Has anyone attempted to make a Japanese style soaking tub? Are there cheaper alternatives to Hinoki or Alaskan Cedar?
Are you only wanting a wood tub? They are beautiful, but fear a lot of upkeep (I still have memories of the super hip "hot tubs" from the
70s, my parents were always cleaning it).
I was inspired by the book The Japanese Bath
while building our house, so I quickly re-orged
the layout in the master bath to include a japanese style soaking tub. Since the wood ones were out of the question price
wise, I chose to go with the Americh Beverly 4040 (which is featured in a few of the pictures in that book). It's acrylic (I think,
but low maintenance). Cost was about $1100. I just tiled right over the top as was shown in the book, and now it looks like a cool natural water hole in nature. The cool thing is it's a "sitting tub", 32" deep with a seat, you can fill it up to your neck in water (if you have time to wait!). It looks small, but you CAN get two people in there. Don't ask me how I know that..... Here is a picture of the finished product, I can send you more details of how I framed for it if you want.