Q: We’re planning to remodel a large bathroom and want a welcoming focal point for the room that will really get some attention. The issue is that my husband and I are not exactly sure what that main focal point should be. Any ideas on how we can create a wow factor as soon as you walk into the space?
Diane, New Hampshire
A: For larger bathrooms, I recommend moving the bathtub out of the traditional alcove area into a more open space without any surrounding walls. This can create a very dramatic look.
In the past this was usually done by framing in an island-type setup, then installing a drop-in or under-mount bathtub inside the finished island.
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However, a new trend I’ve noticed is to install a freestanding bathtub in place of the custom-built island setup. A freestanding bath is finished inside and out and accessible from all sides. Basically, you move it into place and install the plumbing. It’s almost like installing a big fancy vase in the middle of your bathroom.
Just remember that freestanding baths are primarily used for soaking, so in most cases you will need to have a separate shower stall in the bathroom as well. Also, even though it’s called freestanding, this type of tub is usually a high-cost option.
Master contractor and plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.