Almost three thousand years ago, the ancestral pedestal tub was unearthed on the island of Crete. It measured five feet long and was made of hard pottery. Its shape resembled the modern 19th-century bathtub. A thousand years later, bathtubs spread across the world and began to infiltrate the Roman Empire, which gave rise and creation to the bathtub we know today. In 1883, an American man by the name of John Michael Kohler invented the world’s first bathtub. He took a cast-iron horse trough and added four decorative feet to the bottom of it and covered it in an enamel finish.
This is the bathtub many know and love today. These bathtubs come in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures and more to match any sense of style and decor. This isn’t the only addition in a bathroom these days. A bathroom can include the shower, vanity and more.
A Little More History
The clawfoot tub slowly morphed into the modern built-in tub with an apron front. This enclosed bathtub style provided much easier maintenance to homeowners’ bathrooms. With the emergence of different colored sanitary ware, it also provided more design options for the creative homeowner.
The color trend today, seems to be shifting back to the original elegance of pure white and the luxury of the soaking in the clawfoot bathtub. Homeowners are gradually starting to replace their old bathtubs with the trendier freestanding style tubs.
The Benefits of A Bathroom Remodel
It has been found time and time again that a bathroom remodel can be what someone needs to increase their home’s value. On mid-sized to large-sized remodels, owners have over a sixty-five percent return of their investment. Also, houses tend to sell faster, which is a great boost for the owner and the local market.
Many baby boomers are tossing out their bathtubs for showers, but recent research has found that having a bathtub can be one of the best things for a family and for a single individual. This increases family functioning because children usually take baths. Adults appreciate the relaxation a hot bath can offer after a hard day.
If you’re ready to improve the style and value of your home, check out the Complete Bathtub Package for all the options available.