There’s a growing trend for baths to be a focal point with freestanding models and interesting shapes definitely seen as a more luxurious option than a standard built in tub.
There’s no doubt that a freestanding bath adds a touch of opulence, raising the room to a level above the “bathroom suite” look. Freestanding baths used to be restricted to traditional roll top, claw footed Victorian and Edwardian designs, but now there’s an enormous choice of stunning contemporary shapes in sizes from compact to big enough for the most indulgent wallow.
A freestander can be used in either a small or a large bathroom – and in a limited area actually creates and illusion of space as the sides and sometimes the base (depending on style) are free of the floor.
For many years bathroom luxury was associated with a traditional claw foot roll top freestander – but baths like this have many drawbacks. The traditional roll top was made from cast iron—a material packed with disadvantages. Weight is a major issue – a large cast iron bath is extremely heavy when filled with water – and in some homes the floor may have to be reinforced to cope with the strain. Cast iron is very easily damaged – the accidental use of a household cleaner containing bleach will etch the surface. As metal is a good conductor of heat, hot water goes colder faster so extra top ups are often needed – and there’s also the unpleasant shock of cold metal touching bare skin. Clearwater has overcome all of these disadvantages by using modern materials such as Natural Stone and Twin Skin Reinforced Lucite acrylic for its baths. Both materials create a bath with a smooth inner that is warm to the touch, cannot be damaged by household cleaners and much lighter in weight than cast iron. These materials also allow for interesting shapes and indulgent proportions not possible with metal.
To complete the look, Clearwater has designed a range of complementary basins and there is also a full collection of taps, wastes and accessories.
Pictured Here: Boat Bath 180 primed and painted with metallic paint* £1699 with Burlington floor standing Birkenhead bath shower mixer £795. Also available in a compact 165 cm.
*Check with paint manufacturer as to suitability.