Adding a Freestanding Bathtub

Project Info

Location: Westfield, NJ
Scope of Work: Full Bathroom Remodel

We have remodeled many, many bathrooms in northern New Jersey. In a fair number of these bathrooms, we’ve removed bathtubs and replaced them with oversized showers. However, for this project, we were asked to add a freestanding bathtub to the bathroom. Despite working with limited space, we were able to accommodate their wishes.

Adding a Freestanding Bathtub
Adding a Freestanding Bathtub

New Freestanding Bathtub

The existing master bathroom in this Westfield, NJ home consisted of a corner shower, a toilet, a double vanity, and a linen closet. In order to fit a new freestanding bathtub in the room, we needed to create some space. It was decided that we would remove the linen closet, and reduce the vanity size to a single basin.

The crew first demolished the bathroom down to the studs. New plumbing would be required for the bathtub. Once the licensed plumber was finished with the rough-in, we built the walls and subfloor. We framed the new shower. Instead of the irregular shape, we created a rectangle. The new shower would be the same width as before, but longer, giving it more square footage. The crew also built a knee wall that would live adjacent to the new vanity. The previously framed shower would be upgraded with a frameless style.

We installed new porcelain tile on the bathroom floor and in the shower. A basketweave accent border was added in the shower and as a backsplash behind the vanity.

On the opposite side of the bathroom, we installed a new freestanding tub.

To replace some of the storage lost by removing the linen closet, we added floating shelves to one end of the bathtub. Additionally, we put up a cabinet above the toilet to provide storage. We also installed crown molding around the room to add some detail. We painted the room a serene blue that complemented the white tile and warm vanity.

Now, this bathroom is updated and has all the elements that the homeowners were after.

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