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B4rrett

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We are in the process of buying a new home and the bathroom is tiny which is the only downside the the property. It currently has a shower cubicle, toilet and sink. The dimensions are 1700mm x 1610mm. We are looking to rip out the entire contents and fit a standard bath along the 1700mm wall which will leave literally no room to pipe a concealed thermostatic mixer shower above.

My question is...is it possible to channel the pipes within the wall and also channel the concealed mixer? Dont worry my DIY skills dont extend this far so I will be employing a plumber but just wanting to know my options before we move in.

Ideally I would like to conceal the pipes and mixer then have a overhead rainforest head coming out of the ceiling. I believe the wall that the pipes would need to be channelled into are a standard brick construction, the house was build in the 1930's

I would really appreciate some advice on this.
 

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Yes, we do this all the time.
Just have to be wary about the depth required to conceal the valve, some are too deep for this construction but most will be ok.
Have you looked at digital showers? All the ‘plumbing’ would be in the loft above and just the controls in the bathroom - these are electronic so only a small data cable needs to go in the wall no pipes.
Talk to your bathroom installer about this option.
 

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Yes, we do this all the time.
Just have to be wary about the depth required to conceal the valve, some are too deep for this construction but most will be ok.
Have you looked at digital showers? All the ‘plumbing’ would be in the loft above and just the controls in the bathroom - these are electronic so only a small data cable needs to go in the wall no pipes.
Talk to your bathroom installer about this option.
We have fitted these and can only report happy customers, one must be at least 7 years and still running. They also offer incorporated a temperature lock which prevents too hot water esp. if you have little people who might fiddle with controls. Centralheatking
 
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B4rrett

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Thanks for the quick response guys its eased my mind that we can still have a shower over the bath which was my main concern with space being very tight.

I've had a look at the digital showers online and think it's the way to go, the property has a combi boiler so water pressure shouldn't be an issue. I love the idea of a bath overkill outlet to fill the bath and found one that ticked all the boxes(see below). Do you have any experience with this make or waste fillers in general. Again thanks for the advice.

Britton Contemporary 2025 Bath Shower Digital Shower System With Ceiling Square Fixed Head & Waste Filler
 

Rob Foster

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Thanks for the quick response guys its eased my mind that we can still have a shower over the bath which was my main concern with space being very tight.

I've had a look at the digital showers online and think it's the way to go, the property has a combi boiler so water pressure shouldn't be an issue. I love the idea of a bath overkill outlet to fill the bath and found one that ticked all the boxes(see below). Do you have any experience with this make or waste fillers in general. Again thanks for the advice.

Britton Contemporary 2025 Bath Shower Digital Shower System With Ceiling Square Fixed Head & Waste Filler
You might even get a big shower head coming out of the ceiling, they really drench
centralheatking
 

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If you didn't want to channel pipes into the wall or found it impractical you could just fit an exposed thermostatic bath filler shower mixer with a rigid riser to a large shower head. The Burlington Tay can be deck mounted (fitted to the tap holes in the bath) or comes as a wall mounted model. I have the wall mounted model but just with a shower handset for washing hair in the bath, not with a riser. It isn't concealed which seems to be what you really want but it may save quite a lot of work.
 
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B4rrett

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Thanks last reply guys, we have the house, ordered the suite and the bath fitter will be here first week in november we went with a digital shower thermostat in the end.
 

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Thanks last reply guys, we have the house, ordered the suite and the bath fitter will be here first week in november we went with a digital shower thermostat in the end.
If you go the digital shower route they even do a wireless version so you don't need to chase anything into the wall. I've fitted a couple of them and the customers were very happy with them. I was happy to install them too, the Aqualisa is a nice piece of kit.
 

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If you go the digital shower route they even do a wireless version so you don't need to chase anything into the wall. I've fitted a couple of them and the customers were very happy with them. I was happy to install them too, the Aqualisa is a nice piece of kit.
But you have to buy a whole new unit if the shower head starts to drip?
 
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B4rrett

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Because we don't want any taps in the bath, we've gone for a bathroom brands shower/bath digital thermostat and will be having a bath overflow to fill the bath.

Does anyone have any experience with this thermostat.
 

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Because we don't want any taps in the bath, we've gone for a bathroom brands shower/bath digital thermostat and will be having a bath overflow to fill the bath.

Does anyone have any experience with this thermostat.
What about spare parts can you get them ?
 
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B4rrett

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What about spare parts can you get them ?
I believe it comes with a 5 year guarantee for parts and labour. The main unit is a plug and play wire to the controllerthat will be in the loft so worse case scenario it could be swapped out with minimal disruption.
 

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