I had my mind set on a cast iron tub, given the age of the house. I had selected several from the Signature Hardware website, when a friend who had bought an acrylic tub from them said I should go to their showroom. At that point I didn’t even know they were a local company. I learned of them from watching many HGTV shows that use their products.
Most important for me was getting a tub that would allow me to fully extend my legs, something I could not do in the tubs of my old house. I was so focused on length, that I did not take into account width and it turned out all the cast iron tubs were narrow, I felt trapped sitting in them. The showroom person pointed out the acryllic, Renlo model, which comes in various lengths, but the 70″ happened to be on display. It was perfect, wide and long and its style I thought would fit. While the house is old my master bath was a new creation in it. I worked hard to replicate the 1st floor bathroom, but I felt free to “design” this space. Plus I knew it would be difficult getting a cast iron tub upstairs. I was swayed.
Signature Hardware, from the showroom, will sell returned merchandise, its been so long I forgot the exact term they used. Another person had ordered the 67″ version with a chrome overflow and drain, but cancelled the order before delivery. Since the drain had already been attached it was sold at a discount, 40% off if my memory serves me. I had not planned to do chrome fixtures, but could live with it for the savings. I didn’t jump right away because the 70″ fit so good; even leaning back my knees did not need to bend. I left, called my father, to share my findings.
Since he had been studying my plans his first question was are you sure you have room for 70″. I went to the house (this was pre-drywall, amazing) and measured where I thought the linen closet door would swing. He was right. I called the next day and paid for the discounted tub. They stored it for a month before I had to take delivery. That tub stayed in its box, which i put on wheels so it could be easily worked around by the drywall crew, until I laid the tile in that area. 18 months after purchase its connected and I enjoyed my first bath.
Lights dimmed, music playing, it was freakin’ awesome. Exactly as seen in my mind’s eye almost two years ago.