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3 Steps to Create a Handicapped Roll in Shower with Style

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Luxury roll in shower with a stationary shower screen

Luxury roll in shower with a stationary shower screen

Physical mobility challenges should not prevent someone from having a stylish bathroom – no matter how big your bathroom is! If you, or a loved one, is in a wheelchair it is now possible to remodel a bathroom and design a roll in shower which is both stylish and functional. Learn below 3 steps to make a roll in shower really look sharp.

5 Questions about Accessible Barrier Free Wet Room Shower Systems

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room

Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room

As people are looking to stay in their homes longer the need for accessible showers has never been greater. Since most people have not remodeled their bathrooms for accessibility they generally have a lot of questions going into the process. Some of these questions might include:

 

  • What is needed to make a showering space accessible? What is the difference between a zero threshold shower and one that is barrier free?

 

  • What options are available in zero threshold showers? Can they be used with various types of floors?

 

  • Who(m) can install this type of product? Is it something I can do myself?

 

  • Do I need to follow ADA guildelines?

 

  • Where can I get a shower base and the proper accessories to make my space accessible and also provide a way for a caregiver to assist in the showering process?

 

The article below will provide answers to these questions and also offer some information on what type of accessible showering system to consider:

Glass Block Steam Shower adds Texture, Design, Privacy & Style to a New Master Bathroom in Atlanta Georgia

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

Glass block steam shower with Kohler spa shower system with LED lights Atlanta Georgia

Glass block steam shower with Kohler spa shower system

When Ken Busch began planning his second floor room addition (which would include a glass block steam shower) he had a vision of what the final master bathroom would look like – but he also wanted to stayed flexible to change features as the project progressed. This flexibility allowed Ken to find some truly unique products and services that created a steam shower that really stands out. Learn below about some the products and installation approaches that really helps this shower pop.

Solid Surface Shower Bases – Advantages, Disadvantages & Product Options You Need to Know

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

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Solid surface shower pan with white cultured solid cultured marble shower panels

Updated January 13, 2019 

Choosing a shower base may not seem like the sexiest element of a new bathroom remodeling project but it is literally the foundation of this highly used space. The reality is any cracks or leaks in the base can cause extensive damage and costly repairs. One high quality option to consider is the solid surface shower pan. Although there is no “one size fits all” solution in choosing a shower pan – a solid surface base (also called by many people a cultured marble pan)  is one option to give careful consideration to.

 

This article will explain the advantages, disadvantages and options in this type of base.

Introducing a High End Curved Glass Shower Enclosure for Bathtub to Shower Conversions with a Cost Competitive Price

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

High end curved glass shower enclosure for a bathtub to shower conversion

High end curved glass shower enclosure for a bathtub to shower conversion

If you have a small bathtub you’d like to convert to a shower while improving the looks of your space and obtaining a high end look – you need to check out the new Novara curved glass shower enclosure with a “bowfront” style acrylic (or ready for tile) shower base. This unique system combines the low maintenance aspects of an acrylic shower base with the sleek styling of 5/16” thick curved glass with an easy rolling door system that slides smoothly and effortlessly. Learn more about this system below.

Converting a jetted bathtub into a low maintenance high style shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Close up view of new decorative Interior shower wall panels - Cleveland Ohio

Close up view of new decorative Interior shower wall panels - Cleveland Ohio

In the 70’s and 80’s many bathrooms used products like jetted tubs and fiberglass wall surrounds. While jetted tubs might have made sense for that time – these products just aren’t a fit with homeowners today who lack the time to take baths. In addition the low cost fiberglass tub surrounds in many homes are beginning to show their age (many have yellowed or cracked) and are hard to keep clean. This is exactly the dilemma that faced the Mockabee family of Cleveland Ohio (who had an existing jetted bathtub/shower surround combination with old fiberglass walls). Learn below how they converted their tub and showering area into a low maintenance, high style and functioning shower.

Before image - jetted tub with fiberglass wall surrounds

Before conversion to a shower - jetted tub with fiberglass wall surrounds - Cleveland Ohio project

Project Spotlight: Transforming a 75 year old small bathroom with a glass block tile shower – San Diego California

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

 

Glass block shower wall using 8 x 8 colored glass blocks and 4 x 8 alternating blocks

Glass block shower wall using 8 x 8 colored glass blocks and 4 x 8 alternating blocks

When you live in Southern California it’s essential to make every inch of a small bathroom count….and that’s exactly what Jeff R. accomplished in his recent bath renovation project. As Jeff said, “The bathroom in our 75 year old home was shot. The tile had hairline cracks, the shower area was dark, the shower pan was failing, and the earthquakes and tremors where part of the cause of the tile falling apart.” It was not possible to change the size or layout of this room – so the challenge would be to make the space nicer and more functional…but how?

 

Existing small shower enclosure

Before renovation - old tile shower enclosure was closed in by stud walls

Learn below how Jeff, his wife, an interior designer and their contractor not only used materials like a unique “floating” glass block wall to create a fresh contemporary look – but also embraced a famous tile design element to make their small space sparkle.

Anatomy of an Accessible & Universal Design Master Bathroom – A Visit to the Universal Design Living Laboratory (Part 2)

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

 

Rosemarie Rossetti & Mark Leder in Universal Design Master Bathroom

Rosemarie Rossetti & Mark Leder in Universal Design Master Bathroom

Who ever said accessible bath design cannot look cool and relaxing has never visited the home of Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder. This home – built in Columbus Ohio – is a living example of how inspired design can also be a safe and functional space for people of all abilities, sizes or ages. This home called the Universal Design Living Laboratory is the brainchild of Rosemarie and Mark and will be open to the general public in a few short months.

 

This article (which is Part 2 in a series– Part 1 looked at the Guest Bath) will look at the key features and benefits of an accessible and universal design master bathroom.

 

Choosing Decorative DIY Shower & Tub Wall Panels that Eliminates Grout

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Decorative DIY Interior Tub Wall Panels with an Accent Strip and Corner Shelf

Decorative DIY Interior Tub Wall Panels with an Accent Strip and Corner Shelf

Let’s face it – grout can be a real pain to deal with in a shower or tub area – but cheap plastic or fiberglass surrounds aren’t the answer because they just don’t last (and are prone to discoloration and cracking). In addition tile walls can be problematic with mold and mildew. So what type of shower wall panels can create a cool low maintenance space for a DIY’er that’s easy to work with and won’t bust the budget? Learn about 3 interior wall systems below that can achieve this objective.

Curved & Bent Glass Shower Enclosures – Cool, But Can They Be Affordable?

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

Curved 2 sided glass enclosure with an acrylic base supported by an multi-density fiberboard bottom| Innovate Building Solutions

Curved 2 sided glass enclosure with an acrylic base supported by an multi-density fiberboard bottom

March 9, 2019

There is nothing quite as sleek, stylish and contemporary as a curved glass shower enclosure – but the question is can they be affordable? Learn below the benefits of these systems, the most popular types of curved glass showers, where they can be used and what are some of the more cost effective options.

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