The term garden tub typically refers to a larger, deep tub that does not have a shower or jets. They got their name from 18th century France when wealthy homeowners would have large tubs in their gardens. They would bathe in the tub and then when the tubs were drained the water would feed the surrounding plants in the garden.
In England larger homes were built with ‘garden rooms’. These rooms had large windows overlooking the landscape and gardens of the home, similar to sunrooms of today. A bathtub was placed in the room for bathing making it possible to enjoy the view of the grounds while bathing. Today’s home garden tubs are frequently placed in front of large windows so that one can enjoy the view. A corner garden tub adds an even more dramatic effect with two windows overlooking the tub.
For a period of time any bathtub that was under a window was referred to as a garden tub. A garden tub with no shower head and no jets is just intended for soaking and is sometimes called a soaking tub. Modern garden tubs are made of acrylic or fiberglass and range in price from $600 to $2000.
Some garden tub owners create a garden tub shower by adding plumbing to the tub area in order to add a shower head. Others add a hand-help shower head to the garden tub faucet for easier rinsing.
A garden tub can transform a boring bathroom into a space that speaks to romance, class, and sophistication. It is a place of rest and relaxation not to mention cleanliness.
A garden tub spa is a large soaker tub that has an electric pump and water jets. These tubs are usually called whirlpool tubs or jet tubs. The pump causes water to circulate through a series of pipes using underwater suction and pushes the water out through a vented constriction that injects air into the water and sends it out the water jets. A whirlpool tub differs from a hot tub in that fresh water is added and then drained with each use of the whirlpool tub.
There are a variety of sizes, styles, colors, designs, and features in garden tub spas. Most bathtub manufacturers now have a line of whirlpool tubs to choose from. Most are constructed of fiberglass.
When shopping for a new garden tub spa, be sure that you try several out. The size and shape play an important role in how easy it is to get into and out of the bathtub as well as how comfortable it is to sit in. The main point of having a whirlpool tub is to have a place to sit and relax, if the tub is not comfortable and inviting then it will not serve its purpose well. Also be sure that it will fit in your bathroom space. If your house is already constructed and you are simply remodeling that bathroom, be sure that the new tub will fit in the bathroom door or a window. It is also important to note that a tub full of water can weigh as much as 1500 lbs. so it is important to have extra floor support where the tub will be placed.
A garden tub is a major focal point of the bathroom and it needs to have a garden tub faucet that looks good and makes a statement. A home garden tub faucet should be compatible with the rest of the bathroom fixtures, including the sink faucets, the towel bar, hooks, and cabinet knobs. The tub faucet should be easy to turn on and use to adjust the water temperature.
When shopping for garden tub faucets you need to be aware that not all faucets are the same. You cannot use a sink faucet or a kitchen faucet for your garden bathtub faucet. Besides being prohibited by some local building codes the design of the faucets are not useful for filling a tub as large as a garden tub with hot water.
Bathtub faucets mount on the tub, on the wall, on the deck that surrounds the tub, or are sometimes free standing. When shopping for a garden tub faucet it is important to be aware of where the faucet will mount. Tub fixtures also have various flow rates allowing some faucets to fill your garden tub faster than other faucets. Some tub faucets have the option of a hand held shower which makes it easier to wash hair of rinse while taking a bath. This is a nice option if you’d like a garden tub shower.
There are three main types of bathtub faucets. Wall mounted faucets which mount directly on the wall above the bathtub. Roman tub faucets are mounted on the deck of the tub. Free standing faucets are mounted on the floor and have a spout that reaches over the edge of the tub.
There are a wide range of garden tub fixture options at a wide range of prices. Look for one that will fit your tub in a style, design, finish and texture that works with the rest of your bathroom and your style.