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7 Awesome Tips to Accessorize your Solid Surface Shower Kit

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

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As Marilyn told me when she stopped into our showroom. “Mike this isn’t my first shower rodeo. When we were younger (yes, my hair was darker) Bill and I bought a fixer-upper special as our first house. The existing shower was a mess. We visited the guy in the orange smock at our local home center store. We settled on a flimsy, generic fiberglass shower kit and installed it ourselves because there was no way we could pay a contractor. Within a couple of years, it looked dingy and yellow.

Now things will be different. We’ve finally got the kids “mostly off the payroll” Not yet in the job of their dreams, but they are working – and we’re not “funding” them. It’s now time to put some enjoyment (and cut down maintenance – BIG TIME) into this bathroom remodeling project.

We want low maintenance just the low-budget shower kit we bought back in the day. Now we’re savvier and aren’t going to settle for junk! We’ve done our research and keep coming back to the solid surface shower kits as the best option for us. Bill likes the 3/8” thick walls and the fact that the shower pan is built like a tank. But I’m looking at different things.

We’ve worked like crazy for years. This time I’m getting style and pizzazz in this shower. We’re going to enjoy our hard-earned money. I’ll be spending less time cleaning the bathroom and more time getting out of “Dodge” and traveling. So, Mike, I want you to show me how I can accessorize this solid surface shower kit to make my bathroom special.”

Can you relate to what Marilyn was telling me? In the article below check out 7 tips I shared with Marilyn to dress up her solid surface shower. I’ll give this warning right up front and apologize to Marilyn’s husband Bill. This shower project will get a bit pricier with these solid surface shower accessory tips I’m going to give!

How to Solve Problems with Small Corner Shower Enclosures

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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 shower without 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.

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  • 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?

 Learn more about corner showers and bathroom remodeling by visiting Cleveland Design & Remodeling, or The Bath Doctor of Cleveland and Columbus Ohio. For nationwide sales of the Fleurco shower enclosure line call Innovate Building Solutions at 877-668-5888.

 

Project Spotlight: Bathtub to Glass Block Walk in Shower Conversion – Adding Safety & Style

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

Existing bathtub before glass block shower conversion

Existing bathtub before glass block shower conversion

 

The problem: Although bathtubs can be a nice feature when bathing small children they can be a major source of danger for an older adult. Trying to step over the tub rail (which in some cases can be up to 20” high) into a wet tub/shower area has resulted in many injuries (especially for those with mobility challenges). Such was the case for an older man in his 60’s living in Grove City Ohio (a suburb of Columbus). His daughter contacted The Bath Doctor and Columbus Glass Block for some input and advice on how to not only make the existing shower area safer but also to add style and improve the value of the home as well.

 

 

 

Glass block walk in shower fold down seat and grab bar

Glass block walk in shower fold down seat and grab bar

Challenges with the existing bathtub/shower area – Here were the weaknesses of the existing space:

 

  • An old fiberglass tub that was hard to step into for showering.

 

  • No grab bar to make it safer to get into the shower.

 

  • The tub floor surface was slippery when wet.

 

  • Existing shower valve did not offer an anti-scald feature for safe water temperatures. There was only a stationary shower head which made it impossible to shower while sitting down.

 

  • There was no sturdy wall to grab onto in the tub.

 

  • The white fiberglass walls did not offer much style or interest to dress up the bathroom.

6 ½ Steps to Select a Recessed Wall Niche

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

Recessed wall niche for a shower enclosure
Recessed wall niche for a shower enclosure
Waterproof pre-manufactured recessed wall niche
Waterproof expanded polystyrene recessed wall niche
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Is your shower or bath too small? Do you worry about you or a loved one slipping in falling due to slippery materials being placed on the floor or tub rail? If so – consider using a recessed

wall niche for your shower or tub. Here’s 6 ½ steps to help you select the right shower caddy or recessed niche for your next bathroom remodeling project:

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