PROPERTY NEWS - The family bath has become a household staple, something many of us grew up running away from as children and now running towards as a haven as adults…
The first bath was made and installed in 1883. A cast-iron horse trough was covered in enamel and four decorative feet were added - and that was the birth of the modern bath.
The variations of baths are endless; from your classic drop-ins, to the oval and rectangular-shaped built-in corner units, to free-standing abstract modern art pieces and sunken infinity style shower bath combos.
From the standard models to the more luxurious options, there is a range of different baths to choose from. Understanding the different types before going shopping will help you make an informed decision, with the key condition being that a bath should be able to serve multiple purposes, whether it is to bathe the children or to escape after a long day.
Where space is a rivalled commodity an offset corner unit may be top of the list, as it takes up the least amount of floor and wall space - the perfect illusion for smaller spaces.
On the other hand, where space is in abundance, a free-standing bath is most certainly the way to go. If you are looking for a classic expression, the Victorian slipper bath is for you, whilst the rectangular designs will give your space a contemporary look.
Versatility is the name of the game, so why choose when you can have the best of both? The installation of a shower / bath combination saves you both space and money.
For the budget-savvy homeowner with limited space, your traditional drop-in bath fits the bill whether fitted with handles or not, fitted with an end or middle waste, as well as offering different designs with pricing options to fit your pocket.
Do not forget to take your family into account. Should you have little ones or elderly family members using the bath, options with non-slip coating and handrails are a safer option.
The bath is the cornerstone of the bathroom, so make sure that the one you choose allows many special family memories to be made: whether it be mom relaxing, dad making bubble-bath beards with the kids or the little ones giving the dog a quick wash. It is all about little moments that inspire big feelings.
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