Drop-in cast iron bathtubs and shower pans are perfect for custom built-in projects for homes of today as well as yesteryear. Evoke another era with a clawfoot cast iron shower pan that is sure to garner attention.
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Bathtubs in an old home come in three basic varieties; built-in bathtubs, clawfoot bathtubs, and pedestal bathtubs. Unlike the double-walled apron-front alcove style built-in bathtubs so common in bathrooms today, built-in tubs in a vintage bath usually drop into a frame. Early on, the frame might have been wood but most often antique built-in tubs dropped into a tiled frame. Built-in bathtubs that included a shower were often built into a corner or alcove (like a modern tub) but completely freestanding built-in tubs weren't unusual even in a vintage bathroom. When most of us picture a vintage bath, however, we picture a clawfoot tub. The classic cast iron clawfoot tub with ball and claw style feet was the centerpiece of vintage baths from the late nineteenth century into the 1930's. Streamlined pedestal tubs gained favor during the Art Deco period of the early twentieth century. Like clawfoot tubs, pedestal tubs and skirted tubs are freestanding tubs. Freestanding clawfoot tubs and pedestal tubs are often placed against a wall or in a corner but they are not permanently attached to framing like a built-in tub.
It was not uncommon for vintage baths to include a separate shower stall. Even smaller working class homes sometimes provided a shower separate from the bathtub. A cast iron shower pan is often used in additions, basement showers, and bathroom conversions in old homes built prior to indoor plumbing. Showers featured a shower pan that might be built-in or might be footed similar to traditional clawfoot tubs.
To be true to your old home, replace an antique bathtub or shower pan with a similar style bathtub or shower pan whether it be built-in or freestanding.