Eliminating a Shower Door with a Low Maintenance Glass Block Walk in Shower Kit in Lincoln Delaware
“I really needed to ditch that ugly shower door. The one piece fiberglass shower surround had a flimsy framed shower door which was to tough to clean and rusted,” said Debbie Kee about her bathroom in Lincoln, Delaware.
The door dilemma started a one year Internet research project for Debbie to find a stylish, low maintenance alternative to transform this shower space and her bathroom. Learn below how Debbie (in conjunction with Innovate Building Solutions and her contractors Stu Welch and Barry) used a glass block shower kit and DIY shower wall panels to create a easy to clean and good looking walk in shower.
Bathroom size and layout
The old fiberglass one piece shower occupied a small 36” x 36” area so the decision was made to “borrow” some unused space from an adjoining bedroom to accommodate a new 60” x 34” curved acrylic base (with matching glass block wall sections).
Bathroom products chosen
Debbie’s goal was to achieve a more open feeling and to use products that didn’t feel heavy or were hard to maintain. These design considerations lead to the following choices:
1) Thinner series glass block curved shower wall and base kit – Debbie chose a graceful looking wave glass block wall pattern that was not only thinner (the blocks were 3 1/8” thick vs. the standard 4” thickness), lighter, and more cost effective but also provided more room inside the shower as well! In addition a slip resistant acrylic base makes clean up a snap. Stu and Barry (the installation contractors) actually had fun installing the glass block sections (imagine having fun doing a home remodeling project)!
2) DIY shower interior wall panels – Since Debbie didn’t want the heavy feeling of tile walls it was suggested to use a waterproof DIY shower wall panel system that is grout free and looks like real stone. The Crème Travertine wall design was selected and extra corner shelves and a recessed niche were installed to maximize the amount of storage.
3) One piece linoleum bathroom floor – Debbie found an attractive linoleum that complimented the space and created a light feeling in the room.
Although Debbie says her new bathroom is delightful – perhaps most importantly her granddaughter just loves the space!
What do you think about Debbie’s renovation? Please comment below.
To learn more about a curved glass block shower kit or DIY shower wall panels or get a free estimate visit or call Innovate Building Solutions on a nationwide basis (877-668-5888) or for a local project their divisions including Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), West Side Glass Block (216-398-1020) Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton and Akron (330-633-2900), Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270) or The Bath Doctor of Columbus (614-252-7294).
If you’d like to contact Debbie about her project or about her work with teaching kids to love music visit www.keenotemusic.com
This article was authored by Mike Foti
Bobbie Jo- I’ll send you an email next. We can assist you with not only the prefabricated glass blocks, but also the shower pan and grout free wall panels – Mike
Bobbie Jo Caldwell
I am a general contractor in Nashville, Tennessee, would love more information on the shower pan that is curved for the block. Please email with info! Thanks so much!
Teri – I will email you back on this. For some of the shower pans for glass blocks you can put a heating element underneath (the ready for tile pans work for this) – for the acrylic and solid surface pans it won’t work. Mike
I would also like a price on this complete project. Our existing tub/shower is 58” by 29 1/2”. Could probably make it work. Can a heating element be put under the base? Thank you, teri
Roberta – thanks for your interest in a prefabricated curved glass block shower wall and our DIY shower wall panel kit. I will plan to email you with this pricing.
Would like a complete price on this shower makeover