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7 incredibly smart (and 3 incredibly stupid) shower designs you can learn from

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

7 incredibly smart (and 3 incredibly stupid) shower designs you can learn from | Innovate Building Solutions

The difference between a smart shower design and a not-so-bright one is with a smart design you want to spend time in the space. You’d like to linger and enjoy the relaxing message of the water. You want to sit on the bench seat and unwind after a long day taking in the ambiance of the lighting and décor. Conversely, a poorly designed shower will cause you to spew out a few choice words which got you in detention back in Junior High. A low-quality shower system makes life miserable. Its design makes the shower hard to use, and difficult to clean. It has a style which makes you feel you’re living in a throwback episode of The Brady Bunch or Leave it to Beaver (if you don’t remember those shows let’s just say they go waaaaay back!).

Whether you’re drooling over a cool, sleek, contemporary shower design you love in a magazine, Parade of Homes or friend’s house– or putting up with an elbow smacking, nightmarish decor, moldy unit you’re embarrassed to have anyone see – you can learn from good and bad shower designs to get the new shower of your dreams.

In this article, I’m going to take you on a journey to experience 7 incredibly smart – and 3 incredibly stupid – examples of shower design.  At the end let me know what you liked (and didn’t) about these showers. A shower design is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Get a design which not only works for you (and whomever you’re sharing this bathroom with) but also one which gives you pleasure, at a budget you can afford. Let’s check out the incredibly smart, and some not so smart, examples below.

A DIY glass block shower experience made possible with Egyptian pyramid building ingenuity

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

A DIY glass block shower experience made possible with Egyptian Pyramid building ingenuity - Innovate Building Solutions

You may be wondering, “What does building a glass block shower have in common with Egyptian pyramids?” That would be a logical question. Sometime when you take on a custom shower project with heavy materials (in this case a beefy solid surface shower base and custom prebuilt glass block shower wall sections), just like the building of the Egyptian pyramids, the construction feat can pit mankind (or womankind) in a mental battle with materials they want to use.

The weight of the materials was one of the challenges facing JR in a 2 year-long design and installation of a custom glass block shower. He invested time planning, measuring (remeasuring) designing securing products and then building a grand glass block shower unlike any others I’ve seen. It’s size, design and shape were not only unique – but the project was done without a full-time general contractor leading the way (now that’s a risky proposition).

A project like this takes a special person (OK – John’s not your average guy). It takes a focus on design, planning and some special “engineering” along the way (some anticipated – and some solutions figured out “on the fly”). In the video below I’ll let John share with you his DIY custom glass block shower and solid surface base experience (and what it has to do with Egyptian pyramid building).

Now that you’ve watched John’s video, I’ll share the 5 D’s to get you to the top with a unique glass block shower experience for your home (even if you’re project is not as grand as John’s). At the end John and I would love to get your opinions of his glass block shower. I want to hear your questions if you’re struggling with the steps to make this project a reality.

5 Tips for a Champagne Shower on a Beer Budget

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Tips for a Champagne Shower on a Beer Budget

It’s easy to have a fantastic looking shower if you have unlimited funds…but unfortunately most of us don’t live in that world! The challenge becomes how can you get a high end (champagne) look if you’ve got a more modest (beer) budget. In the article below I’ll outline practical tips to consider for your next shower remodeling project. While I will tell you these ideas aren’t going to use the bottom of the barrel products – they will provide you and your family with a shower that is stylish, durable and easy to maintain to allow you more time to enjoy the shower vs. maintaining or repairing it.

5 Out of the Box Remodeling Tips for a Master Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Master bath remodeling with a glass block walk in shower in Martinez California

Sometimes in remodeling one thing just leads to another. Such was the case when Jim and Debbie Patrizi went to remodel their master bathroom in Martinez California.

As Jim said, “What started out as removing a flimsy framed shower door at the beginning of the weekend evolved into a progressive demo of the entire bathroom by the end of the weekend. After removing the door I found dry rot around the shower. Then my wife and I discussed our dislike of the tub next to the small 3’ x 3’ standard fiberglass shower and felt the time was right to remove the tub and the shower to make space for a larger shower. As our design thoughts became clearer we decided to eliminate the generic square design of our tract home bathroom and put some design flair and curvature into our newly remodeled space.”

Learn 5 tips Jim and Debbie used to escape the common boxy look of their tract home bathroom to create a new relaxing, functional and gracefully elegant new design.

 

A unique glass block walk in shower adds style and function to a Columbus model home

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Glass block walk in shower in Truberry Jerome Village model

Glass block walk in shower in Truberry Jerome Village model

Standing out in the new home market can be tough – that’s why Truberry Custom Homes was looking for a unique edge when building their Jerome Village model in the Plain City suburb of Columbus Ohio. Two rooms which are critically important to new home buyers are kitchens and master bathrooms. Learn below 5 key design and construction features used in the curved glass block shower Truberry decided to use in their new model home.

Is this bathroom in the Caribbean or Wisconsin?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Caribbean themed blue colored glass block and tile shower

Caribbean themed blue colored glass block and tile shower

When Tony Brummel was designing his master bathroom he wanted the space to transcend where the home is physically located (which is in Middleton Wisconsin –not the warmest place in the world) and create the feeling of a Caribbean island. As Tony said, “I like the pretty colors and the sparkle of light created in our bathroom – it provides the feeling of being in the islands while still being in Wisconsin!”

Learn below how Tony combined features like a no barrier (zero threshold) blue colored curved glass block shower and recycled glass countertops to achieve a distinctive look and island feel.

 

Remodeling a Luxury Touring Motor Coach

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Remodeled interior of Prevost H3-45 touring motor coach

Remodeled interior of Prevost H3-45 touring motor coach

Yes – the News from the Block blog is usually about interesting home remodeling products and projects but it’s cool to see the dynamic things being done with “moving” homes (in this case a touring motor coach) as well. Learn below how the luxury motor coach owned by the Allagier family was not only remodeled but given a literal “facelift” through the design, product selection, construction and ownership team of Excalibur Coach (including President Doug Stolfo and Office Manager Cindy Jonker).

emodeled H3-45 Touring Coach after a "facelift" and new paint job

Remodeled H3-45 Touring Coach after a “facelift” and new paint job

 

Introducing a High End Curved Glass Shower Enclosure for Bathtub to Shower Conversions with a Cost Competitive Price

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

High end curved glass shower enclosure for a bathtub to shower conversion

High end curved glass shower enclosure for a bathtub to shower conversion

If you have a small bathtub you’d like to convert to a shower while improving the looks of your space and obtaining a high end look – you need to check out the new Novara curved glass shower enclosure with a “bowfront” style acrylic (or ready for tile) shower base. This unique system combines the low maintenance aspects of an acrylic shower base with the sleek styling of 5/16” thick curved glass with an easy rolling door system that slides smoothly and effortlessly. Learn more about this system below.

Making a low maintenance shower enclosure with high style and function

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

Fleurco curved glass shower enclosure with Sentrel Waterproof Wall Surrounds

Fleurco curved glass shower enclosure with Sentrel Waterproof Wall Surrounds

If someone had a dime for every nasty tub and shower enclosure out there – they would truly be a rich person! Let’s face it – since tubs and showers are by there very nature wet spaces they can certainly get unpleasant over time – moldy walls, dirty grout joints, chipped, stained and rusty tubs are just some of the conditions many people find in their baths.

 

The challenge is how can the bath or shower be remodeled to not only improve the looks of the space – but also to make it more functional, safer and healthier?

 

Learn below about an exciting approach which can be used for a shower replacement or a bath to shower conversion which can be used for to transform an ugly (and perhaps unsafe) bathroom into one you’ll enjoy entering every day.

Project Spotlight: A Bathroom Remodeling Project that added Comfort, Space & Style

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Bathroom remodeling with a curved glass block wall

Bathroom remodeling with a curved glass block wall

When the Goldblatt family used their old bathroom everything felt tight (starting with the old 3 foot by 3 foot shower), not very comfortable, and lacking in style. So when the shower door finally broke off the hinges they had enough and decided it was time to rethink this space. Since they lived in a smaller town in New Hampshire Mr. Goldblatt did not want to limit his options to only those products that were readily available so he used extensive Internet research to find unique, stylish and functional items to add a wow factor. Learn more below about the specific products used in this project:

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