Soaking Tub Inspires Zen Bathroom

June 27, 2013

Designer Matthew Coates creates a luxurious Zen retreat with warm wood and sleek design.

When a homeowner contacted designer Matthew Coates to create a bathroom retreat in a LEED Platinum house, Coates had to create a space with multiple uses.

Incorporating luxurious details and thoughtful storage, the design includes a Japanese ofuro tub, hidden laundry facility and dressing area.

Coates shares how he designed a multipurpose space while maintaining a spa-like aesthetic.

Platinum House, Interior, Bathroom

What was on the homeowner’s wishlist?

The owner wanted a large shower area with easy access as well as a Japanese ofuro soaking tub. We included both items at opposite ends of the bathing area creating a nice dynamic relationship within the space.

What issue did the design address?

We wanted to create a space that was truly “a place apart” from the rest of the world – a place to which the owner could retreat from the chaos. This was accomplished by creating a linear expression with a Zen garden at one end with the shower, and at the other end, a prominent view of the Seattle skyline from the soaking tub.


Full article found at: “Soaking Tub Inspires Zen Bathroom: Designer Matthew Coates creates a luxurious Zen retreat with warm wood and sleek design,” HGTV, June 27, 2013. http://people.hgtv.com/professionals/matthew-coates/articles/soaking-tub-inspires-zen-bathroom

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