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5 Awesome Tips for a Modern Spin on a Jack and Jill Bathroom

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

5 awesome tips for a modern spin on a jack and jill bathroom

A high privacy shower with etched glass blocks

Updated March 9, 2019

If you have a 13 year old daughter and a 17 year old son (like Ben and Melodee Diss of Powell Ohio – and also me!) you know a shared Jack and Jill style bathroom has the potential to turn into a major battleground for a brother and sister (especially if they need to use the space at the same time!). So what’s a family to do to make this room work efficiently and maximize the style, personal space and privacy of the kids using it? Let’s first take a look back at the Jack and Jill bathroom and then step forward (using this project) as an example of how to make it better for today’s modern family.

In the 1970’s when the Brady Bunch was popular (I might be dating myself with this reference) a hot home design concept was the idea of the “Jack and Jill bathroom.” This popular 70’s show which featured a newly blended family with 3 boys and 3 girls had the ultimate in a shared bathroom. The kids used a common space known as a “Jack and Jill” bathroom. In it’s basic form the Jack and Jill bathroom is a shared space between two bedrooms and has a locked door on each side. When someone is taking a shower or using the toilet they can lock both inner doors for privacy. In addition when a family member does not need complete privacy (for example when using the vanity sinks) the space can be shared.

While the shared, functional and stripped down bathroom might have worked for the Brady Bunch in the 70’s most people (and their kids especially) don’t want to live this communally today. We are used to nicer and more luxurious bathrooms and if the Diss’ kids (Alex and Angie) are anything like my 17 and 13 year old son and daughter (Parker and Jade) the less space they have to share with their sibling the better (my 13 year old daughter doesn’t want her brother checking out her stuff in the bathroom and I’m sure my 17 year old son feels the same way!).

So while the efficient 1970’s concept of the Jack and Jill bathroom still makes sense – it does need some alterations to fit today’s family. Let’s take a look at 5 cool tips the Diss family used (in conjunction with their remodeling contractor Mike Cheeseman Builders) to modernize and privatize a Jack and Jill bathroom.

Etched Glass Block – Creating a Personalized Window, Wall or Gift

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Question: How can I make a unique glass block window, shower wall or gift which is personalized?

Answer: Use etched glass blocks.

Etched Tree Mural in a Glass Block Shower wall

Etched Tree Mural in a Glass Block Shower wall

Using a laser etching process it is possible to transfer high resolutions images onto the surface of a glass block to make a one of kind project or gift. In the video and article below learn 6 options with this exciting new process.

Add Style with Etched Glass Blocks for a Window, Shower or Wall Project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Etched tree mural in glass blocks

Etched tree mural in glass blocks

A process not many people are aware of is the ability to etch glass blocks with decorative murals to create a unique window or shower wall. In the article below learn about the etching process, some of the options in etched glass blocks and how they can transform an ordinary project into an extraordinary work of art!

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