Glass Block Shower Window with Colored Glass Blocks
Let’s face it – how to replace a shower window can be very difficult to figure out. Many bathrooms in older homes have wood or metal double hung windows right in the middle of the shower/tub area. While this was not a problem when these homes were built in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s (when more people took baths vs. showers) they just aren’t practical any more. The water from the shower penetrates the wood or metal frames in a shower and causes the frame to decay or rust. So how do you solve this problem without losing the benefit of natural light, increases safety and air flow and moisture control of having a window? Read below about 3 possible shower window options and their advantages and disadvantages.
One customer asked me how it was possible to get excited about a channel or trench drain. I replied – if you hate standing on a shower grate while showering, or if you’d like to use large tiles on the shower floor, or if you’re looking for a cost effective and excellent functioning accessible shower – a trench drain floor system may be the perfect answer. Learn the answers below to 5 frequently asked questions about these drains.
Curved glass block walk in shower wall decorative tile border expanded polystyrene base
If you’re planning to convert a tub into a shower or just want to replace an old shower stall with an up to date unit you know the choices can be daunting. To simplify this process follow the 3 steps below or visit Cleveland Design & Remodeling at The Great Big Home & Garden Expo at booth #964 this week for additional input or advice.
If you’re struggling to figure out an attractive, cost effective and functional way to enclose and keep water inside a tub shower space you’re not alone. This article will outline the advantages and disadvantages of 3 options – (1) a bath tub shower door, (2) a bath screen (also called a tub shield) pivoting door and (3) a shower curtain.
If you’ve got a small bathroom you probably know all too well some of the problems associated with your corner shower enclosure. Some of the more common challenges include:
Space for showering and storage is limited
It’s not the safest showering experience without a place to sit down
Doors that open out get in the way and spill out water
Flimsy framed wall systems are unattractive and wobble when you open them.
Shower openings are very narrow
Identifying the problems is not very hard – coming up with a better solution (without breaking the bank) is the key. Learn below some practical tips to remodel your small corner shower enclosure into a functional, enjoyable and decorative space you can be proud of.
Tip 1 – Get rid of flimsy shower doors that open out & spill out water – The NEO angle corner shower(which is the most common type of corner shower) has doors that open into the bathroom. The challenge with this is it spills water onto the bathroom floor. By using a standard frameless curved shower enclosure with a higher quality acrylic base you’ll get an improved look and eliminate water spills.
Tip 2 –Find a place to put your soap and shower – Since most corner showers are smaller, space is tight to begin with. The question is where do you put your soap and shampoo (setting them on the floor is an accident waiting to happen)? If you’re making your shower wall surrounds out of tile an excellent choice is a recessed niche that is built into the wall. If you’re looking for lower maintenance acrylic shower wall surround then corner caddies are a space saving solution.
Tip 3 – Locate a quality corner shower base which won’t be too expensive – Many home builders will use the least expensive fiberglass shower bases that can crack and yellow over time and custom shower bases can be pricey. A good mid priced alternative is an acrylic shower base. In addition to NEO angle bases there are also standard curved acrylic shower bases which can add style at a good price.
Tip 4 – Increase the safety of your stand up showerwithout compromising style– With an aging population stand up showers can be a dangerous place. With that being said the following products can improve safety and not detracts from the looks of the shower:
Decorative grab bars – available in multiple finishes and even acrylic colors to create a wow factor.
Fold down shower seats– Fold down seats are now available in teak and Brazilian walnut finishes to make a nice look and minimize the space required.
Recessed soap and shampoo niches – see Tip 1 above.
Tip 5 – Find an enclosure system with wider door openings – The design of most NEO angle systems has very small door openings. The curved corner shower systems with doors that slide inside stationary panels can create entryways that are up to 36” wide.
What do you think about the tips to solve the problems with corner showers? Would you have done anything differently or included other items?
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.
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 basesand curved shower doorsystems. 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 showerdoors 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 Doctorof 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.
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.
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).
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.