As we are working more with glass shower enclosures, I’ve been noticing some trends in custom shower enclosure design. When I say “custom” these are completely custom designs with unique panel sizes made exclusively for a space. They can certainly also be for project work – for instance where many of the same design are made for condos or hospitality,…but the designs are unique and are definitely not “off the rack” from a home improvement warehouse. Generally, these doors are 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick tempered glass with fabrication for specialized hinges, handles and hardware. What’s more, these exciting doors quicken the pulse with beautiful new features that are the leading edge of shower enclosure design. At Gardner Glass Products, we are proud to be able to fabricate glass for such beautiful showers that make these bathrooms so special using our full line of Dreamwalls glass products.
Headerless Design – with no hardware at the top, these doors look like beautiful jewel cases in your bath. Advances in hardware engineering and talented glaziers make these enclosures works of art that make them seem to defy the laws of physics.
Exposed “Industrial” Hardware- This european hardware style is popping up from several great manufacturers. It features rollers and bars like barn door hardware, but designed to stand up to the unique bathroom environment.
Acid Etched Glass - This translucent glass is available in low-iron versions that have a milky-white appearance that is soothing and ethereal for the bath. It also allows for privacy while still offering all the easy-to-clean advantages of other glass showers. And because it is permanently etched on one surface (usually placed facing the outside of the shower), the effect will never fade, clean off, or scratch off.
Shower Seats- Not just for us older folks that need a place to sit, they’re also practical places to more comfortably shave legs, or just set down toiletries, washcloths, or children’s toys while you scrub down.
Tinted Glass - Gray, bronze, and even blue tints are a nice look that are completely transparent but with just a hint of color to accent interior color schemes and adds a bit of the unexpected. This is not a film added to the glass, the tint is created in the actual float glass manufacturing process, so the color will stay true forever.
Steam Showers - with glass that goes all the way up to the ceiling, these showers can trap in all the heat and steam from the shower to create a sauna-like effect. Moveable specially-cut upper transoms can be opened to help control the moisture levels to prevent your shower from becoming a constant rainforest and aid ventilation.
Fixed Panels - Careful positioning of the shower head and placement of a non-moving panel of glass results in a design that eliminates the need for a moving door. It’s a nice look that is very practical as well.
What trends have you been spotting in frameless glass shower enclosures? What would you LIKE to be seeing? With water jet cutting capabilities, access to the finest glass in the world from all over the globe, and world-class tempering quality; the full line of Dreamwalls products can help it come to life.