Different people have different priorities when purchasing a home. From the kitchen layout to the number of bathrooms, it's important to mull over every aspect of a house before making a decision. You don't want to experience buyer's remorse, especially after a purchase as big as a home. That's why our REALTORS® make a point of guiding you through every step of the home-buying process.
When it comes to bathroom remodeling, there are several factors you must consider. The size and style of the bathroom are essential. For instance, do you need a handicap-accessible bathroom? Do you want a bathtub or shower or both? On the subject of bathtubs, there's a dizzying array of sizes, styles, and materials available in the market today.
Let's remove some of the stress that comes with shopping for a tub by going through some of the essential factors you need to consider. Here's a rough guide on how to choose the perfect bathtub.
- What's Your Budget?
On average, bathtubs can last up to 30 years. For this reason, you'll want to choose a design that fits your needs now and into the future. You might have to pay a higher price, but this beats having to replace the tub in a few years.
Other than the cost of the tub, it's a good idea to budget for installation and any fixtures you'd like to add, like a tub spout or faucet handles. Do some browsing online before setting a budget so you'll have a better idea of what kind of tub you want.
- Measure Your Bathroom!
Use the blueprints of your house to figure out the dimensions of your bathroom space. In fact, it might be worth the money to have a contractor draw up a quick bathroom design that will include the bathtub footprint.
Remember, you can't just switch up the location of your tub since you have to account for plumbing. That said, if your bathroom remodeling plans include excavating the floors and walls, then installing new plumbing won't incur much additional expense.
- What Type of Tub Do You Want?
Bathtubs have personalities, each designed to fit into any bathroom space you can imagine. The amount of space you have will determine what style is right for you. Freestanding tubs freely fit into any space since they don't require connecting walls. They're also great if you want the bathtub to be the focal point of your bathroom.
Three-wall alcove, undermount, and corner tubs must be nestled against the walls and require quite a bit of installation work. These designs can be integrated into most bathroom designs for a classic touch. Other designs include angled clawfoot and Japanese-style bathtubs. All you need is a little research to figure out the best design for you.
- Consider the Features
From jets and bubbles to chromotherapy, there are plenty of accessories you can equip your tub with. Some features to consider include in-line heaters, silent motor technology, and foot massage jets. However, the more features you add, the higher the price and the more complicated the installation.
- Don't Forget About the Material
Three factors go into choosing the right material for your tub: price, comfort, and lifespan. How your bathtub looks and feels is heavily dependent on the type of material you choose.
Fiberglass tubs are the cheapest on the market, but they are porous and prone to chipping. Acrylic tubs are more durable than fiberglass, but they stain easily. Copper is the ultimate in fine bathroom couture, while stone and wood add a rustic, aesthetic appeal to your bathroom.
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