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The kitchen is the heart of the home, but the bathroom can bring the most peace and serenity with a long soaking bath or a steamy hot shower. This site will focus on the bathtub and all your options available. I love a long hot bubble bath, combined with a good book and a great drink there’s nothing better to end a long day.
Different Types of Bathtubs
Soaking bathtubs: As the name suggests, these are meant for soaking. They are usually deeper than standard bath tubs so as to allow a person to soak up to their chin. They generally do not have any shower attachments or jet combinations as they are expressly for soaking. The different kinds of soaking tubs are:
- Roman tubs: These get their name from the original baths made by the Romans over their springs. A Roman bath is mounted on the floor and is sunken.
Greek tubs: These are typically shorter in length than regular soaking tubs and are great for bathrooms with a space constraint. A person can actually be up to his neck in water when sitting in one, that too in the sitting position.
Built-In bathtubs: These are very popular in most homes. They are built into your bathroom and are not free standing. The various types include:
- Alcove tubs: These are enclosed on three sides and open only on the front side. These are perhaps the most popular type be used in American homes.
- Drop-In bathtubs: This is one where you have to go down into and not one where you need to climb up into the tub. They are mounted on a deck with the faucets mounted on the deck too. A drop-in which is deck mounted in a corner is known as a corner tub. Drop in tubs usually do not have any shower combinations as they are not enclosed.
Freestanding bath tubs: These are not built into the floor or enclosed on three sides but are free standing, as the name suggests. The faucets are usually mounted on the side of the bathtub itself but can also be floor or wall mounted. These can be put anywhere and is usually portrayed in the form of a clawfoot tub, sometimes put right in the middle of the room. You have absolute design freedom with this tub style.
Special bathtubs: In addition to the above types of tubs, there are other types which have special features and thus fall into the category of specialty tubs. These are:
- Whirlpool tubs: These have jets for added pleasure and comfort.
- ADA tubs and walk in bathtubs: Specially designed for the elderly and those with a handicap.
- Aqua massage tubs: Have holes in the bottom (and sometimes the sides too) from where air bubbles are constantly released into the hot water in the tub. They also known as hot air tubs.
Platform tubs – These have no finished panels and require that something be built around it, both for safety and looks. Your design freedom comes in choosing the shape and size of the tub as well as what will be on the surface of the platform. The platform can be built anywhere it fits in the room. These are usually the most costly option due to the extra materials of the platform itself. Some homeowners get rather elaborate using expensive marbles and luxurious finishes. Others will use a more standard tile and grout.
Enameled cast iron – heavy, durable, retains heat, color variety
Fiberglass – cheaper, not quite as durable, good color variety
Enameled steel – resembles cast iron, less costly than cast iron, chips more easily
Acrylic – huge choice of styles, tends to scratch, more costly than fiberglass, lightweight
As you can see you have many options at your disposal. Check out our site for more details on your primary choices, including pictures and good luck in your project!