If you’re contemplating installing a new tub in your home, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to learn about the many different types of bathtub styles and available features. This will save you time and hassle when it comes time to actually buying your new tub. The first option is to simply install a freestanding bathtub in your existing bathtub enclosure. This is the easiest option and often the least expensive. However, there are a few things you need to know before installing a freestanding bathtub. And for most homeowners, the price is one of the most important factors in their decision.
Before you even consider a DIY tub installation, it’s important to evaluate your current bathroom design. If you have a smaller bathroom, a traditional acrylic bathtub may be the best choice for your space. These tubs usually seat two comfortably, and they offer a much cleaner line than the more popular, glass enclosures. Plus, you’ll find that many of these models come with a built-in sauna. But if you have a larger bathroom and a larger, more open space to work with, you might want to look at the less expensive vinyl models, which can be found to fit into almost any existing bathtub enclosure.
With a small to medium sized bathroom, it might be possible to install a corner bathtub on your own. The benefits of this are that the tub and all the hardware are hidden from view and the process is fairly simple, depending on your experience. On the other hand, it can also cost quite a bit to hire plumbers, contractors and the like, which can really add up during a bathroom remodel. Fortunately, there are a few ways to greatly reduce the amount of labor needed to install a corner bathtub and some of them include:
Remodeling an enclosure by replacing older hardware – If you’ve just purchased a new tub surround or shower, it’s likely that the hardware will need to be replaced as well. In order to save yourself some time and money, consider simply removing the old faucets and installing the new ones. This is a relatively simple process, and you can usually get the job done with just a few hours time and a few tools. Be sure to carefully measure the area where the new faucet will go so you don’t have to make any mistakes. If you’re having trouble finding the exact style you want, consider checking online for some inspiration.
Electrical wiring – Finally, the most overlooked part of most bathtub installation plans is the electrical wiring. Most people don’t realize it, but there are actually several different ways that electrical wiring can go inside a bathroom. For example, you might have one light switch that controls the main water flow and another for the heated steam. While it’s not necessary to replace the existing wiring, it’s definitely worth doing some research to see how it can be done without compromising safety. You might even find that installing new wiring won’t be quite as expensive as you thought.