Soak It All In

Whether you’re adding, renovating or repositioning a bathtub, there are more things to consider than you might initially think.


Some people might think it’s a no-brainer installing a bathtub, but regardless of the specific job, it’s still a significant home renovation project. The big question you must ask yourself first is – “Do I need it?” The reality is, most people are okay with just having showers every day. If soaking in the tub is not really a priority for you, owning one might not be something you need to worry about at all. But if you plan on making candlelit bubble baths a habit, then having the right bathtub for you and your home is definitely important.


Just like with real estate, location is the buzzword when it comes to bathtubs. Consider the amount of space you have available. Some bathrooms are just not made to hold tubs. If your bathroom is a tight area and you’re not addicted to Saturday night soaks, maybe a fancier shower is the renovation you should be doing.

If however, you do decide that you’ve got to have a bathtub, the next step is deciding where to put it. If you’re just installing a replacement tub, it’s often easiest to put it where the old one was. This will avoid further construction and will definitely save you money. On the other hand, if you’re open to a more extensive renovation, you’ll have room to play. Whether it’s replacing an old tub or installing the very first one in your home, location is entirely up to you. Sunny by the window? Secluded in a corner? Spa-like in the centre of the room? It’s your choice.


Once you’ve decided on the location, it’s time to decide what kind of bathtub you want to get. There are many types:

  1. The three-wall alcove or recessed bathtub is the most common kind. There is only one finished side because the rest of the tub will go up against the walls. The walls in this case would have to be waterproof.
  2. The corner tub is another common kind of bathtub. It is similarly attached to a corner wall, so only one side needs to be finished.
  3. A drop-in tub is a different option. This tub is supported on all sides by a frame. It may be on a platform or set below floor level. They are usually made of acrylic, which allows for a bigger and deeper space. Some come with custom molded seats for added comfort.
  4. A freestanding tub stands alone, with claws or legs holding it up. These are great choices for making the tub the focal point of the bathroom. There are more artistic designs found with this kind of bathtub and many of them make really good statement pieces.


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