For this nautically-inspirted home in Amsterdam, the resident and architect chose cross-laminated pine (known for its strength) as the primary building material cut down on labor costs, as it is readily sourced in Holland and easy to build with. “It’s usually seen as requiring lots of maintenance and as not holding its value,” says Weijnen, “but it’s a sustainable resource, and wood processing takes relatively little energy.” In the bathroom, a stain differentiates the master bathroom from the rest of the interior shell.
For this renovated Toronto home, architect Paul Syme designed custom storage units with dark-stained walnut fronts that provide a place for everything. The bathtub faces a Spanish-cedar-framed window overlooking the back deck.
Though it may not strictly adhere to the local aesthetic, this modern house in coastal Maine takes its cues from a humble and prevalent form of local architecture: the boat barn. “We wanted the essence of a New England barn,” says the resident, which includes lining the interior from top to bottom in wood paneling.
A renovated bathroom in Brookline, Massachusetts, features a minimal palette of white and teak. “Teak is able to hold up on boat decks so it's good for a bathroom,” architect Jeffrey Klug says.
For this $105,000 house in Aubervilliers, France, architect Jean-Baptiste Barache sourced particleboard to line the interior, including a plywood sliding door behind a bookshelf that opens to reveal a hidden bathroom.
Wood has been used for centuries to submerge bathing beauties, but most people still think of it only for cabinets, furniture, and floors. Consider a soaking tub, like this Woodline design in plywood by Benedini Associati for Agape.
Organic shapes and materials are in for bathroom accessories, too--a great way to get the look without a full renovation. Consider this Eames splint-esque bath caddy from Victoria & Albert, and peep more options in our roundup of nature-inspired bathroom products.