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5 Simple Tricks to Design a Walk in Shower for a Tiny Bathroom

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

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You’re strolling through Pinterest enjoying a rare quiet moment on your den computer. You feel bathroom envy bubbling up. Your mind starts to wander. You think about expansive luxury walk in showers, separate free-standing bathtubs, and beautiful chandeliers gracing the wide-open spaces. What would it be like to have a bathroom like that, you think. Then your 17-year-old son barges in and says, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” Now you’re grounded back into the reality which is your life.

You don’t have an expansive bathroom. You have a tight 5’ x 8’ space like most suburban Cape Cod, ranch or 2 story homes.

You don’t have space for both a free-standing tub and a shower (unless you can figure out how to bolt the tub in upside down on the ceiling and determine how to have water suspended in mid-air – that’s a bit crazy).

A chandelier also isn’t happening. You would probably walk into it with your 8’ high ceilings.

You want the luxury, style and low maintenance features of a walk in shower. You realize you’re stuck with a 5’ x 8’ space unless you get creative. Maybe you could blow out the wall into your son’s bedroom and make him sleep in the basement? That’s an idea. OK, maybe it’s not too practical.

The challenge becomes how can you design a walk-in shower which will work in your 5’ x 8’ suburban bathroom (or tiny loft apartment or cramped historic home for that matter)? In this article I’m going to give you 5 simple tricks to make a cool walk in shower possible even if you don’t have the benefit of the mega “Pinterest-esque-sized” bathroom you wish you had.

7 Tips to select shower accessories and doors for a remodeling project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Shower accessories are often treated like the ugly stepchild of a shower remodeling project. The decision on what accessories should be used is often figured out late in the building process (a thoughtful decision made in the design process will usually create a better result). Watch the video below and read these 7 tips to make better accessory decisions (this will make your next shower or bath remodeling project not only more functional – but more decorative and interesting as well).


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.

Hit a Home Run with the Right Bench, Corner or Fold Down Shower Seat

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction

Glass block shower wall on granite bench seat

Glass block shower wall on granite covered bench seat

Brazilian walnut fold down shower seat

Brazilian walnut fold down shower seat

In baseball being asked to take the bench is not a good thing – but in shower remodeling selecting the right shower seat will not only add comfort and luxury but can make your space safe and functional as well. Cover these bases to make a winning shower seat selection: 

Glass block showers – design with the end in mind

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

Glass block shower design
Glass block shower design with frameless door photo courtesy of M E Whittaker Builders

I’ve seen glass block showers get screwed up plenty of times. In most cases the culprit is poor planning or no planning. Since glass blocks cannot be cut – the shape, size and dimensions of the wall cannot be an afterthought. Follow these 5 ½ steps for a successful project.  

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