02. Away from the wall: occupy the space
The physics of transporting water can’t be overturned – which is why, as a vertical structure, the wall seems like the logical place for the necessary installations.
However, an increasing number of water-carrying products can be detached from the wall and integrated into an open-plan room concept. Especially in new builds, this means the architect is free to reimagine the private spa with all-round access, open layouts, alternative sightlines and bright spaces thanks to the feasibility of bigger windows.
03. Quality time in a quality space: (more) room for interaction and movement
Today the lifestyle people are cultivating in their living rooms, gardens and kitchens is being transferred to the bathroom too. As the quality of the space increases, so does the amount of time spent using it.
The private spa is no longer just a room that’s locked when the toilet is in use, it’s a room where partners and families can spend time together, too.
Open spaces provide room for more interaction and shared activities. Expanding the bathroom to include a comfy seat for reading for example is a possibility. Increasing the floor space to accommodate such an addition is a must.
04. Well-organised – tidiness is wellness for the eyes
A bathroom that gets a lot of use bears little resemblance to the pictures of perfection found in glossy magazines. But there’s no doubt that an uncluttered bathroom plays an important part in creating a pleasant overall impression in a private spa.
A storage concept, built-in shelving and bathroom furniture with large, well-organised drawers and tall cabinets help hide bits and pieces out of sight.
In return, consoles, display cabinets or alcoves can serve as a stage for showing off select bathroom utensils or decorative items to perfection. The result is an authentic but neat and tidy interior that doesn’t look sterile or impersonal.
05. The blue element – water as the connecting thread
The enveloping steam of a hot bath, the sound of running water from a basin tap or the pattering of a rainhead shower: water is an element that conveys emotions and is a crucial component in defining the character of a private spa.
Responding to this, bathroom manufacturers are helping stage water in a fittingly emotional way with numerous taps, shower panels, rainheads, massage jets, hydrotherapy applications, freestanding tubs and walk-in shower surfaces that evoke natural water scenery.
06. Storytelling: the bathroom as an individual space to be experienced
The process of planning or re-planning a bathroom with private spa aspirations is shaped not only by a design concept based on formal and aesthetic considerations but by a narrative idea as well.
This might mean incorporating a theme that the homeowner has a personal connection with, taking the architecture of the house into account or factoring in the special location of the bathroom (e.g. in direct proximity to the garden).
Is the owner a nature lover who opts for a sustainable lifestyle? Does colour play an important role for the owner, or is he or she a technophile? The bathroom planner determines the homeowner’s personal interests and bathroom rituals so as to tell an individual spa story.