Written by Jake Brady

5 Elements of an Architectural Bathroom

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in your home, which is why designing a brand new architectural one can be a daunting task. When crafting a new bathroom, it’s important to keep practicality and convenience at the forefront of your mind, as this is a space that you’ll use various times daily for years to come.

An architecturally-designed bathroom can contain an array of unique features that catch the eye, all while adding personality and flair to the space. At the end of the day, the bathroom you’re designing is for you, but don’t be afraid to have fun with your design.

Keep reading to discover five elements of an architectural bathroom, that’ll help inspire you for your next build. 

1. Luxury Bathtub 

A luxury bathtub is the ultimate statement piece in a bathroom. With the ability to bring your space to life and produce an eye-catching focal point, a high-quality bathtub can act as both a centrepiece and a place for relaxation.

Freestanding bathtubs have a bold look and don’t require wall support, so they can be placed anywhere in your space. They are also available in a variety of styles and materials, each of which suit a different bathroom aesthetic. 

2. High and decorative ceilings

High ceilings are a great way to add an element of architectural flair to your home – even in the bathroom. Whether it’s a simple flat ceiling, a raked design or a continuous arch, a unique ceiling design will add instant wow-factor to any master bathroom.

High ceilings work especially well in small or narrow bathrooms as they can open a room up and create a feeling of spaciousness. Pair your high ceilings with a skylight and your bathroom will be filled with soft natural light all day long.

3. Feature lighting 

A stylish pendant light or a collection of architectural light fittings can make a subtle statement in the bathroom. Not only that, they’ll provide excellent task lighting for make-up application, teeth brushing, shaving and other daily bathroom tasks.

Should you be looking to achieve a modern look, a sleek horizontal hanging light may work well. For a coastal-inspired look, a selection of hanging pendants may be better suited. With an array of feature lighting on the market, you can create a bathroom design that suits the overall look and feel of your architectural home.

4. Custom joinery

Custom joinery is important for both function and form. Not only will this add an element of style to your home, built-in cabinetry and shelving provides storage space to ensure your bathroom remains clutter-free. This is especially appealing for those with less space in the bathroom or for smaller ensuite designs.

5. Casement windows

Casement windows are specially designed windows that are hinged at the side rather than at the top. Most casement windows double as crank windows, which means they open outwards from the top hinge and let air at the bottom of the sash.

Casement windows allow you to make the most of a limited bathroom space, as they can be placed higher on walls than most openable windows. High window placement is useful for capturing natural light and ventilation while also maximising your wall space and maintaining privacy.

Not only do casement windows add architectural distinction to your bathroom, but they also improve the energy efficiency of your home as the minimise the need for artificial light and the use of a bathroom fan. 


If you’re ready to craft an architectural bathroom as part of your South Coast custom home build, get in touch with Jake and the team at Smartbuild South Coast today.