Bathing Dilemma: Choosing the Best Tub Style

To soak or not to soak, that is the question.  This is a fun part of the tub shopping experience – choosing the perfect tub style for your needs and wants.  Tubs come as alcove style, drop-ins, corner units and freestanding models.

Alcove Tubs

Alcove tubs are ones that can also be used as showers.  They have a flange around 3 sides, and usually a skirt on the front, and are the best unit for showering in the tub.

Rub a Dub, Dub: What Size Tub Is the One for You?

So it’s time for a new tub.  This is a fun process, but there are a few things to keep in mind when picking out the perfect tub for your spa like soaking experience.  Tubs generally come in a few standard lengths and a small variety of widths.

Let’s talk about tub lengths for a moment. The standard lengths are 60”, 66” and 72”. A common builder’s tub space size space is 72” and so you might naturally assume a 72” tub is the best size to get.  Bigger is better, right? Well, with tubs, not really.

Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck with Smart Bathroom Fixtures

Now you are ready to get all the plumbing fixtures for your renovation or new build.  In order to make the most out of your time and money there are 4 things to keep in mind when purchasing your fixtures.

Shopping Around
Shopping around is very important to do when looking for fixtures for your plumbing needs. The reason you purchase a particular product should not be all about the price, there are a number of things to consider over and above just the price tag. There is a lot to be said about product knowledge, service, and the experience of the salesperson. You need someone to guide you through the maze of product. You want product that will do the job. AND, you want a salesperson who is accountable for the product specified for the project.

Plumbing Conundrum: Do You Want to Pay Now or Pay for It in Damages Later?

There are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on what fixtures you want to include in your bathroom or kitchen.  Who is paying for it? Whose house are the fixtures going into? Who will use them?

Often your plumber may recommend that it would be easier and cheaper if they buy for you. However, this is often more a case that the plumber can make more money by supplying the fixtures and also may not want to be bothered by the little decorative items.