One of my favorite rooms to remodel in the 2 homes we’ve restored has been the bathroom. It is the room the least amount of time is spent in a home however it really needs to be a place you can pull yourself together to face the day. It is important to have good fixtures to comfortable take care of yourself with most of the attention being spent on what bathing structure will best suit your needs.
When choosing a freestanding bath there are 5 simple rules you should follow to ensure you end up with the most suitable bath for your needs, and your bathroom.
It’s essential to take careful measurements of the space where you plan to install the freestanding bath. You also need to consider the type of installation; plinth, pedestal, drop in, and associated water feeds and drainage, not to mention how much space you would like to leave around the bath for other design elements, and practical considerations such as cleaning.
Do some smart research on the different materials used in the construction of Freestanding Baths, and their unique properties, and what they can offer you in terms of design statements. This can be quite a challenge thanks to the bewildering array of materials available on the market, but you can soon whittle it down to an easier choice.
While some materials such as stone and marble might be opulent choices, if your bathroom flooring won’t stand the extra weight without structural supporting work being required – you might forget about them simply based on budget considerations. Likewise, if an old style enamelled bath or copper bath won’t fit in with the rest of your home décor, ditch it and check out other options. You still have the super popular acrylic, which is light and easy to clean, along with other contemporary materials such as gel-coated fibreglass.
3. Try it out
Installing a freestanding bath is a long term investment in your home – you probably won’t be planning to change it anytime soon – so make sure that the largest person in your family will be able to bathe comfortably in the tub. Either try it out in the store or take careful measurements of the person and the bath you’re considering if you’re purchasing it online.
Getting a good fit is essential if you don’t want to be disappointed later. But don’t buy an extra large or long bath if you don’t need it – you’ll soon tire of the extra time it takes to fill it – and the cost of the extra hot water required.
4. Quality before price
In the bathroom, whether it’s a new one or a remodel project, the placement and installation of the bath is one of the major considerations, and expenses. So getting it right is a must. Don’t skimp on quality for the sake of saving a few pounds. In the long run, a high quality bath will provide years of luxurious bathing, while a cheaper option may present problems after just a few short years. It’s worth investing in the best quality freestanding bath your budget will allow.
[alert-announce]I’d love to hear from you… are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom sometime soon? This post was important to me because we have a master bath remodel we hope to tackle this coming Autumn once garden season is over and the temperatures outside turn cold. Lets chat about spa / remodels … leave a comment below.