Undermount or drop in tub - need advice fast!
Sonya N
December 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
Folks, I need to decide on this quickly. I am redoing a master bath (among other things), and I am doing a tub in shower setup, similar to this: Grassmere remodel (shower would only be on one side, plus rain in the middle, not dual)

The size of the total area is 75x84 inches. In these 75 inches, I have 36 taken up by the tub, 36 by the shower and 3 inches for the tile trim on the front of the tub (which is 36x66). My contractor is suggesting that I undermount the tub, giving the 3 inches to the shower and at the same time not having that extra step that drop-in look creates; he says it'll only collect water from the shower and I'll have to keep wiping it. I am really torn: I personally like the drop-in look and worry about extra cost that material and fabrication of a slab will introduce, but at the same time I am a neat freak and would like the extra inches for the shower. Here is the picture to illustrate:

New Home Remodel

Thoughts? I need to decide by tomorrow.
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jonomat
I have a drop in tub and literally your contractor is right, all I ever do is wipe the edge as it holds water.
I would suggest an under mount
But that's my personal opinion! Just because I don't enjoy always having to wipe the edge! Good luck!
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Dytecture
Personally not a big fan of tub inside the shower as you have on the plan, consider shifting the toilet and double vanity to the right to make room for the shower on the left.
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ASVInteriors
Whatever you do, you will end up with water. Drop in creates a "moat" but a slab is still a flat surface.
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mrsbtag
Undermount
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The Wiese Company
I think I'd go undermount in this scenario. It's visually a much "cleaner" look.
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