Bathing has never been so beau­ti­ful

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VIC­TO­RIA + AL­BERT mar­ket­ing di­rec­tor, Jonathan Carter, gives his top five rea­sons to make the switch to a free­stand­ing bath:

1. Ar­chi­tec­tural fea­ture: a free­stand­ing bath is a stand­out fea­ture and adds ar­chi­tec­tural in­ter­est, whether you opt for a clas­si­cal claw foot tub, or a sculp­tural mod­ern soak­ing tub.

2. Space con­sid­er­a­tions: when space is at a pre­mium, it makes no sense to box the space in with a built in bath. Opt­ing for a free­stand­ing bath opens up wall and floor space, brings in light and gives the bath­room the il­lu­sion of be­ing larger. Free­stand­ing baths come in a va­ri­ety of sizes. The Ve­tralla is V+A’s small­est free­stand­ing bath at just 1493mm in length.

3. The bou­tique look: in­creas­ingly, home­own­ers are look­ing to bou­tique ho­tels to cre­ate a luxury look. Free­stand­ing baths are very much as­so­ci­ated with luxury ho­tel en­vi­ron­ments, and in­vest­ing in a luxury look adds real value to the home. For ev­ery $1 in­vested in a lux­u­ri­ous bath­room, you can ex­pect to see a $1.50 re­turn in the re­sell value.

4. A piece of fur­ni­ture: a free­stand­ing bath isn’t con­strained to the bath­room – it can cre­ate a beau­ti­ful cen­tre­piece in a bed­room scheme. Work with a plumber to see what’s pos­si­ble.

5. Out­door bathing: a fun op­tion for a free­stand­ing bath that can’t be achieved with a built in bath is to cre­ate an out­door bathing deck – the ul­ti­mate luxury. Vic­to­ria + Al­bert’s QUARRYCAST® ma­te­rial is UV re­sis­tant, en­sur­ing it won’t go yel­low or crack in the sun. Vic­to­ria + Al­bert is a Bri­tish com­pany with a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing beau­ti­ful free­stand­ing baths.

It’s time for baths to be free from the wall. Think luxury ho­tel style, and take the plunge

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