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Features of a Luxurious Handicapped ADA Roll in Shower

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

Handicapped Accessible Roll in Shower with Curved Glass Block Wall in Process

Handicapped Accessible Roll in Shower with Curved Glass Block Wall in Process Before Great Big Home & Garden Show

If you’ve got a family member with mobility challenges or special needs you know your existing bathtub or shower enclosure can be a difficult and dangerous place to maneuver. Stepping over a bathtub rail or shower curb can be an accident waiting to happen. Slippery floor surfaces and hard to reach shampoo and soap niches can be a cause for concern – especially if there are no grab bars or stable wall to grab on to.

 

Creating a universal design shower (one that can be used by people of all ages or abilities) or an ADA shower that looks luxurious yet is functional requires the thoughtful selection of products and construction expertise. Read the article below (or attend The Great Big Home & Garden Expo from Feburary 4th to 12th at the Cleveland I-X Center and visit the Cleveland Design & Remodeling booth #964) to see the features and benefits of an actual size luxury roll in shower.

Don’t settle for a boring bath to shower conversion – new products to add style and function

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Curved shower door and base enclosure

Curved shower door and base enclosure

To increase safety and improve the function of small bathroom spaces typical in many 5 foot by 7 foot bathrooms homeowners are choosing to convert a bathtub into a shower. Since most of these bathtubs are 60” x 32” there is not as much elbow room for a shower as some would like. In the past many customer’s have opted for curved shower rods and curtains to gain some extra room in a shower conversion project – but often shower curtains can get stained and need to be replaced too often.

 

A new solution has come into the market with a line of curved shower bases and curved shower door systems. The “Bowfront” acrylic shower bases made by Fleurco are only 32” at the at the sides of the two walls for shower alcove but it curves (or bows) out to 36” in the middle of the shower for extra elbow room in the shower. The bases come in white and biscuit colors with drains located on the left and right sides.

 

The curved shower doors are available with clear glass (for someone who wants to keep a view for intricate tile work or plumbing fixtures) and with obscure glass (called Paris Point) for a higher level of privacy. The systems are available in framed or semi-frameless designs with chrome or brushed nickel finishes.

 

To add more safety to these showers consider a decorative grab bar for the entry and to increase the inside space use recessed niches to hold soap and shampoo.

 

What do you think of the design and function of these curved shower walls? Please comment below.

 

 

If you’re looking for more information or an estimate on curved shower wall enclosure and base system call or visit  Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) and  Columbus (614-252-7294) or for a more extensive bathroom remodeling project visit Cleveland Design & Remodeling  (216-658-1270). If you’re looking for nationwide supply on this item call Innovate Building Solutions at 877-668-5888.

 

 

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.

7 Tips to select shower accessories and doors for a remodeling project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Shower accessories are often treated like the ugly stepchild of a shower remodeling project. The decision on what accessories should be used is often figured out late in the building process (a thoughtful decision made in the design process will usually create a better result). Watch the video below and read these 7 tips to make better accessory decisions (this will make your next shower or bath remodeling project not only more functional – but more decorative and interesting as well).

 

Ranch home sales on the rise in 2012 – Ease of use & universal design are the drivers

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

Single level ranch home
Single level ranch homes offer simple floor plans and universal designs

In the movie “Field of Dreams” the famous line was if you build it they will come. In the home building industry applying this mantra without an understanding of what the market needs and wants will provide a quick path towards not having a business. Given the challenging home construction market the question a smart home builder will ask is what do people today need and want. According to an article from Builder Magazine 7 of the top 10 selling home plans were in 2012 will be ranches (i.e. single level home designs). This article will explore why single level homes are increasing in popularity, the advantages and disadvantage of this type of design, and what features might be included in this type of home to make it more useable by people of all ages and capabilities. If you aren’t in the market for a new home you can also learn a few remodeling tips to take advantage of features of a single level home in your existing 2 level design.

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.

Using Italian Design Inspired Glass Blocks to Create Extraordinary Wall Window or Shower Projects

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

Glass block wall design with Italian inspired designs
Glass block wall design with Italian inspired designs
Exterior fluted glass block wall design
Exterior fluted glass block wall design

If you look at design trends in floor or wall tiles you need to first look to the European markets (and Italy in particular) for inspiration. In the glass block wall industry the drivers of style, texture and design leadership are also being driven by the Italians.

 

Most of what people are used to seeing in the United States are glass blocks of standard shapes and sizes that have smooth flat faces on the front of the glass units. While these blocks may be mass produced and are cost effective they may not inspire the wow factor in a contemporary or modernistic design project.

Well leave it to the Italians once again to innovate (and in this case these cool designs are now becoming available in the United States markets) with unique glass block designs.

 

Some of the new designs available today include:

 

  • Trapezoidal glass blocks that are shaped in a pyramid form to create a sleek design.

 

  • Exterior fluted glass blocks (called Doric) for residential or commercial interior walls which have a unique texture to the outside of the block.

 

  • Angular (called Fiero Milano) glass blocks that appear to jut out from the wall – if these don’t capture your attention nothing will!

 

The good thing is if you’re looking for inspiration these blocks are now becoming available in the U.S. markets.

 

What do you think about the look of these blocks? Please give your thoughts below.

 

If you need any help with the design and/or supply of these unique blocks contat Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Dayton and Cincinnati. For a complete remodeling projects using these materials contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-531-6085), Columbus Design & Remodeling (614-252-7294) or Bath Doctor of Cincinnati (513-742-6674).

5 Benefits of a Custom Solid Surface Countertop, Shower Wall, Base or Vanity Top

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls
Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls

Are you looking for a luxurious, durable and green-friendly product to use for a shower wall, base, vanity top of countertop for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling but are confused by all the options? If so – you’re not alone. For a high end look the most popular options today included granite, marble, tile and solid surface. This article will present the biggest benefits when using solid surface materials for a bath or kitchen remodeling project.

How to Use a Hedron Corner Block for a Shower Wall, Bar or Decorative Column

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

Angled corner glass block shower and privacy partition wall

Angled corner glass block shower and privacy partition wall

Are you looking to add some interesting shaped or design to a glass block wall project but unsure how to accomplish this? With the development of shaped glass blocks you can turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary project. This article will focus on how best to use the 90 degree angled corner glass block.

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