If you want your custom home to include elements that you almost never encounter in a conventional home, it can be fun to discuss each room with your builder and come up with ways to make these spaces unique. For your bathroom adjacent to the master bedroom, you may want to look at different options that will enhance the beauty and functionality of this space. One option that may appeal to you if you have a big budget is a grotto-style shower. It's ideal to find a custom home builder who has experience with this type of shower, and then discuss how you want this space to be. Here are some features that are common in grotto showers.
Visually, the big difference between a grotto shower and a standard shower is that the former appears natural — perhaps as though it's a hidden area behind a waterfall. As such, you want your grotto shower to be finished in natural stone. Stone walls, a stone floor, and even a stone ceiling can all help to give your shower the look that you want. There are many different options to consider, but some people choose to have smooth, round river stones make up the floor of the shower, with larger, flat stones stacked to form the walls.
A grotto shower is a place that you'll likely spend a lot of time, either by yourself or with your spouse. You'll want to be comfortable in this space, and built-in seating can help to ensure that you are. Unlike other showers that may have wooden benches, however, you'll want to talk to your custom builder about constructing built-in seating out of the stone. For example, a section of stone that juts outward from the wall can make a comfortable seat that looks natural in this environment.
In nature, a grotto is often illuminated by slivers of natural light that come into the space through openings in the rock. Your custom builder can mimic this look by installing thin windows in the shower. You'll typically want these windows to be frosted to provide privacy, or you can choose to have them high up on the walls where no one outside of the home would be able to see in. While you'll still likely want overhead lights in the shower, having some windows that allow natural light to flow into the space can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of the grotto shower.