Clawfoot tubs are on many a dream home wish list, but beneath the glamour and the daydreams of relaxing nighttime soaks, that freestanding tub could be hiding some nasty water damage, according to Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott.
“It doesn’t butt up against the wall, so you get a lot of spillage and it can cause damage to your wall or can seep in and actually drip down from your bathroom to your lower level ceiling,” Jonathan recently told PopSugar. “This is especially important if you have kids who will inevitably splash water outside the tub. Adults can struggle with clawfoot tubs, too, especially when there’s no separate shower.”
For homeowners who want the charming look of a freestanding tub, minus the water damage, some experts recommend ditching the clawfeet for a deeper, Japanese-style soaking tub. Others say a shower head-curtain combo is your best bet. Though Houzz notes even this compromise can be tricky to pull off. “When a freestanding tub has to double as a shower stall base, it can be tough to make the curtain work in your favor, and there is limited space for standing.”
Even with a curtain in place, Drew notes that the surrounding surfaces are important to consider if you want to avoid a major bathroom overhaul down the road: “If you’re going to do it as both a shower and a tub, it has to be in a wet room. You have to have everything tiled and waterproof,” he says.
So much for those clawfoot tub dreams, but we’ll indulge you anyway…