Figuring out a glass block shower can be a pain in the rear! If you’re using a contractor they may be vaguely familiar with this type of wall system – or, if they are not, they will try to steer you to a “standard” shower enclosure since it’s what they know how to do. But, if you have your heart set on the benefits of a low maintenance, high privacy glass block shower and want to make it happen – no matter how difficult it is to figure out – you’ll want to read this article.
Well I’m here to tell you a glass block shower doesn’t require a brain surgeon to design and install (and my wife would agree I’m not a brain surgeon – or at least I don’t have the listening skills of one)! I’ve been working with this product since 1985 (wow- that makes me old) and have learned a few “tricks” along the way about glass block design. In this article, my goal is to help you identify the top 6 glass block wall shapes. Then we’ll look at each shape (I’ll give you some “out-there” names for them) and look at the strengths and weaknesses of each so you can wrap your arms around which is best for you. Just to let you know I’ve saved the most popular design for last (but don’t jump ahead because the other 5 designs may be better for your project) So let’s get ‘er done and figure this project out!
When Susan Tow (also know as “Susie Vila” by her friends for her passion for remodeling) began her yearly (and not very much fun) task of cleaning the grout in her master bathroom she didn’t realize the problems she was about to encounter. When she started scrubbing the grout joint – and then the tile – fell out to reveal a sopping wet backer board system. Then Susan noticed the tiled shower pan had also become waterlogged she came to the conclusion the time was right to upgrade and transform the bathroom into a low maintenance, high style black and white design she always dreamed of.
In this article I’ll look at Susan’s three goals and the products and construction steps she took to turn her vision into reality.
If you’ve got a small bathroom you probably know all too well some of the problems associated with your corner shower enclosure. Some of the more common challenges include:
Space for showering and storage is limited
It’s not the safest showering experience without a place to sit down
Doors that open out get in the way and spill out water
Flimsy framed wall systems are unattractive and wobble when you open them.
Shower openings are very narrow
Identifying the problems is not very hard – coming up with a better solution (without breaking the bank) is the key. Learn below some practical tips to remodel your small corner shower enclosure into a functional, enjoyable and decorative space you can be proud of.
Tip 1 – Get rid of flimsy shower doors that open out & spill out water – The NEO angle corner shower(which is the most common type of corner shower) has doors that open into the bathroom. The challenge with this is it spills water onto the bathroom floor. By using a standard frameless curved shower enclosure with a higher quality acrylic base you’ll get an improved look and eliminate water spills.
Tip 2 –Find a place to put your soap and shower – Since most corner showers are smaller, space is tight to begin with. The question is where do you put your soap and shampoo (setting them on the floor is an accident waiting to happen)? If you’re making your shower wall surrounds out of tile an excellent choice is a recessed niche that is built into the wall. If you’re looking for lower maintenance acrylic shower wall surround then corner caddies are a space saving solution.
Tip 3 – Locate a quality corner shower base which won’t be too expensive – Many home builders will use the least expensive fiberglass shower bases that can crack and yellow over time and custom shower bases can be pricey. A good mid priced alternative is an acrylic shower base. In addition to NEO angle bases there are also standard curved acrylic shower bases which can add style at a good price.
Tip 4 – Increase the safety of your stand up showerwithout compromising style– With an aging population stand up showers can be a dangerous place. With that being said the following products can improve safety and not detracts from the looks of the shower:
Decorative grab bars – available in multiple finishes and even acrylic colors to create a wow factor.
Fold down shower seats– Fold down seats are now available in teak and Brazilian walnut finishes to make a nice look and minimize the space required.
Recessed soap and shampoo niches – see Tip 1 above.
Tip 5 – Find an enclosure system with wider door openings – The design of most NEO angle systems has very small door openings. The curved corner shower systems with doors that slide inside stationary panels can create entryways that are up to 36” wide.
What do you think about the tips to solve the problems with corner showers? Would you have done anything differently or included other items?
Prefab Angled Glass Block Walk In Shower WallsEmerald Green Colored Tridron Angled Glass Block
There are many times in designing a shower or partition where a straight wall does not fit the design or desired shape of an enclosure or room. While shape can add style – it is also known to add significant cost to a project as well.
If you’re looking to create an angled glass wall or column what cost effective options do you have? One product to consider is the use of the 45 degree angled glass block wall using a Tridron shaped unit. Below you’re learn more about this block – from it’s size, patterns, advantages and disadvantage to it’s decorative options.