Remodel With a New Bathtub
If your bathtub is cracked, stained, not functional, or just plain old and tired-looking, it’s time to remodel. Simply installing a new tub can give your bathroom a whole new look. You’ll get a refreshed space at much lower cost than if you did a complete bathroom remodel. Here are some tips to consider.
What’s Old is New
That doesn’t mean that you should go to a garage sale to buy someone else’s old tub. It does mean that simple and understated design is in style again. It also means that bigger does not mean better in today’s environmentally-conscious world. When remodeling your bathroom with a new tub, consider classic designs.
Think About Going Smaller
To save materials, the new trend is toward smaller bathtubs. Gone are the days when a wall-to-wall bathroom tub is all the rage. Think of all that water wasted! It is much better to install a soaker tubs with all the bells and whistles of the larger variety.
Water is such a precious resource in America, especially California, Arizona, and Nevada. Behemoth tubs guzzling hundreds of gallons of water are a waste of our natural resource. Desert climates, urban centers, mountainous zones, and coastal areas all have water problems. New bathtubs consume much less water and operate more efficiently with water restrictors and low-flow faucets. These tubs are every bit as stylish as the non-environmental types, and they come in a number of price ranges.
Types of Bathroom Tubs
There are several types to choose from. Soaking tubs that are deeper than standard bathtubs permit soaking up to your chin. Freestanding bathtubs are available in claw-foot design and pedestal designs. Built-in bathtubs include alcove tubs that are enclosed on 3 sides. Drop-in bathtubs can be deck mounted in the corner. Special bathtubs include whirlpool or spa tubs, walk-in bathtubs, aqua massage, tubs and handicap bathtubs.
Budgeted, Luxury, or Anywhere in Between
Jacuzzi bathtubs can range in price from $700 to $5,000. Kohler bathtubs come in a variety of styles and price ranges, from the drop-in ($450 to $5500 and up) to freestanding ($5600 to $9000). They also have alcove tubs ($500 to $3000), corner tubs ($900 to $2700), and undermount tubs ($1000 to $3700).
Factor in Weight
The larger the tub, the more it weighs. That is especially true with elaborate drop-in tubs and freestanding models. Make sure your bathroom floor can hold the weight of the tub before you make a purchase.