News from the Block, Innovate Building Solutions Blog
News from the Block, Innovate Building Solutions Blog
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block

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.

Low threshold solid surface shower base cleveland ohio

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.

Toffee colored solid surface wall with shampoo niches

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.

Solid surface interior shower trim around glass block wall

This trim also adds a stylish look on the pool room side of the basement.

pool room view of glass block shower wall in cleveland

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).


Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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