Bath Remodel Trends: Soaking Tubs and Air Baths

February 16, 2012

Soaking TubAfter a long day, do you look forward to a nice, warm bath? A lot of homeowners appreciate relaxing in sudsy bubbles regularly enough they choose to invest in a brand new tub during their bath remodel. What style do we recommend at C.A.G.E. Design Build? Well, it turns out that most of our clients prefer a standard, ordinary soaking tub.

In case you aren’t familiar with them, soaking tub includes a deep basin so you can completely submerge yourself. According to Bathtubs101:

Some tubs, such as Japanese soaking bathtubs require lots and lots of water, so you might not use it as often as you would think, but you actually can stand up in it and the water usually reaches your neck…

Other wonderful types of soaking bathtubs include clawfoot bathtubs, which are known for their size. These tubs will allow you to stretch your legs and stay warm in the soothing water. Many soaking tubs are freestanding bathtubs, which allows for them to be deeper and easier for you to submerge yourself. Some of us, however, want the soaking experience, but don’t need the massive size of garden tubs, which are deep soaking bathtubs. Whether it’s because you don’t have a big enough water heater to fill your tub or you don’t have the room, you can still get small soaking bathtubs that are freestanding or corner bathtubs. Consider a slipper-soaking tub, which is a smaller cousin of the claw-footed tub, but will still give you an elegant bathing experience.

What if you want water movement as part of your bath experience? Jacuzzi tubs used to be a trend, but they’ve recently gone out of style due to the additional maintenance they require; the jets need to be cleaned regularly to prevent infection on the part of the bather.

If a client wants to use a tub that generates water movement, we suggest an air bath, which is a softer gentler touch and does not generate bacteria.

Are you considering a bath remodel? Contact us for ideas for your tub, sink, counters and more!

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