5 Types of Bathtubs to Consider for Your Custom Home

May 5, 2022

One of the perks of building your own custom home is the freedom to make decisions that make your home truly yours. You can pick the kitchen fixtures, types of trim, and more; and, of course, you get to design your bathrooms. If you’re planning on having a bathtub in any of your bathrooms, you might be overwhelmed with all the different options. Here are a few types of bathtubs to consider for your custom home:

1. Acrylic

Acrylic bathtubs are a very popular option because of their affordability and durability. They are also good at retaining heat, which is great for warm baths. Unfortunately, they are prone to scratches, but the repairs are fairly simple. Any scratches only need to be polished or filled out. Other repairs and maintenance are also fairly affordable.

Acrylic tub installation is fairly easy because they are lightweight. They also do not require floor reinforcements to hold them. This also makes them a versatile and flexible tub that can vary in size, options, placement, and more. These are all questions to ask when planning bathrooms in your custom home and can help you figure out if an Acrylic tub fits your needs or if you need to consider other types of bathtubs.

2. Sunken

Sunken bathtubs are essentially bathtubs that are built into the floor and the edge is a few inches below the floor line. This bathtub offers a seamless design to your bathroom and can enhance a modern or contemporary style. Their sunken nature seamlessly blends in with the bathroom, which adds a sense of minimalist luxury to the space.

They also offer an easy entrance and exit, which also adds to the luxurious feel. With soaking tubs becoming more popular in bathroom design trends, a sunken tub can be a good option if you want to include a soaking tub in your bathroom design.

However, sunken tubs can be a tripping hazard. They also may not be safe for children if they are not drained immediately after use. With no edge, there is no barrier to keep children out when they are not supposed to in the tub.

3. Freestanding

Freestanding tubs are bathtubs that don’t require an established wall. Most people are familiar with the Victorian-style clawfoot tub, but there are many different styles available. With so many different styles, it won’t be hard to find something that will match your bathroom aesthetic.

Because standalone tubs tend to be higher, they might be harder to get in and out of, which could be challenging for the elderly or young children. They also require more space because they are not attached to or surrounded by walls. Unless you know you will use it, it may not make sense to give up floor space in your bathroom for a freestanding tub.

4. Corner

Corner bathtubs are typically separate from a shower, but that isn’t always the case. Built into a corner of the bathroom, these can be 3 or 5-sided. They also come in a variety of styles and finishes including upgrades like jets.

Corner tubs free up bathroom space by using wasted or dead space in your bathroom, and can offer more bathing space. Corner tubs can sometimes be a pain to clean, depending on the layout of your bathroom. They also might not be the best fit for your layout, so make sure your bathroom has a proper flow to it.

5. Shower and Tub Combination

Perhaps one of the most popular options in most homes, this combination of shower and tub is a great fit if you want to conserve space in a bathroom. Plus, there can be a lot of flexibility in terms of size, style, placement, etc.

Shower and tub combinations are also a great option if you have kids that range in age. You may need the bathtub for younger children while older kids prefer to use the shower. This option gives you versatility and the best of both worlds if you don’t have space in a bathroom for a walk-in shower and a separate tub.

The drawback is that they can be difficult for older people or those with physical disabilities to get into, so keep that in mind as you ponder your options. In this case, a walk-in bathtub alone or combined with a shower could be a better option.

These are just a few different types of bathtubs to consider for your custom home. If you’re ready to think about more than the bathroom and get started on designing and building your own custom home, contact Custom Home Group at 717-284-4090. We’ll help bring your dream home to life!