Steal This Look: An Open-Air Concrete Bath by

Issue 14 · Less Is More · April 8, 2014

Steal This Look: An Open-Air Concrete Bath

Issue 14 · Less Is More · April 8, 2014

Over the weekend, Julie showed us a Mumbai-area house perched on a stream; the owners cross a bridge to reach the master bedroom and bath. We instantly fell for the minimal concrete bath that lives both indoors and out. Here, we've sourced the elements to recreate the look: 

For more, see A River Runs Through It: Brio Architects in India.

Steal This Look: Concrete Open-Air Bath in Mumbai, Gardenista

Above: The open-air bath, where a narrow patch of open ceiling allows a beam of sunlight into the room. Photograph by Sebastian Zachariah. 

Kerala slate floor paver tiles ; Gardenista

Above: For a weather-resistant floor surface that stays cool, consider black Kerala Slate Pavers; 24-by-24-inch square tiles that are 1 1/4 inches thick are $2.29 per square foot from Builder Direct.

Outdoor disc disk ceiling fixture light ; Gardenista

Above: At night a ceiling light, courtesy of a simple disk with an LED, stands in for sunlight. A Disc Double LED Wall Or Ceiling Light is $400 from YLighting.

River Gravel Rocks, Gardenista

Above: The Stone Store in Hanover, Maryland offers 5-8 inch DelVal River Decorative Gravel; check with regional suppliers about purchasing similar stone locally.

Wood Standing Towel Rack in Oak, Gardenista

Above: For the free-standing towel rack, we like the Ekoline Free Standing Wooden Towel Rail in oak; £97.20 from Homebits UK. In the US, try the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Towel Rack Kit; it's made in the US of solid maple and available from Amazon for $92.50.

Crate and Barrel Rattan and Banana Fiber Basket, Gardenista

Above: For the wastebasket, we found the Manado Square Round Basket from Crate & Barrel, made in Indonesia of banana fiber and rattan; currently on sale for $39.97 (down from $69.95) from Crate & Barrel.

Blue and White Turkish Bath Towel, Gardenista

Above: Nandina Organics is a good source to find a similar bath towel. A 39-by-71-inch Peshtemal Striped hand-loomed organic cotton towel is $59.

Kraus White Porcelain Rectangular Sink, Gardenista

Above: For the sink, recreate the look affordably with the Kraus Ceramic Vessel Bathroom Sink with chrome pop-up drain; $129.95 at

Ariel Modern European Style Toilet, Gardenista

Above: The Ariel CO1009 Contemporary European Toilet with dual flush is a good approximation of the toilet shown here and is available in the US; $485 at Appliances Connection.

For more bathing outdoors, see 10 Favorites: Outdoor Showers; Steal This Look: An Airy Outdoor Shower; and on Remodelista, High/Low: Rugged Outdoor Shower.

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