In the fixer we’ll be working on soon I’m already thinking about upgrades in the bathroom. The home has plain Jane builder grade tubs and I’m considering a fresher look with a freestanding tub. I’ve never installed one in any of our homes but I’ve stayed in a hotel rooms with a claw foot tub and the look has always been a favorite.
I can’t deny the convenience of a sunken drop in tub with a tile or solid surface surround for placing soaps, candles, towels, etc, but my heart goes pitter patter for a freestanding version in the traditional claw foot and more modern shapes. Swoon!
There are architectural considerations with this choice, most require a floor mount tub filler which is pricier fixture and definite splurge, but I just love how a freestanding tub opens up a bathroom space and makes it feel less cramped.