A frameless glass bath enclosure is the centerpiece of any well-appointed master bathroom suite. Today we’re looking at seven specific things that elevate an ordinary bath enclosure to the stuff of legend,…or at the very least the stuff of luxury.
1) Starphire® Glass:
This low-iron glass by PPG Industries features less green tint associated with ordinary glass. This green is more noticeable the thicker the glass, so when you are using 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick glass, it can make a difference; especially when you have tilework inside the shower that needs to show the whitest whites or purest colors. Of course, Gardner Glass Products is a proud provider and fabricator of Starphire Glass, so contact us if you need more information.
2) Shower Seat:
This is a must for basic ergonomics, aging-in-place, and just for those mornings where just getting out of bad is tiring. A sturdy shower seat can be built into the design and can be made of the same material lining the walls, but personally, I like a wood seat. It doesn’t seem as “cold” to me on those winter mornings and a mix of materials is a nice visual break.
3) Footrest Niche:
If your bath enclosure features an actual bathtub, this might not be a high priority; but when you’re in a box of a shower stall, it’s nice to have a place to prop your foot to shave your leg. It basically looks like a low little alcove, and it’s terribly practical for the woman in your life.
4) Clarvista® Glass:
Clarvista glass, also by PPG Industries, is created with a special coating that makes the glass easier to clean, more resistant to soap scum and water spots, and can allow your shower to look more beautiful with less work. We all would like to be more beautiful with less work, wouldn’t we?
5) Barrier-free Entry:
This isn’t just for wheelchairs. This design element shows higher craftsmanship instantly, and prevents anyone – both young and old – from stumbling. It’s just a better design that should become the standard for all enclosures.
6) Hand-held Showerhead:
They’re great for use with that shower seat I spoke about earlier, but also they’re incredibly practical for cleaning the shower too. Not to mention if you ever have to wash a dog, or insanely messy child, or flea-market find. (Listen,… I have had experiences.)
7) Steam Shower:
This is a whole animal unto itself, with proper installation of the steam unit necessary that goes beyond my expertise. But glass that goes all the way up to a sloped ceiling, with a pivoting transom at the top to allow for the steam to dissipate is well within the skills of any good glass shop glazier.Which are the “must have” elements that you specify in bath enclosures? Write us a comment and let us know your favorites.