When I had my plumbing meeting, I picked out a 36×60 rectangular soaker tub for the master bath. I liked the modern rectangular shape and how deep it was. Our plans were drawn and the budget was set for a drop in tub option since stand alone tubs are significantly more. This tub worked with plans and budget so easy choice….
About a week later, Nick and I swung into the Old Home Supply. It’s an incredible store in Fort Worth that sells vintage lighting, hardware, and all things home. We saw these stand alone tubs. We fell hard. We wanted one from the get go but didn’t make it a priority since we were being budget minded (you know smart).
The tub on the left wasn’t much more expensive that the soaker I picked out. It was a reproduction. The one on the right was cheaper but on hold for someone else. It was vintage and recently refinished.
I will say that Pinterest has been amazing through the entire design process. It’s helped us gather our thoughts and see our rooms come together. (You know get inspiration.) I looked through my bathroom board and guess what I found? Bathrooms full of stand alone tubs.
Way to go Pinterest. Stab the knife a little deeper. I knew that compromising on the master bath was something I didn’t want to do. Thus it was my turn to do internet research and get myself the tub/master bath I really wanted.
We found out vintage tubs that have been refinished aren’t as strong and chip easier. It didn’t think going that route (although slightly cheaper) was smart with kids. I started looking around Vintage Tub.
Here are a few free standing options. I think we would be happy if we bought a house with any of them, but since we get to choose I wanted to be a little picky. They all are around the same price.
We decided on a 66″ double ended clawfoot. I liked the lines and symmetry of this tub more than the other options. (I hear slipper tubs are uncomfortable. Plus they remind me of old western movies.) The pedestal would have offered a similar look, but the clawfoot was more classic. The price difference between a cast iron tub and an acrylic one was $10 so negligible. We went with the acrylic tub because it wasn’t on back order. The durability is comparable. The acrylic tub is lighter which is probably best for us in the long run if we decide to change the flooring in there later on we will be able to move the tub without much problem.
Also we are having it custom painted black with white clawfeet. It was Nick’s idea. I was sold on it immediately. Later I found this that I’d pinned over a year ago. Our faucet will be oil rubbed bronze, but it reads more black than bronze.
So what does this mean for plumbing? Well we have to reroute the drain and plumbing by cutting into our foundation slab, moving the lines, and patching the cement. It’s an additional $500 (quoted so we will see what it actually comes in at). A cost that could have been avoid if I would have just never compromised from the beginning.
Moral of the story is really think about your nonnegotiables before you build. I thought I could live without having a statement tub in the bathroom. Okay technically I can live without it, but I don’t want to. In the end I decided it was worth it to spend more to get what I really wanted. Also we paid for the tub out of pocket, so like with all our other plumbing fixtures we are technically came out ahead of what was budgeted. It isn’t the budgeting win the faucets were, but there was a little more emotion and style invoked in this choice.
This is something that couldn’t/wouldn’t have been done later. It was now or never (for this house anyway). We had the cash to pay for the tub and went for it. No regrets.