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August 9, 2013
From a rustic, 19th-century trough clad in stainless steel to a couple’s Zen bath fronted by smooth pebbles, here are 6 modern soaking tubs designed to inspire you to find creative ways to pamper yourself.
Modern affordable outdoor hot tub

In the backyard of a residence in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, the local landscape architecture firm Surfacedesign cleverly hid an outdoor hot tub behind a beautiful ipe wood shell. “Given the modest budget, we knew we weren’t going to be creating a custom soaking pool,” says principal Roderick Wyllie. “But it’s also the kind of thing we love to do—take off-the-shelf materials and make something that feels crafted and personal.”

Photo by: Jeremy Harris

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Originally appeared in Stoked to Soak
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Nighttime hikes often end at the the “cowboy” hot tub where Smith soaks his feet: two nested Hastings galvanized livestock feeders. The tub is surrounded by a Veranda faux-wood deck and fed with hot water from the house’s solar hot-water system.

Outside the Blue Sky prototype home in Joshua Tree, California, resident Scott Smith relaxes near the “cowboy” hot tub: two nested Hastings galvanized livestock feeders. The tub is surrounded by a Veranda faux-wood deck and fed with hot water from the house’s solar hot-water system.

Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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19th-century stainless steel tub Hudson Reed faucets

Tom Givone’s 200-year-old farmhouse in upstate New York includes a salvaged 19th-century soaking tub wrapped in stainless steel, topped by Hudson Reed faucets.

Photo by: Mark Mahaney

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Japanese-style bathroom with small soaking tub and wood flooring

Shino Mori relaxes in a deep soaking tub in her Carlsbad, California, home designed by Sebastian Mariscal. The bath and shower fixtures are by Dornbracht.

Photo by: Daniel Hennessy

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Originally appeared in An Atypical Modern Home in Southern California
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Sliding pocket doors disappear into the bathroom wall, revealing a soaring view of the harbor from the capacious soaking tub. A wood-grain sandstone sculpture by Taiwanese sculptor Marvin Minto Fang anchors the space and draws the eye forward and out.

The view from a capacious soaking tub at Hong Kong’s Upper House hotel, designed by Andre Fu.

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In the master bath, a Zuma tub with Hansgrohe fixtures is covered with limestone tile to soak up the sunshine.

In the master bathroom of architect Lorcan O’Herlihy’s Venice, California, house is a Zuma tub clad in limestone tile. The fixtures are by Hansgrohe.

Photo by: Misha Gravenor

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Modern affordable outdoor hot tub

In the backyard of a residence in San Francisco’s Noe Valley, the local landscape architecture firm Surfacedesign cleverly hid an outdoor hot tub behind a beautiful ipe wood shell. “Given the modest budget, we knew we weren’t going to be creating a custom soaking pool,” says principal Roderick Wyllie. “But it’s also the kind of thing we love to do—take off-the-shelf materials and make something that feels crafted and personal.”

Photo by: Jeremy Harris

Photo by Jeremy Harris.

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