1 | Structure
Before you even consider buying a bathtub, check with your building administrator and engineer if having one won’t be hurting any structural design. If the floor can support the weight and the additional bathroom feature, consider the next item on the list.
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2 | Space
Do you have enough space in your condo? If you’re in a penthouse or a pretty spacious unit, this might not be a problem for you. However, for those with limited floor area, it’s crucial to always take note of the space that the tub will be taking. If you have a small area to work with, consider free standing small tubs like the Japanese soaking tub.
3 | User
It’s also best to consider who will be using the tub. In case elderly people are going to use it, they might have difficulties getting into tubs. However, if you’re using it, take into account your lifestyle. Are you always on the go? You might not even have the time to soak in your tub and use the shower more. Although that can be a motivation to relax every time you go home. Also, it’s helpful to consider future users, especially if you have plans on selling or renting out your unit. Having a tub option might get you a plus!
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4 | Energy
Your water consumption will depend on the size of your bathtub. So if you have a large tub, you’re consuming more water, which also means more expensive water bills and non-eco-friendly. However, that doesn’t automatically mean showers are better. Depending on your shower head and your average shower time, bathing might even be better. So weigh these things before buying bathtub.
5 | Budget
Lastly, but never the least, is your price range. How much are you willing to shell out for a bathtub? If budget isn’t really an issue for you, you’re in for an exciting bathtub shopping day. For those who prefer not to splurge so much on a bathtub, plastic, acrylic, and fiberglass bathtubs are more affordable options.
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