Full height cabinetry allows for easy concealment of brooms/mops/vacuum cleaner. Having the washer and dryer separated creates more benchspace in an already tight area. Perhaps framing the dryer with cabinetry would create a more streamlined look.
One of my all time favorite vacation experiences was in a home with an outdoor Japanese shower and soaking tub. Japanese True Wooden and Acrylic Bath Design Experience - Modern Homes Interior Design and Decorating Ideas on Decodir
In the Yamagata Perfecture in Japan, in the vicinity of the hot springs Ginzan the hotel Fujiya Inn has been created . Author of the project which brings beauty and modern Japanese architecture and design to the area is Kengo Kuma and Associates.