Dress Up Your Bathroom With Garden Tubs
Is the bathroom a neglected place in the house? I would say not because many people have their bathroom serve as a cozy nook for relaxation. And what better feeling of restful solace is soaking in your garden tub’s scented warm water. This is everyone’s dream – to have comfy garden tubs inside the bathroom. All body aches removed and soothed in this awesome bathroom fixture.
What is a garden tub?
The term may be confusing – some would think of it as a kind of tub in the garden. Home decorators and builders gave the name garden tub to a bath tub. It is made to connote solitary tranquil and cleanliness. It is true that more people would clean bathrooms first that the rest of the rooms in the house. If there is one room to be maintained with utmost cleanliness, it is the bathroom.
Garden tub is also a bath tub, with little alterations in the shape of the sides. In the standard bath tub, the sides are at 90 degree angle or perpendicular position with the base. In a garden tub, the sides are arched or bowed out to give more space for the body. This gives one or two steps extension to the open side of the tub.
Some historians averred that the garden tub originated from the French landowners of the 18th century. The garden tub is one way of dressing up a plain bathroom. It gives the bathroom a retrofitting appearance and expansive illusion. Garden tubs are made from fiberglass or acrylic. However, many interior designers favor the fiberglass material. The fiberglass is easier to maintain. It is lightweight in comparison to the iron cast bathtubs. It features scalability and conforms to any size and shape of the bathroom. It also has insulation feature that keeps the water warm. However, its drawback is in the cleaning materials – you have to be careful in cleaning as it can be easily scratched by abrasive materials. All that has to be done to retain the pristine appearance of the garden bath tub is to rub soft cloth and sponge with non-abrasive cleaners on the sides and the fixtures. This will remove the scum and dirt on the tub’s surface.
What distinguishes the garden tub from a standard bath tub is its depth. It has been designed to provide respite and so, many home designers recommend that the garden tub be placed by the window. Today, these garden tubs are being modified to resemble a spa – where whirlpool and jacuzzi are installed to give maximum optimum benefit.
To give more privacy, a demi wall in travertine can be built around the garden tub. This would lead to a shower area on a glass enclosure. The travertine will give glamour to the garden tub, as a travertine adds aesthetic value to the garden tub. These semi-crystal stones (travertine) become a natural divider, thus giving privacy to the garden tub. To add more ornament to the bathroom, matching cabinets can be placed near the travertine.
An average garden tub can hold 50 – 100 gallons of water. Because of this, the faucet or tub fillers must adapt to this water content – the faucet must deliver the water fast. The builder or tub installer must configure this requirement to that high flow valves are used to maximize the tub’s fill. Kitchen faucets should never be used for this purpose.
Garden tubs are useful accessories to the interior of a bathroom. They add beauty and perform the function they were designed for – to give a restful soak in warm water after a hectic day. Consult your home designer for the best type of this 18th century inspired bathroom fixture.