Remodeling a Bathroom with a Stunning Shower Enclosure By Jeremy Anderson and Sheryl Bushaw
Photo by AAA Kartak Glass & Closet Corp
According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodels are the number one desired remodel for homeowners. There are many great styles and choices that can be incorporated into a bathroom remodel, and with so many options available, it can be tricky to know where to start or what to focus on. As a member of Master Builders Association Pierce County (MBA Pierce), the experts at AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp. share some tips on transforming your bathroom space into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of.
“A popular choice for a bathroom remodel includes a shower enclosure,” says Jeremy Anderson. “In order to achieve this sleek yet functional feature, we’d like to share some design tips you should know before you get started.”
When designing your new shower enclosure, the first step is evaluating the space. Finding the right shower enclosure can complement both small and large spaces. Ask yourself, is there enough room for a swing door that hinges inward and outward? Or do you need an option that slides like a frameless barn door-style enclosure? Another option is a free-standing glass panel, which has the advantage of making the bathroom feel open; a smart choice for smaller spaces.
One last consideration is aging in your home. If you have enough space, make your shower enclosure ADA compliant, which will increase the resale value and add longevity to the utility of the bathroom while the large opening offers a very bold and stylish statement.
Getting the right height and width of the enclosure is very important. If you have a high ceiling, you’ll need taller glass panels and doors so the glass looks balanced. A short glass panel in a tall-ceiling bathroom can turn out looking awkward. Inversely, if you have a short ceiling, you may need a shorter panel—otherwise it can feel too overbearing in your space. Also, consider the size of the door opening. The average door opening width is 28 inches. If you have a larger space, you can opt for a wider door opening. However, if you have a small space, you can go down to 24 inches. Smaller than 24 inches is not recommended.
Type of Glass
Textured or clear? There are many types of glass to choose from for the shower enclosure. It all comes down to personal style and priorities. With a textured glass like rain or satin-etched, the glass design becomes the feature. Also, it provides the privacy that many people desire. However, clear glass is beautiful, clean and timeless. Clear glass is a great option if you want to feature beautiful stone or tile work. If you’ve invested in unique tile, we suggest showcasing it with the clear glass option. Clear glass also adds visual depth and makes your bathroom feel larger.
When re-building the shower, if the shower head is on the back wall away from door, consider putting controls by the door opening. This configuration is more practical as it allows you to turn on the water without getting wet, and many clients are very appreciative of this tip.
With any remodel, the first step is to determine your budget. Then decide what you would like your dream shower enclosure to include. Some price distinctions to consider are framed, semi-frameless or frameless heavy glass. If you’re on a tight budget, a framed enclosure is a good solution. Another distinction is the thickness of the glass. Most homeowners gravitate toward a heavy glass door for their bathroom remodel. Though sticking to the budget is important, style and functionality are important too.
Before starting demo or construction, it is always best to consult with shower door professionals like AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet to help answer questions and avoid any costly mistakes. Professional design consultants can help the decision process by guiding you through selection of the right hardware color, style of glass, size of door, and even picking out the unique-style handle to make a statement. That way, at the end of the day, you’ll have a highly functional bathroom that embodies your personal style. MBA Pierce is an association of over 650 members that include contractors, designers, landscapers and other industry-related businesses. Builder members are required to be registered, bonded and insured. Visit MBAPierce.com for a free Buyer’s Guide and Directory.