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Designing your dream home can be exciting but it can also be a little overwhelming if you aren’t familiar with your options. One of the first items of a home you will want to familiarize yourself with before designing, drafting or remodeling is the bathtub.

This of course is because contrary to popular belief they are not all created equal. Here is a closer look at the 3 most common style of bathtubs so you can determine which one fits your bathroom design and renovation budget.

Alcove Bathtubs
An alcove bathtub is one that is built into the wall. These tubs usually come with the front shield and full inner liner already intact, so all you have to do is build around them. You can usually find alcove tubs for either corner settings or recessed settings.

Drop In Bathtubs
If your bathroom already features a spot for installation, you might be best off going with a drop in bathtub. These tubs can simply be inserted into your pre-installed casing and then configured. Extra effort might be required, but drop in bathtubs are typically fairly easy to clean and versatile when it comes to placement.

Freestanding Bathtubs
A freestanding bathtub does not have any walls surrounding it, thus delivering a cleaner, more spa-like appearance. When installing a freestanding bathtub it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to build some type of lip or platform that will catch any spillover.

Above are the 3 most common types of bathtubs, but remember that you’ll also want to pay close attention to what your bathtub is made out of. These days you can find tubs made out of everything from acrylic, marble and steel to fiberglass or polymer. The price of the bathtub is reflective.