4 Reasons Not to Skip the Tub in Your Bathroom Design
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When planning a bathroom remodel, there are so many questions to answer about feature and material selection.
One of the first dilemmas to solve is whether or not to keep a bathtub as part of the design or to eliminate it. This question also must be answered for new bathroom designs as well. While many homeowners are opting to skip the tub now, it may be a mistake. Here are four compelling reasons to keep a stylish freestanding or alcove bathtub part of a bathroom’s design.
Washing Pets, Kids, and More
Don’t underestimate the importance of a spacious and high-sided tub for convenient washing of pets, kids, and more. Anything from an oversized comforter to a big dusty serving platter may need rinsing in the tub when there’s a mess. Bathtubs are easy to sanitize and clean after being put to use as a secondary washing station, making them a valuable addition to any home without a utility sink in particular.
Tubs are often easier for older people and those with mobility issues. Keeping a tub in a bathroom design can help even if no one in the family currently needs to use it. Changing abilities can always surprise homeowners and leave them quickly remodeling. A pedestal tub or freestanding design is easy to use with a lift if necessary, while an alcove tub offers convenient grab bar mounting locations on the surrounding walls.
There’s a common misconception that all tubs experience splashing that can damage the floor. Many freestanding tub designs, including a clawfoot tub or a pedestal model, are designed to keep splashing to a minimum. Even using a wall-mounted or hand shower won’t be a problem with a tub that’s deep enough to contain the flow. In fact, the low or zero clearance curbs commonly used for freestanding shower enclosures today are often more likely to cause splashing than traditional tubs.
Keeping Resale Value
Even if the current homeowners simply don’t use or need bathtubs, there’s no guarantee the next owner is the same. Keeping the tubs ensures that the bathrooms are appealing to as many different home buyers as possible. Home sales can come unexpectedly when a family wants to move to be closer to loved ones or for new job opportunities. Updating with a new tub rather than swapping to a shower-only bathroom design keeps the home easy to sell in a hurry.
Choose Kingston Brass as the source for the best tub of any style. From classic alcove designs to freestanding tubs that act as the bathroom’s centerpiece, they’re all available here. Shop our selection to put the finishing touches on any new bathroom design or remodel plans.