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Freestanding Bathtubs Fit Luxury Into Small Rooms

Charleston, SC, February 13, 2009 --( Homes might be shrinking, but the desire for luxury still looms large on homeowner lists. They continue to invest in upgrades that add sophistication and elegance, including freestanding bathtubs.

The size of the typical U.S. home is declining, says the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the latest of its quarterly series, “Home Design Trends Surveys,” which found that more than twice as many respondents reported home size declines as those who reported increases.

Yet even these “shrinking” homes are making room for luxury.

“Some of our contemporary designs offer a reduced footprint that works beautifully in smaller bathrooms, such as those in condos, remodels and lofts,” says Karl Schuele, U.S. sales and marketing director for Victoria & Albert Baths, a leading manufacturer of freestanding bathtubs. “Customers who don’t want to give up the latest in stand-alone tub styles can find plenty of options in our collection.”

Particularly well-suited to smaller bathrooms, the ios is the latest design from the trend-setting Victoria & Albert. At just 59-inches long, the ios counters its small footprint with an oversized bathing well.

With a unique cutaway base that exposes floor space under and around it, the unbroken lines of the Como give a bathroom a roomier appearance. And for deep soaking combined with a sleek shower option, the Cannes bath/shower offers a superior solution within a minimal amount of space. Other Victoria & Albert designs with a reduced footprint include the classically designed Wessex and Shropshire.

The Como’s clean design and cutaway base give even a small bathroom the impression of more space.

While the trend of smaller homes is rising and likely to continue — the Washington, DC-based AIA has reported decreasing home size trends since 2006 — homeowners continue to be unwilling to give up the big impact that stand-alone tubs provide, says Schuele.

“We designed the ios and some of our smaller models, including our classic Wessex, based on demand from the urban loft and remodeling markets,” he says. “Home sizes might be dropping, but customer demand for quality and luxurious touches are not.”

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Victoria & Albert baths are made from ENGLISHCAST™, a unique volcanic limestone material exclusive to Victoria & Albert. Made of naturally occurring stone, ENGLISHCAST™ is a renewable surface that is insulating, scratch- and stain-resistant, and easy-to clean. Its high stone content makes it strong and durable, and gives it a natural feel and finish.

About Victoria & Albert®
Victoria & Albert is a global leader in bath innovation and design, creating a versatile range of traditional and contemporary freestanding tubs. Known for its innovative solid surface material, ENGLISHCAST™, Victoria & Albert guarantees all its products with a 25-year warranty and ships within 48 hours of purchase.

Established in 1996 in the U.K., Victoria & Albert extended its brand to the U.S. in 2002, and now offers its products in more than 20 countries. Victoria & Albert products are sold at more than 400 kitchen and bath showrooms across the U.S. and Canada.

The Cannes combines luxurious deep soaking power with minimal shower design for big impact in small spaces.

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