As I mentioned in a previous post, there are a so many freaking decisions to make when you renovate. This weekend, we spent a substantial portion considering various bath tub options. In doing some research, I came across this fabulous post by Holly at Things That Inspire. It basically sums up our dilemma.
I mean, you can't really deny the beauty of a free standing bathtub.
We've talked with our contractor and a freestanding tub is going to be substantially more expensive to install since you have to rerun the plumbing and change the drain. Neither of which are easy (read: cheap) to do on a slab foundation. And maybe in an attempt to rationalize keeping the budget in check, I've realized that, with a freestanding tub, there are two potential downsides: (1) there is no place to set my book, magazines, and/or wine; (2) the Inspector-Gadget-arm-reach needed to turn on the faucet. The width of our tub is 42 inches -- that's a long reach across to turn on the water -- or maybe I just have t-rex arms. Either way, I would probably have to stand in the tub just to reach the faucet. See what I mean?
So now our search has been focused more on drop in (and possibly under-mount) bath tubs. Even though we had jets in our last tub, I hardly ever used them. So this time around, we are just going for a deep soaker tub without all the bells and whistles. But we can't decide on whether to go with a rectangle shaped tub or an oval one.
We had an oval one in our last house and we liked it:
The tub is in an alcove in our new place, like these:
But there's something sleek and a little more modern with a rectangular tub:
The tub size we need to fill the space is 72" x 42". That's a big tub! I don't think I realized it until I saw this picture of a tub we were considering:
I sure hope it's the angle of the photo that makes her look so tiny in there. I don't want to have to wear a life jacket to take a bath!
Here's Riley and me trying to recreate the above picture in our current tub. Okay not really, I was trying to figure out if I liked having those little arm rests inside the tub and Riley wanted to assist (he laid down shortly after this and got comfortable in the tub).
So what do you think? Do you guys have a preference -- rectangle or oval tub? Anything I'm missing that I should consider?