Must. Access. Tub.

For these West Coasters, going to the bathroom doesn’t necessarily have to be a private matter.

1. Island Dream

Victoria, B.C.HamptonHouseRichards3This waterfront home in Victoria has us dreaming of island life. The owners worked with Rus Collins and Lorin Turner of Zebra Group, a local firm, to combat the design requirements required by the steep slope from the street to the shoreline of Gonzales Bay. Each level of the nearly 4,500-square-foot house—including the bathroom—capitalizes on sweeping views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains in northwestern Washington state beyond. The uninterrupted coastal scenery—towering, weather-beaten coniferous trees, rocky outcroppings and blue-grey water—feels suited to a weekend retreat, though it’s a mere five-minute drive to downtown Victoria.Check out the full house here. 

2. Westside Story

Vancouver, B.C.Devine_14Shannon Dawe used to drive by this house on the way to see her grandma decades ago. When it finally came on the market a few years ago, she couldn’t resist. Can you blame her? The pair tasked Cedric Burgers of Burgers Architecture to, in Devine’s words, “take what architect Johnathan Keith-King created in 1972, and use modern materials and modern construction techniques to rebuild it.” Mission accomplished.Read more about this vintage modernist home here. 

3. City Scene

Calgary, A.B.calgary-tubThis penthouse, in the downtown neighbourhood of Eau Claire, belongs to designer Calgary-based designer Douglas Cridland. Being located so high up offers natural privacy, so windows are unobstructed in the bathroom—and the perfect spot for a sculpture that Cridland picked up on his travels. The plaid carpet that runs throughout the bedroom and the master bath adds a touch of the unexpected (and something warm underfoot in the mornings).Take a peak inside Cridland’s penthouse here.

4. Gallery of an Art Lover

Vancouver, B.C.bidwell-collageThis modern two-bed, two-bath condo in English Bay has a 360-degree view, which has proved to be both a blessing and a curse. “For an art lover, this was a huge challenge in terms of space,” explains The Cross Design’s Erin Chow. She and fellow designer Megan Baker had to find ways to showcase and accessibly store the globe-trotting homeowner’s amassed collection of artwork and antiques—in a home with floor-to-ceiling windows in every room but the powder room.Have a look at more pictures of this feminine pad here.

5. Nothing but Blue

Vancouver, B.C.pointgreybathThough set slightly further back, the view from this master bathtub is one of the finest Point Grey has to offer. Facing the ocean, there’s plenty of privacy for the homeowners, even with a curtain-free bedroom, and the opportunity to soak up even more views from the infinity Jacuzzi on the bedroom patio.Find out how David Nicolay of Evoke International Design gave this home new life here.