I told that we are using a designer. I have a firm sense of what I like but I felt that I needed the expertise of someone who does this day in and day out.
She indicated that the first step was to find our bathtub.
I was a little nervous about picking out the tub. It is the most expensive element in the room and what if it is wrong? Our designer refered us to a bath and kitchen wholesale supplier.
Immediately our consultant was able to point us in the right direction.
Bill and I have tossed around the idea of a antique cast iron tub for a couple of years. We thought we could find one and have it refinished. We have even looked at them numerous times at our favorite archetural salvage store.
A refinished tub was going to be about $1000.00. Of course I would love to find one in a horse pasture, but you never know if there are cracks and it would still have to be sent out for reglazing. The weight of a cast iron tub filled with water was a concern for me in a second story bathroom. I had visions of me crashing through the kitchen ceiling.
Bill and I have spent weeks looking at the tubs available at the big box stores. We knew what was out there as a retail option. I was concerned about the quality.
Within minutes of our arrival, our design consultant at the supply pointed us to a lighter weight limestone tub.
Once the tub was chosen, we were able to move on to faucets. We debated getting the spray nozzle or not. We decided that even thought it added some visual distraction to the faucet we would regret not having the option of spraying down the dog after a bath. (I don't even think that I'm letting that dog in my tub.) I will love the spray nozzle for my nightly foot bath. :)
It was so easy.
It only took an hour.
Our design consultant knew what we needed after just a few minutes of conversation.
In minutes we had what we needed on order and it will be delivered at no charge. It was amazing.
Buoyed on our success, we went by an outlet type of bath and kitchen store to look at bathroom vanities. We left without anything. We are back to the drawing board on that one because they were all very curvy and carved and just not us.
Now that things are ordered it is time to start demo and pick out tile.
I will tell you, that I was dreading picking out the tub. I thought it would be the most difficult part.
I think it turned out to be the easiest.