Last night I sprang the news on Pete that I thought we should redo the first-floor bathroom instead of tearing out the bedroom wall when we’re ready to move forward with the attic renovation. He took it rather well. Of course he pointed out that we’ll need a full working bathroom in order to do that. (He’s always quick to point out the negatives, while I’m inclined to focus on the positives. It tends to be a good balance in the long run even though I usually get irritated with him.)
He wasn’t bringing up anything I hadn’t already thought of. I figured we’d have to get the basement bathroom shower up and running first, but to me that’s a minor issue. It’s not like we have a specific timeline for all this.
For a while we thought about eliminating the basement bathroom shower altogether and turning that space into a storage closet. After thinking about it more and since the plumbing for it already exists we decided it’d be more trouble to completely demolish the shower than to re-build it. Plus, in addition to being handy for a renovation like this, it would be convenient to shower down there after working in the yard rather than tracking the dirt through the house.
Now back to the main floor bathroom. Since it’s covered in tile, even on the ceiling, it will have to be completely demo’d. And since the original bathtub is a dark teal green (the PO had it glazed white), it’d be a good time to replace it instead of going to the expense of having it refinished every 10 or so years. There’s already some chips on the current finish, so it would have to be refinished in the near future.
I’m all for keeping original fixtures, but just because it’s old doesn’t mean it was a good idea. Designing a bathroom around a teal green tub is not a good idea in my mind.
So with this latest renovation idea brewing in my head, I began to research bathtubs.
Mainly due to space constraints, I’d already given up my desire to have a large shower and soaking tub in the master suite, so why not install a soaking tub in the first floor bathroom?
I ended up on the GardenWeb Forum, which, if you haven’t stumbled across it yourself, is a great source for home and garden discussions. This thread introduced me to air tubs and manufacturers that I’ve never heard of.
Initially, I was only interested in soaking tubs because I don’t like whirlpool tubs: too noisy, and the force of the jets don’t soothe me at all. I had heard of air tubs but have never tried one. Supposedly they have a more gentle blast through a number of openings around the tub. Bath oils and salts can also be used in them, as opposed to whirlpool tubs.
Who knows what will happen in the end, but right now I’m really liking the BainUltra Thalassa 55 Air Jet. I think it would be a good retrofit for the space.
In the meantime, anyone have any experience with air tubs? Pros? Cons? Installation or noise level problems? I’d love to hear from you!