The Two Master Bathroom Layouts We’re Trying to decide between

May 13, 2020

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We were originally going to start our master bathroom renovation April 1st, but that was postponed due to Covid-19. Idaho is entering phase 2 of re-opening this Saturday and we’re hoping by June we’ll be ready to start on our bathroom renovation! In the meantime, we’ve been taking the opportunity to tackle our closet, which we definitely want to finish before we start the bathroom since our old closet will be PART of the bathroom but also, we revisited our bathroom plans. We originally shared a layout idea that we worked with a Kohler bathroom designer on here (this is a free service in the design shop in Wisconsin!) and we really liked it at the time, but the more we thought about it, the more we felt like we wanted our shower in a more prominent location. After all, in our last bathroom, we did away with the tub completely in favor of a big shower. Miss you, big shower.

We spent many nights just sketching away at different ideas. Sometimes we would say, “that’s it!” and then a couple nights later revisit, rework and think–well maybe let’s try this. Needless to say, this extra time has been invaluable and we truly believe we’re going to end up with a layout that is best for us. We’ve narrowed it down to two worthy contenders to share with you. These 8 are all the runner ups. (eek).

Before we share the final two different options we’re considering, we shot a quick video of what our bathroom looks like now. No talking, just a fly through video so you can get a sense of the space. It’s double long as it is narrow (about 21′ long by 11′ wide).

And here are the two options we’re deciding between:

Option A:

 Option A keeps the tub and shower in the same area (very european) to make a wet room. I envision a big arched opening framing the area as a sort of focal point to the bathroom.

The water closet would stay where it currently is with linen storage on the opposite wall. His and her vanities would sit across from each other. We envision my vanity being the larger one with some upright tall cabinets and Chris’s would be smaller with larger windows flanking either side to bring in more natural light. This option opens up the feeling of the bathroom and gets away from the galley feel it currently has. Here are a few inspiration photos for this option:




Option B moves the water closet to the back wall which frees up the walkway when you first walk in and allows us to add a window to the small space (always a bonus for a water closet). A linen closet on the left of the doorway for storage and two identical 60″ his and her vanities along one wall.  A large window and tub moment across from it. And let’s be honest, a chandelier over the tub, too.

The shower area still gets a prominent place in this option with an open arched doorway framing the existing window and the shower heads and body sprays tucked in the side allowing us to skip the glass door enclosure. This option maximizes the natural light in every area.





So those are the two we’re deciding between. We like both for different reasons. We’re leaning one way but would love to hear any arguments or experience or opinions either way! We feel like we’re really really close to nailing down a plan and once that happens, I can start mood boarding!! Which do you prefer??


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  1. Sondra says:

    I truly like both options, but there are certain things I like about Option B the best. With either option, I’d consider a few tweaks or different options that you didn’t mention in this post.

    With Option A. I do like a wet bath as long as it’s plenty spacious and the tub has it’s own space. With your Option A, I’d consider swapping the shower heads and plumbing to the inside wall and pivoting the tub 90 degrees and placing it on the outside wall. So when you walk through the arch the tub would be on the left and the shower on the right. You could also add a window on that new tub wall. To me it seems like the shower/tub space would be less broken up and less interrupted.

    With Option B, I, like many others, love having the W/C tucked in a corner far away from the bathroom entrance. I also like the addition of the window in the W/C. What does seem a little odd is having the door right next to, and swinging towards, the tub. As I’ve never been in your space it might be just fine, but from the drawings it’s feels like an annoyance to me. However, if it was a hidden door, like a paneled wall, it’d be a lot prettier and less of an interruption! I also like having the vanities side by side, but that’s just a personal preference. Something to consider is the morning light and whether having a window across from the vanities, instead of beside, would cause lighting issues (glares, back light, etc.) when using the vanity mirrors ?

    Whatever you decide, I’m sure it will be the right fit for you guy.! I’m just excited to watch the process! :)

  2. Tomcats says:

    I like plan B. I don’t like standing in between 2 mirrors. Something scary is supposed to happen!?

  3. Deb Nordeman says:

    From experience I would go with option B. Primarily for practicality. We just recently sold a house with a massive shower and tub combo like in option A and it was a cleaning nightmare. It is hard to keep the grout behind the tub area clean and also the larger the tile area the more difficult the cleaning. If you do option a make sure to leave room between the tub and the wall so you can clean the wall and floor behind. One word of advise if you do a large tile shower is to keep the grout on the ground dark as lighter grout is so hard to upkeep. Otherwise both options are beautiful and I am sure will be with all your amazing ideas.

  4. C Kinzie says:

    Option B! Option A is beautiful but would be a lot of work to keep clean. Think of all the hidden places mold will try to grow. I spend so much time drying out our shower and also scrubbing it clean.

  5. Katie says:

    I love all the visual symmetry you would get with option A!

  6. Haley says:

    I really do like option B because of the tub feeling more cozy than it would in a wet room and because I like the vanities next to each other rather than across from each other. I feel like it would be more relaxing to use the vanities side by side so you aren’t seeing the other person in the reflection. I also think having mirrors on both sides would make the room less relaxing. But I do love the arch in option A. Both would be beautiful and I’m excited to hear what you choose.

  7. Tanya says:

    I love Option B. The toilet far away from the bathroom entrance is a plus, but for a more practical purpose… I don’t love the idea of a wet room. I would have to wipe down the tub in Option A every time I showered, which would drive me bonkers!

  8. Jackie says:

    Hands down, BBBBBBBBBB!!! For function and style and light and cleaning purposes. Alllllll about the B!

  9. Mags says:

    This is a tough one! I think option A would be beautiful with the archway being the focal point as soon as you walk in. But functionally I think option B makes more sense. Personally, I would never be able to relax in a bathtub enclosed by a glass door (assuming you will need some physical barrier to enclose the shower space). Also need my candles and wine glass by the bathtub. ;) But I’m sure either way you guys go, you will make the space look beautiful. Looking forward to see this space transformed. :)

  10. Hannah says:

    I am a fan of option B. I think relaxing in a tub with a chic dimly lit chandelier above it would be awesome. Also the flow of option B just seems better… less like a long hallway and more like a true area to occupy. The entry is a little tight in option A with the wc being right there vs further into the room.

  11. Kelsie says:

    I love option A! Could you swap which side the water closet and linen storage are so you could get a window in the WC?

  12. Carolyn Penner says:

    Both are lovely. Personally, I wouldn’t like wiping down the tub every time I showered. I also acknowledge that the door must be wiped down too but for some reason the door seems easier to wipe down than the tub.

  13. Megan says:

    I do not like the toilet to share a wall with any bedroom. I get up several times a night to use the restroom and if I flush it usually wakes up the person that is sleeping on the other side of the wall. I love both option but would lean towards B solely based on the location of the toilet.

  14. Maggie S says:

    B all the way!!

  15. Becca Dale says:

    The ‘wet room’ option intrigues me as I have never experienced it but I do like the idea. One thought I had with that is – does the tub get wet during the shower and would it create in extra cleaning each time you showered?

    Both options are beautiful, excited to see which one you choose.

    • Amy Morris says:

      I love option B! I’m always interested in optimizing natural light! Although the “wet rooms” are lovely, I haven’t seen people talking about cleaning that space which seems potentially awful to me. I love the tub in it’s own space and lean towards side by side vanities because I love the feeling of standing next to my husband as we get ready… Even though it might sound silly/nasty, I also think the window in wc would be ideal because I just dislike any space without windows but especially when ill. This option still allows you to have all the beautiful details and showcase the arch and tile! It’s a dream!

  16. Margot says:

    I like option b better. Option A feels a bit crammed to me, and I’m not a fan of the tub-in-the-shower (even though I am European). I really like the tub moment of option B

  17. Elizabeth says:

    Option A could look stunning with a large arched window over the bath and if you’re worried about water from the shower you could put in some glass partitions between the shower area and the bath- not losing any of that progression through the space. Sound insulation in the walls of the WC could alleviate any sound transmission problems. For extra natural light in Wc and basin area how about roof windows or skylights?

  18. kelsey says:

    B! Toilet as far from the bedroom as possible! More privacy and for those middle of the night trips (not waking each other up). And I’m not a fan of the shower/tub combo. Shower seems so big, would be cold and hard to clean. And I wouldn’t want to take a bath in my shower-doesn’t seem warm and relaxing. But whatever you choose, it’ll be amazing.

  19. Keisha Burdick says:

    A!!! So unique and beautiful. I love the symmetry of it.

  20. Kathleen says:

    I don’t enjoy showering or taking a bath in a wet room. It loses all coziness. And B makes me think about running 20’ to get to the WC in the middle of the night, then scooting past the tub. Personally, design 8 has it all to me. Quick access to the WC and closet. Symmetry of the bath and shower. And a grand area for the vanities with a beautiful rug and natural light.

  21. Kate says:

    I love them both! At first I was thinking option A was the clear choice, as I find the symmetry simply beautiful. I really like the mirroring vanities in option A – I can imagine the windows flanking one and the additional storage for the other. I really like the openness of option B, and imagine it feeling spacious and full of light. I also appreciate all the points you made about the window in the water closet, and I can imagine the arched doorway of the shower framing the window as a beautiful focal point, only rivaled by the chandelier over the tub and correspondingly grand window.

    I can see why this is such a tough choice; because they’re both great layouts, I feel the choice comes down to the feel of the room. I recall you saying the current bathroom feels dark and cramped, which is one of the primary things you dislike about it. Option B seems like it will be more open and bring in more light, which would best remedy the dark and claustrophobic feeling. However, if your heart is set on option A, one things that could help bring in more light is making the walls separating the water closet into half walls, with large pane glass on the top half.

    I cannot wait to hear what you choose, and see the final result!

    • Danielle says:

      Oooo or even a transom window at the top so it still Maintains privacy. I know Undecorated home did that!

  22. Rachel says:

    I like B but swap linen closet and water closet so that toilet is more accessible in middle of the night etc. Can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Amanda says:

      I ditto this comment! Plus the linens would be beside the tub and shower for easy access! I do like the idea of a wet room though with that grand arch but if you like a hot and steamy shower it may take longer (& waste more resources) to get the large area to be steamy. I know you cut them, but I also like 5 and 7. 7 adds a lot of light and the symmetry is beautiful. 5 has a wonderful focal point with the tub in front of the shower.

  23. Krystal says:

    I love Option A so much! However, I do feel compelled to share that I’ve heard mirrors facing each other can open spiritual portals! Considering what you guys have been through – it might be worth looking into some theories! Love everything you guys do! My number one interior inspiration!

  24. Rebekah says:

    Option B! I think both would be beautiful, but I can’t figure out how to easily clean the tub in Option A. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out. :)

  25. Emily says:

    How does one keep the area around and behind the tub (in Option A) clean and mold/mildew free? It’s not like the tub could be pulled out to clean back there. And would you need to use bleach and other noxious chemicals on all the tile in there regularly? Although it’s certainly a stunning design, it looks like it could be a health hazard….

    Also, if you moved the WC to where the linen closet is (in both Options A & B), you could still put a window in the WC as it would be on an outside wall. Both light and fresh air would be such an amazing improvement for it!

  26. Polly says:

    Option A. My bathroom layout is similar to B and I HATE the tub being behind my vanity. My hair gets all over it from blow drying/brushing. Evidently I shed ????‍♀️

  27. JL says:

    Option B seems to meet a lot of the preferences you’ve mentioned are important to you – relocating the water closet, separate vanities, a large shower. A beautiful arch window within a floor to ceiling glass steam shower with large stone slabs would be a beautiful focal point. You may want a second tub for the girls, but if you choose to opt out of a tub that you won’t use very often, consider a luxurious chaise lounger next to a wall of windows. Whatever you choose will be beautiful. Can’t wait to see mockups!

  28. Valerie J says:

    Option B. Who wants to take a tub bath IN a shower?!? No thanks. Tub baths are about relaxing with wine, soft lighting, and peaceful music…not staring at my razor and shampoo. ????

  29. Jeannine520 says:

    Option B because I don’t like “wet rooms”. They’re no fun to take a shower in because they always seem cold and a bit windy. It’s not good to be in a glassed in area while taking a bath either. It kind of seems disconnected from the rest of the bathroom, especially if you like company while in the tub. For example, my kids like to take a bath in the master and I’d hate to sit in a “wet room” hanging out with them.

    I have a question about the plan drawings 2 and 3 up top. In the water closets are those a small pedestal sinks or bidets? I know this is weird but the toilet you currently have with the built in bidet seat, is that going in the new bathroom? I always think they look “medical”, like something you’d see in a hospital. They’re plastic and, i don’t know, really not as nice looking as just doing a separate bidet. I’d know when you’re finished with your bathroom it will look super pretty and elegant and I’d like to see the toilet not overlooked and be that odd thing that just doesn’t seem to belong.

  30. Natalie says:

    I love the wet room idea! So cool, unique and the toilet can be more accessible!

  31. Caitlin says:

    Both look great, but I prefer option A ALL THE WAY. It looks like the door to the water closet in option B would be a pinch-point, and overall I think the layout in option A makes more sense. Excited to see how it all turns out!

  32. Carissa says:

    I like Option B for the natural light and openness! I like the idea of the archway into the shower area too. If you want a massive shower like you had before then Option 6 looks best! Why are the two vanities split in this scenario? I would take away the half wall between vanities (if I’m looking at it right). Where does your closet go with all these options?!?!

  33. Beth says:

    I like option B with a few changes. I would like to have the drama of the bathroom door lining up with the arch in the shower. Would it be possible to shift the bedroom door to make this happen? Also, the space between the tub and the water closet seems a bit tight. Two options for this would be to change the swinging out door to the water closet to a small double door swinging in. I made this change in our current house and it functions and looks great. Another option to create more space in this area is to move the tub down centered across from the vanities and go with a smaller linen area – make the linen storage a beautiful armoire.

  34. Natalie says:

    Can’t wait either way!
    Side – makes me nervous hearing our neighbours in the south are opening up prematurely! BE SAFE! xo

  35. Susan says:

    Two great choices. I love the symmetry of option A, and the natural light for option B. I have a tub in the shower and actually love it – it makes the shower feel so much larger and my 3 year old splashes in the bathtub and it’s no mess.
    Option B looks like you might trip over the tub every time you use the bathroom. I’m sure it’s large enough to not feel that way though.
    Thought I was going to say option B when I started typing due to the natural light but now I think A will feel more spacious.
    You can’t go wrong.

  36. Jennifer says:

    B, definitely!! While I find the wetroom idea interesting, I agree with others that it might be stark and uncomfortable while either showering or taking a bath, plus the obvious issue of getting more of the room wet than you need. But.. what I first noticed in Option A is that the vanities back to each other, so if you and your spouse are using the vanities at the same time, you can see the other person moving around in the reflection of your own mirror. Seems strange and distracting to me. B eliminates this visual crowding, allows for more potential counter space, avoids the excessive water issue AND opens up the room so much more.

  37. Teandra Everett says:

    B! Although a shower without a door is cold! Our last house had a huge walk in shower, which I loved, but the hot air would escape and I always wished there was a door.

  38. Shaz says:

    Much prefer option b- I think “wet room” mean slippery, wet floor when your climbing in & out of a tub. Also water everywhere around the tub all the time.

    But with option a- you can “fuck in” to use the toilet without going. Through the entire bathroom.

  39. JL says:

    What I find most interesting is that both your final options include a tub. I’m a “shower” person also and I find tubs to be mostly large dust collectors (except, maybe a small Japanese soaking tub). I think option B meets a lot of the preferences you’ve mentioned are important to you – relocating the water closet, separate vanities, a large shower. If you omit the tub, you can either place the second vanity there or add a luxurious chaise. For your arch feature, consider changing the window located in the shower, to a radius window; similar to the second image above. This would also mirror the window design in Faye’s room on the front exterior. I would also recommend centering the entry door(s), so that the arched window is the focal point. Whatever you decide, I know it will be gorgeous. Can’t wait to see mockups!

  40. phyllis says:

    All in for option A. Can you share the overall size of the room you are remodeling? Thanks.

  41. Mollie says:

    I love the idea of option A— so beautiful… but option B seems like a better use of space and more natural light is always a win

  42. Holly says:

    I don’t like B because it seems too hard to get to the toilet! Not practical especially if you are going to continue to live in this house as an older adult (I’m a nurse so I think about these things). Plus I love the tub and shower wet room and would love to see how y’all would bring that to life! That’s what I want to do in our master bathroom, but the finances for that project are at LEAST five years away so I could live vicariously through y’all in the meantime, haha!

  43. Melissa says:

    I have lived in a place with a big wide open shower area and it was FREEZING in the winter. Unless you were fine with letting the water run a while to heat up the stone or something fancy with underfloor heaters, you will be much cozier in option B. Option A looks great in a magazine, but it can be a frozen nightmare! Not to mention the extra cleaning involved. If you’re at all still considering A, I’d see if you can visit a friend with a similar installation, have them crank AC and then see if you like it. I will never do it again!

  44. Kelley says:

    Question: What program did you use to make the sketches?

    I vote for A, as long as you have a shower door. Also, it looks like you have benches in the shower. Highly recommend those too. Symmetry is my love language.

  45. Karen D. says:

    Option B all the way!

  46. Jen says:

    In love with A! Having totally separate vanities and adding windows sounds like perfection. Plus not moving water closet saves on plumbing.

  47. damia says:

    I think that the obvious “con” of A is the toilet room shares a wall with the bedroom makes that one a tough sell.

    But “B” is definitely a non-starter. It’s a bit tough to tell the exact dimensions/space – but it seems a tight wiggle to get into the WC – particularly a problem at night, or if one of you has an injury (broken foot/leg!). Plus with the WC right there, will your head lounge towards the toilet or will you face the toilet? :( Also, you have to navigate past two “wet” areas (tub and shower opening) to get to the WC. Having the extra light from a new window and getting it off of the bedroom wall are great ideas – but I just don’t think this is the best layout

  48. Jennifer says:

    Hi Julia! Here’s my vote…

    Option B, because I am always a fan of open space and also more light. The chandelier over the tub also sounds like such a dream as well. Out of curiosity, why the his/hers vanities in option B if they are all on the same wall? And what will be going between the his/her vanities in option B–trashcan or something maybe? There are so many comments here so not sure you will see this, but hope you do!

  49. Jennifer says:

    Option B, because I am always a fan of open space and also more light. The chandelier over the tub also sounds like such a dream as well. Out of curiosity, why the his/hers vanities in option B if they are all on the same wall? And what will be going between the his/her vanities in option B–trashcan or something maybe? There are so many comments here so not sure you will see this, but hope you do!

  50. Courtney says:

    OPTION A!!!

  51. Em says:

    I vote for B, absolutely. We’ve just moved back to the US from Europe, where we had two shower/tub wetroom combos and one shower/toilet wetroom combo. I liked NEITHER. Here’s why: at first, those combos looked a little funny to my American eyes but after a while I became accustomed to the appearance. What I did NOT like was constant spots on the tub and on the glass enclosure (and I even had help cleaning the house!). If you have hard water, the spots are particularly persistent and difficult to remove. You basically have to clean the whole tub/glass enclosure EVERY TIME YOU SHOWER. So much for a quick shower or a quick tub. This was totally impractical for us, with 4 kids. If you plan to have a little handheld hose sprayer in either the tub or shower, the spray issue makes spots and cleanup/water wipe up needs even more serious. I also like a tub to feel a little more “plein air” and not so closed in and the B option offers this. I love that B has the tub near a window and there is additional light in option B, because light really makes a bathroom feel luxurious. I was initially attracted to the symmetry of your concept A but I think that the functionality of the wetroom is limited. They do it in Europe because they have extremely small spaces in which to cram their bathrooms and they really HAVE to do wetrooms if they want a bath and shower. If you don’t HAVE to, I wouldn’t do it. I found it unwieldy, impractical, terrible to clean, and ultimately, not attractive. I’m SO happy to have a separate shower and bath now in our master bathroom. Of course, YOU DO YOU! Whatever you do will be beautiful!

  52. Beth says:

    I’d got with #5!!! It gives you the largest shower and a big, bright, open bathroom.
    But since you asked for a preference between A & B, I’d definitely go with B. The wet room concept feels so trendy, cold, and sterile. B gives you more light and space.

  53. Gertrude Rose Hawthorne says:

    Man, Julia and Chris…. these are all really great ideas. How do you guys deal with all the decisions? Have you ever wished you chose a different direction on a project?

    Both options are great, but I too am a sucker for Option A: European wet bath area. It reminds me of Turkish bath. I also love that the window if still offering natural light to make the space feel more airy.

    However, probably from a practical side, it might be more to clean or it least feel like it, but just like anything I am sure you will figure out a system that will be more efficient. Since it isn’t a typical style bathroom I think that is what makes it awesome. It definitely will feel like a spa.

    Good luck in whichever you choose!

  54. Lindsay says:

    LOVE both options much better than the original! If you do option B, please please connect the vanities with one GINORMUS piece of counter and add extra cabinets or use it as a place for a stool to create a make-up vanity area, and then you can hang three beautiful mirrors!

  55. Judith says:

    I’m all for plan B. In my experience, when I was in more open-spaced showers, the air on any body part that wasn’t at the time directly hit by water still felt a bit cold, even if the room itself was warm. You need the steam to stay to feel warm, and a somewhat enclosed shower is just much cosier because it facilitates that. In plan A, it’s both in a huge room and has a big opening, which means you’re basically exposed to the air of the whole room.

    Also, knowing myself, in plan A I expect I’d still feel compelled to at least wipe the tub after showering, to avoid mineral deposits and – over time – the buildup of crud from sitting water. In a more contained shower room, it’s much easier to casually and quickly use a squeegee on the walls when you’re done. I am from Europe (Germany), and even when I – rarely – encounter a shower consisting of just a shower head but an otherwise all the way tiled floor and walls without distinctive enclosure or bowl (? not sure what you call the part where you might stand in), there usually still is some kind of curtain to close while you shower, even if it’s pushed aside when not in use so the space is visually part of the room again then. Shower curtains used like that always look a bit messy to me when not in use, and less elegant than a plain glass enclosure, I can’t really see that in this space.

    Another big factor: I would want ALL the light I could get. That tub-placement and the huge window look just dreamy.

  56. Courtney N Ellison says:

    A, I love how grande it is and I feel like the large arch would tie into your living room window

  57. Carmil Mullaney says:

    Wellllllllllll- you might get different answers based on age and stage of life! If I was pregnant (way too old for that), or a Senior (hate the word but it fits) I would want the water closet closest to my bedroom. I would not want to run/ stumble down to the other end at 2AM (without contacts in). That being said, I love having as much natural light in any and all areas of a bathroom! Basically–I’m no help!

  58. Mariana says:

    I like option B. Like others, I also would worry that it would be tough to keep the wet room feeling clean. But I’m sure whatever you do will look amazing and I’m excited to see it!

    Can anyone with an open shower weigh in on how comfortable it is? I love the look, and hate cleaning glass enclosures, but I’m also a person who is always cold!

  59. Jojo says:

    A!!! Pushing the envelope w the European shower bath combo! I would expect nothing less from y’all than to be bringing trends from all over the world into your home and inspiring all of us!

  60. Carmen says:

    I like the second option better! Feels more open.

  61. Kelsey Murray says:

    All I dream about is having a wet room in my bathroom. I just envision it to be so easy to clean, and you don’t have to worry about splashing too much out of the tub (we’re huge bath people). We keep working on our “dream house” design on our property and it’s 100% included. So my vote is Option A. 100%

  62. Heidi says:

    I love the idea of shower and bath in same area. It looks good together seems to be the smart solution. But then I think how will that feel when showering ? Will you get the tub all wet and feel the need to wipe it down too frequently? But that’s just me. We did a steam shower last year totally enclosed glass. It’s great post workout, especially if outside in the winter, great for when you are sick to help clear your head and chest. Not to throw another idea in there but I do love mine and will always have one now!

  63. K.P. says:

    What ever you do, I’m sure it will be perfection. I will say, we had vanities with mirrors like option A and the mirrors across from each other had the ‘eternity’ effect {the image went on and on and on and on and on}. It drove me bonkers.!!! That’s a whole lot of naked people looking back at you in the morning. ;)

  64. Amy says:

    Option B. I love the tub under the window. While the wet area is nice looking, it would feel cold and institutional for a relaxing bath.

  65. Mary V says:

    Are you wedded to where the bathroom door enters from the bedroom? I like option B ( all the drama!) but with the linen closet and toilet swapped. However that wouldn’t be possible without shifting the doorway towards the center of that wall. You could even incorporate the linen closet door into the shower wall with paneling. Maybe even a towel warming drawer with an access through the shower?!

    • Michelle Walker says:

      Hi…I think this is a brilliant idea, Mary!
      I agree option b….a far more open airy space. And switching the wc and airing cupboard is a great idea.
      Look forward to seeing which way you are leaning, Chris and Julia!!
      Happy renovating!!!

  66. C Allen says:

    COLD! Option A is so pretty and design dramatic. But showering in a ballroom is so cold and drafty. In a northern climate, I’d choose a small, cozy shower space.

  67. Laine says:

    BBBBBBBB Placement of WC, privately perfect. Plenty of door clearance; private; window, huge!
    The rest of the room, gorgeous. Love the freed-up space for walkway, open feeling. Separate shower, a must!

  68. Casey says:

    I love the look of the wet room! The cleaning logistics would deter me personally. I also think I like it best because of the symmetry of that design. I went back and looked at the plan Kohler helped design and I realized it’s very similar to the bathroom I designed for my home remodel so I’m probably a little biased. We really like the symmetry it provides and the view we have walking into the space. Ours also centers the tub on a large window so it was important for me to have our door centered on the window. Our door opening is only 30” with the split door which allows for a our shower to be approx 5×5. Our shower enters where the towel bar is drawn in your Kohler plan which does make it feel more like its part of our bathroom without me having to make sure it’s perfectly beautiful and spot free all the time. I prioritized how the shower looks from the bathroom by tucking the shelves out of sight and using a teak bench and a shelf for a plant rather than a fixed bench. But the view from the bedroom is a pretty tub and window. I can’t wait to see what you create!

  69. Jessy says:

    I like option A bec of the proximity to the linen cupboard. Sometimes you need supplies in the washroom!

  70. Allison says:

    I vote option B. I think there is more opportunity to make the tub area a statement. Plus, have you ever actually showered in a wet room? I haven’t specifically, but know from experience showers that are too large can be very cold! I would test that out somewhere first if you have opportunity because I think it might not be as comfortable as option B.

  71. Sydney85 says:

    Option B. I like having a separate tub area so I can soak in a tub while my husband has a much shorter shower. I would feel too cramped having them both in a wet room.

  72. Emily says:

    You’re probably aware of this already, but moving the toilet in our bathroom renovation was cost prohibitive. I like option number five if you did just a half wall between the tub and the shower and left the top half glass so it doesn’t visually shorten the room as much. Balances the space well like Option A, but likely much easier to clean. Not sure what kind of privacy you like/need but if it works to have a window in the shower, you would walk in and see the tub with a window over it even though the shower would be between the tub and window.

  73. Esther says:

    No doubt: Option B.

    I’m also from Europe, but the wet room sketched isn’t something I recognize… :) Europe is big.

    And how would you ever keep the bath clean when the showers our so close?
    Plus option B has a more natural layout.

    • Henriette says:

      Yes, this!

      I live in Switzerland and am married to a British husband with family and friends all over Europe. The only place I’ve ever encountered a wet room is in cheap hotels, where there’s just a shower head without a tray (thus spraying water all over the sink and toilet – yuck!). The bathrooms in most people’s houses over here are indeed much smaller, so there tends to be a layout like the pink one in your last house, with any ensuite/master bathroom a small shower room, if at all…

      For what it’s worth, I’d go with layout number 4 that you dismissed above but with a double sink/vanity opposite the shower. It seems like the perfect combination of symmetry and practicality to me!

  74. Erin says:

    Love option B.

  75. Rebecca says:

    I think B! Although I like the symmetry of A my in laws have down something very similar with their shower and bath (it’s at the end of the room sectioned off in one big space) and I have found it makes the thought of having a bath less cosy as you’re surrounded by a lot of tile and it’s often wet from the last person who showered. Also with a freestanding bath it might be a nightmare to clean and get behind.

  76. Adair Edwards says:

    Option B!

  77. Gab says:

    Option B!! Wet room is beautiful but is it functional? And the toilet further away from the bedroom door ????????????????????????

  78. Ariane says:

    Option B, but switch toilet and linen closet, so the toilet doesn’t open near the bathtub+it’s closer to the bedroom for night use.

  79. Carolyn says:

    A wet room = the shower space in Europe, you wouldn’t have a bath (tub) in the same area unless you’re really short on space. It’d be a case of ‘shame you had to squeeze the bath in behind the shower’. We do however often have the shower over the bath, think claw-foot tub, Victorian-style sanitaryware and super space-saving (we don’t always have a lot of room to manoeuvre, our houses tend to be much smaller in England.) Option B is best.

  80. Taralee says:

    Option B ????

  81. Ashleih says:

    Option B but swap linen closet and toilet placement.

  82. Jennifer Feese says:

    B. I think a open shower is so lovely. I also think the vanities on one wall will look cleaner. I know whichever you choice will be beautiful though. Excited to come along for the ride!

  83. Amy says:

    Both options are great, but I have to choose Option A! Reason- forever home. This would be STUNNING!!

  84. Malea Jude says:

    All the options look great!

    I think B is more practical. I agree the bathroom door behind the bath feels odd but what if you which the W/C and the shower?

    Can’t wait to see what you two decide!

  85. Susan says:

    B, I much prefer the bathtub placement and this option gives you the big shower.

  86. Barbara Fortunato says:

    I like option B better. The tub shower together looks cool but functionally I think you would tire of it very quickly! Especially trying to keep it clean of shower scum @ the tub!
    But I do like the sinks opposite each other so much better.
    I personally don’t need a separate toilet room too many important conversations happen while one of us is sitting (LOL) but a window next to it is lovely!! And one can keep a door open… Maybe a smitch wider? More the dimensions of the toilet room in option A? Elbow room is nice. And definitely arched!!
    But it feels a little linear / galley ish in a way you might not like. Maybe a tile “rug” pattern to square the space visually! Or one sink on the wall facing the entry? And a chair where it was?
    What I like about option 5 is the tub area is made smaller so it might not be so cold when taking a bath. I look at those big rooms and wonder how all the heat does’t just evaporate! How do you stay warm? Tub has to be porcelain to retain the heat and absolutely a soaker! That great big shower for two works too, but the toilet needs a window, so by the entry on the left? And the sinks are opposite there. And you can still vault over the tub into the shower.
    Chandelier over the tub anyone!!
    I think the door to the bathroom needs to move over to the right so the toilet room has a window / vent & door then it’s less galley like too.
    Maybe a stylish pocket door to the bathroom? Linen as you enter on the right, drawers & open shelves above?
    Heated floors I would hope!

  87. Maria Barnes says:

    I prefer option B…I’m a fan of symmetry, as well as the aesthetics of balance & repetition. I have never lived in a home with the tub in the shower area so to speak. I imagine there would be a challenge with keeping that area clean, especially under the tub, given the moisture. Furthermore, this option seems to create the most efficient use of space, tucking the commode in the most unobtrusive space. It looks cleaner, allowing the fixtures & cabinetry to play off of the empty spaces in the room.

  88. molly says:

    Hi! I can’t wait to see what you decide & how you design it!! The window in the water closet in Option B is an OUTSTANDING feature. The WC can get so stuffy & funky (even with regular deep cleanings!) & that source of fresh air would be a HUGE bonus. ❤

  89. Renee says:

    B. I don’t see how you keep a wet room clean, especially with the tub so tight, how go you get back in the nooks and crannies?

  90. Anne-Catherine says:

    Option A would be more practical going from bath to rinse-off shower + aesthetically much more interesting. I also am not convinced by option B toilet placement…

  91. Cara Spicer says:

    Option B will make the space feel larger

  92. Katy Thompson says:

    O P T I O N B

  93. Chloe says:

    A!! But let’s face it, whichever one you go with will be bloody fabulous!

  94. Katie says:

    While I think A would be visually stunning, I prefer option B. I like that the toilet is as far as possible from the bedroom for #2s. I like the smaller shower it’s easier to have a warm shower / steam. I like standing next to my husband at our vanities. And Zi like the tub with the big window. I could be enjoying a relaxing bath without having to share my space of husband needed to take a shower at the same time.!

  95. Kristen says:

    Option A all the way!!! I love wet rooms! Also, it feels like getting to the toilet in B would be awkward walking around the tub (and so much farther away for those middle of the night potty trips). Option A feels like it would really open up the space.

  96. Kruse says:

    Option A – I LOVE wet rooms and it feels like getting to the toilet would be awkward in B. Also, middle of the night potty trips will be much shorter with A. It feels like it teakky opens up the space.

  97. Rachel Guymon says:

    I think number 4 would be amazing both functionally and aesthetically with minor adjustments. Could you keep the WC and storage shelves where they are and move the sinks next to each other under the two windows? Then your WC is easy access right when you walk in, you see a beautiful tub first thing, you have an amazing shower, double sinks with natural light and storage shelves. WIN WIN WIN!

  98. Brynna says:

    Option A! Wet rooms are life! (From a completely unbiased owner of one). And if it’s good enough for Jessica Alba, it’s definitely the best option ;)

  99. Sarah W says:

    Did you try a 9th layout? Setup like a galley… looking from the bedroom… left side: double vanity and then WC at the end (door opening toward the aisle/tub)… right side: double shower and then tub at the end.

    Not sure if this would fit, but in theory would put the WC and the tub at the private end of the bathroom without creating the inefficiencies and pinch points created by putting fixtures across the far wall.

  100. Karen L. says:

    Totally B all the way. It will feel much more open when you walk in with the water closet in the back part. It’ll also be more private feeling with it tucked-away like that. Love having a window in it as well. This layout is awesome.

  101. Katie says:


    Tub getting wet everyday sounds annoying to clean

  102. Ava says:

    I definitely think Option A. The entry way between the linen closet & toilet will give a sense of threshold as you enter into the more open space with a great view of the bath/shower. Option B looks like it would get crowded having the toilet squished in between the shower & bath. For an area that would be so high trafficked, I think you’d need better & quicker access to it.

  103. Kelsey says:

    I like option 2 best. I work for a homebuilder and we have had issues (leaking) with the wet room concept. Talking with a superintendent once he said water finds cracks and there is no way to ensure the tub plumbing won’t leak. Option one is beautiful! But makes me nervous for that reason.

  104. Joyce says:

    Option B! I just never seem to know how people clean the awkward area between the tub and the walls (unless you have a weirdly large gap so you could bend down comfortably to clean). I’m totally a shower person but always loved the idea of a free standing bath. Even if I would have to get out and rinse off in the nearby shower. It just seems so calming and peaceful.

  105. Lauren Ruff says:

    Option B! Not having all that glass for shower doors that NEVER stays clean makes me jealous. An arch doorway is going to look perfect, and with all your heated flooring, it should stay warm and cozy. We have a window in our WC and it’s great for middle of the night trips, you don’t have to turn on the light (as long as your window has some light shining through!). Also, I like the two vanities next to each other (or one big), just “feels” right and symmetrical :). Also you can get that big window above the tub. Good luck on the reno, can’t wait to see the finished closet!

  106. Maureen Stenavage says:

    Love option A

  107. Lily says:

    A hybrid of the two options WC location from A, bath location from B, shower full length across right hand end, double vanity on bottom wall. Or as above but move the main door down and flip the WC and linen as the depths into the room would align better with the adjacent bath and vanity and gets a window for WC.

  108. mary says:

    Go big on the shower as in number 3 – would be gorgeous! And the symmetry makes it a true focal point. Then use plan B for the vanities/tub, putting WC back in the front with the linen closet.

    (WC doesn’t work tucked in the back corner next to tub)

    • mary says:

      Also, this way the WC and linen closet will form a sort of “squeeze” in the floor plan to give a little moment of drama when it opens back up to shower/tub/vanities, which will all no doubt be gorgeous!

  109. Stephanie says:

    I’m from Europe and of course love option A. I think B needs some tweaks. Personally, I don’t love the look of the WC by the tub as it feels right on the floor plan but isn’t based on the door size. I would center the opening into the master bath and put the WC to the left. Incorporate storage where the vanities are and stretch the shower area along the entire back wall.

  110. Jenny says:

    A, with the wet room at the end. Hands down. It is way more interesting and unique.

  111. Love!!! I like how functional option B feels, but option A really has the WOW factor with that whole wet room situation. Can’t wait to see!

  112. Rachel says:

    I love so many things about both but it really feels more open with option B. Something about having the water closet to the back rather than right at the entry makes it feel open and luxurious. Either way I know it will be beautiful!!

  113. Rachel says:

    Love both options s but option A gives you better towel hanging placement for when you get out of the tub/shower.

  114. Holly says:

    I like option B! As cool as the wet room look is, it can actually be really hard to get everything properly sealed and waterproofed so that you don’t end up with water damage later on. I really love a side by side vanity moment too.

  115. Crystal says:

    I like option A so much better. It seems to be using the space better with less wasted space. The bath would loose the feeling of a bowling alley to me too.

  116. Tara says:

    I am such a sucker for some symmetry like in Option A ????????????????????????

  117. Stacy says:

    B. I think the wet room may be too trendy and not all that practical in years to come?

  118. Rhonda says:

    I would never relax and enjoy a bath if I’m also in the shower. Yuck. And I would think about the water marks on the tub from every shower. So not a fan of the combo wet space at all. It feels clinical. Also do not like the vanities opposite each other because it makes the mirrors annoying. So I guess option B.

  119. Lou says:

    I feel like the bath at the end is a no brainer for visual impact. However I feel like you haven’t nailed the rest of the room yet. You don’t *need* tall linen storage – maybe there’s something you can do to balance the rest of the room better if you eliminate the tall cupboard and have lower cabinets instead.

  120. Kerri says:

    B all the way

  121. Kristen says:

    It looks like I’m in the minority but I love option A. I want a wet room in our master bath when we build our forever home. I currently have a tub/shower combo. I enjoy soaking in the tub, but want to rinse off when I’m done. Freestanding tubs are beautiful but the idea of taking a bath and not being able to rinse the bath water off grosses me out. I also tend to choose a design more off aesthetics rather than maintenance, and I love how a wet room looks.

  122. Sylvie says:

    I will go with option B for some reasons other people listed (opposing mirror, cold shower, etc..) but I do not htink it is viable as it. Having the very small WC tucked away behind the tub will be major inconvenience. I will keep the same general plan but leave the WC in its original location (also closer for middle of the night trips..) and then move the shower toward the space vacated by the WC (and flipping the position of the shower heads and archway). then move the vanities along the wall as they are displaced by the WC…

  123. Chelsea says:

    B is the best option in my opinion. However why not just make one larger vanity with 2 sinks on that wall instead of having a gap between?

  124. J R says:

    B definitely. That European look is crowded and confused. Nothing more soothing than a hot bath and candles with your lovely partner still able to use all the other parts of the room. ( Also perform those special duties you need taken care of while you are comfortably warm and wet!)
    He comes home and finds you soaking. You suggest he shower and as he finishes you ask for drinks and music…

  125. Alexandra says:

    Option A! All the way!

  126. Heather says:

    Showers without doors are COLD! I had to add a glass door to my shower because the draft and the heat of the shower would just escape (and I live in AZ! I can’t image how cold a door-less shower would be some where cold like ID!)

    I like A better, but it seems like something is off with both. Maybe there is a C that hasn’t been though of yet?

  127. LIz says:

    Option 5 seems like a reasonable layout that make sense but gives it that luxurious bathroom experience. Both options that you are leaning toward sound like more of a visual stimulating idea that sounds good but not practical. Especially with option B. Who wants to have to open the door once you go around the tub? It would drive me nuts every time I had to use the potty.

  128. Maddy says:

    Either will be great. One random idea. In option 1, could you swap the top (for lack of a better description) vanity with the tub? Window above the tub? Vanities kinda making an L shape with interested built in look? Extend the shower to a bigger footprint. Just an idea!

  129. Brie says:

    My heart is with #5! I went to a show house with that tub/shower design and it was a showstopper. The wet room concept feels sterile to me so Option B gets my vote if #5 is really off the table :)

  130. Deb says:

    Absolutely love the first one with the shower tub combo! Amazing!

  131. Jess says:

    I like option B. The more natural light the better. I’m so curious… Is having your clothing closet at the end of the bathroom common where you live? You had this in your last home, too. It’s nice. I’d never seen this layout before. (I live in an apartment in NYC, and my frame of reference for bathrooms and closets is, shall we say, very different.) I’m sure whatever you choose, this space will be beautiful when you’re done with it! Be well.

  132. Definitely “B”. The opposing vanities in Option “A” creates an infinity effect in the mirrors and this is a MAJOR pet peeve of mine as a residential designer. A lot of my clients are also choosing the tub in the shower space because it’s “new”, but I think it’s impractical long term, creates a cold showering experience and a less intimate “tub experience”

    • Emily says:

      Yes yes yes! This says all the things I was thinking!!

    • Claudai says:

      I agree 100% with everything you just said. Cold showers are the worst! But to add – I recall you saying you aren’t “tub people”. Putting a tub in the shower area means it can’t be ignored as easily in the cleaning department. Every shower gets it wet, meaning it has to be cleaned more often. That is annoying because you never use it!

  133. Tracy says:

    Either way, it will be perfect!
    I would go with option B, but I have a feeling you’re leaning toward option A!?

  134. Cory says:

    For sure Option B! I loved the idea of a wet room until I considered cleaning between the tub and the wall. It would feel like a dark and dank place…perfect for mildew. Nope. Not for me! I love the layout for Option B! Well done!

  135. Linda P. says:

    I like B. It has good flow and I like the idea of a window in the WC. The large, walk-in shower is lovely too. I personally would do one vanity with double sinks, but separate vanities works too. Someone mentioned mirroring 2 linen closets across from each other and I like that idea. Kind of would create a “vestibule” and some separation from the bedroom.

  136. Michelle says:

    Option B hands down. I would join the vanities though, so you only have one long surface to clean and only 3 edges rather 6 even if it’s bigger with custom cabinets and sizes. This also avoids cleaning and mopping in the space between the sinks..maybe you bridge the 2 vanities with a linen tower of sorts, but you’ll already have linen storage. Well, I don’t know, growing up we were 4 kids and my mom had this DEEP cabinet that spanned over the stairs below and stores all the things – tp, towels, pool towels, extra comforters (non linens, though) and weird random stuff I can “smell” as I think about (candles?) but can’t see. And then we had a tower storage for medicine, bandaids, extra hair spray, extra razors, bars of soap, and all the weird stuff that we could all find as we were growing up. Where else would we keep the MercuroChrome (#theyputthatstuffoneverything)??

  137. Annalie says:

    We just put a wet room in our master bath and I love it. I vote for that.

  138. Holly Johnson says:

    I have to admit for visual purposes, #A is a stunner! But, as we are in our build, practically wins out. We both like our bath time (romantic or with a book & wine), and have a dual rain shower/hand held in our shower. We like to to bathe alone and together. So those need to be separated.

  139. Sierra says:

    My bet is your leaning option A

  140. Allyson says:

    I feel passionately about Option B. I *loathe* those wet rooms. They seem like a breeding ground for bacteria that you will never properly be able to clean. I love taking baths and it looks so visually cold and sterile to have a bath tub in a shower. Conversely, it would take longer for the larger room to fill up with steam for a steamy hot shower. Also, it just reminds me of a cruise ship bathroom where everything happens in a wet room. You have the space. Keep the tub out of the shower.

  141. Masooma says:

    Option A, ❤️

  142. Molly says:

    I like A because the WC next to the tub looks cramped. Unless there’s like 4-5 feet Between the tub and WC Door it looks like you’ll be maneuvering around the tub to get to the toilet which seems…. not fun. You use the toilet more than the tub. And you can always use soundproofing rockwool insulation and soundproofing drywall panels to dampen any sounds you’re worried about.

  143. Kaitlynn says:

    I am drawn to the symmetry of option A. The tub/shower combination sounds luxurious, but reading through the comments I could see how this may be a pain to keep clean. Also, I loved the idea of the windows flanking the vanity. Ultimately, the comments convinced me that option B might be more functional, especially due to the situation with the toilette… And adding all that natural light will give the room great impact and spaciousness so I am sure it will be beautiful in Option B. Whenever, I have picked the opposite choice from CLJ, you always prove to me why the option you selected works so much better and I am like… Dang, Julia’s done it again. <3

  144. Katie says:

    We have an option A shower/tub in the house we’re currently renting. I had no idea it was a European thing, this was the first time I had ever seen it. With very small children (1 and 3) it is extremely functional for dual bath/shower time for babies/mom. Out of this phase of life, though, I don’t know that I would find it as functional?

  145. Heather Whiteman says:

    Option A makes more sense: The watercloset in back. (I am not a Big tub person and would leave it out but a wetroom is very on trend. ) the room appears more balanced from a design aesthetic having the weight distributed all around. When looking at all 8 layouts, my eye went to #3.

    Option B I have an issue with the vanities not being centered with the tub. I would put the water closet in the backcorner, next to the vanty, slide the vanities down, center the shower on its wall, and the tub across from the vanities. Bathrooms need to be symetrical for some reason….is that is disorder I have? Did I take that class at design school “OCD and the bathroom“ ????

    Thats just my opinion, whatever y’all do will be beautiful!

  146. Marcela says:

    I love the symmetry of A but ultimately like option B better because of the WC placement and general openness. Could you make Option B more symmetrical by creating two linen closets? One smaller where it’s currently placed and an equal one opposite it, by one vanity? Then the tub could be placed in the middle of the distance covering the two vanities?

  147. Debbie U. says:

    Option B… classic and classy and easier to maintain.

    I think the ‘wet room’ idea is very cool to look at, but who wants a whole room (floors, walls, windows, glass, tub and shower) that needs to be scrubbed constantly. Seems very high maintenance.

  148. Tracy says:

    Number 5 is the best of both worlds! The tub stays out of the wet shower area and you can still have the chandelier over the tub. Lots of natural light would come in from the 2 windows on either side of Chris’s vanity and the shower window. Plus, you wouldn’t have to move the toilet plumbing. This keeps the toilet far from the tub too which is a bonus in my opinion. Plus it keeps it close to the bedroom for at night when you really have to go. Also a plus in my opinion.

  149. Laura T says:

    I love both for differing design aesthetics BUT I like B the best for both the toilet proximity (it’s always nice to have it further away from everything;)), and for the practical considerations of cleaning the combined wet room.
    I also think the separate tub gives it a more special/relaxing moment feel BUT can appreciate a good rinse in the shower post relaxing tub so it’s a toss up! Make sure to install a retractable wand/head for the tub if you do them separate because it makes cleaning so much easier. Can you tell I own a cleaning company?!!????

  150. Cait says:

    Option B!!!

  151. Tracy says:

    Keep the potty close to the bedroom! You’ll be glad you did in the middle of the night when you gotta go! ???? The part of option 1 that I don’t like is the tub/shower combo. I would think it would be difficult to get behind the tub to clean all the water and inevitably mold/mildew. But maybe not…I’ve never had a shower/tub room so I don’t know.

  152. Jessica says:

    Modified version A!! As someone else noted, the symmetry of A is appealing. (Two large vanities side by side in the large room is odd.) If you’re not tub people, kill the tub & keep a slightly bigger shower — maybe not as large as the wet room, but bigger than option B. The placement of the wet room/full shower view at the back would be stunning and the focal point of the room vs. the split view between WC & shower from option B. Option B seems to lack a focal point.

  153. Kimberly says:

    Oops- forgot to address the toilet placement. We had a similar placement to option A and my husband hated the close proximity to our bedroom. He believed that 2 of your senses- hearing and smell- went into overload anytime someone used the toilet. He vowed that all future builds would have the WC as far from the bedroom as possible. I have to confess, it is much more pleasant having some distance from bodily functions.

    • Julia says:

      After living with this one next to our bedroom for a year, we agree. It’s not pleasant.

      • mary says:

        Ugh, I get it. How about this idea: Since having the WC near the entrance allows you more design freedom in the main part of the bath, consider the WC situation in #3, but moving WC door to open into the main bath instead of on the side. This (plus good insulation and a fan on a timer ; ) would take care of the issue of sounds/smells and let you have free rein in the main part of the bathroom.

        Then you could actually put the linen closet on the side of the WC too to further insulate.

  154. Kimberly says:

    100% Option B. Nothing about a tub in the shower enclosure screams “spa, relaxation, luxury”. Instead it shrieks “shampoo, conditioner and soap scum all over me.” Not that I feel passionate about option b.

  155. Kerry says:

    I’m going with B!
    What a tough decision- both are interesting and unique! I’d love to see the shower and bathtub room together, but the idea of a shower room without the need for a door sounds beautiful!

  156. Wren says:

    I love both! I’m sure you considered this, but what were your thoughts on having a transom window above the water closet door for the first option to allow some natural light in? Can’t wait to see y’all get started!!!

  157. Heidi says:

    I like them both but would want some kind of a shower door for warmth.

  158. Amy says:

    Definitely, option 1 or 7 which are really the same/similar. All glass shower. Toilet is too far away and wasting the window in Option B. Will close the room off and Option A seems like too much to clean.

  159. Kell says:

    I think I’d like Option B more if you mirrored the linen storage on the opposite side of the room and moved the vanities closer together or combined them into one big double vanity, centering it opposite the tub. It just seems like there’s too much space next to and around the vanities, kinda like a mistake. Option A is nice because everything looks so well thought out in terms of space utilization.

    • Kimberly says:

      This is my thoughts too! I love the idea of a second linen space and then the vanities lined up across from the tub better.

      • Kimberly says:

        Also—is it possible in this scenario to center the door into the bathroom? Maybe that would be problematic on the bedroom side but I think it could make such a difference!

      • Julia says:

        Bedroom side would be difficult. We have a dresser and TV on that wall.

  160. Kim Gheesling says:

    Option B: and my thoughts….Love the European version however, I am thinking about cleaning around the tub and how awkward that would be. As you age, this becomes more of an issue simply because you are not as flexible, which would effectively have an impact on cleaning your shower, combined tub area. Secondly, I recently visited a friend in Texas that had a one level shower and it was heavenly just walking out of the shower onto the level floor, which was heated and quickly dried.

  161. Nerida says:

    I’ve stayed in a hotel that had that shared tub/shower space… everything got wet – and it was cold as the steam didn’t want the space.

    I loved that very first layout you had with the tub at the end – was a gorgeous focal point and sitting in the tub looking out a window sounds so dreamy and relaxing.

    It’s such a big space isn’t it! Can’t wait to see which direction you go it.

  162. Erin Zubot says:

    I love the symmetry in Option A!

  163. Erin Kelly says:

    B!!! I love when a beautiful tub/window situation steals the show. Could you put an arched header above the tube to really let it shine?!?

  164. Monica says:

    I prefer B with all the natural light. I would consider building a vanity/makeup table in between the two bathroom sinks.

  165. Tiffany says:

    Out of options A and B, I love B way more as it feels like so much less work to clean (as pretty much everyone else mentions as their main concern).
    But I really love option 5 from your layouts, its so similar to A but without having to clean the tub all the time.

    One question for you, did you consider doing the kohler design but switching the tub and shower location? that way the tub soaking is still there for when you (or all your girls) want it, but your shower is large and beautiful and has the double heads like you had at your last shower.

  166. Maegan says:

    Option B. I think a shower and tub sharing a room is such a cool idea, but I feel like I would be cold in the shower. Lol.

  167. Kate says:

    I way prefer the Kohler design, hands down. Timeless, elegant, and has form AND function.
    But it’s your bathroom.

  168. Sarah says:

    I am LIVING for Option B!!!!

  169. Option B!! While I love option A too option B just seems more open and the flow works better. I also love moving the water closet and it will have a window! Now the doorway will be more open too. Love! Love!

  170. Melissa says:

    Option 3! If you aren’t bathtub people, don’t put one in and just put a HUGE shower. Go for what you’ll actually use and then you can make it grander. Except I’d say nic the sink in the WC so that you can make it smaller

  171. Prima Hayter says:

    Sadly, my preference would be for option 5. I love how option 5 provides a focal point for the bathtub, and also gives room for a really luxurious shower. Plus it has the added bonus of re-orienting the water closet so it widens your entry into the space.

  172. Rebecca says:

    Being a Minnesotan with long, cold winters like you have there, I think the big open space of A sounds harder to warm up, and even with steam and your heated floors, I think, brrr. Let’s be honest, though. Either would be BEAUTIFUL because you are designing it!

  173. Jasmine says:

    It’s going to be gorgeous no matter what! I’m sold on option B because you said it maximizes natural light and it will feel more open walking in. I’m also in the camp of a smaller shower space so the steam can fill and warm the space faster.

  174. Amy says:

    I’m on board with the natural light in B. But at night when I stumble to the bathroom, I’d want it near the door like Option A! Plus, talk about dramatic effect and beauty with the shower/bath view from the door with A. I don’t think you can go wrong, just thinking about practical with toilet.

  175. Kari Robertson says:

    Definitely the first one with the wet room. It is fresh and avoids that galley look. Keep a glass enclosure so you can install a steam shower! The second one is very similar to what you have now, with the exception of the water closet placement. Still a long galley. Keep the water closet where it is; closer to the bedroom door for the midnight visits, cheaper because you avoid that extra plumbing to move it. And you can hang a beautiful chandelier in the vanity portion of the room, which you can see from the bath. Safer too! The second one will feel much larger and will provide that wow statement every time you enter!

  176. Emily R says:

    Hard to make a decision without understanding how the windows fall on the exterior. All things being even I would choose Option A.

    I think exterior window placement really should be much more of a priority in today’s homes. So often the front is well thought out, and the sides and back are a Hodge podge.

  177. Alyson says:

    Definitely B! I like that you enter into the big, open, beautiful part of the room, instead of into a hallway with the water closet. To me the extra steps would totally be worth it to have the toilet more private and hidden away, with a window and a real door. Plus those would be extra steps through your beautiful new bathroom so you’d get to enjoy it more! B feels much more open to me and I like all the natural light. While wet rooms look good in photos, and are fun in a hotel or air bnb, for every day I prefer the function/cleanability of a separate tub and shower.

  178. Cheryl says:

    Both are beautiful! I just wanted to share that
    When my vanity was across from a window, even with a lighted mirror, it cast a shadow when I put on makeup in full light.
    Other than that I wouldn’t be able to pick an option bc I love them both. Well, I might love option 2 5% more☺️

  179. Megan CC says:

    I prefer A. It looks like it would be weird going around the tub to go in the watercloset. And you’re going to be going to the water closet more frequently than the bath I would assume, so it makes more sense to me to have it closer to the door. Whatever you do will be amazing either way!

  180. Rebekah says:

    LOVE the openness of option B. But maybe reversing it and moving the toilet by the door like option 6 but with the simplicity of the vanity set up in B? So much light, space, and easy toilet access. It seems like there will be lots of storage without a linen closet, and since your laundry is close, you can grab clean sheets stored there while putting dirty ones in the wash?

  181. Margaret says:

    Oh please don’t do the water room. The thought of water and soap and hair and whatever getting all over the tub is just horrifying. Plus everything being damp all the time. I can’t see how it’s anything other than an uncomfortable mess.

  182. Judith says:

    I have no idea how, but I think a mixture of the two would be great, as they both gave nice elements, ha.
    Like others mentioned I don’t like the door to the toilet in Option B, Option A like more symmetrical, which will help with the proportions of the room.
    Also I like that it kind of groups the functions of a bathroom together (WC and sinks/teethbrushing for getting ready for bed and then a more spa like area with shower and bathtub)
    But I like the idea of getting ask that natural light in there in option B (although, like others mentioned, all backlight for the vanity, not so great).
    Tough choice, I’m sure it will look great once you’re done!
    P.s. towel radiators are very common here in Europe and it’s the greatest feeling to have a warm towel ready for you when stepping out of the shower, especially combined with the floor heating you’re planning.

  183. Stephanie says:

    Option B! Separate tub with chandelier! We remodeled a bathroom a few years ago (and two houses ago – sigh) and did a beautiful bubbler tub, under a window, with a chandelier. Still had a good sized walk in shower with dual shower heads and we loved it!

  184. Laura D says:

    I love how immediately the bathroom is open in option B. I feel like that alone pushes it to be the winner. I can picture beautiful tile on the floor and maybe a small ottoman or bench. Oh so cozy but spacious!

    In the comments I see concern about toilet placement in option B. In my own bathroom, the toilet is also in the far left corner when you walk in with vanity first thing on the right. It works out just fine. Even in “emergencies.” ????

    The other concern that has been mentioned a lot is the back lighting at the vanity. If I remember right, you are also putting a vanity in your closet in front of a window, correct? Would you use bathroom for washing face and such, and then closet for makeup after dressing?

  185. Daniela says:

    I would say option B. The inspo pictures were amazing.

  186. Ellie says:

    B, but maybe with modifications? Possibly flipping it the other way so you’re not backlit by the windows (and doing those cool mirrors that hang in front of the windows) and moving the water closet to the corner by the main door so it’s not such a trek? Whatever you do it’ll be fabulous of course!

  187. Patricia says:

    Both are practical and either would make you happy, but Option B just calls out to me. It’s balanced and calm and flows. But that’s just me.
    You do you.

  188. Bernadette Townsley says:

    Option B- keep tub separate from shower…………if you never use the tub or use it less frequently you dont have to worry about cleaning it. You also will want space to move around when you shower and not have to worry about the tub right next to you.

  189. Sheila says:

    100% B
    I am not a fan of the shared tub/shower space on option A at all. Cleaning/water splash would be a nightmare.

  190. Christina says:

    I think I’m the only one who would prefer to keep the WC in the back, like how it is in option B. You know what’s great? Getting ready at your vanity while someone is faaaaar away using the bathroom! Plus, you guys are shower people! The wet room makes the shower feel like an afterthought, or like you’re trying to maximize space utilization when you don’t really need to.

  191. Mary Long says:

    Moving the the toilet is a complicated and costly thing to do

  192. Mandy says:

    AHHH I love option A: Imagine an illness and sitting in your tub soaking WHILE you have the steam happening from the showers in that wet room with eucalyptus and spearmint potted in said room and their healing smells pouring out and into you!!!!!!!
    I also sent one inspo pic of an A option to your DMs from Three Birds Renovation in Bonnies house!

  193. Lindsay says:

    Something to consider with a doorless shower is they can be cold. I love the idea of a towel warmer, but you still want the shower to be comfortable too. I would also recommend putting the water controls right by the opening to the shower rather than below the shower head so you can let the water warm up before you step in. Nothing worse than trying to stand out of the way of the water while it heats up.

  194. Bethany says:

    Love the symmetry of A. It’s also very unique in that not ever house would be able to accommodate something like that. Here’s an example I remember seeing on Fixer Upper:

  195. Kelli says:

    A! but am secretly sad you aren’t doing option 5 above because there is something very fun feeling about the shower being behind the tub!

    • Manaema says:

      Number 5 was my favorite too! You could have a statement tub framed by the beautiful tile, with a chandelier above the tub…that would make an AMAZING focal point in your bathroom. Arched entries to the shower similar to their dining room. Ah! So pretty.

      • Kayla says:

        Agreed. And it shortens the incredibly deep bathroom. All for #5. Love the tub there ????

      • Ann says:

        I keep thinking the exact same thing. #5 has all the elements of a perfect master bath.

  196. Amanda says:

    A is gorgeous, but B will feel so much better with all of the light!

  197. Anna says:

    I see why you struggle to choose! Both are great. I lean towards option A like a lot of others here, simply because every element of the layout makes sense, and it would be dramatic. For option B, I share the concern over the water closet being tucked behind the tub like others have said. BUT… based on your inspiration photos, I can see how option B would feel brighter and airier. Not sure what’s going on in your bedroom on the wall where the door to the bathroom is – but for option B have you considered centering the door on the room? (I think I recall your tv/dresser is on that wall – so it may not work). I could picture a beautiful, arched double door entering the space, in line with the arched entry of the shower (which looks close to the center of the room). Then a gorgeous rug/runner In the center of the space, and the chandelier over the tub. Option B could really be beautiful!

  198. Jen says:

    Love the inspiration pics! Option B. Keep shower and tub apart. By keeping them separate really allows each to be a unique experience. Together they feel the same. Hotel stays with this layout always make me miss my luxury shower at home – I feel so exposed and hate to splash the clean tub w my shower water. ????

  199. Juliet says:

    I prefer option B. I love how it opens up the room.

  200. Rachel says:

    I was initially leaning heavily toward option A because I really love the wet room idea. However, the more I thought about it, I started to like option B more because it seems like there will be a lot more natural light, and you and Chris won’t constantly be in each other’s way coming and going, which I can imagine happens a lot in the mornings, especially with three little ones. Excited to see whichever one you choose!! I know it’ll be so good regardless.

  201. Sara says:

    For me, a small sink in the water closet would be an absolute must. I’m grossed out by the idea that one has to touch a door handle after using the toilet and before washing hands. :-(

  202. KAH says:

    The Kohler design is the best one. No contest.

  203. Kelsey says:

    Plan B! Give me all the natural light :)

  204. Cari Sury says:


  205. Krista says:

    Love the inspo pics for options B. Feels more comfortable less formal. And love the idea of a more private walk in shower, like a secret oasis.

  206. Angela sewell says:

    Option 1! I like keeping the water closet where it is for middle of the night trips and to just be more separate from the other bathroom functions. Plus, the wet room would make for cozier baths!

  207. LLS says:

    I love both! I did have a few thoughts to perhaps consider. In my area of the country, snail showers (no doors) were all the rage in new builds in the early 2000s. However, they fell out of favor because without a door the heat escaped resulting in very cold showers. For Option A, even with a door, a space that large might be hard to heat up during a shower resulting in a cold experience! For Option B, not all localities in the US allow for hanging light fixtures above a tub, so I suggest checking your area’s building codes (maybe you already have!).

  208. Monique says:

    Option B, but can you swap the WC and the linen storage? The door to the toilet could then face the vanities instead of the bath, it’s closer to the entry door and could still add a window. You could adjust the doorway into the bathroom to line up the with arch/window in the shower for even more natural light coming into the master bedroom as well. The corner storage could be niches for both the bath like the first inspiration photo for option A and the shower. The wall for vanities could be configured in a bunch of different ways to accommodate more linen storage if necessary. Happy planning! Once again living vicariously through you ❤️

  209. Michaela says:

    Option B. The look of a wet room is always stunning, but does not seem practical. Cleaning bathrooms is not my favorite room to clean and the idea of having to wipe that entire tub down and around and under and behind because shower was used makes me cringe. What if you switched the water closet and the linen so you wouldn’t have to walk all the way through the room to use the toilet?

    • Linda says:

      Agree. I was going to make a similar comment. I really do love the look of A, but I would probably never feel like it was really clean back in all the nooks and crannies ????

      • Linda says:

        On further thought I could be totally onboard with the wet room if the tub was a deep, tiled, or stone, Japanese soaking tub. That filled the whole space—so no crannies! But that probably wouldn’t be very cottage-ish.

  210. Andrea Bishop says:

    2 seems to be leading and is my favorite. They only comments I have are: 1) You seem to be losing a lot of vanity space over 1. As long as you are fine with the size and storage of the #2 vanity I like having them side by side. 2) Is there ample room to walk around the tub to get into the toilet room? It looks a little tight. Also, I would make sure the open door doesn’t block any of the window. I imagine the door will usually be open and it would look weird if it was partially covering the window or trim.
    I’m so excited to see the project come to life!

  211. Tiffany says:

    I personally wouldn’t choose option A or B. I like option 6 in your 8 runners up but I’d probably take down the wall between the two vanities and just have a wall of vanities and integrate linen storage somewhere in there. As others have mentioned, a vanity on the side with the windows will give you better lighting for makeup application. In that option, I’d also make the entrance to the shower an arch, and possibly an arched window mimicking the shape of the shower entrance. hahaha omg , as I’m writing this, I just realized that I basically did that design for my bathroom! The major difference is that we enter our bathroom from the long side to the left of where the tub would be in your design. To your left is our linen cabinet and in the back left corner is the water closet. The door faces a long 10-12′ vanity. Our shower looks out over a state preserve and we wanted a huge picture window to enjoy the view of the nature. The entrance to the shower frames the picture window. So, I guess that’s why I like option 6 over all the others, because it is very similar to how I designed my bathroom! We haven’t completed it yet, ours was also put on hold for COVID!

  212. Deb says:

    I’m typically one who just enjoys following along but something about this is calling me to comment! Not a fan of the wet room concept at all for the same reasons as others who have voted for option B. I love symmetry though so wonder about revisiting #5 from the rejects and separating the tub from the shower and allowing the pretty tub to still be a focal point. Could you have two windows in each end of shower to line up with openings to shower and have the plumbing in the center of the shower space? Thinking out loud as I am typing. Ha! Just have to decide what is most important to you…more direct natural light or a more symmetrical aesthetic (with a shorter trip to the stool room!)?? It is going to be fresh and fabulous whichever direction you choose!

  213. Emily says:

    I like option B best! I’ve never had or been in a “wet” room but I always thought it would be difficult to keep the tub free of water spray when taking a shower. However it’s not my bathroom, and I think the design of BOTH is going to be stunning. I loved your last bath, and I will love this one too.

  214. Ann says:

    Could you add a towel warmer to whatever plan you choose? Sinking your wet face into a warm towel after a shower is the ultimate in feel good. Towel warmers are not expensive, you just have to plan the electrical ahead of time.

    • Julia says:

      I’ve never had one!! We do have a spot for towels right outside the shower in both layouts. I’ll have to look into a towel warmer.

      • Laura D says:

        I love how immediately the bathroom is open in option B. I feel like that alone pushes it to be the winner. I can picture beautiful tile on the floor and maybe a small ottoman or bench. Oh so cozy but spacious!

        In the comments I see concern about toilet placement in option B. In my own bathroom, the toilet is also in the far left corner when you walk in with vanity first thing on the right. It works out just fine. Even in “emergencies.” ????

        The other concern that has been mentioned a lot is the back lighting at the vanity. If I remember right, you are also putting a vanity in your closet in front of a window, correct? Would you use bathroom for washing face and such, and then closet for makeup after dressing?

  215. Laura says:

    I personally like layout #8 the best. The only thing I would change about it – is making the vanity go all the way across that wall. You could try one of those huge windows with the mirrors hung in front of the window? New trend that kind of looks amazing if done right and would maximize natural lighting in the bathroom. #8 just feels the most functional to me.

  216. Carrie Cavanagh RIBA says:

    Option C! I have dm’ed your Instagram account with a totally different option to A, B, or any of the runner ups! I love your feed, and respect that you have a vision for how your space will look and go for it. But this time I feel like you’ve really missed an option out that would work better than A or B hands down!!!

  217. Steph says:

    Option A

  218. Rebecca from Steilacoom, wa says:

    I love them both! I am thinking about where I would hang the towel outside of the shower, and for that reason I lean into option B. Hanging towels could look lovely on the shower wall, but in option A they would block the window light. Option B also allows for a single waste basket easily accessible to both at the vanity wall.

  219. Elise Kirkpatrick says:

    Both designs are great but I would definitely go with option two. I know it will be more expensive to move the plumbing and add new windows but the added light in that long narrow bathroom will be more than worth it. Plus you will get to shop for a gorgeous chandelier for over the tub!

  220. Dane Z says:

    Option A! The wet room idea is so fresh (and also unique). It would give your bathroom a wow factor!

  221. KOKO says:

    Wow I love both! I think there are pros and cons to each and it totally depends on what functions best for you and your family! Although I LOVE a wet room, I lean towards option B here personally, as I think it feels more open. I also liked the point someone else raised about the possibility for the toilet being closer to the entrance where the linen closet is, to allow easier access when you just have to use the toilet. Either way, I’m excited, and it’s going to look great!

    Oh, also curious if you mentioned why you want a tub now? I’m not a bath person either and I believe you mentioned before in your last house about that, so just curious if that changed.

  222. Debbie says:

    First off, I love all your designs and style, just love them. So when I talk about these two design options, know that I’m coming from a place of deep respect and admiration. So…. I have concerns with both of them: In Opt. A – the wet room. Wet means mold – how are you going to crawl behind that tub to dry around the bottom? And you’ll be forever wiping down the faucets, walls, etc. It just seems like a cleaning nightmare. In Opt. B, I like the separate tub and shower, but I don’t like the toilet in the far corner. That means when someone wants to use the restroom, they have to cross in front of whoever is in there showering or cleaning. So no privacy for anyone and a disruption in a ‘traffic pattern.” I really like the designs where the toilet is up front and separate from the rest of the bathroom activity.

  223. COURTNEY says:

    I prefer option a for the symmetry – the fact that the tub and sinks are offset in option b would drive me crazy, as would the tight entry into the water closet. That said, is it possible to move the tub towards the linen closet in option b? So that it is centered on the sinks? It would shrink the linen closet (or you could just have shelves? Or make the sinks slightly smaller and put cabinetry on either side?) but would give the water closet door much more room and open up the entire floor plan. If that were possible, I’d be team b all the way!

  224. Kendall says:

    Option B! Love the drama of A, but more light is my vote. Our bathroom doesn’t have any and I hate it

  225. Cait says:

    I love The symmetry and grandness of option A but I always worry about having two mirrors facing each other. You will get a tunnel of endless mirrors. Is there a way to center the vanity across from the tub in option B?

  226. Natasha says:

    Option B! It looks more open with a natural flow and a great use of windows. Either way, I’m sure it will be beautiful!

  227. C says:

    I definitely agree that Option A feels a lot more intentional and functional. I think a wet room is one of the best things a bathroom can have. Two other things come immediately to mind for me with option B —

    1. you have to traipse the whole bathroom to get to the water closet in the middle of the night,. For me, every extra step I have to take makes it less likely I’ll be able to get back to sleep.

    2. In layout B if you’re ever trying to do makeup at your vanity you’ll constantly be backlit from the window over the tub. In option A, you at least have the option to spin around and use Chris’s vanity if the backlighting is particularly bad.

  228. Lauren says:

    I love option A so much! Makes the room feel less narrow and long. Whatever you decide to do will be gorgeous I’m sure!

  229. Darla says:

    I with you on option B! I love the inspo photo! It’s going to look amazing!

  230. Vicky says:

    Option B seems to introduce more light into the whole room, so that would be my choice. Also, as somebody above me pointed out, the bath would always be wet from the shower with the other plan. Unless you were willing to wipe it down every day, it would cause water spots on all of the fixtures.

  231. Option B is (to me) the SAFEST choice – and I don’t mean design-wise. Actual safety. I look at the wet room options and always wonder why if someone slips on the wet, soapy floor and hits their head on the tub? Or arm, or face. I just can’t ever get past that notion! Then I think how cold it would feel – part of the awesome thing about a shower is the warmth and steam that gathers around you. In a wet room, I just don’t think you could ever be warmed all the way through.

    Don’t get me wrong, they are pretty! But, ultimately not as functional for me.

  232. Kirsten says:

    Both are gorgeous. Love the idea of a wet room but with a freestanding tub – how do you keep the edges/floor clean in there!!?! Maybe I’m just a terrible housekeeper but it feels like it would get gross with all the water and humidity…

  233. Sarah says:

    I think you should re-think those options. I do not think you will like an open shower/tub combo and you will be freezing in the shower in Option A. I love Option B but I think you may not like to maneuver so much around the tub to get to the water closet.

    • Mandy says:

      My master bathroom is HUGE ~ 250 sqft. I have an open shower to my bathroom – no glass! The shower area is 9’long x 5’ wide and we haven’t gotten cold in the shower at all! The large shower area still gets steam in it and warms the whole thing right up!!!! (We thought we would get cold, too and intended to add glass, but once we started using it we loved it being open since there are no drawbacks!!)

  234. Melissa says:

    Option B for sure. You guys already know you’re not tub people, so why clutter up your shower with a tub that no one will use?! I mean, the inspo pic is gorgeous to be sure, but that’s not how you guys use your house! Either way, I’m so excited to live vicariously through you :)

  235. Nicole says:

    I am a symmetry girl all the way, so Option A would be my personal pick. Plus, I love when show stopper tubs are the focal point. But, not sure the tub/shower combo would be ideal functionality wise. Option B is a no for me because the toilet is shoved all the way in the back corner, making it a pain to use.

  236. Lindsey says:

    I love both options! But I’m wondering for you Julia if you might want to have your vanity be the one with the flanking windows?? If there is a lot of light coming through you might be backlit and may make for tricky lighting for doing your make up? Hahaha just a thought. I’m sure you want the vanity for more storage but lighting is so tricky ????????

  237. EP says:

    Both have pros and cons — and I usually don’t care much for the tub in a shower arrangement — but I think the flow to the toilet in B looks super awkward. At least 50% of the time you go into this room it will just be to use the toilet and wash your hands, so I feel like the water closet shouldn’t be tucked away behind the tub. I also just really love the symmetry of option A and it’s a great way to utilize a long space. I see why you’re having trouble choosing!

  238. Shannon P says:

    Option A! I love a wet room. So functional & easy to take a bath, then hop out to rinse off.

  239. Tammy says:

    I like option B except for toilet placement. I don’t like the look of a door on one side of the tub. That eliminates doing tile on three sides or any other other wall covering on three sides. Can you flip flop the shower and toilet?

    • Melissa says:

      This is my suggestion as well! Flip the WC and shower! Option work visually but I would be worried about cleaning around the tub.

  240. Nina C. says:

    Option B is preferable. While A is nice, I see limitations to bathroom accessories and their placements, for example towel bars on the side where windows would go. I would hate to drill holes in a brand new vanity cabinet.

  241. TP says:

    I like the Kohler design way better. Sorry!

    • Mary says:

      Me, too! Neither of these current options seem desirable (or safe) to me! Not a wet room fan – too many surfaces for mildew, and I would trip over the tub trying to find the toilet in middle of night or when feeling ill.

  242. Mary says:

    I like Option A for practicality – I prefer the toilet to be away from the bathing area when possible and I also like the toilet to be near the door in case of ’emergency’ – including those time we one feels ill. :(

  243. Vanessa N says:

    I vote option B! I am a sucker for natural light and the more windows in a humid environment like a bathroom, the better! The shower/tub combo is a bit weird to me. I actually like that the toilet is at the back and further into the space; feels more private to conduct your private business. Ha! Whatever option you pick, its going to be fabulous!

  244. Brittany says:

    Option B! But would it be awkward to enter the water closet behind the tub like that?

  245. Sarah says:

    I love your inspiration images! The wet room does look BEAUTIFUL and I know a lot of people have complained about cleaning it but that also assumes that you guys are the ones cleaning it…and it’s totally possible that’s not the case! So that probably isn’t a big deal. I’m trying to get a sense of how this room plays into the exterior of your house. Is the window in the existing closet the bigger one on the far right of the front of your house? That seems to be an important thing that you guys are considering.

    The two “deciding factors” I’m thinking about is 1) whether you are going to use the tub or the shower more often and 2) how much of your property you want to see when you’re in the room. If you take a lot of baths, that wet room seems great for that. If you’re mostly a shower person, option B seems to favor a more luxurious shower experience. The other thing I like about Option B is that it seems like you would have a pretty private view to your property, one of the main reasons you bought the house. I think it would be dreamy to wake up and get ready in a room with a nice big window overlooking the yard. What a wonderful way to start your day!

  246. Shayla says:

    Option A! Love the wet room idea!

  247. Vanessa G Parscale says:

    Option B for sure! I think it’s nice to have the tub and shower separate.

  248. Jessica Merrill says:

    Ooh, I gotta say I prefer the look of the second layout but the first one would also be such a gorgeous view to walk into!

  249. Erin says:

    I lean toward option B for many of the reasons others have mentioned (drafty shower – I like a cocoon of steam, too much to clean, less than ideal to have to walk through a wet shower for a zen bath experience). The WC location does seem a little tricky – but the added window is a huge bonus. And if I was in there taking a bath, no peeing would be allowed anyway!
    Honestly, the thing I absolutely adore about you is that whenever I doubt one of your decisions, I always end up loving the final result. So in the end, trust your gut! And I cannot wait to see the end result!

  250. Yvonne says:

    Wet rooms are a thing, now, but frankly, proper cleaning and drying the room up after every shower is off putting with the area around the tub being somewhat hard to get to. So I would lean toward the other option for that reason.

  251. Katherine says:

    I love A! The only thing that I don’t love about B would be the water closet door opening up right next to the tub. I’m
    not sure if it would feel cramped. So excited for you! I know whatever you do, it will be gorgeous!

  252. Caitlin Joyce says:

    I love the design of A – as much as it’s a bummer to miss the chandelier over the tub moment, you can have one centered in the main portion of the bathroom. I love the windows by Chris’ vanity and that yours gets extra storage. And biggest win with option A – the toilet is closer to the door instead of tucked in the back corner with the door awkwardly by the tub. Wins all around!

  253. Lindsay says:

    Honestly, I don’t even care what you do. Whatever you choose will probably just become my favorite anyway, ha!

  254. Karisa says:


    The flow from the toilet in B – will eat you alive at 2am when the moment of dire urgency awakes you. *stubs toe on tub*

  255. D says:

    Option A all the way!! Such a statement to open the door and immediately see the wet room directly in front of you. It’s like opening the door into a spa!

  256. Phoebe K says:

    I like option B! Sometimes our tub and shower are being used at the same time so I would prefer them separate. I also love the vanities next to each other and all the extra natural light!

  257. Jetske says:

    I would go for option B The bathtub in the shower area makes that you need to dry the bath after every shower It looks great but al that extra work would not be my choice

  258. Cathryn says:

    I think if it were for me, I would prefer the openness of taking a bath that wasn’t enclosed in a wet room area and would go for option b. But you always said in your last house that you weren’t a bath person, so if I was the same as you I’d vote option a and have a gorgeous wet room with bath/shower area combined. Love the inspiration pics, can’t wait to see it come to life.

  259. Alya says:

    I like the layout of A because of its symetry and love the idea of opposite side of your sinks
    But never liked the idea of puting tub and shower in the same place, it just makes things messy

    Option B would make the room feel bigger because there is no narrow alley created. And all “rooms” have access to natural light. Will lose the symetry, but am sure you will make it pretty

  260. Allison says:

    I love option A! Symmetry for the win! Plus I love the tub/shower combo!

  261. Virginia says:

    I’d go with B for the layout, natural light and window in the water closet. It feels more open and spacious. I think having 2 vanities is nicer than one long one (for the reasons you stated). Not a fan of the wet rooms. Having traveled to Europe many times, it is common and in my experience water gets everywhere (your space might be able to avoid it).

  262. Katy says:

    Option A! The symmetry makes me happy, I think it will feel more balanced. We’re installing our freestanding tub in the same enclosure as the shower and I’m stoked about it. I would argue though that you could add a window in the shower as you would have done for the toilet room. I mean, why not? Maybe a different t configuration, but seems doable.

  263. Khal says:

    I really like option B, it feels very comfortable. I don’t think the wash room in the back would be an issue, since it’s upstairs, you’d mostly use it in the mornings and nights. I would love to wake up every morning to the cozy morning light so I would chose B for the big window

  264. Sara says:

    I know whatever you do will be lovely! I love the idea of the window in the bathroom (yay for natural lighting), I also love the idea of the water closet being clos to the door so you’re not walking through.

    I personally would like the shower/tub separate because I wouldn’t want to clean my tub every time I showered – or having someone shower next to me if I’m taking a relaxing tub. :)

    Could you do one long sink with two faucets (trough type basin) and then have storage in a beautiful cabinet base below to give you more room for the tub/shower to be separate?

    I can see a sketch “C” brewing with everyone’s comments. Overall this was my favorite ‘vibe’ photo Best of luck during your next phase! <3

  265. Abby says:

    Large open showers get very cold! Just something to think about if you loathe getting goosebumps after you shave your legs like me :) I do really love the look though!

  266. Toni C. says:

    I think I prefer option B … It feels a bit more cottage-y to me :) Though option A is beautiful I’m it’s own right, it feels just a bit too grand style wise. Can’t wait to see what you decide!

  267. Maya says:

    I think the first option would look more spectacular, but the second might be more enjoyable to live with (and still beautiful). It reminds me a bit of the layout of your old bathroom, but with the tub where the vanity was! Excited to see which you choose!!

  268. Kelly says:

    Option A is WAYYYYYYYY better. You will have a beautiful sight line as you enter the room. If you carefully locate your plumbing for the showers the space is big enough it will not make for extra cleaning of the tub as others have said. The layout with the water closet near the entrance is both tucked away yet also very convenient.
    In option two the water closet is in the far corner of the room with the door awkwardly opening onto the tub. This not only would not be practical, it is also not a nice of a sight line into the room.

  269. Laura says:

    Hi Julia! Couldn’t help myself & sent a quick rendering of option B with a slight change through Instagram messages so if you don’t see it, look for the one from buildingform_andfunction. I’m so visual I can’t ever decide what I want until I see it in person so using Sketchup has been the most helpful tool for me.

  270. Sarah says:

    I usually don’t comment, because I am just thrilled to be following along! Love your taste, and if your LAST master bathroom is any indication, this project is going to be amazing. I think both options are great, but I would love to see a combo shower/tub room.

    The one suggestion I have is – do you really need his and hers vanities? Some people swear by them, but I’ve never seen the need for two sinks. My husband and I have shared a pedestal sink with absolutely no storage or counter space in our last 4 homes over the past 10 years, so I may simply be misinformed! :D

    • Julia says:

      Wow! Hahaha, I LOVE having two separate sinks.

      • Mariam says:

        Option A, but no wet room. Instead have the shower on one side and the tub parallel. This gives symmetry but also practicality and an overall better, cozier experience.

    • Lauren says:

      What great options! In my mind I wanted an option similar to A, but I’m very intrigued by B. You’ll do something beautiful and functional no matter the option. Can’t wait.

  271. heidi evans says:

    I love option A but think B is a better plan with the water closet (toilet) moved to be next to shower….nice to not have it right when you walk in from your bedroom.

  272. Mel says:

    I agree with others who have expressed concerns about the toilet placement in Option B. Having to walk more than 21 feet to get to the toilet would almost make it feel like it’s down the hall.

  273. Clarise Terhoeven says:

    Love love love option B!!!

  274. B says:

    I would do B and swap the WC with the linen closet. That way you don’t need to awkwardly walk around the person taking a bath to go pee. :)

  275. Eva says:

    Team B! Agree with giving both tub & shower their own spotlights so to speak. Also feel like it would kinda ruin the spa bath vibe with candle if someone jumps in to take a shower but if maybe you guys don’t mind that xD also love the large window above tub in option B! can’t beat that!!

  276. Jess says:

    Option B with the tiny tweak that someone mentioned of flipping the water closet with the shower. Good luck with your decision! Lots to think about!

  277. Nadine says:

    A- I love the symmetry!

  278. Heidi Wandel says:

    I like number 4. I would just get rid of the division between the sinks. This makes every area independent from eachother. Also I think a dividing glass wall opposite the sinks would look beautiful.

  279. Lexi says:

    B! My SIL had option A in a previous home and HATED how many water spots got on her tub every time she took a shower. She felt like she had to wipe the tub down daily.

  280. Crystal says:

    Love them both! We did a wet room in our house and i will never go back! It’s amazing and my kids splash around in the tub and I don’t stress about to going everywhere! But I know either option will turn out beautiful!

  281. Ann says:

    I had a tub as the star of our master bath. After a few shivery winter baths, I realized there was nothing to stop drafts, I quit using it completely. You don’t feel drafts until you’re wet. My vote is for A — the tub is enclosed in a smaller area and is likely to be non-drafty. Plus it’s visually stunning, and keeps all the water in one area for easy cleaning. Ease of cleaning is always a Good Thing.

  282. Crystal says:

    Love them both! We did a wet room in our house and i will never go back! It’s amazing and melt kids splash around in the tub and I don’t stress about to going everywhere! But I know either option will turn out beautiful!

  283. Kimberly says:

    We are building a house right now with a wet room, so I’m A all the way! Everything you do is beautiful, I just selfishly want you to pick what we picked. :)

  284. Erin says:

    A! I think it looks much more intentional and I love the symmetry and balance of the vanities with the windows mirroring the cabinets. Also I mean the statement of that wet room tub shower combo.

    B is a strong option but it seems a little less out together and more jumbles – no one feature stands out.

    Either one I know you will execute flawlessly and beautifully and we will all enjoy watching the process.

  285. Ashley says:

    This is gonna be epic! My only tip from experience is to not have the windows on the opposite side of your vanity. Our bathroom is like that and when I’m looking in the mirror getting ready, it’s just pretty tricky having all the natural lighting coming from behind me, backlighting me. I don’t know, it messes with my eyes and makes me crazy! Good luck making a decision! All the best!

    • Julia says:

      that was my one fear too. However, that direction is west so it would mostly be an issue in the evening–when I’m generally getting ready for bed. Hopefully some epic vanity lighting will help too.

      • Joellyn says:

        And blinds on the windows would help alleiviate the lighting concern. I like B, though I’d consider keeping a glass door on the shower to maintain warmth. I’d be concerned about keeping the area around the tub clean in a wet room. Seems like your space is large enough that there is plenty of room around the tub to get to the water closet. I like that it’s further away from the entrance and
        More private.

  286. Erica says:

    I love the symmetry of option one but the flow of option 2. I’m no help!

  287. Impossible to decide, can’t wait to see what you do! I love the unique look of the bath/shower room and having a vanity with upper cabinets is sooo nice! Way easier than bending down to find things and keeps your counter clear. But, I love the natural light of the second option and having the window in the toilet room. Either way I’m sure it will be amazing.

  288. Jen says:

    #5 from your runner ups is my fave. Love the two vanities opposite each other. Consider a solatube if you keep the WC in it’s current location. We added one to our half bath eight years ago and it remains one of my favorite changes. It was the only room in the house without a window previously and now the natural light pours out of the room all day and the moon acts like a nightlight (even in cloudy Seattle).

    Option A is stunning, but I’d worry about cleaning and cold(er) showers. Option B’s arched shower entry aligned with the window is stunning, but again, I’d want a shower door because I don’t want any of the steamy goodness escaping.

  289. Ashley says:

    So many comments! A would be stunning for photos, but I can’t say I’d like to actually live with it. I like the openness, windows and separate tub/shower of B. If you’re concerned about the water closet being too far away, could you swap the wc and linen closet? Whatever you decide, it will be lovely.

  290. Tiffany says:

    Both are beautiful options, but I don’t like the idea of the tub (and all my stuff I use for my baths) gettin all wet. Plus sometimes my husband will have a shower while I’m in the tub since we are night bathers.

  291. Nicolette says:

    I would probably go with option B because I’ve heard the European showers are so time consuming to clean with the bathtub and everything. Both would be stunning though!

  292. Nancy says:

    Option B. I stayed in a hotel with the “wet room” concept and hated it. I would shower in the morning, then after a long day of meetings come back and want to use the tub. Even though it had been cleaned by the maids, the wet room was still wet (or at least damp), which somehow took the tub experience from feeling luxurious to feeling kind of gross. Plus anytime you can add more natural light to a bathroom, that is always a winner in my book.

  293. Jamie says:

    Option A all the way! :)

  294. Jessica says:

    One of my first apartments had a wet room in the master and my only complaint was how long it took for the room to warm up when I was taking a shower. I’m always cold so that was an issue for me. In terms of layout, I love the symmetry of option A and that the water closet is closer to the entry of the master bath.

  295. Olivia Furtado Frias says:

    Between the two you’re deciding on I would vote for option B. A shower bath wet room combo is not my favorite. It’s a pain in terms of cleaning. Because you have to dry EVERYTHING down each time or just learn to live with a wet tub, accessories, walls etc and if your not careful mold is more of an issue.

  296. Bonnie says:

    If it were up to me I would go for either option 5 or 8 from the rejects. ????I can’t quite wrap my head around a wet room so option B from the final 2. ????

  297. Sarah B says:

    Option A! Y’all have been talking about a wet room for years! Go for it!

  298. JKP says:

    Option B- a big open shower/tub area would feel so cold in the winter. Having a door on your shower would create a steamy/cozy feel. Option B also let’s more light in and feels more spacious. There’s a reason the other layout doesn’t work ????????‍♀️

  299. Brittany says:

    I choose whichever option that places the tub in front of the window!

  300. Sam says:

    For me it kind of depends on the style of tub you’re planning to install. Someone made a good point recently that cleaning the tile/floor in a wet room around the tub can become quite the daunting task. Add that plus the additional window options, and I choose Option B.

  301. Kelsey says:

    I think option A flows a lot better than option B. The water closet in option B feels crowed by the tub, and is a long walk to get to the toilet from the entry. I think having it in the front in option A makes more sense.
    Option A is symmetrical feeling and pleasing to the eye, where Option B feels disjointed.

  302. Kjirsten says:

    Maybe I’m just really bad at figuring out the scale but walking all the way around the tub to get to the toilet in Plan B takes it out of my running. I love the idea of all the light and air flow, but… it feels like I have to squeeze myself into a space like an airplane bathroom. Would that door stay open to help the space with more light when not in use? What does that do for your sight lines? Gah! I have no idea what you’ll choose but I know you’ll “make it work” (Tim Gunn Voice!) like you always do!

  303. Heidi says:

    I have a large frosted window in my bathroom, which is awesome for natural light. But I hate that it’s opposite of my vanity/mirror because I’m always back-lit in my reflection. Even substantial vanity lighting fights with the optics of being lit from behind. Similar to photography. Something to consider for your (Julia’s) vanity placement. Natural light on the face makes such a difference! Maybe not such a big deal if your makeup vanity is by the window in the closet, but I’d assume you’ll still do hair in the bathroom mirror?

    Also thinking the toilet farthest from the bedroom may help with sound/smell control – for example if someone is sleeping while someone else flushes. :)

    My two cents! Looking forward to seeing it all play out (beautifully, as usual!) ????

  304. Trish says:

    If I was planning a new bathroom, I would always choose a design with a separate tub and shower. A walk in shower is a must if you are ever in a situation where you are unable, if even for a short time, to get access to the tub or shower because of leg flexing limitations. I’m fairly young and recently had a hip replacement and suffered trying to get in the shower. Separates all the way!

  305. Sarah says:

    Option A is gorgeous! And it suits the style of your home perfectly. I’m sure you would make either option shine but I’m hoping to see option A come to life!

  306. Suzanne says:

    Oh man! All the ideas are so neat and could be beautiful! I think I lean Option B … so the shower and bath are easier to clean, you have more privacy while showering, and you walk past a sink to wash your hands as you leave the toilet.

  307. Lindsey says:

    Option B. I think it will feel so much more open and bright.

  308. Saturn Dean says:

    I way prefer option B. I feel that in option A the tub would constantly be getting wet and dirty from the shower and would need to be cleaned and wiped down way more often. We also enjoy having a large shower Like the one in B that we can both use at the same time especially on hectic mornings were we need to get ready at the same time.

  309. Sofie says:

    Option B!
    (Option A you would have to dry the bath every time you take a shower. A shower with a glass door is always a plus)

  310. Jill Cote says:

    I love option B with all the additional natural light it will bring to the space

  311. Katie says:

    Both are fantastic options but I’m leaning toward A.

  312. Ami says:

    Either way you go will surely be amazing and I can’t wait to see it! But I think I’d have to lean with b only because showers look like they’d be cold with no door or curtain. It’s stunning, sure! We have a walk in but it’s not as exposed, so the heat kind of stays trapped. (If that makes sense). And if you do go with a, I’m excited to see how you solve!

  313. Lauren says:

    I think A is such a great idea! I have a tub and shower in my apartment now and I always make a mess with water when I’m getting in and out because it so big and deep. I like the idea of it already being in the shower so the water can just drain out if you spill or bubbles go everywhere. Maybe it’s the European in me. ????????

  314. Erika says:

    Both options look good, I would lean toward option B. My only comments would be you still might need a glass door on the shower, because even with heated floors it can get so cold in a big shower. I love that you created 2 independent vanities, and I could see you scooting them even farther apart and putting a floor length mirror in between. You definitely picked the strongest layouts so either way you can’t go wrong!

  315. Mercedes says:

    I love the look of option a, but I’ve heard wet rooms are really hard to keep feeling warm during a shower. I’m sure you guys are taking that into consideration, though!

  316. Amy says:

    We have a window in our water closet and I love it so option B works for that. However, love option A but we have the water closet sharing a wall with our bedroom as you have shown and it’s loud in the middle of the night if someone gets us to use the bathroom. Might be ok if extra sound proofing is between those 2 walls.

  317. Abby says:

    I prefer option B only because I’m not a fan of the open shower. We had a walk-in shower in our last house and although I loved the look of it and the idea of it, I was always cold taking a shower, even when the water was scalding hot. After awhile, I ended up walking to the other bathroom with a tub, shower curtain and a smaller bathroom overall because it was so much more relaxing taking a shower. Unless you have a door for the whole enclosure (which would kind of be a bummer design-wise), I would opt for Option B.

  318. Ahh! They both feel much more cohesive, I love them both, honestly. If I were you (which ofc I’m not!) I’d go with Option B. I think the concept of the shower/tub/wetroom sounds really cool but would be cold in actual use — unless I’m missing that it’d be sort of closed off? (then again, I live with a shower that is literally a tiny 4’x4′ square and I LOVE it because you don’t lose any heat from the water because it’s so small!). Option B feels balanced and less like the galley feel you have now. Can’t wait to see what you pick!

  319. Caroline says:

    Honestly don’t think you can go wrong! A is different, unique and unexpected. B is expected. Stand alone tub, sinks, water closet.

  320. Jacquie says:

    I prefer b! I like the stand alone tub and the vanities on one side. Both would be beautiful tho!

  321. Chelsea says:

    Such a difficult decision!! I don’t think I would do a wet room for myself, but you execute everything so perfectly I am super curious how you would design the space! But my vote is for option B, mostly for the fact that you will get more natural light in every space which is such a bonus in a bathroom. Either way it will look beautiful!

  322. Jenice Smith says:

    Love the wet room idea! And easier to clean, just hose it all down, haha!) We are actually going to do something very similar when we redo our bathroom. And just a note, if you go with that option, your toilet is closer to the bedroom, which I think is preferred, at least for me, haha! I use the toilet more times a day that I do the shower, and it’s nice to have it closer.

  323. Martha says:

    Option B (or #5 above, ours is set up like this and I love it! ????)
    I feel like option A is trendy and I also think it would be a pain in the rear to clean! You will get shampoo etc in the tub while you shower and that is just a whole lot of surface area to clean up or wipe down. And you have to get behind the faucet too ????????.

  324. Lori says:

    Option A

  325. Jen says:

    I’m leaning towards B because I like the more open feeling with the water closet relocated. But I do like A because of the nice, big shower. Although I’d move the tub to in front of the shower. I, personally, an not a fan of having the tub inside the shower. So many water spots and the need to clean the bathtub more often in there. And seems a bit in the way while showering.

  326. Sherry says:

    Option B is SO SO lovely and would really maximize the light available to you in the bathroom! In India, wet baths (Option A) are very common. I can’t tell you the number of times family members have slipped and fell in the bathroom area (especially folks who have balance issues or aging grandparents) because everything stays wet and they made the wrong move at the wrong time. It is great in theory but I’ve seen it in practice and it has clear drawbacks.

  327. Ruth says:

    Option B for sure. Toilet at the entry sounds agh. Also, tub with views!

  328. Jeanna says:

    Wow, they are both lovely designs! So hard to choose, but I think I might choose Option B :) I like the idea of bringing in such beautiful light to the room over the tub, and I really like the commode farther away from the bedroom, and having a window there is awesome too.

  329. Janet says:

    I like your inspiration photo of the wet room shower/tub combo. But I have to question how easily it is to keep it all looking good when everything is going to get wet and splashed? A big wipe down after every use I suppose…if you don’t mind.

    I like option 5!

  330. Ashley says:

    Both would be gorgeous! While A is a real showstopper, B says cottage to me. I think you’ll love the light.

  331. Candace says:

    So I love option A looks wise but when I think practically I think B. I have not had a shower and tub together myself although I love love love that look, but when I think about it, it doesn’t seem very practical for cleaning. I hope someone that has that comments to say if it’s a pain or if it works!

  332. Katie says:

    First I just realized that your bathroom is way bigger than my living room. :D Second I am not sure about the practicalities if a wet room but the design my heart leap. I love the idea of the vanities not being beside each other. However both inspiration pics are gorgeous and whatever you do will be beautiful.

  333. Jesseca says:

    I love 2. It feels like you will get better light, and a better open space.

  334. Greet says:

    I definitely 100% vote for option 1!!
    Just like’s Jessica Alba’s bathroom on AD open door. With heated flooring of course, we’ve got a very big / gigantic open shower for 2 with heated flooring and we are never cold, and it gets really cold here in the winter. We do not even need the heated towel rail on, never used it.

  335. Gabby says:

    I like both but I’m really leaning Option A. It’s unique and has character. I think the charm of it suits your house style well. Wet rooms I find make a lot of sense in terms of design. I’ve had something similar in the past and I appreciated how that part of the bathroom felt very separate from the rest of the bathroom giving it a spa-like vibe. I appreciate the tub being somewhere not in the middle of the room so you can really relax when using it. Also no more water overflows or slippery floors after using your tub. I like the water closet right near the entrance for convenience and while a window would be nice I don’t think it would be a deciding factor for me. There’s other ways to make it feel bright!

  336. Rebecca says:

    I like the layout of Option B more with the tub separate from the shower… It allows them both to shine on their own. But I like that the water closet is closer to the entrance in Option A. Overall I think my vote is Option B.

  337. Stefanie says:

    A is so stunning! A A A

  338. Jamie says:

    Option B because it’s more spacious and open and more natural light. A window in the water closet would be a must for me. However I do love the tub in shower inspiration picture. It’s beautiful!

  339. Jamie says:

    I’m sure whatever you choose will be awesome. We remodeled last year and almost went with the wet room tub/shower combo. I’m not going to lie, I kind of regret not doing it. My kids want to bath in our tub all the time (hello, hot tub) and water gets EVERYWHERE. I was worried about it being cold and the cleaning, but I think it would have been worth it. Also, steam shower would solve the cold problem. I can’t wait to see what you create!

  340. Liz says:

    I prefer option B. I like that layout the best. But I am also and the clumsy person that would find a way to wack my knee on the tub every time I took a shower if I had a wet room! Regardless of how big the space was, I know I would end up with perpetually bruised knees! ????

  341. I like both but I think option a is best. I like that whoever was in the shower or tub could still have solitude (especially when soaking in the tub) if someone needed to use the toilet and wash their hands.

  342. Ginger says:

    I love option B, I feel like you can’t go wrong with maximizing the natural light.

  343. Jessica Roberts says:

    The cleaning involved in the “wet room” wouldn’t appeal to me, but I love that design. In B, is there a way to do a countertop “hutch” or something to break up the vanities, but not have the wall be space-vanity-space-vanity-space? I think you could definitely build it out to look incredible. My bigger suggestion with B is to switch the toilet and linen closet if at all possible–that tucked away corner seems very impractical/annoying for a water closet.

    • Jillian L says:

      Agreed on possibly switching the WC and linen closet.

    • Christina says:

      Your suggestion on B was what I was thinking…the placement of the toilet in relation to the sinks/entry seems wrong – even with the positives of a window. I think I prefer option A overall.

      • Christina says:

        One more downer to A which I really do love, but would totally be a deal-breaker for me if the insp photo is what you do – there is no way you could clean well around that tub on the sides or the back wall/floor. There simply isn’t enough room. If you combine, I sure hope you give more room for crawling/reaching to the back on each side so you can clean and dry the space.

  344. Rachel says:

    I feel like you’re going to end up with A. But personally I think B would be my preference!

  345. Adair Bright says:

    I love option A because I think that having a toilet with the door right by the tub could decrease some of the potential ambience that comes with taking a bath. also having the bathtub in the same place as the showers with a door allows for the steam to stay in that area and one of my big problems with baths is that it just gets too cold. and then you can have the bathtub overflow without a worry

  346. Hannah B says:

    I prefer Option B! I like the idea of the shower archway centered on the existing window, and the tub centered on the new large window. All that natural light will be so nice!

  347. Abby says:

    I think you should go with option B, but with a modification: instead of separating the two 60 inch vanities, connect them to make one huge wall of vanity/cabinets with a long piece of stone on top. I just think it would look more clean and cohesive rather than breaking up the vanities. We just did something similar in our master bathroom remodel, and our 11 foot long vanity with a linen towers at each end (thus preventing the 11 foot length from looking too vast) is really stunning.

    • Julia says:

      Someone else said this same thing, but we really don’t prefer one long vanity. That’s what we have now and it always looks cluttered and heavy. Two separate vanities is something we’re looking forward to most!

  348. Brenda says:

    Option B because 1.) the shower/tub combo might be drafty because of its size 2.) if you really soak in a tub, you want a stool or stand next to the bathtub for a drink, candle, or book and that would be a pain to move out of the shower on a daily basis 3.) you still get the arched doorway into the shower but you get the bonus bathtub chandelier 4.) windows, windows, windows!

  349. Sandi says:

    Option A – it feels more interesting and unique

  350. Meg says:

    Go with the wet room! ????

  351. Danielle Renée says:

    Option A! Looks like less moving of plumbing, which saves for more luxe finish-work. Love the wet-room “look” and how grand it will feel having the tub at the end under the window. Opposing vanities look amazing.

  352. Carrie says:

    I love them both! But A makes more sense!

  353. Robin says:

    I would definitely lean towards option B: I love the tub in front of the window, and I think it seems odd to have the tub in the shower area (I live in Europe and wouldn’t characterize this option as European).

  354. Ellen says:

    Definitely option B. The bathtub and shower in the same enclosed area is absolutely not practical ! And it’s definitely NOT European. I’m from Europe and like someone else mentioned, this is not common or even have I seen this in Europe. Option B is beautiful with the big open shower and the tub in its own area. If you like showers you definitely don’t want to clean that big space with tub (option A) on a daily. My honest opinion. Can’t wait to follow along, your house and family is BEAUTIFUL!!

  355. I usually don’t chime in…just enjoy reading the comments. But having just gone through a 3 month masterbath reno that was interrupted the last week by COVID , I have some favorites that would make either option great. We are in Utah so having HEATED FLOORS has been the best addition we didn’t think we needed! Also a CURBLESS shower entry and a TOTO toilet that does everything! Walking into the bathroom in the middle of the night to a heated seat and nightlight is everything! Option B is very similar to what we ended up doing and we love having the tub separate from the shower. We squeegee down the marble shower every day and the thought of having to wipe down that tub every time would be a deal breaker for me. Also after having knee surgery last year, a hand held shower head and bench in addition to an overhead rain shower head was mandatory. I love the additional light you could add with B also. Whatever you two choose will be amazing and I can’t wait to see what you do!

    • Julia says:

      Heated flooring is an absolute must for us too! We had it in our last bathroom and shower and loved it!

    • Faith says:

      I’m with you on not liking one long vanity. We’ve never had 2 separate ones but I feel like the countertop just attracts clutter more easily and looks weird empty. I used to clean a house that had a similar master bath layout to Option A and it was not fun to clean. As far as other comments about moving the WC closer to the bedroom I actually love the idea of it being further away for privacy. Especially since you have other bathrooms to use if someone is trying to take a relaxing bath and doesn’t want someone walking through. All the Inspo pics are beautiful!

  356. Margaret says:

    Love the idea of option A but cleaning seems like a nightmare! Water spots on the tub, dampness in the corners behind the tub, etc. I’m not sure how the shower floor slope might impact the tub’s levelness… but I assume that wouldn’t be a big issue since the wet room has been done before successfully.

    I really like option B and it doesn’t have the potential cleaning issues of option A – but is the access to the water closet behind the tub too tight? Could you flip the shower and w/c?

  357. Ashley says:

    I love the symmetry of option A!

  358. Melody Martin says:

    I can’t speak from experience, but I like option 1 because the WC is closer to the entrance of the bathroom. Maybe I’m lazy, but I don’t think I would like walking across the large bathroom if I had to use the toilet in the middle of the night. Seems too out of the way. Maybe that’s just me though!

  359. Megan says:

    Option B! :)

  360. Kate says:

    With option A, you’ll be freezing in the shower during winter months. An open space that large doesn’t efficiently heat. And with option B, you’re walking all the way across the room and into a little (seemingly awkward) corner to use the toilet, arguably the most used piece of any bathroom. I don’t think either of these makes a lot of sense.

  361. Kathleen says:

    Option B!
    I love the idea of the “wet room” but think ultimately the upkeep to keep it looking clean and pristine will wear on you. Also, having the plumbing for the toilet away from shared walls adds privacy (and makes middle of the night flushing less disruptive).
    Also, in Option A I’m weirdly not crazy about the mismatched vanities opposite each other. I love the idea of the increased natural light and a dedicated tub space.

  362. Kate says:

    Wet room is gorgeous BUT looks like it would be frustrating to clean. So many crevices around the tub. Also larger spaces don’t trap heat as well!

  363. Barbara says:

    My vote is for plan B. Plan A is appealing now but plan B is timeless. Whatever you choose will be amazing!

  364. Terri says:

    I like that option A takes away the long hallway feel of the room, but in every other way I prefer option B. I would make two small tweaks to option B.

    1. Swap the toilet room and the shower so that the toilet is closer to the vanity and the entries to both the shower and toilet room can be centered in the room and not tucked behind the tub. Both areas could still get a window to max out that natural light.

    2. Instead of two separate 60″ vanities do a longer single vanity. I think multiple separate vanities look cluttered and dated in my personal opinion. I mocked up a vanity in the Ikea kitchen planner where you each have a 24″ sink cabinet with two 18″ banks of drawers on each side of the sink cabinet then instead of a space in between those two 60″ runs there is a 30″ bank of drawers bridging the gap in between with a 30″ wide upper cabinet above running from countertop to ceiling. This gives you a feeling of separation and more storage without looking as visually cluttered. It would look amazing in your semihandmade cove with white marble countertops or you could use a cool vintage cabinet with an arch above the countertop.

    • Julia says:

      We have a long vanity now and absolutely hate it!

      • Terri says:

        What do you hate about a long vanity?

      • Julia says:

        To me, it always looks cluttered and heavy. We did one long 80″ vanity in our last bathroom that looked nice but we have a lot more room in this bathroom. To me, it feels more luxurious for each person to have their own space with some breathing room (and maybe some art!) in between.

  365. Janie says:

    Option B. I just wouldn’t want to wipe down or around the tub every time I take a shower.
    It’s also weird to have back to back vanities it creates a mirror within a mirror effect. You do adapt to it though.

  366. Debbie Ricks says:

    AS AND ADD ON FOR MY COMMENT… Just thought of this… can you add heated floor tile in the shower for Option A?!?!?! I mean, wouldn’t that be sooo freaking amazing?!?!?!? Okay… I am a little excited for this project!!!

  367. Lorraine says:

    Both options are lovely, however an open shower can get cold and drafty

    • Mel says:

      I agree—I like a shower door to keep it toasty and steamy inside. Julia, it would be interesting to see poll results of those who prefer no door vs those who prefer a shower door.

  368. Brittney says:

    Option A is clearly cooler and more appealing aesthetically. Option B seems like it would be a much more enjoyable experience to actually LIVE in though. Having a tub crammed in behind a glass door next to a bunch of shower heads seems claustrophobic for me. And vice versa the shower. Just seems cramped AND without the extra light, I’d choose B.

  369. Natasha says:

    I really loved Option 5 in your first round of options. It’s a good compromis to option A, making both the bath and shower the prominent focal point but allowing each to have their moment. I worry with a big shower in option A it will be drafty in there! Otherwise my choice would be B!

  370. Debbie Ricks says:

    A ALL.THE.WAY!!!! WHAT CAN I SAY?!?! Both are BEAUTIFUL DESIGNS… but B seems expected and ordinary… I mean, it would be AH.MAZE.ING if you guys pick B… but FOR ME…still A ALL.THE.WAY!!! I cannot wait to see what you guys decide on!!!!

  371. Barb says:

    Definitely B. Open, crisp, seems less heavy.

  372. Christy Webb says:

    I absolutely love choice A. Your shower space would be open which would be easier to keep clean ( less chance of any mildew). No claustrophobia due to the openness is also a plus, lol. The amount of storage would have me over the moon because,”Too much storage”, said no one ever.

  373. Barb says:

    Option B would be my choice. I recently built and before we went with the wide open shower/tub space…we showered in our existing shower without closing the door for several mornings. Let me tell ya…I hated it. Never felt warm and cozy. Quickly switched our plan to have a separate shower and tub and put a glass door on our shower.

  374. Chelsea says:

    I love a wet room idea!! But with b I also love the second inspiration photo where you peek in the open arch and see the shower. Which I feel like is achieved in option a as well so I vote A! And either way CAN NOT wait to see it unfold with all the amazing details! ????????

  375. Lauren says:

    You can do no wrong in my opinion! But I love option B because LIGHT!!

  376. Heather says:

    From a disability standpoint, neither bathroom looks easy to navigate with regards to using the toilet, although it’s hard to tell what size each of those spaces is exactly. While neither of you have issues now, you never know when/if you will end up on crutches or just require more support growing older. I’d recommend designing for aging-in-place at this stage so you don’t have to do a hurried renovation or expensive adjustments down the road. Whichever plan you select, I’m sure it will be beautiful!

  377. Sara says:

    I LOVE the look of a wet room, but they’re not that comfortable to shower in. It’s sort of fun if you’re in a tropical place with a lot of humidity or fancy hotel where you’re just taking one or two showers, but for every day use, it can feel cold, literally cold, because the steam isn’t contained. Water gets everywhere, even if you have the appropriate lip to keep in within the room, you still end up with water on some parts of the floor for longer than you want. I’d vote option 2!!

  378. Sarah M says:

    I feel like the wet room option is more daring and “new” for the US and would be very usable, but I personally struggle with tall cabinets next to the vanity, it feels closed in no matter how well done. Option B is so open and I bet would just be beautiful with the themes of your new home – light wood, brass accents, big black framed windows – gorgeous!

  379. Joanna says:

    Option A feels so trendy right now. But how in the world would you clean it, stay warm in a huge shower, keep mold from creeping up every moist surface? It’s beautiful, but not practical. I like option B, it seems like one that would fit better with the flow of your house now.

  380. Lori J says:

    It seems to me that option A would be a cleaning nightmare. I can imagine all the soap scum and hair etc. from showering back behind that tub. Yuck! I wouldn’t want to crawl back there to clean it.
    I vote B (I’m a clean freak).

  381. When I first saw the inspiration picture of the wet room I thought, yep, that’s it. But then when I saw option B with the opened up entry (no toilet closet right as you walk in) and the bathtub under the window? Hubba hubba. That’s it.

  382. Margaret says:

    Option B. More natural light is better, and those wet rooms can be very chilly and drafty.

  383. Julie says:

    Even though that dramatic arch of the tub in shower is gorgeous, I’m picking option B. Why? I am just imagining whenever you take a shower next to an open tub, water and soap droplets will naturally get in the tub. Then every day you’ll have a slimy tub waiting for you. also, if you keep anything next to the tub like a candle or book it will always get wet, so you’ll have to take take things out and put everything away just to take a “relaxing” bath.

  384. Sarah says:

    Definitely option b. Option a is stunning as well but b opens up the space a lot more and it’ll be nice to have a window in the water closet.

  385. Nina says:

    First things first: whatever you choose it’ll be freakin amazing!
    So while I am from Europe (love from Deutschland), and traveled a lot over Europe and lived in Europe my whole life I’ve never experienced the tub-in-shower-situation. It looks glam and extra and bougie, that’s for sure. I personally prefer a bathroom with minimal tile to make it cozy and soft and with an easy-to-clean-layout to enjoy it to the max 365 days a year. Initially I thought the walk-way to the water closet in option b is a little odd or narrow, but I guess your bathroom is spacious enough and -let’s be honest- the toilet in the master bathroom is not the most used one during the day. So, long story short (too late): I’m all in for option B and can’t wait to see what YOU choose! Option C? Anyone? Bueller?

    P.S.: Your followers have THE best arguments!!! Will be back to read some more!

  386. ally says:

    I actually don’t like either option. With the wet room I always think about the water marks on the tub, because be honest, nobody is going to wipe down the tub every time they use the shower. And the option with the W/C in the back of the bathroom I think puts it too far away. The W/C should be easy access. I like options 4 or 6 better

  387. Pam says:

    I love wet rooms! However I live in Canada where it is chilly, and it takes longer to warm up a large space that is not enclosed, and the heat escapes out. This means it is not as comfortable to shower and not as energy efficient as well. It works great in the south but not as practical in the north. Just a thought … ❤️

    • Karen says:

      Totally agree with this! I’ve stayed in places with a large open shower with no door and it doesn’t get the shower warm enough for my liking. I live in PA and I looooove a warm shower when it is cold! Generating steam in the bathroom is a must.

    • Eldoe says:

      Same here!! I would put a door for both solutions to keep the heat inside the shower!
      I love seeing your process to the final solution!!

  388. Lindsay says:

    Option B… I’d go for open! And also having the water closet away from the bedroom wall makes for even more privacy… if you know what I mean! ;-)

    • Alexis says:

      Agreed! We just moved into a house with the master bath toilet right on the other side of the wall from the Master bedroom headboard, and I would love if it was a few more steps away… Also don’t love the idea of passing the water closet when I first walk in. And definitely would prefer a window in there. Also agree with all the cleaning concerns of previous comments. And the LIGHT!!! That’s something that is tough to make up for so if I have an option I’m always choosing more light. No matter what you choose you will put your style in it and it will be beautiful, so I’m just thinking of living in it every day.

  389. Morgan says:

    I like option A because you don’t have to walk as far to pee in the middle of the night. ???? It also feels more unique and custom.

    • Lisa says:

      I am thinking the same thing! Since this is your forever home, be sure to think about the increasing number of midnight trips to pee as you get older.

  390. Erin says:

    Oh snap! They’re both so good! I love the privacy of option B, but I love love love the feel of option A. Gosh, you really can’t go wrong!

  391. Julie says:

    This is exciting! I have a window in my water closet and would NEVER have one without now. Plan B makes sense to me for that reason and also, the shower enclosure is not so big, like the one in plan A. I live in Utah, similar climate as Idaho, and having a big open shower would just be a little too cold for me, even though it would be soooo beautiful. I think B is more practical, but it will still be so beautiful. Also, having the water closet right there on the right in plan A seems like it is crampy. That is where you have it now, as yourself if you like the way that feels.

  392. Kevin says:

    I’m ALLLLLL in for Option B!

  393. Suzanne says:

    Option A. I feel like having the tub enclosed with the shower would give you a more relaxing bath as all the warm steamy air would stay more contained. My experience with tubs out in the open is that you get cold faster if you’re having a bath. Also the symmetry is visually nice!

  394. Mandy says:

    I prefer option 2. I don’t like the idea of the shower/bath wetroom, the cleaning would bug me too. I love the idea of the glamorous freestanding bath with a chandelier under a window. The only negative I have with this layout is the loo tucked in the corner, I just think that’s a pain. Could it be on the left where the linen cupboard is going? Could you put a window in there and move the doorway to accommodate it?

  395. Carol says:

    Definitely option B! I wouldn’t want the toilet so close to the door that I always have to walk past. It also kind of chops up the entry. Also, I’d imagine it’s not a very cozy or comfortable feeling showering directly next to a big honkin’ tub in the same open space.

  396. Rachel M says:

    Option B is my pick. Initially I thought, of course Option A — the inspo picks are great and the idea is unique. But, I think having the wider entry, plus the window and option of natural light rather than constant bright light in the water closer are huge functional factors. Also, having an enclosed shower not only offers more privacy, but separate tub space really gives you more variation in terms of luxury bathroom experiences, if that makes sense. I saw someone comment about the toilet being too far back in Option B. My gut tells me that won’t really be a big deal. Good luck! Either one will look like incredible.

  397. Alisa says:

    Option A all the way!

  398. Chelsie says:

    Love both.

    I really like the open look of option B. My concern is how far back the toilet is and bumping into the bathtub in the middle of the night.

    I think a wet room could be a real showstopper and I would like to see the spin you put on this. While the entry is less wide open, I think the function is better. My vote is option A.

  399. Lena says:

    I think Option A is great for a wow factor in limited space. I used to clean homes when I was in college, now working on our house I keep in mind how some things are not easy to clean. Good luck! Always fun when you have so many options.

  400. Meg says:

    Option A! So striking!

  401. Lynn says:

    OPTION A!!!!

    My reasons are this: WETROOM WETROOM WETROOM!!!!!!

    (But also the practical part of me says if you’re going to get sick or have to pee REALLY badly – you’re not going to want to go to the furthest possible point of the room for the toilet. haha Just me?)

  402. Heather says:

    I like option A.
    I designed a similar “wet room” in my last principal bathroom.
    One thing I learned was that the depth, from the shower door to back wall, of 8’ was not enough to prevent the tub from getting wet with every shower. (Make it a “zero threshold” if at all possible!)
    10’ would have reduced a lot of tub drying!
    I loved the design!
    Using a squeegee made it very easy to keep the area dry and cut down on cleaning.

  403. Sarah says:

    A is beautiful but I lean toward B. Having the option for 1 person to shower while another takes a bath, plus the separation while showering in B feels so valuable as a mom. Others can be using the rest of the space while you can ‘sneak’ away a little.

  404. Jennifer says:

    Option B puts the toilet really far away when you’re feeling your way in dark, middle of the night.

  405. Alice says:

    My husband and I had a wet room in our old house with a freestanding tub in the shower, and I absolutely loved it. You could take baths and not worry about getting water everywhere or you could quickly rinse off in the shower once you finished a long bath. It was heaven. It was also a great way to bathe the dogs, because you could bathe them in the tub while keeping them from getting water all over the bathroom. My husband also installed a steam system in the shower so you could sit in a cool/warm bath with the steam going and it was like a luxurious spa. I miss that wet room all the time. Lol. Either option will be great but from personal experience I absolutely loved having a wet room and highly recommend it!

  406. Lynnette says:

    I like the idea of Option B but the back corner with the toilet and tub seem kind of awkward and cramped, especially since that’s one of the most used parts of a bathroom.

  407. Shirley says:

    Hello Chris and Julia!! Although I love the idea of a wet room- the water closet towards the back of the bathroom and a window wins it for me. Additionally the inspiration pictures for option 2 look more closely to the design / feel of your home. Excited to see what you decide on.

  408. Chrissy S says:

    Option B but with a pocket door for the water closet if possible so it doesn’t swing towards the tub (not sure if that’s what y’all planned anyway and this door drawn in the plans is just to indicate a door)

  409. Emily says:

    I am a sucker for symmetry, which made me love option A right off the bat…but I gotta say, an opened up entry and more natural light sold me on option B. Those are two big elements that will make the bathroom seem a lot bigger!

  410. Sarah says:

    I love the symmetry of option A!

  411. Christine says:

    I like option B due to the openness. Like others, I can’t imagine trying to keep an open shower tub area clean or warm!

  412. Liz M says:

    Option B hands down for 2 reasons. 1 – Personally, I would feel so ‘on display’ when showering in the huge room with the tub directly across from the door. Maybe you are more secure than me lol. 2 – What a pain to have water and soap all over the floors and walls AND in the tub when its all one room. I would hate to clean that room. Not to mention it might be cold in such a large shower (I love a nice hot shower!!) Just my opinion!

  413. Amanda says:

    I definitely like option B better. I like the toilet being as far from the bed as possible ????, and cleaning around the tub in option A looks like a nightmare with mildew buildup you’d never be able to reach.

  414. Sara says:

    I’d lean towards B because I would personally prefer the shower and tub separate. I think that large a wet room could make for a cold shower.

  415. Rachel says:

    B for sure if I had to choose. With A, you can’t shower and take a bath at the same time unless the person taking the bath wants to get wet. Any towels or bath supplies, tables, candles, etc. have to be removed every time you want to shower. I personally don’t even think it’s prettier to have the shower head over the tub vs. a chandelier. Being able to see the chandelier in the mirror plus the added light of B would make it no question. Plus, if you choose A, when you look in the mirror you’re going to see the mirror behind you and the infinity mirrors would just be dizzying for me.

  416. Crista says:

    Go European! I also love the tub/shower combo and the symmetry of the sinks is lovely. I would vote for option B but the tub is floating in the room and I think tubs feel best architecturally tucked into a space when you’re in them.

  417. Debra Knowles says:

    Option B for the window in the water closet and a bathtub placement that will be easier to clean. Do you really want to wipe down your bathtub every time you take a shower in Option A?

  418. Olivia says:

    I would 100% go with option A. The water closet in option B is so much further from the bedroom. Middle of the night bathroom trips will take that much longer…plus you’ll have to navigate around the bathtub. Could you switch the linen closet and water closet around so you could have a window in option As water closet? I realize you’d have to move the bathroom door over a few feet but it might be worth it if feasible. Also, the grandness of that arch and large window above the tub as your focal point when entering the bathroom would just be magnificent!! Don’t get me wrong, option B is beautiful too, but if I was presented these two options I’d go with A.

  419. Fa says:

    #1 – wetroom for the win! I imagine opening the door on the breathtaking wetroom every day as something to look forward to – and the ‘stuff dreams are made from’. Plus everything appears visually centered. #2 = not so much. It almost caused my eye to twitch. The end wall view is 75% gorgeous shower and 25% toilet room/door. (Approximate percentages of course.) #2 also seems to emphasize the long and narrow space whereas #1 appears much larger and wider. Either floorplan will certainly be lovely but I will now have dreams of converting a bedroom/bathroom into a scaled-down version of your design ideas. Absolutely stunning indeed!

  420. Phoosey says:

    Option A!!! It feels so much more cohesive in design and feel! Option b feels choppy and cuts up the room while I feel option A just flows beautifully!! Either way I know you guys will make it your own and will turn out amazing!!

  421. Kate says:

    Option B. Love the extra windows. While the idea of a wet room in option A is intriguing the practical side of me wonders how to clean it. Yes you can spray everything down but do you mop behind the tub? Have to get down and scrub it occasionally? It seems like a lot of work but who knows, not me.

  422. They would both be beautiful! But I wonder about the practicality of putting the water closet at the back of the space, tucked behind the tub. I personally think I’d want that to be closer to the door, to give more privacy to someone in the bath or shower, or for a quick pitstop in the middle of the night. I wonder about tweaking Option B so that the linen storage and water closet are switched. It would mean sliding the door down a bit to be closer to the vanities but I think it could work.

  423. Janelle says:

    How fun to see all the layout options you’re considering! I agree with comments above about option A being difficult to keep clean. I also think it’s too exposed right when you walk in the bathroom. Although I love the drama of the large archway! I prefer option B but wonder about moving the water closet to where the linen closet is (since you’re proposing to move the plumbing anyways). That would allow you to add a window for natural light (a win!) and I think the water closet in the back corner is awkward. Can’t wait to see what you choose!

  424. Effie says:

    Both are really nice plans, so I can understand your dilemma…personally, I really like A.
    Look forward to seeing what you choose.

  425. DD says:

    I love the symmetry of Option 1 and feel like it would make the whole bathroom one cohesive, grand space, but I do like the idea of the shower area in Option 2 – especially with that second inspiration picture.

  426. Rachel says:

    both are great, but prefer A. It seems more balanced and because person using toilet doesn’t need to interact with shower/bath. In B, person using toilet has to interact more with person in shower/bath.

  427. Debbie V. says:

    I prefer option B. My thoughts being it feels less claustrophobic at the entrance. Most importantly I would want my water closet area as far away from my sleeping area as possible. Whichever you choose it will be fabulous!!!

  428. KP says:

    Option B! I bought a house with a huge shower and even with glass most of the way up it’s pretty hard to stay warm in there. I expect a wet room would be the same. You know how when you get in a shower the tile is cold and when you get out it’s warm? I expect that works for a tub inside a wet room too. And if the tub is absorbing all that heat, it means it’s being hogged from elsewhere.

  429. Arden says:

    A!! I love that the arches tie into other arch elements in your home.

  430. Alison says:

    B for sure. The wet room looks cool/trendy but it seems that it would be difficult to clean. Also, I would worry about mold,etc growing behind and around the tub (wet and dark).

  431. Wanda says:

    While A is gorgeous, the shower wet room would drive me insane. B, is perfect. The light, the look, the feel. I love it!

  432. Lindsey says:

    While both options are really gorgeous, I prefer Option B. We just redid our master bathroom to add a tub (it’s supposed to be done on Friday!!!!) and our electrician squashed our hopes of having a chandelier over the tub. I think he said it has to be 3 feet away from the water source to meet code. We were able to place it centered in the bathroom, and it turned out really great, but it’s not over the tub. It actually looks a lot like one of the ones you didn’t choose for the master closet!! I can’t wait to follow along on yet another epic CLJ bathroom reno!

  433. After reading through option A, I decided there was no possible way to top it. But option B brings in more light, better flow to the room, a fun chandelier moment, AND no glass shower door to clean,?! DING DING DING. Option B for the win!

  434. Kiera says:

    I would choose option 1 strickly on the water closet being closer to the bedroom. Currently, ours is more like option 2, with the water closet being as far from the bedroom as possible and this is a pain in the middle of the night. I really dislike walking through our entire master closet, past the tub, past the vanities, and finally to the water closet. We are in the beginning stages of dreaming of a better layout and I want the toilet closer for those middle of the night trips!

  435. Lauryn Wayman says:

    I LOVE layout A. I just think it is a big focal point that is unique for your house in particular. You have big arches and big focal points throughout the entire house. I can’t wait to follow along!

  436. Melissa says:

    Love them both. In option A, have you considered putting 1 large window over chris’ vanity and doing a floating mirror over the window sort of like the idea you’re doing in front of your shoe shelf in your closet. Might give the room more airiness and light.

  437. Colleen says:

    I was obsessed with the layout of the first one and didn’t think you could beat it, but that second one wins. The natural light is what pushes it to the top spot. It’s so hard to get great natural light in a bathroom, so I feel like you have to capitalize on that.

  438. Leslie says:

    They are both great. One thing I always think about in a bathroom is whether the vanity will give me light from at least the side if not front so I can easily do my make up without being backlit.

  439. Crystal Beutler says:

    Have you considered what it would be like to clean option A? Long term what about mold behind the tip in that “wet room”? Looks cool but is it really practical.

  440. Heather says:

    I vote Option B with a door on the shower. Shower/tub combos are cold. You can never get that same steamy relaxation that a smaller enclosed shower has. Aesthetically, Option A seems basic and Option B seems like it will be stunning with more of a “room” feel which I think makes kitchens and bathrooms go from functional to phenomenal.

  441. Kerrie says:

    I like both of these options. I prefer the layout of B; however, I really would personally prefer to have the bathroom closer to the door (sometimes I get up a lot in the middle of the night), so because of that I also lean more toward A. HAHA. I think my favorites of the mock-ups was one with the shower across the back and the tub in front of it. I saw this really great house on YouTube where the owners did this with an accident wall of tile. There was a half wall between the tub and the shower that had niches for their shampoos and such so no one had to see it, and it was so pretty and elegant. I really loved it! Best of luck in whatever you choose. I’m sure it will be beautiful.

  442. Cindy says:

    Although I love the drama of Option 1, I prefer the functionality of Option 2. Also, being one of your “older” followers, I would highly recommend a sitting vanity area – which you are perhaps putting elsewhere.
    I have loved following you along on this journey and think you’re doing a beautiful job. I’ll be sad when you’re done!

  443. Kayla says:

    Option A looks more grand AND functional to me (I don’t feel like that happens often). The toilet is right inside the door, the thing you’ll use the most and want to get to the quickest lol. The shower/tub will be such a beautiful focal point. It all feels so symmetrical that it has a calming quality.
    Option B. Will make the tub a beautiful focal point but it feels more choppy, not as satisfying.

  444. Megan says:

    B all the way! I love a window in toilet space and keeping a shower hot and steamy is harder the larger the space is.

  445. Lilian says:

    Both are beautiful and I can’t wait to see the mood board for the option you decide on. I personally would only go with A if you could make the window above the tub larger.

  446. Paige N says:

    Both are great choices but I vote option B. It might be nice to have the WC not right next to the bedroom area, and you won’t be backing in to each other at the vanity. It also allows for nice linen storage!

  447. Sarah says:

    Option A all day long! But mostly because we have something similar planned for our bathroom. So this is a purely selfish choice. Good luck! Whatever you do will be beautiful.

  448. Definitely option B!! I’m always down for anything that is symmetrical and maximizes light!

  449. Ashley says:

    I thought I would be all for option A, but B is so good too! I think having the more open layout + increased natural light from option B will be realllllllly nice. Also not having the toilet right by the entrance is nice for privacy.

  450. Sarah says:

    Definitely B! Much more natural light and a steamier shower situation!

  451. Heather says:

    Both are great, but I definitely prefer Option A!

  452. Hannah says:

    I personally am all for Option B! I like the huge window with the tub and shower being two separate points. I feel that moving the toilet away from the front makes it more roomy and breathable. I also am one for a window in a toilet space because without one it feels dark. Option B all the way!

  453. Julie says:

    I’m leaning A! A wet room is so chic but also having my own personal space for my vanity and sink sounds heavenly!

  454. Desirée says:

    I love both ???? so I see where the struggle to decide is. However, in having to choose, My vote is for B. I think the openness to entering the bathroom is way swayed me the most given how narrow it currently is. I don’t think you’ll go wrong with either option though! Thanks for giving us something to do while staying home!

  455. Allie says:

    Not one of the options, but what about option 6, with the minor tweak of making the vanity a double sink?

  456. mockginger says:

    I feel like the second one would feel much more open and spacious, but the (mostly) symmetry of the first one is very appealing from an aesthetic standpoint. I think ultimately, the spaciousness and additional windows of the second win out for me.

  457. Laurinda Robinson says:

    Question – how do you clean around the tub that is in the shower space? I feel like it would be hard to clean but maybe would think differently if I saw it in person. I would lean toward a separate shower and tub space.

    • Shannon says:

      Definitely A. That wet room is to die for.

    • Tarynkay says:

      Yes, this exactly. My answer depends on your relationship with cleaning. Maybe you love it, or maybe the girls do it so they can learn to work hard and take care of things, or maybe you generously employ a very well paid house cleaner. In that case, I love the free standing rub in the shower. In the case that you are not going to enjoy cleaning around and under the tub, I would go with the separate shower situation.

    • Andrea says:

      This is all I can think about in the wet room scenario! An area that would be impossible to clean behind the tub, in a super wet environment and mold. Beautiful no doubt but I also feel like the water spots on everything would also not make it look great most of the time.

  458. Jordan says:

    While both stunning and dramatic, I think option B is more of a deep breath feel when walking into with the open space up front and still the dramatic view of the arched shower/tub chandy. Plus, functionally, you would get the privacy of the tub and the shower. With option a, although very grand, all the attention draws to the arched bath and shower with no privacy. Plus, the toilet at the front is taking up prime real estate. Ok, that was fun…thanks for including us :)!

  459. Susan says:

    Purely from a FEELING perspective, I like having the entry feel open and airy, not constricted by a water closet. I Iove the idea of a window in a toilet room for fresh air. Also, a toilet in a tiny windowless room has never ever appealed to me. I’m sure you guys will land on the right design

  460. Tara says:

    Option A would be better if the window in that area was bigger. Unless you use super light tile in the shower in Option B, it’s going to suck all the light from that window. Honestly, I think Option 8 is the best!

    But now I’m going back the the tiled arch in the inspo for Option A, and it’s giving me all the heart eyes!

  461. Emily says:

    I love the symmetry of Option A but functionality wise and for a more spacious feeling, I would pick Option B! Something about showering next to the tub so open just feels like a lot of extra future tub cleaning to me. Great if the girls use your tub and splash about though! Also I have a small window in our water closet and sometimes it is really nice in the morning to just use natural light and not need to turn on an overhead light – can be so harsh when you first wake up even if on a dimmer! Either way, I know you guys will make it a stunner, can’t wait to watch!

  462. Marilee says:

    Personally, I like option B better. While the first option does have a “wow” factor, I tend to think about the logistics of cleaning a wet room. I’m a shower person too and when I lived in Europe for a semester in University, it always bugged me that the bathtub was wet from shower overspray and it was difficult to clean. I like how your eye will be drawn to the shower as you enter the room but you also have the reflection of the tub (and chandelier) in the mirrors at the vanities. Either way – it will be beautiful I’m sure!

  463. Dana says:

    When I’ve stayed in hotels and vacation rentals, I’ve found that while the wide open shower looks good, it feels drafty. I like a steamy, hot shower, which is hard to achieve with a wide opening and larger space like in option 1.

    • Gwen says:

      This is what I was coming here to say— I used to have a really large wet room with a shower and tub and I could never get hot enough (I like to take super hot showers). Plus it was a nightmare to clean. It did look awesome though— and I like the idea of the vanities not being on the same wall.

  464. MJ says:

    I prefer the option A. It separates out the shower/ bath together from vanity area. I can imagine hopping out of the bath and quickly rinse under a shower without having to walk to another space, dripping water everywhere. I also like that the toilet is away from the bath/ shower area. In option B, you have to go further in for the toilet and it’s facing towards the tub when the door is open, which is a bit awkward. I do like the side by side vanities in option B but if I have to choose, I would choose option A.

  465. Alisha says:

    Option B for sure! A makes me feel claustrophobic ???? my parents had a similar layout to A in two of our homes and it was like your eye didn’t know where to go and it just felt busy instead of calm. Their current one is more like B and the open space and combined sink area feels so much simpler but still grand.

  466. Trista says:

    I have no experience with a bathroom this large. Ours is tiny. :) Both options are beautiful, but I definitely lean towards option B. Mostly because I can’t imagine cleaning the shower/bath area of option A. I also (Personally) wouldn’t like showering in such an open space.

    Either would be wonderful though.

  467. Elizabeth says:

    I like them both but would go with Option B. But more because I need to have a clean house and Option A would make me feel like I needed to clean the tub after every shower and that would drive me crazy! Haha!

  468. Erica Robinson says:

    Both options are fantastic! I prefer option B though because the shower, the bathroom and the vanity areas all feel like places you’d ‘want to be’. A bath in the shower area doesn’t feel as luxurious to lie in, though I can imagine it would look beautiful. Can’t wait to see it all come together – the entire master suite is going to be magnificent!

  469. Teresa says:

    I love option B. The room seems larger and the windows would be amazing.

  470. Kelly says:

    Oooh fun! I love them both, but I think the dramatic central arch sold me on option A. I can see that bathroom being an absolute show-stopper. <3

  471. Megan says:

    I think Option B is great; have you considered moving the water closet to where the linen storage is (and you can add a window in there too, which you like about the current Option B layout), going wall to wall with the shower in the back, and then doing built-in linen storage next to the entry door to the left of the vanities? Functionally, it makes most sense to have the WC and a sink close to the entrance of the bathroom, and Option B already moves the toilet plumbing. Plus, then the tub could be centered on the vanities.

    Just me .02, but I always prefer a shower door; without some enclosure to keep in the steam it gets cold and drafty!

    • Anne says:

      Excellent suggestions

    • Robin Graves says:

      Yes I was going to suggest all of these ideas!

    • Jenny B says:

      Or just keeping Option B the same, except moving the toilet enclosure from next to the shower to across from the linen closet on the right side of the entry door. Then smoosh the two vanities super close together and they can even hit each side wall – the wall that the toilet wall and shower make – and stretch the shower the length of the back wall with a bench. So the whole back wall is shower, the right side can be full wall of built-ins – toilet enclosure, two vanities, shower. The other side can breathe with just linen closet, tub, and other side of shower.

  472. Abby Jensen says:

    Thanks for sharing! I really like option A. I’ve always wanted a European style wet-room. It seems so efficient! With option B, I’m not sure how I would feel about the toilet in the back corner like that.

  473. Jamie says:

    Having to move around the big tub to get to the water closet doesn’t seem ideal, so my vote would be Option A. Just know that the very large shower/tub combo of Option A means that it will feel colder in there, so you’ll definitely want full height glass to prevent drafts. My personal fav is option 3 above :). Thanks for sharing!

    • Erika says:

      It all depends on how often you use the bathtub—if you are a daily user, option A is the way to go (but be prepared for lots of additional cleaning!!). If only an occasional user, definitely option B – though I agree with others that, while beautiful, a door-less bathroom can get cold so make provisions to add a door in after the fact!

    • whiskey says:

      Yes, this – it looks a bit tight, having to edge around the tub to get into the WC.

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