child, might not be a good safe thing to do? SAFTEY first!!! Don't want to go there!

My BIL has no children, the tub came with the house he bought!
 

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Have you really thought about the process of getting into and out of such a thing? Stepping down a foot or so onto a slippery surface could get ...interesting.
 

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Sunken tubs are fine if you have steps and grab bars coming up out of the tub. Otherwise they're an accident waiting to happen.

Build a nice platform for it - it's not that hard to sit on the edge and swing your legs in or out.

- Bob
 

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I removed one during the summer. The main reason the people wanted it out was that it was the only tub in the home and everyone agreed it wasn't mother friendly.

I guess I've been in one in Japan that went down below, but it was a vertical tub. What is the appeal of a horizontal tub below grade?
 

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Another question might be: Do I really want a Jacuzzi tub?
Maybe the answer is YES!

Maybe not.

I installed one in my parents last house. They were super excited about it. Couldn't wait to use it. My mom says she used it maybe 3 times in 10 years.

I think that is case with a lot of people. They sound really cool in theory, but in reality, they are a PITA.
 

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I have taken out a few sunken tubs because the customers hated them, way too difficult to get in/out and maintain.

I have also installed many normally positioned Jacuzzi tubs and only about 10% of the people still use them after a year or two. Most now just want a large shower with a seat.
 

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Another question might be: Do I really want a Jacuzzi tub? Maybe the answer is YES! Maybe not. I installed one in my parents last house. They were super excited about it. Couldn't wait to use it. My mom says she used it maybe 3 times in 10 years. I think that is case with a lot of people. They sound really cool in theory, but in reality, they are a PITA.
Jacuzzi tubs are the treadmill of our profession.
 

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My brother in law has one just like you have explained in his house. My BIG concern, is, do you have children? I would think that a small child, might not be a good safe thing to do? SAFTEY first!!! Don't want to go there!

My BIL has no children, the tub came with the house he bought!
It's a good point, and we have kids, but none that are small enough to crawl off into a lowered tub somewhere. If my kids are in it, it's most likely because they're using it as some kindof underground bunker for a fort they're building.
 

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Another question might be: Do I really want a Jacuzzi tub?
Maybe the answer is YES!

Maybe not.

I installed one in my parents last house. They were super excited about it. Couldn't wait to use it. My mom says she used it maybe 3 times in 10 years.

I think that is case with a lot of people. They sound really cool in theory, but in reality, they are a PITA.
The wife wants what the wife wants. I'm not sure where you're from, but I'll gladly fly you up here if you can present a convincing case why we shouldn't be spending that kind of money on a tub. Ain't gonna work, though.

EDIT: You're from Toledo. I'll be there in an hour to get you. I'd suggest some written notes for your argument. She's good........
 

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The wife wants what the wife wants. I'm not sure where you're from, but I'll gladly fly you up here if you can present a convincing case why we shouldn't be spending that kind of money on a tub. Ain't gonna work, though.

EDIT: You're from Toledo. I'll be there in an hour to get you. I'd suggest some written notes for your argument. She's good........
Stay where you're at. I don't argue with women. It's one of my life rules. Here are the rest:

1. I never wrestle bears
2. I never wear my steak underwear in front pitbulls
3. I never trust my bulldog when he tells me he hasn't been fed by mom
 

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If you ever have your buddies over to drink beer, they are going to be awfully tempted to pee in it.
Buddy, I think it's time for some new friends for ya. It doesn't have to be this way. There are decent guys out there who aren't attempted to (literally and figuratively) piss in every hole that's lower than their waste line.
 
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