Q: We have a master bathroom with a large walk-in closet area. We plan to turn part of this area into a small bathroom, complete with a bathtub. Since floor area in the new bathroom will be tight, what type of space-saving bathtub could you recommend we look into?
A: In a small bathroom, every extra inch of floor space can be prime real estate. Plumbing fixtures like wall-hung sinks and residential wall-hung toilets can be great choices.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.