Are you ready for some bathroom renovations? As anyone who’s completed a bathroom remodeling project will tell you, the most significant influence on design is the humble bathtub. Because of its size, its placement will dictate where other elements, such as the vanity, shower, and toilet, can be installed. If you’re dealing with a tight space, you should consider combining a bath and shower. This is often a better option than excluding a bathtub from the project altogether. If you’re living in a family sized home, you must have a tub. The reason? When it’s time to sell, you’ll exclude many young families as potential buyers if there’s no bath for the kids. There’s a lot to think about when buying a tub. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, of course, so below is a list of the eight most common design options to consider.
Remember, the design you ultimately select may require the relocation of water pipes, so build the cost of plumbing into your budget. Contact a bathroom renovation company to get an estimate of the project based on the design you prefer.
- Recessed: Also known as “alcove baths”, these models are installed against three walls. Usually, you’ll find them against the back and side walls, as this location provides the greatest design flexibility in an average sized bathroom.
- Freestanding: Popular choices include the infamous clawfoot tub. Usually, freestanding baths are made of enameled steel or cast iron but new models are fiberglass. Before you fall in love with one, you should be aware that they can be heavy. If you’re installing it upstairs, you may require engineering advice to ensure structural integrity.
- Whirlpools and spas: These are extravagant, fun options. Different jet designs will dictate whether the model is more a whirlpool or a spa.
- Soaker: With luxury and relaxation in mind, soakers are extra large models in which you can totally immerse yourself. Again, if the installation is upstairs, you may need to get advice about the structural impact of its weight.
- Garden: Similar to soaker tubs, garden tubs are typically deeper and oval in shape. Named garden tubs because in the 1700s, French aristocrats often opted to place their tubs in or with views of their gardens.
- Corner: As the name suggests, this model is placed into a corner of the bathroom. It’s perfect in a large space that offers lots of design options.
- Undermount: These baths are spectacular but need space and budget. They’re freestanding and can be placed in the middle of the bathroom. Tiles usually encase them on all four sides with storage shelves added.
- Platform: This is a freestanding bath that sits proud on a platform that is perhaps a one-step-height above the rest of the bathroom floor. They can look amazing.
- Drop-in: The opposite of a platform bath, drop-ins are sunken into the floor or platform, which minimizes the visual impact.
As an iPhone user, I’m constantly downloading apps and trying out new tools. A few days ago, I downloaded Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value app after hearing someone mention it. A free app, Cost vs. Value allows you to compare the average cost for common remodeling projects based on your local area (San Antonio is an included city) and the resale value of the remodeling projects. By knowing the value of your upgrades and projects, you can make better decisions on what upgrades are truly worth it, particularly if you don’t intend to stay in the house for a long time.
So next time you’re thinking of doing a little work around the house, whip out the iPhone and load up the app and see what remodeling project will bring you the most bang for your buck.
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