On this wooded site, wood beams and walls of glass facing the surrounding forest offer owners the illusion of bathing among the trees.
Project: Lake Forest Park House, Lake Forest Park, Wash. Architect: Finne Architects, Seattle; Builder: Schultz Miller, Seattle
An asymmetrical tub keeps time with its modern environs while providing visual contrast to the vertical trees beyond.
Project: Bloom House, Glen Echo, Md.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Bloom Builders, Bethesda, Md.
John McManus Photography
On a residential street in Daufuskie Island, S.C., gator blinds allow for natural light next to the tub without sacrificing either privacy or the historic neighborhood’s architectural feel.
Project: Haig Point Waterfront, Daufuskie Island, S.C.; Architect: Group 3, Hilton Head, S.C.; Builder: Tidewater Co. of Daufuskie, Daufuskie Island
A clear glass enclosure allows both the tub and shower to enjoy natural lighting, and opens up a space that might otherwise feel cramped.
Project: 308 Mulberry, Lewes, Del.; Builder: Ilex Construction, Easton, Md.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.
A sunken tub allows bathers to enjoy the view of a floor-to-ceiling window without blocking it.
Project: Ellis Residence, Bainbridge Island, Wash.; Architect: Coates Design Architects, Bainbridge Island; Builder: Smallwood Design and Construction, Bainbridge Island
Fogged glass exterior walls partnered with a clear interior partition and clerestory windows give this custom terrazzo bathing pool the feel of being both indoors and out.
Project: Ridgeline House, Pasadena, Calif.; Architect: Montalba Architects, Santa Monica, Calif.; Builder: Sarian Builders, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Retractable walls allow bathers to enjoy lake breezes and warm Florida air even in the tub.
Project: Deland Modern, Deland, Fla.; Architect/Builder: Phil Kean Designs, Winter Park, Fla.
This bathroom’s design intentionally incorporated as many glassy surfaces as possible to reflect the windows’ forest views, surrounding the interior space with natural scenery.
Project: Lyons Residence, Gladwyne, Pa.; Architect: Moto Designshop, Philadelphia; Builder: SJ Design Build, Wynnewood, Pa.
Michael Lavin Flower
This extra-large window offers an updated feel to the bath’s design, as well as a supremely serene view.
Project: Geier House, Williamstown, Mass.; Architect: Burr and McCallum Architects, Williamstown; Builder: Albert J. Cummings; General Contractor, Williamstown
Freestanding tubs often feel out of place in modern architecture, but this one’s ultra-clean lines make it a perfect fit for its home, a contemporary farm house.
Project: Becherer House, Charlottesville, Va.; Architect: Robert M. Gurney, Washington, D.C.; Builder: Shelter Associates, Charlottesville