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5 Modern Bathtub Options For Those Considering Remodeling

If you are thinking about having your bathroom remodeled this year and are aching to get rid of that standard alcove bathtub that is awkward to get in and out of and never has enough room, you're in luck. Major modern bathroom trends are toward a spa-like experience for homeowners, providing those considering renovations with a wide variety of bathtub options that go way beyond the standard old alcove tub. Following are five types of bathtubs to provide you with inspiration as you plan your upcoming remodeling project.

Freestanding Bathtubs

Freestanding tubs make an excellent centerpiece for the bathroom as well as provide a better bathing experience than alcove tubs because they are generally several inches deeper. Until recently, the majority of freestanding tubs available on the market were large and expensive, making them unsuitable for homeowners on a budget whose bathrooms didn't offer much extra space. However, manufacturers are now offering smaller, less expensive freestanding tubs. You might be also be able to find vintage clawfoot tubs available from antiques dealers, auctions, and estate sale managers.

Whirlpool Bathtubs

Whirlpool tubs can either be stand-alone fixtures or situated on the side of wall. These are excellent for people who experience back or neck pain. Like freestanding tubs, they are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. However, check with your local plumbing contractor before making a financial commitment. He may be able to plumb your current tub with whirlpool jets if you are otherwise satisfied with the fixture.

Soaking Bathtubs

Soaking bathtubs are designed for those who love to luxuriate in long, hot soaks in the tub at the end of a tough day. Soaking tubs have built-in seats and headrests as well as ample rim space for candles and glasses of wine and easy-to-access shelves designed to hold luxury bath products such as oils and scented soaps. Because soaking tubs are deeper than other types, check with your plumbing contractor to make certain that your hot water tank is up to the job of supplying it with an adequate amount of water. If not, you might want to consider upgrading to a tankless hot water system that provides you with hot water on demand and saves you money in the process. The most luxurious soaking bathtubs have built-in heating elements that can keep the water warm for hours.

Walk-In Bathtubs

Walk-in tubs provide an excellent bathing option for those with mobility issues as well as those who simply don't want to take the risk of slipping and falling while climbing in and out of the tub. Generally installed as stand-alone fixtures, walk-in tubs can function as basic, no-frills tubs or they can be equipped with amenities that are specific to the personal tastes and preferences of the homeowner. For instance, many walk-in tubs also have built-in seats, nonslip floors, and handrails for added safety. Although today's bathroom trends are drifting away from show-tub combinations, walk-in tubs are often equipped with hand-held shower heads.

Corner Bathtubs

Corner bathtubs are usually triangle-shaped fixtures that, as their name implies, fit neatly into the corner of the bathroom. Because their main purpose is to save space in small areas, they often do double-duty as a shower. In most respects, they aren't much different from their alcove bathtub cousins, but many homeowners find them more visually appealing and appreciate the extra space they provide. Corner bathtubs can also work well in larger bathrooms for those who want the extra floor space for other amenities.

Other significant bathtub trends include the use of colors other than plain white and the use of vintage-inspired plumbing supplies.