tubs

An elegant bathtub

Rub a Dub Dub! All About Tubs

Now this is where remodeling a bathroom gets really personal. Are you a tub person or a shower person or both? Shrinks probably have theories about what people’s personal bathing preferences disclose about their personality, but we want to leave that one alone. We do know that most people have definite preferences, and if you’re a tub person who delights in soaking in bubbles or steaming in hot bath water, you have a whole lot of options. Even if your space is limited or odd shaped, you can probably find a bathtub or whirlpool to fit your space and satisfy your desire for bathing luxury. 

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A concealed shower valve

Maintaining water temperature

The best protection against scalding is a special valve called a pressure-balance or antiscald valve, which maintains a constant water temperature, even if someone in the house decides to do a super-size load of laundry with a tub full of hot water.

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Bathroom sink with fancy fixtures

Fixtures and Faucets for a Shower

With the right fixtures, you can take the fine art of showering to new heights. New bathroom technology allows you more control of the temperature and volume of the shower spray from a single shower head. You can install an elaborate system of sprays, jets, faucets, and valves that converts a simple shower to a home spa.

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A shower rod on tile

Hanging a shower curtain rod on tile

The biggest challenge to installing anything (shower door track, towel bar, or curtain rod) in a bathroom with ceramic tile is making a hole in the tile without cracking it. The job is easy, however, if you have a masonry bit and a roll of masking tape.

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a handicap accessible shower

 Adding accessibility to your shower

Shower units that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are designed for people with limited physical abilities or those confined to a wheelchair. The key to their design is a low threshold so that you can enter them without an obstacle or so that a wheelchair can be rolled into them. These showers are usually one-piece units with integral grab bars and a built-in or fold-up seat. A person in a wheelchair should be able to roll up next to the shower unit, adjust the controls to the right water temperature from the outside, and then use grab bars to transfer to the seat inside the shower unit. The faucet control should be a single-lever handle and include a hand shower that can be operated by someone seated or standing.

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A shower with multiple settings

Standing Room Only: Selecting a Shower Unit

Today's showers range from basic shower enclosures to custom-designed systems that stand alone as the centerpiece of a bathroom. You can see examples of some of these not-so-ordinary showers in the color insert. The custom units are best installed by a bathroom design firm and their fabricators, because they’re familiar with installing those systems. 

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Bathtub in well lit bathroom

Rub a Dub Dub! All About Tubs

Now this is where remodeling a bathroom gets really personal. Are you a tub person or a shower person or both? Shrinks probably have theories about what people’s personal bathing preferences disclose about their personality, but we want to leave that one alone. We do know that most people have definite preferences, and if you’re a tub person who delights in soaking in bubbles or steaming in hot bath water, you have a whole lot of options. Even if your space is limited or odd shaped, you can probably find a bathtub or whirlpool to fit your space and satisfy your desire for bathing luxury. 

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