For a lot of years, clients didn't have
to spend much time choosing
between bathtub materials—if they
wanted quality, they chose cast iron.
Plain and simple. But at the time,
bathtubs didn't massage you from
nose to toes with jets of hot water,
nor did they answer the door, the
phone, and requests for the time.
Today's "tubs" include ordinary
bathtubs, "jetted" or "whirlpool"
tubs, and spas (typically, the heated
water is maintained in this latter category).
Not surprisingly, the number
of materials has kept pace with the
increase in tub types. Although there
are lots of issues (read problems) with
designing for and installing some of
these new tubs and spas, in this column
I'm going to confine