Extensive master bathroom remodeling typically involves a decision about the shower and bathtub. Numerous options are possible for a room large enough to accommodate a separate bath and shower. If the homeowners like that idea, they must choose between a built-in tub or one of the Freestanding Bathtubs available from suppliers. There are advantages to both choices.
Essentially, a built-in bathtub is more practical, whereas a freestanding tub is more stylish. Built-in models are simpler and more basic in design. In contrast, freestanding tubs can be purchased in a broad range of designs and sizes. These bathroom features are attention-getters. Homeowners also have more options regarding the tub’s location when they choose a freestanding model. Built-in tubs nearly always go in a corner of the room.
A detached tub can be purchased in a dual slipper design. This allows two people to bathe together and relax while leaning against the extended sides.
More cleaning is required for a tub that isn’t set within two or three walls. The entire exterior should be wiped down occasionally. Some of these tubs have claw feet, which also must be cleaned now and then. Clawfoot tubs sit off the floor, meaning that the bottom of the exterior will need to be cleaned too. Dust and dirt get beneath the tub, creating a need to sweep the floor underneath it.
Fortunately, this is not a great deal of extra work with either a pedestal or clawfoot bathtub. The interior requires the most cleaning attention to eliminate soap scum and mineral buildup. This actually can be easier than with the other type of installation because cleaning can be approached from more than one side.
Selecting Additional Equipment
With any bathtub replacement, homeowners will want to select taps and a faucet that they like best. A standalone tub also needs plumbing that is placed within view instead of being hidden behind a wall. Most of these models have the faucet and taps outside of the tub, creating a sleeker appearance. However, if the plumbing pipes are not designed to be aesthetically pleasing, they can detract from the lovely appearance of the entire fixture.