When you undertake a full bathroom remodel, it’s the perfect time to choose whatever type of tub you want for the foreseeable future. After all, a bathtub is usually an investment, and the sheer size of this fixture alone accounts for it not being replaced frequently. Having a separate shower and tub is currently the most popular bathroom layout. A tub dedicated solely for baths feels luxurious! No more cleaning grime and soap scum from the shower before relaxing in your tub.
Some details to consider before choosing what type of tub you want include knowing your hot water heater’s capacity, finding the location of the plumbing and drains, and considering how much weight your bathroom floor can withstand. If these tasks sound overwhelming, it may be time for you to call a professional remodeler!
Personal preferences and the amount of space in your bathroom determine which of these tub installation styles would be best for your remodeling project:
- Drop-in: Drop-in tubs are one piece that is “dropped” into place within a surround or deck (a separate expense to account for in your selection process). Another version of this tub is the undermount or sunken tub, which is installed at floor level with a hidden lip.
- Alcove: These tubs are usually surrounded by 3 walls and often combined with wall-mounted showers, which may be the best option for a smaller space.
- Corner tubs: As the name implies, these tubs nestle in your bathroom’s corner to preserve space. The open side can be rounded, with angles or flat. Great for soaking tubs and 1 or 2 bathers.
- Freestanding soaking tubs and clawfoot tubs: Depending on your preferences, these types of tubs are generally coveted. Soaking tubs are deeper because they’re designed for sitting and soaking. Faucets or tub-fillers may be separate and mounted into the floor. Without the need for walls nearby, freestanding tubs can make excellent centerpieces in a new bathroom, especially when they are beautifully made.
There are various materials you can choose when selecting your tub. Fiberglass, acrylic, and porcelain are budget-friendly, but enameled cast iron or steel tubs are almost indestructible, albeit incredibly heavy. There are newer materials available, such as stone composites, but some of the most gorgeous and unique tubs are made of copper, wood, or stone! The latter three options can be more expensive, but they are absolute works of art. A copper tub is breathtaking and low maintenance and copper is also intrinsically antibacterial. A copper tub will withstand the test of time unlike wood, which requires frequent sealing and degrades over time.
ADB’s Role: A Credible, Reliable and Trustworthy Partner
While remodeling your bathroom, Atlanta Design & Build can accommodate whichever style of tub best suits you! We recently received an Accredited Remodeling Company designation from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. We are one of a handful of companies nationwide and the FIRST in the state of GA to have achieved this great recognition. NARI’s ARC accreditation signifies a standard of quality homeowners can trust to professionally handle your remodeling project needs.
Enjoy these photos of some particularly gorgeous tubs we have installed. If you are ready to start your project, give us a call today!