Natural stone can be used nearly anywhere inside and outside the home. It’s found throughout bathrooms, with walls, floors, and often sinks being made of marble, granite, limestone, and slate. One often overlooked use of stone in this area however, is the stone bathtub, which can be used to make an impressive statement inside any home.
There are a few different ways that tubs can be made from stone. The most common involves carving one large block of stone into the bathtub itself. Stone tubs can be made to look like traditional dual-on-plinth tubs, or they can take on more contemporary looks with some tubs looking like half an egg shell.
These tubs are meant to be freestanding and are often the focal point of the room. Depending on the design, they may include drillings for faucets, and overflow channels, or they may only include the drain; the faucet must be freestanding beside the tub or come from the wall or ceiling.
The use of a freestanding stone tub needs to be carefully considered for placement. Often the floor will need to be reinforced to hold the weight of the stone tub, plus the weight of the water and the user when the tub is full.
A less expensive and less heavy way to construct a stone tub is to use stone slabs, and fit them together like a typical drop in or undermount tub with a deck. The seams of the tub are sealed between the pieces of stone to help make it watertight. This gives the elegance and feel of stone, without the weight and size of a freestanding unit.
All stone tubs should be sealed and protected to help ensure that they don’t etch or stain over time, particularly in homes with very hard or corrosive water.
Regardless of what type of tub is used, all natural stone baths make beautiful additions to the bathroom. Adding one to the design is sure to create a statement.