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    Choosing and Integrating a Freestanding Bathtub During Your Remodel

    If you’re getting to remodel your bathroom, you may be considering your options. A luxurious option for your bathroom is a freestanding bathtub. Such a tub still gives you the chance to relax in hot water while utilizing the shower for daily bathing needs.
    Styles of Freestanding Tubs
    When you think of a bathtub, you may imagine an antique affair with claw feet. You can find claw-foot tubs at salvage yards or buy a modern replica. Japanese soaking tubs are the other traditional style. These tubs feature an extra deep basin so you can completely submerge.
    You can also choose between a floor-set or pedestal bathtub. Floor-set models come in different shapes, such as oval or square and sit directly on the floor. As the name suggests, pedestal bathtubs sit on a pedestal to raise them off the floor. They also come in different shapes.
    Materials for Bathtubs
    Probably the most common materials for a freestanding tub is fiberglass, which is made of layers of fiberglass coated with a Gelcoat resin. These tubs are popular because they're light, easy to fix, and budget-friendly. However, they're not very durable.
    You can upgrade to acrylic, which consists of a fiberglass frame with an acrylic finish.  While acrylic tubs are a little more expensive, they're still light and easy to clean. They also come in numerous shapes and sizes.
    Another luxurious option is enameled steel, which consists of a porcelain veneer over the metal tub. The finish is durable and resistant to most stains. Enameled steel can also provide your bathroom with an upscale profile. However, the porcelain finish can chip if you drop something heavy on it.
    High-end materials include copper and wood. Wooden tubs are made of hardwood that has been waterproofed. Wood is more common for Japanese soaking tubs, though you can find it in other bathtub models. Copper is also more common for soaking tubs but still available in other floor-set models. With copper, you can choose from a variety of finishes including polished, brushed, and hammered.
    Fillers for Freestanding Tubs
    Since your bathtub is not part of the traditional shower and tub combo, the filler isn't automatically included. You have three options for the bathtub filler: floor-mount filler, wall-mount fillers, and tub-mount fillers.
    A floor-mount filler rises up from the floor and over the edge of the tub. The water source must come from the floor. A wall-mount filler stretches out from a nearby wall and over the edge, and the water source comes from the wall. Tub-mount fillers are more common when you include a surround. The piping is hidden in the surround, so all you see is the faucet.
    Soaking Space
    A freestanding bathtub is a luxury addition to your bathroom. Therefore, you need to carefully consider the placement and what surrounds it.
    Naturally, you need to locate the tub near plumbing. However, many freestanding tubs also create a striking silhouette. Therefore, you'll want to choose a location where the tub complements the décor. Likewise, soaking is a relaxing activity, so the bathtub needs to be somewhere serene. Many homeowners locate the tub near a window so they can gaze outside.
    The surroundings are important, too. If you want privacy, consider tucking the tub behind a half-wall. Likewise, you may want to add other amenities, such as a fireplace or speaker panels. Don't forget to add adequate illumination as well as mood lighting to augment your bathing experience.
    If you want to add a touch of elegance and luxury to your bathroom, include a freestanding bathtub during your bathroom remodel. Consult with the plumbing experts at Bryant's Plumbing Service for help choosing and installing you freestanding bathtub.