For thousands of years, humans have (thank goodness!) been having baths and, although the tub has gone in and out of favour over the centuries, a bath is considered an asset in a property if you have a young family, or just like the option of a little pampering for yourself. However, increasingly a bath can be an under-used item and many home owners are therefore electing instead to utilise the space for a walk-in shower.
Baths come in many different shapes, materials and sizes, making it somewhat confusing when choosing the best bath for your home. Getting the balance right between aesthetics and good old fashioned practicality (think comfort, cost, positioning in the room and ease of cleaning – both the bath itself and reaching around it) can be a challenge. A good designer will be able to assist you with this.
Some of the questions you might want to ask yourself are:
- Do I want or actually need a bath at all in my home? How often will it be used? Do I have the space for it? Will it add to my home’s re-sale value?
- What style of bath will suit the space – a clawfoot bath might look fabulous in a Victorian style home, but a contemporary egg-shaped bath might be a better choice in a sleek, modern bathroom.
- Do I want the bath to sit out from the wall or would it be better to be recessed into a frame, allowing a shelf around one, two or three sides?
- How deep do I want the bath to be? How long?
- Do I want to save space by having a shower over the bath? Or does that make access to the shower too tricky?
- Do I want a spa bath? What extra cost will that incur?
- What about an overflow bath with an infinity-pool effect? What are the pros and cons?
- What material is the best – acrylic? fibreglass? porcelain? concrete? composite stone? pressed metal?
Before deciding on the type of bath (and even whether to include one), a chat with your designer at Ultimate Kitchens & Bathrooms in Hawthorn East, Melbourne can be of enormous help.