Mum wows hundreds with her incredible Japanese zen bathhouse in her home

Mum wows hundreds with her incredible DIY Japanese bathhouse – complete with wooden decor, a beauty room and skylight

  • A mum has shared images of the newly renovated Japanese bathroom
  • Elissa said she and her husband chose the style as a standard bath couldn’t fit
  • While it was an expensive alternative, the end result looks stunning
  • The room is fit with wooden finishings, a skylight, shower and vanity

An Australian mum has impressed hundreds on social media after sharing images of her stunning Japanese bathhouse inspired bathroom.

When renovating the bathroom, Elissa, from Brisbane, and her partner needed to find an alternative bath solution due to the narrow space.

‘We couldn’t find a standard bath to fit, which is what took us down this path,’ she wrote on Facebook.

The pair decided to install a Japanese western cedar bath with matching wooden shelving above as well as a corner shower and a vanity in a separate connecting room.

Elissa, from Brisbane, and her husband chose the Japanese style as the narrow space was unable to fit a standard sized bathtub

While it was an expensive substitution, the end result looked incredible and the wooden finishing stood out among the white tiled walls.

The skylight also invites natural light in directly onto the bath and the potted plants add a touch of greenery.

‘Happy we did this – a bit of a splurge to get around our space issues,’ Elissa said.

The pair decided to install a Japanese western cedar bath with matching wooden shelving above, a corner shower and a vanity in a separate connecting room

The pair decided to install a Japanese western cedar bath with matching wooden shelving above, a corner shower and a vanity in a separate connecting room

A standard 1500mm bathtub often costs a minimum of $650, but wooden Japanese bathtubs start at $3,800.

‘We had our first try of the Japanese bath last night. Showering first and then relaxing in the deep warm water,’ she said.

‘The smell of cedar is amazing. It was installed yesterday and our bathroom reno is nearly complete.’

A standard 1500mm bathtub often costs a minimum of $650, but wooden Japanese bathtubs start at $3,800

A standard 1500mm bathtub often costs a minimum of $650, but wooden Japanese bathtubs start at $3,800

Elissa said the wooden Japanese tubs are ‘much like a normal bath’, except it’s best to avoid using soap while bathing as abrasive products can damage the wood.

‘The wood swells then goes back [to normal]; the bath will change over time,’ she said, adding it’s best to use beeswax on the surface when cleaning to preserve the quality of the wood.

The bathroom also has a shower in the corner, as the bathtub is mostly for relaxing and unwinding after a long day.

There is also a matching wooden vanity in a side room (pictured). After sharing images on Facebook, the post was 'liked' more than 960 times and received praise from others who enjoy renovating

There is also a matching wooden vanity in a side room (pictured). After sharing images on Facebook, the post was ‘liked’ more than 960 times and received praise from others who enjoy renovating

After sharing images on Facebook, the post was ‘liked’ more than 960 times and received praise from others who enjoy renovating.

‘This is amazing!! Suddenly I want to change my ensuite reno! I’m a big lover of Japanese baths,’ one woman said.

Others described the renovation as ‘stunning’ and ‘gorgeous’, with many wanting to replicate the design.

‘Do you think having kids in the bath could easily damage it? We are thinking of getting one but have two young kids,’ another woman asked, to which Elissa responded with: ‘The cedar can show dents as it’s a soft wood.’

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