Island tubs are usually drop-in or under-mount style tubs with a finished apron and unfinished sides. They can be sunk into the floor or more commonly installed in a raised custom built tub surround. An island-type tub installation can be a more conservative and practical option for most bathrooms.
Now, if you’re looking for a more dramatic “wow” effect, freestanding tubs can be a nice choice. Freestanding tubs are usually self supporting and are beautifully finished inside and out. Basically, you just put them in place and hook up the plumbing. Freestanding tubs can look like a work of art, so your new master bathroom can have its very own masterpiece.
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