A separate shower and bathtub, preferably a soaking tub, have been standard in a master bathroom for quite a while. And while showers and tubs have become fancier over the years with more spray and deeper soaks, the layout is pretty standard. With freestanding soaking tubs becoming more popular, we’re seeing a change in the layout of large master bathrooms. One of the changes we’re seeing is the creation of a “wet zone”. Have you seen these? Do you have one in your own master bathroom?
A wet zone puts the shower and tub in a single area in the bathroom, like the picture above. This one has a glass enclosure that contains both the shower and tub. If the glass goes all the way to the ceiling, a sort of steam room is created. The shower can be a step up from the rest of the bathroom or simple divided from the room with the glass partition; a tiled wall would also work to delineate the space. Continuing the same flooring, whether it be slate, tile, or marble, throughout the bathroom and wet zone helps unify the room. For the wet zone, a textured flooring surface will prevent slips when showering or getting out of the tub.
The remaining area of the bathroom can be dedicated to a large vanity with double sinks and storage. A water closet for the toilet keeps that separated as well. Containing the wet zone and steam is ideal for a master bathroom that opens onto the walk-in closet or dressing room.