Bathing Glory

Most real estate experts agree that renovating your bathroom can add value to your home so it’s important to stay up on trends. So what can we expect in 2017?

Freestanding tubs are a growing trend especially in the master bathroom suite, says Alexis Loiacono, a Ferguson showroom product expert in Raleigh. Once quite cost prohibitive, freestanding tubs have become price competitive with elegant models starting at $1,500.

“We used to have two in the showroom, now we have 10—from traditional to transitional to contemporary,” she says. Even Jacuzzi, known for its ubiquitous whirlpool-style tubs, has embraced freestanding designs.

“Freestanding tubs are very popular but be aware that you can’t put them into every application without great expense,” says Conrad Nurge, Owner of North Carolina Kitchen and Bath, specializing in bathroom and kitchen renovation. One thing to keep in mind is the location of the tub, he explains. Ground floor tubs with access to a crawl space or basement are the easiest, most cost-effective installations, while second floor projects can be a little more difficult depending on where floor joists come together.  And, forget about installing in concrete slab foundations completely.

“The beauty of a freestanding tub is there is no wall around it so fixtures most likely will come out of the floor,” he says. In the past, these tub fillers were expensive adding to the overall price tag but Nurge says more and more manufacturers are designing them and bringing costs down.

And when it comes to finishes consumers are gravitating towards warm brasses and rose golds, says Loiacono. Once a niche finish, everyday brands such as Delta or Kohler are embracing the trend and offering cost-effective prices making it more accessible to a broader audience.

Farmhouse Chic

Embodying a traditional farmhouse tub with a modern day twist.

DXV Oak Hill Free Standing Soaking Tub with feet, $3,690

Vintage Charm

This contemporary incarnation of a clawfoot tub offers an elegant alternative.

Victoria & Albert Richmond clawfoot tub, $1,778

Back to Black

Matte black is trending this season with everyday brands like Jacuzzi embracing the style.

Jacuzzi Fiore Soaking Tub in black and white, $1,534

All available at Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery.

Alexandra Drosu

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