Q: I read your article on “freestanding” tubs and like the look of having a shower stall and an open style bathtub. But our bathroom is too small to have the tub located away from the wall. Any ideas you can share with me?

A: Freestanding baths have become trendy plumbing fixtures. As I’ve mentioned in previous articles, not only do they function as a comfortable place to take a bath, they also add classic beauty with “stand alone” styling.

However, a freestanding tub hasn’t always been the best choice for smaller bathrooms because of space restrictions — until now. I’ve worked with new freestanding-like bathtubs called “back-to-wall” tubs that are designed to be installed against a wall. This design may fit smaller spaces and allows for back of tub access for an easier install.

Final tip: If you choose a back-to-wall tub that features lumbar support, a built-in overflow and a toe-tap-style drain that’s foot operated, this can also be a step in the right direction.


Ed Del Grande: eadelg@cs.com. Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.”