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The Ultimate Home Retreat: Designing Spa-Like Bathrooms and Relaxation Areas

When creating your new living space in Toronto, you’ll want visually stunning bathrooms that serve as sanctuaries for wellness and self-care. At SevernWoods, we've noticed this trend firsthand. While our expertise lies in crafting entire custom homes and undertaking whole home renovations, these grand projects almost always include at least one spa-like bathroom. Today, we delve into how these tranquil spaces are becoming integral to luxury homes, offering so much more than a place for routine hygiene.

Luxury custom bathroom with double floating vanity and freestanding tub by floor-to-ceiling window

The Essence of a Spa-Like Bathroom

A spa-like bathroom creates an atmosphere that evokes serenity and luxury. In crafting such spaces, every element, from the layout to the choice of materials, plays a pivotal role. 

Spa Bathroom Essentials

These include features that transform a regular bathroom into a spa retreat. Think of steam showers, heated floors, and towel warmers as just the beginning. The objective is to recreate the indulgent experience of a spa in the comfort of your own home.

Ensuite bathroom in Rosedale, Toronto luxury custom home with walk-in shower

Spa Bathroom Design

This involves a design approach that emphasizes open spaces, natural light, and a seamless flow between different bathroom areas. Elements like large windows or skylights can dramatically alter the space, creating a sense of the outdoors.

Integration into Home Renovations

At SevernWoods, when we approach a custom home or a whole home renovation, we view the bathroom not in isolation but as a piece of the larger puzzle of the home. Our spa-like bathrooms complement and enhance the home’s overall aesthetic and ambiance.

Custom double bathroom vanity and freestanding tub in Toronto home renovation

Luxurious Fixtures, Features, and Fittings for Toronto Bathrooms

Creating a spa-like bathroom in your Toronto home requires careful selection of fixtures, features, and fittings that epitomize luxury and functionality. 


  • Include bathroom vanities in high-end natural stone, solid wood, or custom lacquer finishes. Consider repurposing an antique dresser for extra authenticity in an older home.
  • Your bathroom sink can be a focal point. Consider a bathroom vanity with a vessel sink in materials like ceramic, glass, or custom-carved stone, or include an undermount bathroom sink for a sleek, uninterrupted surface.
  • Vanity space is at a premium. Include dual vanities with custom built-ins for ultimate organization.

Elevated Bathroom Accessories and Features

  • Install motion-activated faucets and soap dispensers for modern convenience and touchless ease.
  • Smart mirrors with features like anti-fog, touch controls, and integrated news or weather displays offer an augmented morning experience.
  • Many folks tell us they never knew they couldn’t live without their new high-tech toilet with a built-in bidet, seat warmer, and automated flushing.
  • Include towel warmers or heated racks for a cozy, post-shower experience.
  • Built-in audio systems for music or ambient sounds enhance relaxation.
  • Create a sumptuous feel with high-quality taps and fixtures in finishes like brushed nickel, matte black, or rose gold.
  • Consider a custom-built sauna or steam room for detoxification and relaxation.
  • Rely on heated floors throughout the bathroom for added comfort during chilly Toronto winters.
  • Discreetly integrated audio systems play relaxing music or natural sounds.
  • Advanced ventilation is crucial in a spa environment to maintain air quality and prevent moisture build-up.

Custom sauna in Toronto home by SevernWoods

Advanced Tub and Shower Systems

  • We suggest ceiling-mounted rain shower heads for a luxurious, rain-like experience.
  • Multiple body jets and handheld showerheads for a spa-like massage experience continue to be extremely popular.
  • Install programmable digital shower systems for customized temperature, remote operation, and flow control.
  • Get the best of both worlds with a luxurious wet room combining a spacious shower with a freestanding tub.
  • Purchase a jetted tub with hydrotherapy features for ultimate relaxation.
  • Include a walk-in, barrier-free shower with seamless glass enclosures for a sleek look that offers ultimate accessibility.
  • Design ergonomic floating benches in showers made from teak or waterproof composites.
  • Include chromotherapy lighting within showers or tubs to create a soothing ambiance.
White freestanding bathtub in Toronto luxury custom home

Spa Bathroom Lighting

  • Spa bathrooms include layered lighting design featuring ambient, task, and accent lighting to support every need.
  • Install dimmable LED lights to adjust the mood and intensity as needed.
  • Illuminate niches or shelves for subtle, practical lighting.

Privacy Solutions

  • Create frosted or textured glass windows to ensure privacy while inviting natural light.
  • Include clerestory windows above the eyeline to invite natural light and preserve privacy.
  • Invest in smart tint glass for dynamic privacy control, turning transparent or opaque with the flick of a switch.
  • Install custom window treatments such as automated blinds or shades that can be adjusted for privacy and light control.

Freestanding tub and vanity view with film windows in Toronto luxury bathroom

Material Selection for a Spa Bathroom

The materials you choose for your spa bathroom play a significant role in creating the right ambiance and ensuring longevity and ease of maintenance. 


  • Natural Stone: Use marble, slate, or travertine for an opulent, timeless look. These materials are durable and offer unique textures and patterns.
  • High-Quality Tiles: Porcelain or ceramic tiles with water-resistant properties are very popular. They come in various designs, including those that mimic natural stone or wood.
  • Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT): Get the look of natural materials with added durability and moisture resistance, ideal for bathroom environments.
  • Polished Concrete: This modern, sleek option can be customized with different colours and finishes for a unique look.
  • Bamboo or Cork: Use eco-friendly and water-resistant options like bamboo or cork to bring a warm, natural feel to the bathroom.
Minimal white bathroom renovation with walk-in shower with recessed lighting and tile flooring by SevernWoods Fine Homes

Wall Treatments

  • Textured Wall Tiles: Add depth and interest, especially in shower areas or as feature walls.
  • Waterproof Plaster: Employ Venetian plaster or Tadelakt for a seamless, sophisticated finish.
  • Accent Materials: Incorporate elements like glass mosaics or custom-designed tiles for a personal touch.


  • Engineered Quartz: Offers durability and a wide range of colour options while mimicking natural stone.
  • Natural Stone: Granite or marble countertops for a luxurious, high-end feel.
  • Custom Wood: Treated or sealed wood can add warmth and an organic feel to the vanity area.
  • Recycled Glass: Consider this eco-friendly option that brings a unique, colourful aesthetic to the vanity area.
Floating double bathroom vanity in Toronto custom home with backlit mirrors and flat panel drawers

Ready to create a spa-like bathroom that encapsulates luxury and serenity in your Toronto custom home or whole home renovation? Contact SevernWoods today. Your dream awaits.

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