Federation Bath (tubs)

Federation Bathroom renovation and the bath

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The great bathroom renovation debate

Federation and Edwardian bathrooms featured oval-shaped clawfoot tubs with an even rolled trim all the way around.

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Original beautiful Federation bathroom at 17 Mary Street, LONGUEVILLE NSW

Cleanliness

  • Bathrooms were still large and made for family use during this period, but were very much in line with the overall aesthetic of cleanliness.
  • In a Federation or Edwardian bathroom, there’s tile across the whole floor and tile or wainscotting half or a third of the way up the wall to make the surfaces easy to clean, and the walls above topped with light pastel colors or floral patterns.

Beauty

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  • Federation bathrooms, as with the rest of Edwardian architecture, utilized lots of natural light, so there’re lots of large windows, light pastel color schemes, and often bouquets of fresh flowers to emphasize the bright, natural aspect of the bathroom.
  • The form of Federation and Edwardian bathroom fixtures followed the architecture and overall design of the time, emphasizing light colors and open spaces.
  • Art Nouveau leadlight windows were a feature, adding beauty and light, while respecting privacy
Victorian bathroom with Art Nouveau decoration
Victorian bathroom with Art Nouveau decoration
Bathroom at 406 Waverley Road Malvern East Victoria
Bathroom at 406 Waverley Road Malvern East Victoria
Original Federation style bathroom with modern shower and tap ware and no loo yet.
Original Federation style bathroom with modern shower and tap ware and no loo yet.

Free standing baths

Currently free-standing baths are very popular, coming in all shapes and sizes to match the infinite variety of our Aussie bathrooms. Many manufacturers also offer spa baths which are the next step up for the truly luxurious bathroom.

Burlington Edwardian
Burlington Edwardian

A free standing bath is the ultimate bathroom feature.

  • Whilst beautiful, free standing baths are generally heavier than inset baths and will need to be carefully supported.
  • Many free standing baths do not have tapholes, so choosing your tap-ware is extremely important.
  • Free standing baths are extremely versatile in their design, with a myriad of styles available.
  • Unless you go for a real space-saving design, keep in mind that adding a tub to the bathroom takes up space, and you’ll need to allow for additional plumbing connections.
  • If you plan to incorporate the shower above the bath, this will also result in more work, and of course, additional cost.
  • For today’s modern family, the bathroom plays a very functional role. If you use a bath, then add one when renovating – but add wisely. Make sure the style of bath suits the bathroom and house, and that the installation allows enough space in the bathroom area.
  • If budget permits, consider the spa bath – this is bound to add value to the property when it comes to selling.[1]

Renovation and a claw foot bath

If your house reflects a Federation design, then a new or restored clawfoot tub will complement this and add to the value of your property.
This leads on to important considerations such as budget and available space.

  • Maybe you’ve thought ahead a little and purchased an old claw foot tub which you plan to restore and install.
  • Depending on the state of the tub (how long it’s been sitting in the paddock as a stock water trough), the cost to repair and refinish it will be between $500 and $2000.
  • Alternatively, from upwards of $900, you can buy a new porcelain or acrylic claw foot tub.[2]
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Spa bath renovation in a Federation bathroom with Art Nouveau leadlight
Spa bath renovation in a Federation bathroom with Art Nouveau leadlight
Hargate in Launceston provides a rare opportunity to experience Tasmanias' heritage bathrooms.
Hargate in Launceston provides a rare opportunity to experience Tasmanias’ heritage bathrooms.
Renovated bathroom at Arden, 1045 Burke Road HAWTHORN EAST
Renovated bathroom at Arden, 1045 Burke Road HAWTHORN EAST
Renovated bathroom at Rotha, 29 Harcourt Street in Hawthorn
Renovated bathroom at Rotha, 29 Harcourt Street in Hawthorn

The Claw foot Bathtub

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The claw foot tub or claw-foot tub was considered a luxury item in the late 19th century,[2]originally made from cast iron and lined with porcelain.

Modern technology has contributed to a drop in the price of clawfoot tubs, which may now be made of fibreglass, acrylic or other modern materials.

  • The claw foot free standing bath is reminiscent of an era of style and decadence.
  • A beautiful feature piece in a period bathroom, claw foot free standing baths can be beautifully decorated with different coloured feet, exteriors and interiors for that genuine Federation feel.
  • Claw foot tubs usually require more water than a standard bathtub, because generally they are larger.
  • While true antique claw foot tubs are still considered collectible items, new reproduction claw foot tubs are chosen by renovators and new home builders[3]
Millbrook Double Ended Cast Iron Bath
Millbrook Double Ended Cast Iron Bath
The Petite Millbrook Cast Iron Bath
The Petite Millbrook Cast Iron Bath
Salcombe Cast Iron Bath
Salcombe Cast Iron Bath
The Polperro Double Ended Slipper Cast Iron Bath
The Polperro Double Ended Slipper Cast Iron Bath

Clawfoot tubs come in 5 major styles:

  • Classic Roll Rim, Roll Top, or Flat Rim tubs as seen in the picture above.
  • Slipper tubs – where one end is raised and sloped creating a more comfortable lounging position.
  • Double Slipper Tubs – where both ends are raised and sloped.
  • Double Ended Tubs – where both ends of the tub are rounded. Notice how one end of the classic tub is rounded and one is fairly flat.
  • Pedestal Tub – Pedestal tubs, unlike all the styles listed above, do not have claw feet. The tub rests on a pedestal in what most would term an art deco style. Evidence of pedestal tubs dates back to the Isle of Crete in 1000 BC.
Randolph Morris 66 Inch Cast Iron Double Ended Pedestal Tub No Drillings - White
Randolph Morris 66 Inch Cast Iron Double Ended Pedestal Tub No Drillings – White
Randolph Morris 70-Inch Acrylic Double Slipper Pedestal Tub - Rim Drillings
Randolph Morris 70-Inch Acrylic Double Slipper Pedestal Tub – Rim Drillings
Randolph Morris 60 Inch Cast Iron Slipper Flat Rim Pedestal Tub Rim Drillings
Randolph Morris 60 Inch Cast Iron Slipper Flat Rim Pedestal Tub Rim Drillings
*Near Perfect - Only One Available* Randolph Morris 72 Inch Cast Iron Double Slipper Pedestal Tub Rim Drillings - White
*Near Perfect – Only One Available* Randolph Morris 72 Inch Cast Iron Double Slipper Pedestal Tub Rim Drillings – White

Gallery of Clawfoot baths

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England . Edwardian Home in Rye . Bathroom Interior
Edwardian Bathroom
Edwardian Bathroom

Downton Abbey Edwardian Bathroom

There’s something very timeless and elegant about a white bathroom with a claw-foot bathtub and crystal chandelier.

Bathroom by Ines Hanl
Bathroom by Ines Hanl
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Edwardian Bathroom Design
Edwardian Bathroom Design
Perrin & Rowe Traditional Bathroom by Bespoke on Khyber feat. Country basin set above oval bowl, Edwardian WC and Country bath spout set.
Perrin & Rowe Traditional Bathroom by Bespoke on Khyber feat. Country basin set above oval bowl, Edwardian WC and Country bath spout set.

Gallery of Pedestal baths

Artnouveau Roomset
Artnouveau Roomset
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Master Bathroom by Jerry Locati
Master Bathroom by Jerry Locati
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Edwardian House renovation of Master Bathroom Tricia Douglas www.triciadouglasinteriors.co.uk #Home Decor
Edwardian House renovation of Master Bathroom Tricia Douglas http://www.triciadouglasinteriors.co.uk #Home Decor
Master Bathroom by Jessica Lagrange
Master Bathroom by Jessica Lagrange
Renovated bathroom at Redcourt, 506 Orrong Road, Armadale Vic
Renovated bathroom at Redcourt, 506 Orrong Road, Armadale Vic
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Renovated bathroom at ‘Rowardennan’, 5 Warrawee Avenue, Warrawee
Paco Jaanson Bathroom Taps
Paco Jaanson Bathroom Taps

Bath Materials

By Prue Tully
http://www.renoexchange.com.au/article/bath-materials

  • With plenty of different bath materials to suit your space and price, the following captures some of the more popular choices on the market and how out they could work best for you.

1. Acrylic Baths

Acrylic Bath
Acrylic Bath

Acrylic has become an extremely popular choice for bath materials. Its natural warmth as well as its strength make it a favourite for home renovators. Acrylic Baths are a lightweight and affordable bath option. To maintain that high sheen finish and colour, use gentle cleaning products as anything abrasive can damage your acrylic bathtub.

2. Enameled Cast Iron Baths

Enameled Cast Iron Bath
Enameled Cast Iron Bath

Among the most expensive bath materials on the market isEnameled Cast Iron Baths. Strong and durable, these baths are created by pouring molten iron into a mould. To achieve their high-gloss finish, the surface is fired and is resistant to scratches, cracks and chips. Be aware that cast iron baths are extremely heavy, but if you’re after that timeless look, this is the bath for you.

Steel Enamel Bath
Steel Enamel Bath

3. Steel Enamel Baths

Extremely popular in Europe, steel enamel bathss are a fantastic option for bathing. Exceptionally durable, steel enamel baths are hard-wearing, scratch resistant, hygienic and easy to clean.

4. Stonecast Resin Baths

Stonecast Resin baths are a mixture of ground up stone and resin. For those who are looking from a stone bath but are on a tighter budget, a stonecast resin bath could be the answer for you. Manufacturers are able to mimic travertine, limestone, marble and granite.

Stonecast resin bath
Stonecast resin bath
Steel Porcelain Bath
Steel Porcelain Bath

5. Steel Porcelain Baths
Stamped out of a solid piece of steel, steel porcelain baths are then coated with Porcelain to achieve that high gloss finish. Extremely hardy, steel porcelain is highly resistant to scratches, vigorous cleaning and is an affordable bath material option.

6. Stone Composite Baths

Stone Composite Bath
Stone Composite Bath
A two-tone paint job emphasizes the beauty of the architectural detailing in the master bathroom and complements the statuesque freestanding bathtub from Kohler. The sumptuous stone top of a vintage Edwardian table from Grant Antiques Gallery adds opulence to the setting.
A two-tone paint job emphasizes the beauty of the architectural detailing in the master bathroom and complements the statuesque freestanding bathtub from Kohler. The sumptuous stone top of a vintage Edwardian table from Grant Antiques Gallery adds opulence to the setting.
Copper Bath
Copper Bath

Stone Composite Baths baths are readily available on the market. A composite material made of crushed stone bound by a polymer resin. Made predominantly with Quartz, baths in stone composite stone feature a myriad of other materials such as limestone, marble, mother of pearl, composite baths have a beautiful natural stone look.

7. Copper Baths
A copper bath is one of the most luxurious choices when it comes to bathing. Handcrafted in any shape, copper conducts and retains heat, making it perfect for those long, hot soaks.


Great World Bathrooms from Telegraph.co.uk

Kensington, London - One of two bespoke bathrooms in this two-bedroom property, the marble is sourced directly from Armani in Italy. Harrods Estates (020 7225 6506
Kensington, London – One of two bespoke bathrooms in this two-bedroom property, the marble is sourced directly from Armani in Italy. Harrods Estates (020 7225 6506
Islington, London - This smart townhouse with a huge walk-in shower is in picturesque Myddleton Square. Knight Frank (0203 551 5089
Islington, London – This smart townhouse with a huge walk-in shower is in picturesque Myddleton Square. Knight Frank (0203 551 5089
St George’s Hill, Surrey - High ceilings, plenty of light and more space than you can shake a wet towel at would make soaking in this bathroom a pleasure. Knight Frank (01372 464496, knightfrank.co.uk)
St George’s Hill, Surrey – High ceilings, plenty of light and more space than you can shake a wet towel at would make soaking in this bathroom a pleasure. Knight Frank (01372 464496, knightfrank.co.uk)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent - Take a bath Jane-Austen style, in this elegant Palladian villa with high ceilings and large windows. Hamptons International (01892 597 601, hamptons.co.uk
Tunbridge Wells, Kent – Take a bath Jane-Austen style, in this elegant Palladian villa with high ceilings and large windows. Hamptons International (01892 597 601, hamptons.co.uk
St James, Barbados - The rooms in this Caribbean villa have been designed to maximise the enviable sea views and cooling breezes. Realtors Real Estate Sales (020 7467 5330, realtorsrealestatesales.com
St James, Barbados – The rooms in this Caribbean villa have been designed to maximise the enviable sea views and cooling breezes. Realtors Real Estate Sales (020 7467 5330, realtorsrealestatesales.com

Where to buy a Federation Bath Online


  1. ^ http://news.domain.com.au/domain/good-renovation-advice/is-it-bath-time-for-your-home-20150409-1mhfaf.html
  2. ^ http://news.domain.com.au/domain/good-renovation-advice/is-it-bath-time-for-your-home-20150409-1mhfaf.html
  3. ^ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bathtub
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