Choosing a solid surface shower base, walls and glass blocks for durability and style
In many basement level showers owners will simply place ceramic tiles directly over a pre-sloped concrete floor – but what do you do if the floor cracks and water spills out into the other finished parts of the basement? Such was the challenge facing one of the customer’s of our Cleveland Design and Remodeling division. Learn below how this couple was not only able to fix the flooring problem by choosing a solid surface shower base – but also were able to reduce maintenance and add style with a complimentary colored solid surface wall and a prefabricated glass block shower system.
Start by using a sturdy base which will not leak – solid surface
Having a base which is 100% guaranteed not to crack and is waterproof was essential for these owners. To accomplish this objective a non-skid solid surface base in a “cappuccino” color was chosen. To make the shower easier to enter (and provide a contemporary look) a low threshold (with a 1 ½” high curb) was selected. The completed base is sleek, safe and guaranteed to last.
Add a contemporary and functional feature plumbing wall
Although a leaky base was the driving reason to do the project it also made sense to improve the looks and function of the rest of the space at the same time. Towards that end a sharp-looking complimentary “toffee” colored solid surface plumbing wall was used along with a relaxing chrome rain shower head to replace the old ceramic tile wall. Two new shower niches were added to increase space for soap and shampoo products. These products not only were lower maintenance than the old tile wall – but they provide a modern look as well.
The finishing touch – an advanced glass block shower system and solid surface trim – While the old enclosure did use glass blocks many of the grout joints were too big and uneven (this can happen when glass blocks are laid unit by unit). The new glass block enclosure used the advanced “Protect All shower system” which uses vinyl spacers between the blocks to create a small, consistent 1/8” grout joint to minimize future maintenance. To add a nice finishing touch a solid surface trim border was used to “picture frame” the glass block wall.
This trim also adds a stylish look on the pool room side of the basement.
What do you think about the use of the solid surface base, wall and glass blocks in this lower level bathroom remodel? Please comment below.
If you’re looking for more information on bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270). If you want more information on the glass block shower system or solid surface walls and bases contact Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363) or Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888).