At Home: Corner bathtub may create more bathroom space

Some fixtures feature whirlpool, bubble massage

Q: Dear Ed, you are my plumbing guru and I wanted to ask you a remodeling question for my smaller bathroom. I really want to have a whirlpool tub and need to ask: How can I fit a larger than standard tub into my new bathroom?

 

— Paul, Texas

A: For any bathroom layout, you need to get all your fixture specifications first to make sure everything will fit into your space.

Now that this basic info is out of the way, I recommend that you look into a corner bathtub with a built-in apron. Corner install tubs can be a little larger than a standard tub, and with the finished apron-front side, you may open up even more bathroom space.

More good news is many corner baths can be ordered with a whirlpool or bubble massage features. Also, some corner bath layouts may even include lumbar support, heated surfaces and room for two users.

Bottom line: With this space-saving tub, you can put yourself into a corner without being punished.

Q: Dear Ed: I am planning a new bathroom and want to include natural stone sinks in my budget. All I care about is the sinks are natural stone, so I am open to style suggestions. What types of stone bathroom sinks have you installed, and what do you like?

— Fred, Ohio

A: For all-around ease of installation, product availability and dramatic style, I like vessel-type bathroom sinks made from natural marble. Many of these natural material sinks are handcrafted from a single piece of stone, making them one-of-a-kind items.

Because it is a vessel design, you get to show off the marble on both sides of the sink. A stone vessel sink can rest on top of a natural stone countertop, allowing you to create striking contrasts.

Your faucet choices will be limited to wall-mount or tall vessel-type faucets, and both can be pricey. Natural stone sinks also are very high-end items, and the choice may not be practical if you’re looking for rock-bottom prices.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.


 

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