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I started perusing the web for bathtubs for the master bathroom and quickly realized that while we had planned for a 72″ bathtub, with another 6″ for a ledge; we hadn’t realized that a 72″ whirlpool tub is actually only 46″ of sitting space when you consider all the sloping and such.  Fortunately, we could easily shrink the shower by a bit to gain more space for a bigger tub.  Now we have 84″ of space which will fit one giant bathtub!

The Master Suite Layout

The Master Suite Layout

Since we are both very tall people, I wanted the bathtub to be long enough to comfortably stretch out in.  I measured our apartment bathtub for comparison and found that it was around 52″ of sitting space.  Since this is a standard 60″ bathtub, it doesn’t have the same sloping as a whirlpool tub.  With the 84″ model I found, we will gain another 8″ or so, totalling 60″.  The sitting space I refer to is illustrated by the innermost circle in the specifications image below.

Whirlpool Bath Sizing

Whirlpool Bath Sizing

There will be a 4′ wide single-hung window which will be centered directly above the bathtub, a few inches above the bathtub.  I want to be able to enjoy the view while soaking in a bubble bath!

On another note, as mentioned earlier this week – we can finally see the “Finish” line (for Design, anyways — which really is the “Start” line for Construction!)  It’s both incredibly exciting and a bit terrifying to realize that we have reached this point.  It’s as if my mind is playing tricks on me, now that I know we can’t change anything drastic, I have the urge to go through the plans tooth-and-nail looking for things we could have done differently.  Alas, that’s typically how all my life decisions are, so I am at least used to it and know it’s not specific to this house.

We should have everything on our must-have checklist by Monday so we can submit for permit, finalize our construction loan, and get formal approval from the Neighborhood Architectural Committee.  Let’s do this!

What size would your “dream” bathtub be?  What do you actually have?

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