Tips for in­stalling a new bath­tub

Lesotho Times - - Property -

LIKE the bath­room, the bath­tub has pro­gressed from be­ing a purely func­tional in­stal­la­tion, into be­com­ing some­thing that is not only vis­ually ap­peal­ing, but also al­lows you to soak away all your trou­bles in the com­fort of your own home.

This is ac­cord­ing to Blanche Burger, from Bath­room Bizarre, who says these days, when it comes to choos­ing a bath, the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less. She says the op­tions in­clude spa baths, clas­sic ball-and-claw tubs, free­stand­ing baths, cor­ner, drop-in, three-wall al­cove and un­der­mount baths.

She says buy­ing a bath is no longer a sim­ple de­ci­sion, and be­cause it can be a per­ma­nent and ex­pen­sive pur­chase, it’s im­por­tant to do a lit­tle re­search be­fore mak­ing your pur­chase de­ci­sion. These days, baths come in all dif­fer­ent shapes and sizes. Blanche says the type of bath you choose should not just be a de­ci­sion made purely on aes­thet­ics, but also on how you will use it.

She says it’s es­sen­tial to con­sider the prac­ti­cal things as well like whether small kids or el­derly mem­bers of the fam­ily will be us­ing it, what kind of space do you have in your bath­room and do you like to take long, leisurely baths? The an­swers to all these ques­tions will im­pact the type of bath you choose.

Blanche shares the dif­fer­ent types of baths home­own­ers can choose from…

The stan­dard bath­tub Stan­dard baths are the sim­plest types of baths avail­able. The most com­mon size is around 1 800mm in length x 800mm wide x 430mm deep. They’re a great op­tion for the more bud­get con­scious home­owner and their com­pact de­sign makes them suit­able for smaller bath­rooms.

Stan­dard bath­tubs also work well as a bath-shower com­bi­na­tion.

The cor­ner bath­tub Installed in a cor­ner of the bath­room, these types of tubs are an ex­cel­lent space-sav­ing ad­di­tion to any bath­room.

Some have a built-in seat­ing area, which can be con­ve­nient. Bear in mind how­ever, that not all cor­ner baths can ac­com­mo­date a shower.

The free­stand­ing bath­tub Free­stand­ing baths are all the rage at the mo­ment. Stand­ing as a fo­cal fea­ture in any bath­room they grace, their sculp­tural de­sign makes for an im­pact­ful fea­ture.

You can choose from a footed, skirted or decked free­stand­ing bath.

The ball-and-claw bath­tub Clas­si­cal in its ap­peal and fem­i­nine in shape, the ball-and-claw bath will never go out of fash­ion.

These baths were named af­ter the or­nate feet that sup­port the tub.

Dat­ing back to the Vic­to­rian times, bal­land-claw baths were orig­i­nally made from enamel cast iron, how­ever, to­day, they are lighter, more af­ford­able ver­sions also be­ing made from acrylic.

The deep-soak­ing bath­tub This is the ideal choice for those who love tak­ing long, leisurely soaks in the bath.

These baths are wider, deeper and longer than the con­ven­tional bath as such they epit­o­mise the ro­mance and lux­ury as­so­ci­ated with bathing.

The spa bath For those look­ing to repli­cate a spa-like re­treat in their own homes, then a spa bath is a must-have.

These baths use jets to soothe mus­cles and mas­sage the body with thou­sands of tiny bub­bles.

Bear in mind that many types of baths can be spe­cially fit­ted with jets if so re­quired.

— Prop­erty24

Cor­ner bath­tubs are an ex­cel­lent space-sav­ing ad­di­tion to any bath­room.

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