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Project Spotlight: Converting a Closet into an Accessible Roll In or Walk in Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Glass block curved shower wall

Glass block curved shower wall for an accessible design

When Cleveland Design & Remodeling division was approached by Bob Armstrong of Master Stone Crafters to create a shower out of an existing walk in closet the project had a familiar theme to it. Bob’s potential customer was not only looking to update an existing cramped bathroom (which currently had a tub/shower combo with a larger walk in closet) but they wanted to make it cool looking and safe for elderly family members who visit their home. Some of the requirements the customer had for this project included:

 

  • Creating a large walk in shower (up to 6 foot by 8 foot) that could be used from a seated (roll in shower) or standing position.
  • Finding a way to create storage in the bathroom for clothing that could not be stored in the walk closet anymore.
  • Have a sleek contemporary look that was also safe for their visitors.
  • Make the shower as maintenance free and waterproof as possible.
  • Add updated shower features to make a more relaxing showering experience.

Project Spotlight: Decorative Glass Block Shower Wall & Partition on a Luxury Houseboat

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

Luxury Houseboat with glass block shower docked at Lake Cumberland Kentucky

Luxury Houseboat with glass block shower docked at Lake Cumberland Kentucky

Have you ever gone to a place where luxury boats are docked and thought how cool it would be to live on a houseboat with all the features and benefits of a high end home? It is just those kinds of dreams that companies like Thoroughbred Houseboats make into reality. If you can create it on land then Shawn Heinen (President of Thoroughbred) can usually make it come to life for a home on the water as well.

 

When a new customer of Thoroughbred’s came to visit one Thoroughbred’s existing houseboats one luxury feature that caught their eye was the use of a glass block shower wall. In this article you’ll learn more about this luxury houseboat, where it is docked and how the glass block shower and partition walls progressed from a design concept to a finished project.

 

 

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.

Project Spotlight: Improving Bathroom Safety & Function while keeping a Cool Retro Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Before - Clawfoot Tub with Old Shower Rod & Curtain

Before - Clawfoot Tub with Old Shower Rod

The McGuires (who live in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio) had a problem – how could they retain the black and white retro design of their bathroom while making it safer, easier to use and also upgrade the looks without the cost and aggravation of gutting the space.

The main challenges were:

  • A cast iron clawfoot tub which was dangerous to get in and out of.
  • An old brass curved shower rod and stationary shower head which were outdated and covered the view of the decorative tile design.
  • An existing pedestal sink 30” tall which required excessive bending.
After - Walk in Glass Shower Enclosure Keeping Retro Tile Design
After – Walk in Glass Shower Enclosure Keeping Retro Tile Design

How to Use a Tridron Angled Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

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

Prefab Angled Glass Block Walk In Shower Walls

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.

Emerald Green Colored Angled Tridron Glass Block
Emerald Green Colored Angled Tridron Glass Block

How to Select a Curved Arque Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

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

Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks

A curved wall can be cool, sleek, and contemporary design – this can really make a shower, wall or partition stand out. The problem with this type of project for most people has usually been cost. The creation of the Arque finishing block (by Pittsburgh Corning) and the 22 degree Variant block (by Mulia) has created a cost effective solution to this problem. Below you’ll learn more about these products (their sizes & patterns, advantages and disadvantages and decorative options).

11 ½ Home Modification Remodeling Tips to Help Visitors and Aging Parents

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Exterior Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Universal design kitchen remodeling home modification

No step front entry to home

No step front entry to home

Do you have a parent(s), relative, or friend who is having a harder time getting around your home due to mobility, vision or health challenges? The reality is almost all homes have been designed for people with now physical, mental, or visual deficits. Here’s 11 ½ home modification remodeling tips which will make your home “visitable,” cool and stylish for people of all abilities:

Basement Remodeling – Cost Effective Space is Right Below Your Feet

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

Basement Remodeling Family and TV Room
A remodeled basement family room area
Home theater room in a basement
Home Theater Room

Are you trying to figure out how to add space without it adding up to big bucks? Maybe you’ve got a family member moving in, a teenager that “needs more space,” or you’d like an additional bathroom or home office. If a room addition is out of the question you may want to look right below your feet – remodeling your basement. Here’s 5 1/2 tips to lead you through the basement remodeling process:

5 Steps to Design an Accessible Wet Room Walk In or Roll In Shower for Style, Safety & Resale Value

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

Wet room roll in shower
Wet room roll in shower
Accessible walk in or roll in shower
Accessible walk in or roll in shower wet room

Is your bathroom ugly, outdated or just doesn’t work for you? Do you think climbing over the bathtub and stepping over the shower enclosure is an accident waiting to happen? Here’s a way to add a sleek contemporary bathroom with a high level of safety – add a European design inspired wet room walk in shower.  Using an open design this system combines a shower pan which is set below the surrounding floor. Since the base is below the floor you end up with a curbless roll in or walk in fully accessible design. Here’s 5 steps to turn this concept into reality

Small Bath Remodeling – Size Doesn’t Matter

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

Small bath remodeling picture with curved cabinet
Small bathroom remodeling project, subway tile, curved cabinet

In the 2000’s it was the bigger the better in bathroom remodeling projects – large soaking tubs, bathrooms the size of master bedrooms were all the rage. Well those days are long gone. We have a new economic reality in the United States and as we’re all discovering you’ve got to learn how to do more with less. Fortunately cool and functional does not have to be related to size when it comes to small bathroom remodeling project. Learn these 5 ½ steps to make your small bath project shine:

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