Add Elegance to the Room
A sunken tub adds a special touch to your bathroom. Have you ever been to a five star hotel or stayed in a villa in some far off exotic land? What do you remember most about the suite? Was it the ambience of the expansive room or perhaps it was the recessed tub? How glamorous it must have seemed, like something straight out of a romantic adventure novel.
I bet the whole bathing experience made you feel like a princess or movie star as you stepped down into the gleaming white whirlpool lowered into the floor. To the everyday home owner, sunken tubs are rarely seen or enjoyed mainly due to the extra work, space and money needed for its construction and installation.
For most people, these bathtubs are considered romantic or glamorous because they usually conjure up images of movie stars or expensive multimillion dollar mansions that come with a butler and a lady-in-waiting. To a certain extent these images are true, in the right situation; this bath lovers dream can transform an ordinary master bathroom into a personalized elegant retreat.
Installing this type of luxury fixture requires careful planning. One of the most important considerations when thinking about putting in a recessed tub is space, both below and around the bathing area.
Before you set your heart on transforming your mundane bathing space into a sumptuous personal spa make sure you have plenty of room in your washroom and enough money in your remodeling budget to possibly hire both an architect and a qualified contractor with specialized skills to make sure you tub is properly supported.
Placement of the Fixture is of Great Importance
Even more specialized skill is needed if your recessed hot tub has water jets, since the whirlpool jets in the Jacuzzi will need extra power to propel the water and for heating so an electrician and plumber may also be needed. Also don’t forget about accessibility for maintenance when installing your bath tub to ensure that the mechanisms work properly.
Remember you will be cutting into your bathroom floor to install your new bath. Where you place your deep-set tub is also very important.
One important consideration is where the load bearing beams in your home are located because having to cut through one or having to relocate a beam or wall may not justify the time, effort and costs involved just to put in this luxury item. Not to mention how this may affect the integrity and stability of your home.
Another consideration about the placement of your submerged tub is whether or not you have children or elderly individuals who may accidentally fall down into the hollow depression in the middle of the night when they are still half asleep.
Placing your deep-set tub in an alcove offers a private retreat and places the fixture out of the way when performing daily bathroom activities. A good rule of thumb is to leave the light on in the room or to install light sensors so that no matter who is in the space the light always stays on until they leave the chamber.
You also need to make sure that you buy a non-slip bathtub and that the area around the fixture itself is clutter free and safe. Handrails or grab bars make it easier and safer when you get in and out of the space. Installing a recessed tub in a small bath ing area is usually not a good idea due to space usage restrictions.
Create an Exotic In-home Getaway
If your washroom doesn’t have the ability to install a lowered bathtub you can still create the illusion and feel of a recessed tub by raising the floor space around your bathing area such as in a basement suite.
A classical sunken bathtub usually had a tiled surround with the rim either flat or slightly above the floor level. The more modern concave deep soaking models now have a higher rim. A custom built tiled tub or slatted wood floors around a below-ground tub will give your bathroom a simple but gracious atmosphere dedicated to relaxation.
Is This Trend in Your Future?
Installing a sunken tub in your bath can create an exotic retreat in your home. But a word of caution is required. If you are an aging baby boomer, in a couple years having to step down or crawl out of the depressed space may become a problem.
While these types of fixtures may be glamorous you really have to weigh the extra cost, time, effort and safety concerns involved in installing one.