Natural Bathhouses

Because of the lack of space in a tiny house, a separate bathhouse can be built nearby to hold a bathing area, hot tub or sauna.

This is not only for necessity, but as a tranquil space for relaxation. On my search for tiny bathhouses I kept running into these examples built from natural materials that I thought looked so beautiful in their environments.

One of my favorites was this cob bathhouse and its accompanying yurt created by Oasis Design.


Oasis Design is a family owned, home-based design consulting and publishing business near Santa Barbara. They’ve been developing original designs for living better, cheaper, and more ecologically since 1980. Their focus is mostly on water, wastewater and energy systems.




This bathhouse at the Chinati Hot Springs in Marfa, Texas is made of adobe and dates back to the 1930s.

And this bathhouse has a living roof and is located at the Center for Whole Communities in Fayston, Vermont.

A natural bathhouse can be a celebration of tranquility and privacy, but also can make us more aware of where our water is coming from or where it should be going.

By Christina Nellemann

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Ryan M - August 10, 2009 Reply

I have wanted to do the detached bathroom for a long time. I have often played with the idea of a outdoor Bathroom.

here is a great website on them:

Christina Nellemann - August 10, 2009 Reply


Beautiful photos! Yes, I have always wanted an outdoor bath too. I have always loved Japanese baths (they do it right). I stayed at a ryokan in Tokyo last year and this is a video of their outdoor bath:

Benjamin - August 11, 2009 Reply

The headline photo isn’t working on my computer (Mac/Safari). It doesn’t work in my FeedBlitz email either. The rest of the photos in the article work fine.

    Kent Griswold - August 11, 2009 Reply

    Not sure what is going on, it working fine on my Mac/Safari right now. I’ll keep an eye on it and see if I find an issue…Kent

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