Choosing A Tub Faucet For A Master Bathroom Suite Remodel

Tub Faucet Buying Guide For a Master Suite Remodel

Often, it’s the smallest details that can make a home renovation go from good, to great. When it comes to your master bath, the choice of your tub faucet can add an interesting focal point that can enhance the aesthetic beauty of your space.

Tub faucets come in several different styles that offer different features and add-ons. Choosing the right tub faucet for your project can be challenging. Tub faucets offer different water flow rates, installation types and features like hand showers and thermostatic controls. They are also available in a number of finishes. When planning your bathroom, your designer can help you to choose the perfect tub faucet to match your other fixtures and finishes.

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Five Popular Types of Tub Faucets

While tub faucets offer a variety of styles and finishes, there are five basic mountings available. Often, your choice will be determined by the style of the tub you choose. If you’re unsure which type of mounting you need, consult with your interior designer or contractor.

The Freestanding Tub Faucet

Freestanding faucets are also referred to as floor mounted. This type is anchored to the floor and rises over the rim of the bathtub. Access to the water source is located below the finished floor and typically there are shut off valves a few inches above the floor. If your tub sits on a concrete slab, speak with your contractor to determine if a floor mount is possible, or is cost prohibitive. Freestanding tub faucets do not attach to the tub, making placement flexible.

Freestanding faucets come in a variety of finishes including chrome, brushed nickel, polished brass, polished nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and even brushed or polished stainless steel.

Deck Mount

This style is mounted to the upper rim of the tub. Two holes are required for installation and the distance between the two can vary by manufacturer and tub style. You’ll need to have a “center measurement” in order to choose the correct tub faucet.

Deck mounted faucets require water lines to connect them to the water supply. Rigid supply tubes are most common and like the freestanding faucet, connect below the finished floor. It the tub is on a slab and no underfloor access is available, deck mounts can be plumbed through the bathroom wall.

Wall Mount

Wall mounted faucets are exactly that, mounted to the wall next to the tub. Because the tub needs no faucet holes because this type of faucet doesn’t connect to the tub in any way. The plumbing is run through the wall so it is a good option for slab construction. This also makes it an economical option since additional plumbing is typically not necessary.

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Tub Wall Mount

This type of mount requires holes on the tub wall that are typically closer than deck mounted faucets. The standard center-to-center measurement for a tub wall mount is 3 3/8.” Although this is a standard measurement, you still need to measure the distance between faucet holes to be certain, especially on older tubs. Faucet holes can vary from about 3 1/2” to 8 3/4” on center. Choose a faucet with a small downward spout, or a high gooseneck for a more elegant look.

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Like deck mounts, tub wall mounts source their water from below the finished floor. This means access will be necessary to use rigid water lines. If the water comes from behind the wall, flexible lines may be used.

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Roman Mount

Typically this type is paired with a drop-in tub or jacuzzi tub. Roman faucets are designed to be mounted to a platform or tub surround. This type needs three or more holes one for each handle and one for the spout. Most Roman faucets cannot be mounted to the tub so you will need a platform or surround if using this style with a stand-alone tub.

Installation is similar to sink faucet installation. Flexible hoses connect each faucet handle to the spout and are also used to connect to the water source. Because these faucets are installed in an enclosed surround, the plumbing is not visible.

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Extra Features and Add-Ons

Some tub faucets are available with added features. They add functionality and can be aesthetically interesting additions. Add-ons include:

Hand Showers

Most faucets designed for a freestanding tub will offer a hand shower connected to a 4 or 5-foot hose. This serves as an alternative to a traditional overhead shower and makes cleaning the kids, pets, and the tub easier.

Shower Conversion Kits

If you need more than a hand shower, conversion kits are available that can transform the handheld shower into an overhead. To install, the hand faucet is removed and a riser pipe with the shower head. Some shower conversion kits allow you to use both the handheld shower and an overhead by using a two-way diverter.

Thermostatic Temperature Control

Many newer tub faucets now feature a thermostatic mixing valve as opposed to individual hot and cold. A thermostatic valve works like an HVAC thermostat, you can set a temperature and the water exits the spout at temperature.

Choosing the perfect tub faucet for your master bathroom renovation starts with understanding your options. At Joseph & Berry, our design team can explain the choices available, and help you to pick the perfect look to match your style, with the functionality you need. If you’re considering a master bathroom renovation, give us a call at (800)-371-8970 or submit the form and let us help you create the spa-like master retreat of your dreams!

Guest Bathroom Design and Remodeling Styles Visitors Will Love

Guest Bathroom Design and Remodeling Advice

A beautiful inviting guest bathroom can make your guests stay more comfortable, protect your privacy, and is a perfect second bathroom in the modern home. If you have kids, it can make mornings run more smoothly. With tasteful furnishing and fixtures, a well thought out layout and your personal touch, you can transform your small second bathroom into the perfect haven for relaxation for your family and your guests.

Unlike a powder room, which typically contains a toilet and a small washbasin, a guest bathroom opens itself up to many more possibilities and comfort despite a smaller footprint. If you’re considering or planning a guest bathroom remodel or addition in the coming year, here are some considerations to help you design the perfect space.

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Make the Most Out of a Limited Guest Bathroom Space With Compact Bathroom Furnishings

As a general rule, guest bathrooms typically come with a limited footprint. But with proper planning and the right furnishings and fixtures, you can turn even a small space into a relaxing oasis of comfort for your family and your guests.

Today, intelligently designed furnishings offer great solutions for small bathrooms.They can make the best use of limited space while still providing an aesthetically pleasing design. Elegant, slender washbasins create a comfortable setting in even the smallest space. Compact toilets with smaller dimensions or toilets with hidden tanks that can be installed in niches can create a feeling of openness.

Choosing a matching vanity and space saving furniture can create a welcoming space for your guests as well as providing plenty of storage. Equipping your guest bath with tub or shower can complete the space. If your space is small, considered space saving designs like a corner shower that can conserve space while providing a relaxing bathing experience for your guests.

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Tips For Making Your Guest Bathroom Appear More Spacious

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With a few simple design choices, you can make even the smallest guest bathroom appear more spacious and luxurious. For example, opting for lighter colored furniture like vanities and linen closets can create the impression of “lightness” in the bathroom. Adding ambient lighting, such as spotlights in corners and indirect lighting can complete the illusion.

Large mirrored surfaces will create the feeling of more depth. If possible, include a window in the space. Along with bringing in natural light, a window can provide additional ventilation. In a bathroom without a window, make sure to include an efficient ventilation system to create a fresh feel for your guests.

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Here are some other guest bathroom design tips to consider:

  • Consider drawers as opposed to doors. They can offer easier access to items stored under the sink
  • Opt for vertical furniture. It will give a greater illusion of height and maximize the space you have.
  • Recess the medicine cabinet and toilet tank into the wall to gain floor space.
  • Go with semi-custom cabinetry to more precisely fit the available space. Make sure you choose quality cabinets to add value
  • Reconsider adding a pedestal sink. While it can provide the appearance of space, but where will guests keep their toothbrush or razor? Consider replacing a pedestal sink with a floating vanity. It adds storage and gives the appearance of more floor space.
  • When you’ve completed your guest bathroom remodel, consider the amenities! Providing your guests with a hairdryer, small bottles of shampoo and conditioner, and even extra toothbrushes will make your guests feel even more at home when they visit.

With proper planning and smart design choices, even a small bathroom can become a welcoming space for your guests and family. At Joseph & Berry, our designers can create the perfect guest bathroom. They’re aware of the latest design trends and space saving products available for every element in your space. Let us work with you to provide your guests with a perfectly relaxing and welcoming space in your home. If you’re ready to remodel your guest bathroom, contact us at (800)371-8970 or click here! Joseph & Berry are Greater Dallas’s preeminent design-build firm and has completed hundreds of bathroom projects. We provide a project manager that remains on site at all times to answer questions and provide you details about our custom designs.

 

 

What to look for in a bathtub style for a master suite design and remodel.

What to look for in a bathtub style for a master suite design and remodel.

One of the most central features of a master suite bathroom is the bathtub. A stunning freestanding tub or whirlpool tub in an alcove can elevate a standard bathroom to a peaceful retreat. Joseph & Berry has a designer on site at all times to work with clients on these details. We have experience in helping clients find the right features that will work for them in their master suite bathroom. We are so confident we guarantee our work.

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When designing the master suite

How often do you plan to take a bath? Do you dream of having a luxurious soaking tub, or are you thinking more long-term about aging-in-place? How you plan to use the master suite bathroom will have a significant influence on what kind of bathtub you choose. Think about any physical constraints you have within the room. A whirlpool tub may not work with the layout you envision, or the area for the freestanding tub may not be the right dimensions. Also, consider your limitations. You may want a whirlpool tub to soothe sore joints and muscles, but will your injuries make it difficult to get out of certain types of tubs?

Bathtub choices for a master suite

Whirlpool or Jacuzzi — Once the standard for any luxury master bath, the whirlpool tub is typically more substantial than a standard bathtub and has jets within the tub walls for massaging and creating a flow of bubbles. While some design magazines feature bathrooms that are moving away from the whirlpool tub, it is still a popular choice for homeowners in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, where homes often have the space to accommodate this style easily.

Clawfoot or pedestal — For those who dream of a grand bathroom with a traditional aesthetic, a clawfoot tub is an excellent choice. Once a feature in the homes of the wealthy in the 19th century, this style has reemerged in recent years. If you already have an original clawfoot tub, you know they are extremely heavy and require reinforced flooring. Reproductions are made of newer, lighter materials and are easier to come by. These are often freestanding tubs, either near a wall or placed in the center of the room as the main feature.

Alcove — This is the standard variety of bathtub you find in most homes in America. With walls on three sides, this style also usually has a shower feature as well. In a master suite bathroom, alcove tubs can come in various sizes and with jets.

Drop-in — A drop-in bathtub is inset within the floor or a raised platform, where the top of the tub is flush. This is a popular choice for master suite bathrooms, and a standard or whirlpool tub can be installed. This style also includes the over-flow bathtub. Like an infinity pool, an over-flow tub can be filled to the top and overflows into a gutter system, creating a stunning, modern look.

Corner tub — Like the name suggests, this triangular-shaped tub fits within a corner. They can come in many sizes from large and luxurious to compact and efficient. For homeowners who want the option of taking a bath but not a large tub taking up space, this is a popular choice. If you want to focus on creating a luxurious shower space, but still want a bathtub, consider tucking in a whirlpool corner tub for the best of both worlds.

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The right material

Investing in a master suite bathroom means selecting fixtures and features that will last for decades. Here is an overview of the materials on the market.

Enamel-On-Steel — Also known as porcelain-on-steel, these tubs have a classic look that’s easily cleaned and maintained.

Cast Iron — This durable material is also covered in an enamel coating. These tubs will last for decades.

Cultured marble — This engineering stone is made by crushing marble, combining it with resins and pouring into a mold to produce a solid surface, similar to quartz countertops. It is covered with a clear, durable coating making for easy maintenance.

Fiberglass Reinforced Plastic and Acrylic — Sometimes referred to as “gel coat” fiberglass reinforced plastic is a common material for making whirlpool tubs, as it is a glossy material that’s easy to shape. Acrylic is another high-gloss choice that’s used for a variety of tub styles. These materials are common but lack long-term durability.

If you live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and you’re planning a luxury bathroom remodel, give the professionals at Joseph & Berry a call! We’re here to help you design a home that will meet your needs for years to come.

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