Jacuzzi Tubs

There are many structural and aesthetic changes you can make to your home to make it more valuable as well as more enjoyable to live in, but one that serves the most comfortable purpose to you now and to future homeowners is adding a jacuzzi.

A jacuzzi, really just a good-size whirlpool bathtub with underwater soothing jets, can be the centerpiece of a bathroom remodel. It's a relatively easy fix that can add thousands of dollars to the value of your home.

In a 2004 survey conducted by Remodeling magazine, a small-scale bathroom remodel, in which a jacuzzi would be included, ranks third in remodels that have the greatest return on the initial investment. It seems today's resale home buyers want bathrooms that have more comfort and style than in days past. Some of these desired comforts include a walk-in shower, vaulted ceilings and that sunken, cozy jacuzzi tub.

Jacuzzi is a brand name for sunken tubs, either for indoor use, or as spas for outdoor use, but the term has become synonymous with any jetted tub and many indoor whirlpool bathtubs are simply called jacuzzi tubs.

The brand-name Jacuzzi tubs can be purchased in 5-foot and 6-foot lengths and can be placed along a wall, in a corner or as a standalone item in a large bathroom. Because it's hard to tell how much space the Jacuzzi or other whirlpool tub will truly take up in your bathroom, there are several things to keep in mind when shopping.

First, say experts, when shopping for a jacuzzi tub, shop a variety of showrooms, and not just online. This is for one simple reason: you're going to be doing a lot of body on testing. Once you find a tub you like, take off your shoes, get in the tub and get a feel for how it would work in your space. Get in and out of the jacuzzi tub. Is it hard to get out? Are you elderly needing a more shallow space? Are you comfortable in the tub or will you need a larger one?

Finally, make note of exactly how this jacuzzi tub will be used. If you have children, you might find they gravitate toward your larger, more comfortable tub and some experts suggest installing a smaller jacuzzi tub in the kids' bathroom to ensure your own private, tranquil bathing space.

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