Tips for Trying the Tub-in-Shower Trend
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Alcove bathtubs that combine showers and tubs have been popular for decades. However, recently a new trend has emerged that separates the two features while still combining them in one wet room or stall.
Making space for a full-sized shower enclosure surrounding a freestanding tub creates a whole new bathing experience. Kids splashing doesn’t have to leave their parents worrying about damage to the floors, and cleaning around the exterior and underside of the tub is as easy as spraying it all down with the shower. Here’s what homeowners need to know before committing to this bathroom trend.
Prepare for the Extra Plumbing
First, consider that the tub will need both water and sewage lines to connect it to the house’s plumbing. These lines must pass through the floors or walls of the shower stall, which may be tricky if the shower is already completed. Mishandling these penetrations could lead to leaking around where the freestanding tub drains or the tub filler enters the stall. Building both the shower stall and tub connections at the same time makes the process much easier.
Consider Clawfoot Designs
Since the tub-in-shower trend showers off the selected tub, don’t just settle for a standard alcove or wall-mounted design.
Freestanding tubs like clawfoot designs are ideal for this trend since they become the centerpiece of the open shower or bathroom. Since most shower stalls built for this trend feature sliding glass doors to show off the space, it makes sense to choose a visually impactful tub to complete the design. Clawfoot tubs also limit the impact to the tile or stone flooring used in the shower stall and can be easier to install in existing showers than pedestal-style tubs.
Get Creative with the Showerheads
Don’t forget the importance of the shower paired with the tub. Due to the extra spacious layout of these combined stalls, a complete rainfall shower system is a great choice to add relaxing luxury. There’s plenty of space for multiple showerheads or jets for a massaging effect.
Consider a hand shower paired with the tub filler for the freestanding tub. Bathroom users can choose between standing up to rinse off or getting squeaky clean while still reclining in the tub.
Kingston Brass has freestanding tubs, showerheads, and tub fillers to complete this trend in any home. Make a tub-in-shower design a core component of the next bathroom remodel planned for the home. The functionality of surrounding a beautiful freestanding tub with a complete shower stall can’t be beaten.