As far as a space-saving bathtub, you may want to check out a corner-style tub. Like the name says, this type of tub fits snugly into a corner area in the bathroom. The front wall of the tub runs diagonally across the corner area, and this can open up a little more floor space. Corner tubs are available in soaking, whirlpool and bubble models.
Also, new clover shape corner tubs can give you a little more bathing space with the same footprint by utilizing more of the dead corner area.
These tubs can be special order fixtures and before your start the job I recommend a visit to your local plumbing store to see what models are available.
Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Reach him at email@example.com.