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