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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.

Why settle for a tiny shower?

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

 

Why settle for a tiny shower | Innovate Building Solutions

When you take a shower is it an elbow banging, sardine-stuffed-in-can, clown-jammed-into-a-Volkswagen type of experience? Maybe your shower is “functional,” but it’s not a place you enjoy. Since the bathtub is hardly ever used, showers now rule the bathroom landscape. Day in and day out they are the workhorses of our morning or evening routine. So why settle for a tiny shower which is uncomfortably small, outdated and/or a dark depressing?

This is the question Kerry Danielsen asked about the cramped 48″ x 32″ shower in her West Winsor, New Jersey home. The challenge for Kerry (or for any of us who are adventuresome enough to embark on a bathroom remodeling project) is how can I make my limited square footage work? How can I create a bathroom which is luxurious, comfortable and durable (after all who wants to spend good money remodeling a bathroom only to see it fall apart in a short time)?

Fortunately for Kerry she had a “trick” (‘er, or should I say a friend) up her sleeve to guide her through this process. This friend is also an award-winning architect (now that’s the perfect kind of friend to have during a building project), furniture designer and graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University (that’s also my alma-mater so that can’t make him too bad!). He is Jonathan Nelson.

When I talked to Jonathan and Kerry recently about the project Jonathan joked and said, “Mike – we basically created a shower with a bathroom attached!” The challenge becomes how can you create a spacious, luxurious larger shower in a smaller bathroom while providing enough space for a vanity, and toilet? You don’t want to end up looking like an episode from “Honey, I Shrunk the Rest of our Bathroom just to put in a Larger Shower!”

Let’s go on a journey to see how this bathroom remodeling project evolved from a good plan on a sheet of paper to a space which is not only built to last, but is built to be enjoyed …. each day.

How to Make a 4’ Wide Walk In Shower

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

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Herb called earlier this week and said “I love the open look and feel of a walk in shower but I only have a 4’ wide space. Is there a way to make a walk in shower in a space this small?”

The short answer I gave to Herb is yes it’s possible…..the longer answer is it takes careful planning and access to the right products. The article below will present 3 strategies to make a walk in shower in a 4’ wide space.

New Options in Acrylic Shower Base & Pan Options

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Curved shower base with curved glass shower enclosure slice design

Curved shower base with curved glass shower enclosure slice design

Are you looking for an easy to install, uniquely styled shower base system that doesn’t require customization and won’t cost a lot of money? If so you may want to consider the new shaped acrylic shower base and enclosure systems available on the market. You’re no longer limited to square, rectangular and NEO angle shaped standard premade shower bases. Read below to learn how to use round, arc, bowed and a curved shower base that can offer high style at affordable prices.

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: 5 ½ Tips to add class, character & style in a small bathroom remodeling project

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

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel sink

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel

You may say it’s not possible to create a classy, stylish and unique bathroom in a space as small as 6 foot by 6 foot – but don’t tell that to Mat Forrest. When Mat and his partner got on a mission to invigorate and revitalize their small bathroom in California they were determined to create a top notch space and to not cut any corners in the process. Below you’ll learn tips and ideas that guided Mat through this small bath remodeling process.

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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