With all the new and exciting capabilities in design we have witnessed in the last 50 years, the possibilities for bathrooms have moved beyond their original function as simple utility spaces. Now there are options in how you can lay them out, what features go in them, and what finishes they will have. When combined, these options will provide a warm, inviting, and functional space in which you want to be. That is why it is important to work with your architect to design a space that is not only appealing, but functional for your lifestyle as well. Here are some design tips we have gathered to help you design the perfect bathroom.

Windows & Bath DesignLayout

When you and your architect begin to draw up your bathroom design, it is important to think about how you plan to use the space. Where will your windows be in relation to your bathing and toilet spaces? By not only thinking about how you want to move and flow within your bathroom, but how that space will live within your home and property, you will be able to create a more functional space.

Showers and Baths

Focusing on your daily rituals and what works best with your lifestyle, do you prefer a shower or a bathtub? Perhaps you want to include both in your bathroom design. Do you want your shower to be a walk-in with multiple shower heads? Or maybe you dream of a large, jetted bathtub with a window to enjoy your lakeside view? Knowing what you want in your bathroom is a big determinant in its overall size and layout.

Modern Bath DesignSink Design

In recent years, we have seen design trends begin to put more emphasis on sink space. In mountain-style homes specifically, even in powder rooms, sinks can provide a focal point for the space. While the design is important to assess, the number of sinks is a consideration as well. For many people, installing two sinks makes logical sense in their master bath, and sometimes secondary bathrooms as well.


The flooring options for your bathroom are just as diverse as those for the rest of your home. Whether it is slate, or tile, or a laminate that you choose to incorporate, you will want to take into consideration how it ties into the rest of the space. When you speak with your architect, remember that flooring choice is not just about the look, but also how it feels under your feet. For many who live in areas with colder seasons, an investment in radiant floor heating is an option to consider.

Post and Beam Master Bath DesignWood Accents

The natural and raw beauty of your mountain-style design is something that is reflected in your home’s exterior as well as the interior. Why stop that natural beauty at your bathroom? Allow the wood detailing in the rest of the home to flow into your bath space as well. You can achieve this by including a log wall or log beams overhead for a rustic look, or even some intricate timber framing around a window for a more subtle approach.

For more bath design inspiration, visit the Bedroom & Bathroom photo gallery.

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