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Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

Beautiful bathrooms are one of the great pleasures in life, if you ask us. 

freestanding bathtub in bathroom
Beth Webb InteriorsEmily Followill Photography

 

And, for us, a great tub is a nonnegotiable.

freestanding tub
Barbara Westbrook via Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

When we redid our master bath in our Beaufort, NC house a huge, cast-iron soaking tub was the first thing we chose.

bathroom freestanding tub
Suzanne Kasler Interior Design

 

The carpenters joked that if there was a natural disaster we should stand on the first floor under the tub because the floor had been reinforced so heavily.

freestanding tub
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

Although it’s not so much of a joke now because, in the wake of Hurricane Florence, we learned what can happen when you build a beautiful wooden enclosure around a cast-iron tub surrounded by windows. And the windows leak. Let’s just say ew.

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Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

 

 

Lesson learned! 

bathroom with freestanding tub
Architectural Digest

 

We weren’t planning on a major house renovation just five years after the first one, but you can’t predict the weather, as they say. 

freestanding tub
Architectural Digest

 

And master bathroom, take two, is going to have a more breathable bathing solution, so we don’t find ourselves in this mess again.

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Ray Booth’s bathroom via Architectural Digest

 

Luckily, freestanding tubs are another favorite of ours. 

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NYC&G

 

And, after all, the floor’s already reinforced. 

freestanding bathtub
Architectural Digest

 

Beautiful, simple, streamlined and able to take advantage of every window of view, now we just have to choose the right one! 

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