Is a Free Standing Tub Right For Your Bathroom Remodel?

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Expert: Elisabeth Stubbs
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Free-standing tubs are in. Deeper than an average tub, freestanding tubs can be placed in different locations in a bathroom and can lend an antique or a very modern feel.

Size Matters
One of the first things to think about before installing a free-standing tub is where you are going to put it. Because you can install them almost anywhere, most people choose to ‘float’ the tubs vs. placing them against a wall. This obviously requires more floor space in the bathroom, which is why they are best suited to larger bathrooms.

Budget Tips
Free-standing tubs come in many designs, sizes, and materials, depending on your taste and budget. Most cost $3,000-$7,000 but hold the sticker shock! Remember, you will not have to spend money on material and labor to build a deck around a free-standing tub, which can save you hundreds of dollars.

Different considerations can affect the cost, including the material (cast iron or fiberglass), brand, and design of the tub and faucet. Always factor in the cost of demolition, plumber and a carpenter (if needed) and new flooring.

Plumb It!
Because the plumbing for these tubs is visible, you need to consider aesthetics, finish (popular choices include brushed nickel, chrome and polished nickel), and faucet. There are several faucet styles, including gooseneck, rim and hand-held. There are ‘unseen’ considerations, like moving all the drain and water pipes under and up through the floor, which could involve cutting and drilling through beams in order to relocate the plumbing. There are also plumbing codes to consider, such as a faucet spout being located one or two inches above the tub rim.

Let us help decide if this trend works for you, your home and your budget. An Enhance Floors & More Design Consultant is waiting to help you!


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