Boring. Mediocre. Run of the mill. In a nutshell that’s what most glass block shower designs are like. Get one standard 8” x 8” x 4” wavy glass block, stack it on top on the next block, lay them up in a straight line, stick a door on the other side and call it done. Now you have your plain Jane shower. Woo hoo!
When I was growing up my Dad Joe would say the word “mediocre” was a dirty word. He challenged me, my brother Frank and sister Venera to be the best we could be. He wanted us to become the best version of ourselves and do it with with “personopoloy.” You may ask what is “personopoly?” It was my Dad’s funny made up word to us to lead our lives with our own unique personality.
In the article below I’d like you to go on a trip with me to see 5 ½ incredible glass block shower designs (our company had the pleasure of working on) which certainly aren’t boring or mediocre. These designs are distinctive because their owners were not afraid to let their uniqueness and “personopoly” show. They used persistence to find the right suppliers and contractors to make their dream showers a reality and wouldn’t take no for an answer!
Inside view of shower with custom glass block wall and decorative cocobolo wood trim in a Texas remodel
When Debi and her husband George were looking to remodel their small Texas bathroom their goals were to combine an easy to clean and user friendly walk in shower with and to use unique wood elements. In order to use every available inch of space the couple removed a wall to pick up 2′ in width (so the final dimension of the space was 7.5′ x 7.5′ – see pictures during demolition below) and used a pocket door to help with space restrictions.
Bathroom during the demolition process – plumbing was kept in the same location
The finished bathroom was a stylish door-less shower highlighted with a one of a kind glass block design with several unique uses of durable species of wood in the trim, ceiling and cabinetry. Learn more about this project below.
The Walk in Shower
As Debi said, “We were looking to convert our little bity bathroom into a larger walk in shower. We did not want to incur any costs associated with moving the plumbing, but wanted to invest our money in this remodel on high quality finished materials that would last – and also include the wood features that George loves!”
This focus on high quality, low maintenance and stylish products resulted in the following selections:
Decorative glass block shower wall with cocobolo trim – Working with Lillie Burton from Innovate Building Solutions 3 glass block patterns (Vue, Decora and Seascapes) were combined with a “sunset” colored glass blocks and decorative glass tile blocks to create a distinctive design. The wall was trimmed with cocobolo wood – which is an oily, dense wood which has red, brown and white colors naturally inherent in the wood. Wow – what a cool combination! (note – yes it is fine to use this cocobolo trim in a wet shower environment due to the dense nature of this species of wood).
Decorative colored glass tile block wall using decora vue and seascapes patterns
Close up of cocobolo trim surrounding glass block shower wall
Happy Floors 12” x 24″ porcelain tiles in Bambu Beige– Debi just loves the abstract look of the porcelain tiles which were laid horizontally from the floor to the ceiling. The big sized tiles are not only nice and stylish to look at, but they result in fewer and smaller grout joints.
12 x 24 Happy Floor Tile Bambu Beige in shower walls
Teak flooring used on the ceiling – This room takes on a stunning and warm appearance with the use of teak flooring on the ceiling of the entire bathroom.
Teak ceiling from inside of shower
The Use of Custom Wood
The cool use of durable and decorative wood does not stop at the shower. In the main portion of the bathroom George built a custom bathroom cabinet and vanity with ribbon wood and birch trim. The vanity used a Kohler ledges undermount bathroom sink in a ember color. The cabinets were topped off with granite.
Ribbon wood and beech trim cabinet with rock door knobs
Custom vanity with ribbon wood and beech trim and a Kohler Ledges sink
In addition George made a custom towel rack that looks like a small ladder – what a fun and functional use of wood!
Custom towel rack by George
While Debi and George were very hands on with this project (creating the cabinets, towel stand, glass block wall installation and final wood trim details) – they also had help in the final result. The construction and build out was done by Kitchen and Bath Wizards and the glass blocks were provided by Innovate Building Solutions.
What do you think about Debi and Georges’ walk in shower? What experience do you have with using wood products in a bathroom environment. Please comment and ask questions below.
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Columbus Glass Block (614) 252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216) 531-6363), West Side Glass Block (216) 398-1020) or Mid America Glass Block (513) 742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton and Akron (330) 633-2900).