The Beauty of Freestanding Bathtubs

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We installed this freestanding bathtub with a “slipper” design – it rises on either side so you can recline as you bathe.

The homeowner chose a “transitional” design for this remodel–blending traditional design with modern touches, including the sleek tub and glass shower.

We installed this restored vintage tub in an antique home.

These homeowners were looking for a modern, “Zen” feel in their bath. We also installed a towel warmer and wall-mounted tub filler and faucets.

Bathroom trends have changed over the years, with many homeowners forgoing a tub in the master bath in favor of a larger, walk-in shower. But for those homeowners who have enough space for both, many are opting to install soaker tubs to achieve a “spa-like” experience.

New bathroom technologies such as steam showers, body sprays, hydro-massage showerheads, towel warmers, and radiant-heat floors, soothe tired muscles, relax the body, and calm the mind. But nothing can replace a relaxing soak in a deep tub.

The trend today is to install freestanding bathtubs rather than Jacuzzis with loud jets or built-in tubs that take up space but aren’t often used. The tubs also come in a wide range of materials and finishes, such as wood, copper, and enamel, and often feature accents like old-fashioned claw feet or more modern shapes.

What to consider when choosing a freestanding bathtub:

There are a variety of materials for soaking tubs.

FIBERGLASS – This is generally the least expensive option and is relatively easy to install.
ACRYLIC – Lightweight and easy to care for, although it may crack and discolor over time.
CAST IRON – It’s a classic for a reason. Iron is heavy, sturdy, and are nice in older, restored homes for an elegant look.
COPPER and STAINLESS STEEL – Copper tubs come in a range of modern to traditional styles, such as Japanese soaking tubs. They also conduct heat very well. Stainless steel can be a stunning addition to a glamorous bathroom. However, in either case, these options are very pricey.
STONE – We’ve seen some incredible hand-carved stone bathtubs made from marble, travertine, sandstone, and granite. Can you say HEAVY?? These tubs make a bold statement, keep heat well, but require a reinforced floor.