Frameless shower doors are sleek, elegant, and ultra-modern.
Often custom-made, these shower doors come in nearly limitless configurations
of shape and size, and can have unique features including hinges and handles.
What’s more, because they are made of smooth glass, these doors are incredibly
easy to clean, allowing them to maintain a clear and pleasing appearance with
very little effort on your part.
There are a number of aesthetic advantages offered by
frameless shower doors, but certain practical considerations may reduce their
appeal to some families. These doors tend to be more expensive both to purchase
and install, and may be more prone to leak following installation. To allow
frameless shower doors to open and close, a small space is necessary between the
bottom of these doors and the floor of the shower. Because there is no frame to
prevent water from splashing out of these small spaces, frameless options can
allow for water to spill onto the bathroom floor – a safety concern for
families with smaller children.
In the end, the choice to install a frameless shower door
should be based on your aesthetic desires and family’s specific needs. If a
frameless door is not ideal for your family, there are a number of framed
options available that can improve the appearance, cleanliness, and appeal of
nearly any shower enclosure.
Japanese bathrooms are often different than those in
American homes. Focused more on function and simplicity, bathrooms found in
Japanese homes embrace minimalistic design and optimal efficiency. However,
Japanese bathroom design is far from stark. In fact, through embracing the
simplistic and functional, these bathrooms induce calm, clarity, and relaxation
– desirable qualities no matter which side of the earth you live on.
If you are designing a bathroom from scratch or redesign one
that already exists in your home, you can incorporate elements of Japanese
bathrooms to enhance both aesthetics and utility.
·Minimalism – use smaller fixtures made of
natural materials such as stone and focus only on those things necessary for
your needs. This can produce an open look while greatly reducing the time and
cost of cleaning.
Don’t mistake minimalism for deprivation –
many Japanese bathrooms contain comforting and purifying amenities such as mist
saunas and entertainment features including waterproof TVs
·Function – tubs are for relaxing and are perfect
for midsized to larger restrooms. Showers, on the other hand, are utilitarian.
Japanese showers are often little more than hoses attached to more elaborate
and welcoming tubs – a feature that helps make showers more economical and the
time spent in them more focused
·Hygiene – many Japanese bathrooms have separate
entrances for the toilet and bathing areas. This increases hygiene as well as
the function of a space. Replacing toilet paper with a bidet can also make a space more hygienic and
reduce potential damage to pipes and septic systems
Japanese-style bathroom design can be further enhanced by
adding small touches such as flowers arranged in the Ikebana style, small Zen
gardens, and similarly simple and calming aesthetics.
When selecting a shower for your bathroom there are a number
of things to bear in mind – not the least of which is existing piping. There
are, of course, modifications that can be made to plumbing and hot water
systems to allow for nearly any permutation, but unless you are skilled with
piping or wanting to contract a plumber, working within the confines of your
existing system is best.
Once you have selected the appropriate plumbing system,
consider your family’s needs. Bathtub/shower combinations come in a variety of
styles and with features that range from basic to luxurious. While easy to
clean and ideal for many needs, these combinations can require significant
space and will not be suitable for every bathroom.
If space is a concern, consider a shower stall. Complete
enclosures are often simple to install and can easily fit in even smaller
areas. Stand-alone showers come in a variety of sizes and can include steam
features and other decadent options.
Finally, when choosing a shower, carefully consider the
head. From shower systems with multiple heads to simpler overhead rain options,
the showerhead best suited to meet your needs can often be found with minimal
effort. Many manufacturers design their showers to work with specific heads. Be
sure to look at these specifications before choosing a shower to ensure you are
selecting the system best for your specific needs.
Fixtures are often the focal point of a bathroom. Vanities,
tubs and showers, even toilets can draw the eye and work to produce a desirable
theme. However, as every designer knows, nuanced touches complete a space.
Accessories such as towel bars, robe hooks, soap dishes, and
toothbrush holders can add style and appeal to your bathroom. They can also
detract from a space or make an area look clumsy and cluttered. This makes
choosing the right bathroom accessories incredibly important. Fortunately, with
the many styles available today, adding nuanced touches to your bathroom can be
When selecting bathroom accessories:
Consider the accessories your bathroom needs
Consider space limitations
Consider the overall theme of your bathroom
Look for accessories that complement the theme of your
existing fixtures and select sets that allow for a consistent look throughout.
Make sure to only choose those accessories that can fit into your space, but
remember that varying sizes are generally available within each set.
The right bathroom accessories can bring a space to life.
Better still, updating accessories is a quick and inexpensive way to improve
the comfort, convenience, and appearance of any bathroom in your home.
Installing bathroom tiles can improve the appearance,
cleanliness, and overall appeal of your bathroom. If you are considering
installing tiles on your own, there are a number of things to keep in mind,
chief among which is the time it takes to install them. Making sure to allow
yourself enough time to complete the job well can produce results that will
last for several years to come.
Important: Before you
install your new bathroom tile, be sure to remove existing flooring. This gives
you a much better foundation for your tiles and will help ensure the strongest
Make and mark your
pattern – place dry tiles in their respective places, taking time to ensure
proper fit and thematic consistency. Mark any cuts necessary for tiles to fit
with a wax pencil and make appropriate cuts with a wet tile saw. You may use
sandpaper or tile stone to smooth rough edges of cut tile.
Once you are happy with a pattern and placement, trace
around the center tile to mark its position and remove the tiles from the
floor, being sure to stack them in an order that will make proper placement
Mix and place your
mortar – following the package directions, mix thin-set mortar to the consistency
of peanut butter. Only mix as much mortar as you can use in one hour as mortar
will dry out and become unusable after that time. Apply mortar to the floor
using a notched trowel held at a 45-degree angle.
Place and adhere your
tiles – beginning with the center tile, set tiles in their proper places.
Slightly wiggle each tile to ensure proper adhesion to the mortar. Be sure to
place spacers in between tiles to allow for grout after the mortar has dried.
Tiles generally require 12 - 18 hours to set. Once they have
set, remove the spacers and apply grout to produce a polished and professional