Large and small spaces alike are optimizing square footage by shifting focus from the bathtub to the shower
The forecast calls for a high chance of showers. Walk-in showers, that is. Spa-like showers are replacing long soaks in the tub thanks to a global push toward water conservation and the need for increased floor space. The result is a trend of elevated shower routines – big and small – featuring curb-less floors, wet rooms and not-your-grandma’s-style seating. Here are some of our favourite modern takes to inspire a spa-like experience of your own.
In the principal ensuite of this Annex Victorian, glass doors lead to a sunlit wet area where two showerheads offer a luxurious rainfall effect. Here, there’s room for an accompanying tub, but the open-concept shower takes centre stage and adds a spa-like feel to even the most routine morning rituals.
Let There Be Light
Natural light has a way of elevating just about every aspect of our home life. In this Old Town ensuite, skylights in an adjoining walk-in closet pour in a filtered brightness. The shower’s glass enclosure gives the illusion of an open concept by emphasizing the white subway tile and slate flooring throughout the space.
Sky’s The Limit
This Odami-designed home in The Beaches is a space that bears the sophistication and refinement of an urban home while reinterpreting components of a classic coastal house. The skylit walk-in shower is doorless and augmented to fit within a relatively confined footprint on the home’s top floor. The result is a private oasis for the homeowners to enjoy long steams and quick rinses alike.
Sit and Stay A While
Larger bathing quarters were carved out for optimized self-care needs in this renovated Parkdale home. A walk-in shower is divided from the rest of the bathroom with a built-in bench—providing a little extra surface area for pampering.
A rinse in this three-square-metre walk-in shower finished in large Dolomite stone tile is nothing short of spa-worthy. Inspired by art-lined display cases in galleries across the city, its generously sized shelf is recessed and lit from within, providing plenty of space for all scrub-a-dub-related tools.
The walk-in shower trend shines in even the smallest of spaces. In a 320-square-foot Little Italy rental, the bathroom’s floor-to-ceiling subway tile is kept in sight by swapping out a shower door for a translucent pane of glass. It also makes the most of the sunlight coming in from the west-facing window.