You don’t always just buy a new bath when you renovate a bathroom. If your bath is damaged, you might make this switch without changing any of your other fixtures. Or, you might simply want an upgrade.
If the bath is the only thing you’ll change in the room, then you might have some restrictions on the tub you can buy. Before you start looking, ask yourself the following questions.
1. How much space do you have?
If you were designing a new bathroom from scratch, then you might have some wriggle room on the size of tub you buy. You might not have this luxury right now.
You’re more likely to need a tub that is the same size as your old one. You won’t be changing the configuration of the room in any other way, so the bath needs to fit in the space you have.
Try to measure your tub size before you start looking at baths. You’ll find it easier to build a shortlist if you have exact measurements. You also won’t be disappointed if you set your heart on a new style and then realise it won’t fit in the room.
2. What’s your current bathroom design?
While buying a new bath gives you the chance to change your type of tub, you should look to match your current bathroom style. If you don’t do this, then the room, and its fixtures, will look odd and mismatched.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t have the style of bath you want. You might just need to adapt your ideas a little.
For example, say you currently have a very modern bathroom, and you really want to put in a Victorian clawfoot tub. While this tub wouldn’t blend in with your other fixtures, you could compromise by looking at flat-based modern alternatives that have a more contemporary look and feel.
3. Who uses the bath?
The type of bath you choose needs to suit the needs of the people who live in your home. You have to think about how the tub will work for everyone in a practical way.
For example, if you dream of long soaks in a deep freestanding tub, then this design works well if you’re the only person who’ll use the bath or if the rest of your family feel the same way. However, your dream tub might not be a great fit for some people.
Older people might not feel confident stepping over the higher side of this kind of bath. Plus, if you have kids, then a freestanding tub allows them to splash water around the floor from all sides. You’ll have a bigger clean-up after every bath time.
Here, you might find it easier to stick to an inset bath. You can make the bath feel special in different ways. For example, you could look at tubs with spa jets or a more luxurious finish.
4. Will the bath need extra installation work?
If you’re going to change to a new type of bath, then you should think about any extra work you’ll need to do during its installation. For example, switching from an inset to a freestanding tub or vice versa might involve changes to your plumbing pipes and configuration.
Or, if you want to upgrade from an acrylic bath to a high-end metal or stone tub, then you might need to add extra support to the floor to take the additional weight. These extra jobs add to your costs, so you should plan them out in advance.
For more help, contact Asquith plumber Andrew Vanny Plumbing. Our expert plumbers can give you advice on types of tubs and how they might work in your bathroom. We can then source and install your new bath for you.