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Bathrooms

They say there’s a wrench to fit every nut. That’s a metaphor for saying that there are bathroom designs to fit every taste and eccentricity. The unique comfort stations below prove beyond all doubt that everyone has their own notion of a place to roost and attend to their ablutions.

The bathroom gets the shaft

Photo by Homestone

Photo by Homestone

World-class designer Jorge Luis Hernández Silva really pushed the design envelope in this Guadalajara condo conversion that situated the bathroom atop an unused warehouse elevator shaft, 15 floors from the ground. I would purchase a wide area rug if I lived here.

The not-so-super Mario

Photo by Findboom

Photo by Findboom

If you spend half your hours paying video games and the other half reading cheat sheets, you’ll love this bathroom dedicated to the leaping and gathering of bonus points. There are bathroom designs suited to World of Warcraft (nothing like spears on your bath wall) and other contemporary games, too.

Fruits and nuts

Photo by Obsit

Photo by Obsit

While this looks absolutely refreshing, I couldn’t stand this shower treatment for long. For one thing, I associate kiwi fruit with its rugged, itchy skin. I’d prefer pictures of fish. On the high side, the rest of the otherwise bland room really benefits from the warm light through its sliding windows.

Soaping up to soaps

Photo by Building Design Ideas

Photo by Building Design Ideas

It’s been a long, tiring day. Slip into the tub in this Japanese-style bathroom, have a glass of wine, and unwind to your favorite show. Don’t drop the remote!

Pioneering bath designs of the North Star State

Photo by Stan Hecker

Photo by Stan Hecker

I’m giving big props to the people I met in Fairbanks, AK, during a winter where temperatures dropped to 68-below-zero.  Because of former gold mining, the local water can be polluted on the outskirts of town where people go without plumbing. They use the outhouse no matter the season. Now that’s true grit. Why not put some fiber cement siding around the facilities and stay warm?

Summer weather report: Outdoor showers

There are bath people and there are shower people. Just like people who own a cat and a dog, there are people with baths and showers. My back could be gnarled with sprung muscles, and I’d still prefer the shower. A few years ago I stayed with friends in Hawaii and they had an outdoor shower. You could smell the plumeria and hear the cascading waves just across the hedges.

On hot summer days growing up in California, we used the garden hose to rinse off chlorine from the pool and changed outside. An outdoor shower with the fresh air all around is heavenly. And for those who are bath people, outdoor showers are incredibly useful in protecting your skin, your bathing suit, and the indoor carpeting in your home.

For less than you pay for designer coffee each week, you can put up a simple spray shower in your lawn, or patio. And for a little more cash, you can have all the hot water you need to warm right up. Don’t be surprised if, before long, you find yourself showering out in the garden each morning.

On the bucket list

Photo by Taylor Hawkins

Photo by Taylor Hawkins

Starting simple, you can set up a shower for pennies. Since you fill the pail yourself, you can control the temperature of the water. Cost: $, Utility: pool rinse only.

Bare basics

Photo by Nabuzz

Photo by Nabuzz

The next step forward is to eliminate the job of the bucket-filler. This stand-alone outdoor shower mounts at your tap. If you have basement windows, be careful where you place this fixture! Cost: $, Utility: pool rinse and shower (exposure warning).

The sun also rinses

Photo by Solar Fizz

Photo by Solar Fizz

The Swiss have invented an outdoor shower that uses solar panels to heat the water up to 158 degrees (you may prefer cooler temperatures). The makers of Solar Fizz say you can set it up in one minute by connecting the gizmo to the garden hose. These inventions suit my idea of outdoor improvements: you unpack them and screw them in. Cost: $$, Utility: pool rinse and shower using green or sustainable soaps (extreme exposure warning).

Build your own

Photo by Rona

Photo by Rona

If you want to download the plans for building this partition shower, visit Rona. Finally, for the shy, here’s a shower with panels that offers true privacy, and note the low shower head for your feet and toes. Cost: $$$, Utility: pool rinse, pet shower, human bliss zone.

I may have painted bathing preferences with a broad brush. For those who are too conflicted to choose, try this:

Photo by House Interior Design

Photo by House Interior Design

Recent Comments

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    Hey Woodrow,

    You've put together a great post here. Hardwearing and long-lasting bedroom furniture is so important when you have young children, and choosing pieces which can handle the rough-and-tumble that comes with having little ones is key!

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    I plan to do this. What was your process in painting the bottom...outside portion of the tub?

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    Woodrow, you have once again 'nailed' the essence of the issue of staging your home for sale with easy to understand pics and words. These are definitely rules to live by, oh wise one! I know I"m soaking up the knowledge you share--- now excuse me while I wring myself out. Can't wait for the next issue.

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    We've recently bought a house which needs A LOT of work and I'm trying to convince my other half to let me build a "room of my own" for the house, one where I can put my games console and beer fridge. She's not gone for it yet though. The most I've managed to get is an office I can work out of ... not quite the same ... LoL.

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    I wonder how far the folks in the Rock House are able to drive in their car? Maybe down to their boat? It's so true that home is where you are at the moment.