Somebody at work is having some work done to their bathroom and left a bathroom design book laying around. It inspired me for about an hour... here's what came of it.
Much like George Costanza.. I like the idea of have just one step in a room. It feels fancy to me. Notice the privacy toilet wall. What I think is my favorite part is that the grout lines on the floor around the tub and the outside of the shower (basically that whole upper step area) have a slight incline towards the front of the room where there is a thin hidden drain that spans the length of the room that is hidden in the corner where the step begins to rise from the lower floor. That way you can just step out and never have to worry about puddles forming. The water just magically goes away. And that upper level is all semi-rough/natural stone tiles so that whole area is a natural feeling/looking non-slip area. Plus it makes if feel like a fancy spa. Plus there's a seat in the shower...just because.