My Grandma had a clawfoot bathtub in her upstairs bathroom. As a little girl I would climb in that thing and I loved that I could have the water level up to my chin and be completely immersed. It was relaxing! Today the thought of that old tub is a memory that brings nostalgia and reminds me of simpler times.
As you consider the design of the bathrooms in your custom home build, the bathtub needs to have more thought and effort put into it, than you might initially think.
As my husband and I were in the process of our home build, I knew I had to have a freestanding bathtub in the master bathroom and I knew exactly what I wanted it to look like... or so I thought.
When the time came to pick the bathtub, it was suggested to me by our interior designer, Michelle, to go sit in some bathtubs to make sure I got the one I really wanted. I felt silly, partly because I knew what I wanted, and partly because it seemed flat out weird to walk into a place and just start climbing into bathtubs. However, that’s exactly what I did and if I hadn’t done it, I would have made a huge mistake in our bathtub choice.
I climbed into the bathtub that I had my heart set on and quickly discovered that it was terribly uncomfortable. The sides were too high for me to rest my elbows on and my butt kept sliding down so I could barely sit up straight. I was fully clothed, but I knew, when filled with water, it would lead to a disastrous though mildly humorous combination. This meant I would no longer have a relaxing soaker tub, but an expensive piece of artwork in my master bath that wouldn’t get utilized if I picked that specific bathtub based solely on appearances.
It didn’t take long to find a bathtub that was comfortable, fit me and was beautiful. Even though it isn’t exactly what I thought I wanted, it was the best choice for me and it looks amazing!
So, as you’re preparing for your build, if you’re looking into a freestanding bathtub, shop around and don’t be afraid to climb in and get a feel for them. What you don’t want is an expensive art piece you never want to use. You can ensure a beautiful look as well as a comfortable, relaxing place for your spa retreat if you take the time to try it before you buy it.
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