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Renovation: Bathtub types and designs for your home

Renovating your bathroom and want to install a new bathtub? Make sure you know which type suits you and your space best. In general, there are two types of tubs, freestanding and built-in. There are a variety of designs available in the market for each type of tub, so you definitely can get one that will suit the look of your bathroom.

 

FREESTANDING BATHTUBS

freestanding pedestal tub
The freestanding pedestal bathtub looks has a sculptural appeal in this minimalist bathing sanctuary (interior design by D'perception Ritz).
 

freestanding clawfoot bathtub
Add some Elizabethan charm to your bathspace with a freestanding clawfoot bathtub (interior design by Space Sense).
 

A freestanding tub is one that stands alone and can be placed anywhere in the bathroom. Types include clawfoot tubs —which have “legs” and “feet” and channel a vintage look — and pedestal tubs — which have solid bases rather than legs, making them more minimalist and sleek.

Pros
+ Often becomes the focal point of the bathroom, as designs highly take into account the aesthetics.
+ Provides additional visual space to make the bathroom look roomier, as the tub does not have an enclosure.
+ Installation does not rely on a supporting structure, so structural alterations are not necessary.

Cons
+ Generally more expensive.

Tips
+ Looks best positioned at least some distance away from the walls.
+ It is recommended to have a separate shower, rather than use the tub as a daily shower, if it is positioned in the middle of the bathroom. This is to prevent having a constantly wet bathroom.
 

 

BUILT-IN BATHTUBS

built in drop in bathtub
For a more unique look, a built-in drop-in bathtub allows more flexibility when it comes to bathtub design (interior design by Altered Interior).
 

built in alcove bathtub
A built-in alcove tub is the best solution for saving space, as it is meant to be situated in a corner or at one side (interior design by EJ Square Design).
 

These are ready-made tubs that are designed to be housed within an enclosure. Types include alcove tubs — which have three sides that are enclosed, which takes up minimal space — and drop-in tubs — which are fitted within and appear to be suspended in raised platforms or decks.

Pros
+ More compact in design, making it ideal for smaller spaces.
+ Will allow you to install water jets and air jets to enhance your bathing experience.
+ Generally more affordable.

Cons
+ You might have to retile the walls and/or floor, especially if you want to match the new bathtub enclosure with the rest of the surroundings.

Tips
+ As its installation process involves hacking and wet works, check that your contractor does proper waterproofing.
+ Make sure that your contractor provides an access panel that isn’t obstructed for future maintenance.


 

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