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The Beauty Of The Freestanding Bath

March 14, 2012 in Baths, Freestanding Baths

By the main university in Manchester sits a statue of Archimedes experiencing his eureka moment; he’s in a freestanding bath and water is pouring out as he looks poised to spring out, naked. In an old chocolate advert a woman luxuriates in a freestanding bath, which is overflowing as she enjoys a chocolate bar and music plays on in the background. In the madness of King George one of the lasting images is of the King bathing and Westerns seem incomplete without protagonists enjoying a scrub in a battered tin bath.

Freestanding baths are strongly iconic and there is a definite imagery associated with them: of luxury and relaxation, of decadence and contemplation. For this reason, many people would love to fit them within their homes but the perceived cost of them puts many off as well as a fear of what is actually involved in fitting one and the attendant plumbing.

In truth, freestanding baths are barely more complicated than a more conventional bath. Many of them can actually have pipework fitted within them and even the taps and wastes can be fitted as part of the bath itself or easily onto the edge of the bath. However, if you are fitting something like a traditional slipper bath or a bath on legs, then you’re probably going to want to consider running external plumbing, as much as an aesthetic choice as a practical consideration.

Even this external plumbing is easy to fit, however; it comes with standard fittings and is a standard diameter and made from chromed metal. If you choose to run standpipes up the side of your bath you will find that you have as great a choice of taps and fittings as you would with any conventional installation and this will allow you to find the perfect taps to create the mood and atmosphere that you are striving for in choosing to fit a freestanding bath in the first place.

With some of the more modern designs of freestanding baths you have the facility to place the wastes within the skin of the bath, and you can also use this to fit an overflow filler. This lets you fill the bath from where the water would normally drain if it was overfilled. Some of them even allow you to fit conventional taps as you would on a fitted bath, although it is a decision for you to make according to your preferences as to whether you think this spoils the line of the bath. Remember that it will be the focal point of your entire bathroom because of the strong statement it makes, and that you must consider this when accessorising and finishing around it.

Freestanding Baths Aren’t Just For Traditional Homes

February 19, 2012 in Baths, Freestanding Baths

For many people the image of freestanding baths is forever entwined with an old fashioned enamelled bath on feet on a wooden floor in a room full of old fashioned furnishings and decoration. Although a great many freestanding baths are traditionally designed, and beautiful with it, it is also possible to find much more modern designs that wouldn’t look out of place in a minimalist or post-modern home.

Traditional freestanding baths incorporate feet to raise the bottom of the bath from the floor and, when choosing one, pick feet that tie to the other fittings in the room. Typically this may include things like towel rails, toilet flushes and door handles. The baths themselves may be of a double ended, roll top or slipper design and you should pick one with lines and curves that marry to the rest of the fittings in the bathroom. Bear in mind that a lot of traditional basins and toilets tend to be more ornate than their modern equivalents, but a bath with that level of ornate detailing will look odd and overly fussy. Usually all taps and wastes are external fittings so the bath will have pipes running alongside it which will impact on where you can place it and the layout of the room overall.

Modern freestanding baths tend not to incorporate feet or are on feet that are more plainly designed. They may sit on the floor directly and will not always have an exposed bottom. They usually have sleeker lines and a more minimalist line. They are available in angular designs or more curvilinear shapes, depending on whether you want to evoke a bubble or block in your overall design. They can have internal wastes and taps so there is nothing to detract from the line of the bath and to simplify plumbing.

When placing freestanding baths please be aware that they usually need space around them, both for things like plumbing and access and generally to make sure that they don’t look odd within the room. For this reason they tend to be used in larger rooms, although there are now some innovative designs that are smaller and clever decoration will enable you to put them in a more confined space.

Freestanding baths have benefited from the advances in technology in manufacturing, whatever their design. Many are now made from an innovative dual layer process whereby two layer of thick acrylic make the internal and external sides of the bath, with an insulation layer between them. The acrylic is further reinforced with fibreglass and the bottom contains a bonded resin encapsulated base that is both very strong and thermally excellent. Typically these baths remain warm to the touch and retain their heat incredibly well.

Whatever design you choose, you can be sure that you will benefit from the latest designs, incredible quality and great prices.