Shower Door of the Week: Wooden Spa Shower in Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Well hello, gorgeous! Unanimous agreement amongst the experts: this gorgeous spa alcove shower stole the show! It is giving us strong sauna vibes and we love it. We can’t take credit for the wood panel design. (Though we can recommend tile contractors.) But we’re proud of how this panel-door-panel shower door turned out. Some details:
Glass to glass hinges eliminate the need for a header system, so these Great Cacaponers get a beautiful minimalist look.
Matte black hardware – the ongoing trend! A brassy or bronze hardware would fade into the wood, but the black is eye-catching in the best modern way.
Low iron glass is more optically clear and helps give this spa-like shower a crisp clean look. Regular glass has a slight greenish tint, which you wouldn’t want to distract from the lovely wood color here.
There’s no reason why you can’t have a spa experience at home. With the right tile and glass, even the smallest shower space can be made more bright, open, and relaxing. We’re always, always happy to discuss design, so get in touch for a chat or free quote. You’ll find us over on Facebook and Instagram, sharing design tips and bonus content. Look out for our first music video coming out soon…!
Shower Door of the Week: Serenity Unit with Sandblasting in Middletown, Maryland
The Serenity shower door is a single slider with a low-profile design. It’s a smooth and sturdy door with anti-derailing fittings on the bottom rail to ensure stability. It’s minimal hardware makes the glass appear as if it’s almost floating. What we’re saying is that it’s already kind of a magical shower door. But the custom touches on this shower door of the week go past serenity straight to nirvana:
Our friends at Rowland Glass Studios never disappoint! This is another great example of custom sandblasting in the middle section of the door for style and privacy. As we’ve said before: an entirely textured door limits the amount of light that gets into your shower space. When you opt for sandblasting you can enjoy both privacy and light. Genius!
Low Iron Glass
Low iron glass is more optically clear than regular glass, which has a slight greenish tint. For these Middletown clients, we recommended low iron against that lovely white tile and paint. It gives the shower space a kind of brilliance that goes perfectly with the lightness of the Serenity unit.
It’s happens in every blog post: now we get to the shower door geekery! For this custom unit we installed a notched return panel to accomodate that partial knee wall beside the vanity. Sounds a bit technical, but the takeaway is that we always measure carefully and create custom solutions for every single shower space. No angle too acute for us!
In other shower news, last Wednesday was National Rubber Ducky Day! There’s still time to name this ducky for a chance to win a rubber ducky and one of our collectable tee shirts! Just head on over to our Facebook page and let the creativity flow.
Bathrooms with corner showers are very popular in the area. Single family homes built from the 1980’s on often have master bathrooms with a shower pan (tiled or acrylic) located directly beside a soaking tub. This layout requires glass on two sides to fully enclose the shower. Here are three corner shower doors we recently installed near our shower door showroom in Frederick County, MD.
Frameless Glass Corner Shower in Frederick, MD
We installed this corner shower enclosure in early February 2017, and it is a great example of how this bathroom layout can be used to great effect. This homeowner in Frederick had custom tile walls and a custom stone shower pan installed beside their soaking tub. By extending the horizontal run of the notched stationary glass panel beside the shower door, we were able to incorporate the tub deck as functional storage space within the shower. The return panel was positioned as close to the tub as possible, giving the homeowner a place for shampoo and conditioner bottles beyond the tiled wall niche. This makeshift ledge also helps with the delicate balancing act of shaving one’s legs!
Frameless Glass Corner Shower in Urbana, MD
Sometimes homeowners prefer to leverage the tub deck for bath use instead of shower use, however. You have to put those aromatherapy candles somewhere, after all! Since we installed a glass corner shelf for this client in Urbana, they did not need extra space for shampoo and conditioner bottles. So the notched inline glass panel beside the shower door uses the minimum setback of 3/4″ – positioning the return panel on the tub deck as close to the innermost edge as possible. This is a handsome unit with an upgraded Aria shower door handle and Aria through-the-glass robe hook, both supplied by Portals Hardware.
Frameless Glass Corner Shower in Walkersville, MD
Not all corner shower doors are located beside soaking tubs. This project in Walkersville, for instance, just needed a narrow stationary panel at 90-degrees to fully enclose an otherwise linear layout. Because of the layout of the bathroom, we engineered this shower enclosure using glass-to-glass hinges, attaching the shower door to a stationary glass panel instead of the wall. By using slightly thicker glass panels (1/2″ instead of 3/8″), we are able to safely hinge shower doors off of adjacent inline panels in this manner. The homeowner selected oil rubbed bronze shower door hardware to match the fixtures in their bathroom. They also upgraded the standard c-pull shower door handle to a square pull.
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