by A Cut Above Glass | Dec 21, 2016 | Frameless showers of 2022
Spoil Your Dog And Yourself With A Glass Enclosed Wash Station
If you have a furry, four legged family member than you know exactly how inconvenient it is to take your dog to the groomer’s every time that he or she needs a bath. On average most pet owners partake in grooming services on a monthly basis, but as we all know that Fido tends to get dirty a lot more often than that. When your dog needs a bath, why mess up your own shower or tub? Clogging the drain with all of that fur is simply not a good idea. As a matter of fact it can actually lead to expensive plumbing repairs.
The other option that some people attempt is to bathe their dog outside with a garden hose. If you have tried that then you know exactly how frustrating the process can be for both yourself and your pet. The good news is that there is a solution that will make life a heck of alot easier for you. Just imagine how convenient it would be to have a glass enclosed doggie wash station in your laundry room or mud room that is dedicated to your best friend?
Although the best time to install one is during a remodel or new construction, adding a glass dog shower certainly is not a daunting job when the rough plumbing is already in place. A Cut Above Glass will guide you through the entire process from the design stage to the installation phase. We will even provide you with advice on upkeep including the best glass cleaning methods. Adding a glass-enclosed pet washing station to your home is basically the same exact process as installing a glass shower except it is to a smaller scale.
Once the design work is completed and approved by the homeowner, A Cut Above Glass coordinates with a team of expert plumbers and experienced tile contractors to execute the installation process. For example, the plumber will begin by putting in the shower pan or basin. They will then install a commercial drain that can easily handle an excessive amount of pet fur and or hair without clogging. The plumber will also hook up the fixtures, such as the showerhead, and spray hose to the rough plumbing.
The tile contractor will lay and grout the tile for the walls, tubs, and shower surround. Last but certainly not least A Cut Above Glass is responsible for the installation of the glass partition walls and glass shower door. We actually custom manufacture all of the glass panels and install the hardware as well. When planning the initial design of the glass enclosed doggie wash station it is extremely important to consider the size of your dog. Most laundry rooms or mudrooms have small footprints.
The unit must be large enough to fit your pet without taking up too much space. If you are considering or planning on having a pet shower in your laundry room or mudroom we suggest that floor of the room itself is constructed with tile. That way you will avoid water damage to the floor and have a much easier time cleaning up after your dog has his or her much needed bath.
A Cut Above Glass is the leading designer and installer of frameless glass shower enclosures in Scottsdale, Arizona and surrounding areas. Please contact us today for an initial consultation regarding glass enclosed doggie wash stations, and any other of your glass related needs.
by A Cut Above Glass | Oct 26, 2016 | Frameless showers of 2022
Walk in Frameless shower Enclosure
When most homeowners picture the bathroom of their dreams they often envision a frameless glass shower enclosure. It is the centerpiece of the room, and the style determines the look and feel of the entire space. In addition the shower is at the heart of the bathroom experience. It is a place where you prepare for the day ahead, and unwind upon your return home.
When the shower incorporates all of the luxuries and design elements that you desire, it can transform your bathroom from four walls and a few plumbing fixtures to a spa of your very own.
One of the biggest mistakes that most homeowners make is saving the design of the frameless glass shower enclosure until last. The entire layout of the bathroom should be designed around the shower since it is the most important element, not the other way around. You can pick the tile, hardware, and plumbing fixtures after the exact specifications of the frameless glass shower are finalized. The bottom line is that you want everything to match and to be able to fit into the space without looking crowded.
There should be a natural flow to the room. For example if you would like the glass enclosure to incorporate a rain shower or body spray than it needs to be large enough to include those items and still fit the other plumbing fixtures into the bathroom space. By designing the rest of the bathroom around the glass shower enclosure you will be able to accomplish the look you want while including all the features that you desire. Another good example is the hardware. If your design includes glass-to-glass hinges, or another minimal hardware effect than the hardware throughout the rest of the bathroom should match.
In the case of a support bar that is mounted on the glass shower enclosure, it should match the towel bars that are mounted on the bathrooms wall or walls. Frameless glass shower enclosures have become such a popular design aspect because they provide the bathroom space with that luxurious, oasis like feel that people enjoy. In addition they can be completely customized in order to showcase the elements of the homeowners personal style and interior decorating taste. A properly designed frameless glass shower enclosure should look like it was custom made to be in a specific space.
It should appear as if it is part of the overall design of the home and not simply chosen from a catalog and placed in the bathroom. Although price is always an important aspect of any home remodel, homeowners should base their budget around the long-term value that the glass shower enclosure provides. A Cut Above Glass is the leading designer and installer of frameless glass shower enclosures in Scottsdale, Arizona and surrounding areas. Please contact us today for an initial consultation regarding any and all of your glass related needs.
by A Cut Above Glass | Aug 15, 2016 | Frameless showers of 2022
Ultra Cool Modern Home Glass
Installing glass in thousands of homes over the history of our company; we have seen some awesome architecture. Every once in awhile we come across a home that stands out from the rest.
One of our recent projects was a beautiful home in North Scottsdale. The homeowner reached out to us for a consultation and we hit it off right away. We worked closely with her to ensure every detail was perfect and installed custom glass in all six of her stunning bathrooms, each with its unique theme. We’re thrilled to share some snapshots from this project with you – take a look and get inspired for your next home renovation!
Flush Mounted Vanity Mirrors
One inch Thick Glass Dining Table
Half inch Thick Glass Shelving
by A Cut Above Glass | May 31, 2016 | Frameless showers of 2022
Remodeling your home
Remodeling your home offers quite a lot of interesting options and you get to be as creative as you can. On the other hand, there’s plenty of responsibility to be had because you are making changes you will have to live with for the next decade/s! that’s why it’s important to ensure that you get the design right, all while sticking to your budget and obtaining an amazing ROI. The best option you have here is to remodel the bathroom first!
But even here you have to face some challenges. You have to think about having them function for multiple people. Not only that, but bathrooms need to be beautiful and you also need to have a lot of space in them. There are plenty of design blunders that might lower the appeal, but as a whole you can get an immense value if you focus on using the space efficiently and in a way that suits your needs.
Having no view outside
Let’s face it, we all want to have a bathroom that has a view outside. It’s not fun sitting between 4 walls, that’s why you need to have a wall with windows. If you just can’t add in windows due to the way your bathroom is located, at least opt for the idea of installing a skylight as that can provide you with the light and fresh air that you need!
Keep the bathroom away from other important rooms where there are plenty of persons. Bathrooms should be retreated and in a place that doesn’t stand in the way. So, keep them away from the dining room or the living room for that matter. Sure, you don’t need to place it at the end of a hallway, but you do need to separate it in one way or another. It’s a little tricky to get a good result here so try to keep that in mind.
Just focusing on the toilet
Sure, the toilet might be important, but let’s face it, you’re not going to use just your toilet when you are visiting the bathroom. There are other important portions of the bathroom that you should focus on. Try to leave some space all so that someone can use the toiler while a person showers. You can add in a wall between the shower and the toilet if you want and if the space allows it. At the end of the day it all comes down to the amount of space you can work with, but just avoid keeping the toilet as the centerpiece of your bathroom because it’s not right.
The shower is a solid investment because it gives that feeling of greatness and a stellar visual appeal to the room as well. It’s integrating some interesting universal design ideas and it focuses a lot on helping old homeowners to acquire some great results. If you can’t install the curbed shower on your own talk with professionals as they can help you get a good plan immediately.
Bigger can be better.
The more space you allow for the bathroom the better it will be all the time. Sure, you might want to sacrifice some of the space from your bathroom for the other rooms, but let’s face it, the bathroom is indeed important. Offer it enough space and ensure that you come with a suitable design that matches your lifestyle and ideas. Plus, a good bathroom design is not only about the looks of your bathroom, it also integrates the functionality it has as well. If you have a great design for it, then your house will function a lot better as a whole. Combine that with the fact that suitable designs will be inexpensive and offer easier maintenance, then you will see why a good bathroom design is crucial for any home remodeling!
by A Cut Above Glass | May 10, 2016 | Frameless showers of 2022
Sophisticated looking modern Showers
Frameless glass showers add a sophisticated look to modern bathrooms. The use of minimal hardware shower glass is certainly all the rage these days, and there is a good reason for it. The seamless appearance of frameless glass is appealing to both homeowners and potential buyers due to the fact that it makes smaller spaces appear far larger. Eliminating clunky mounting hardware provides an even sleeker look, especially in crowded areas. Technology in the shower industry is constantly evolving providing installers with new and innovative methods of securing glass to walls without the use of channels, massive headers, and unyielding clips. These days the use of sleeve over clamps and support bars are able to replace visible headers. As a result of eliminating the headers, the exposed glass edges may now be polished, providing an even smoother, sculpted appearance. In addition, removing the header from the equation also does away with the appearance that the room is divided by the shower. This creates a far more open and flowing floor plan, which is always a plus no matter how many square feet the bathroom is comprised of.
Homeowners that choose frameless glass showers with minimal hardware have far more freedom regarding both the design and decoration of their bathroom. Since the glass is custom designed and manufactured in essence the enclosure is able to fit into any existing space. The same certainly cannot be said of the pre-manufactured framed versions that are only made to fit specific spaces. Most frameless shower enclosures are manufactured from either 3/8-inch thick or ½-inch thick tempered glass. The 3/8-inch thick is less expensive, and to most eyes appears the same. That being said, it is vastly important to check with your installer regarding this matter. In some installations, the ½-inch thick tempered glass is required in order to provide superior support for long glass walls, and pivot doors. A cost effective method is to install the 3/8-inch glass in combination with the ½-inch glass in the required areas. When installed correctly it is virtually undetectable and can save the homeowner money. Glass happens to be highly resistant to mold and mildew which can become a tremendous problem for showers made of other materials such as tile and wallboard/plaster. In addition, frameless glass shower enclosures are extremely easy to clean. All it takes is a weekly spray with some basic glass cleaner to keep the enclosure sparkly clean.
A Cut Above Glass is the leading designer and installer of frameless glass shower enclosures in Scottsdale, Arizona and surrounding areas. Please contact us today for an initial consultation regarding minimal hardware shower glass, and any other of your glass related needs.
by A Cut Above Glass | Apr 25, 2016 | Frameless showers of 2022
The Top Five Fashionable Options For Modern Shower Enclosures
When people step into a residential bathroom one of the first items they notice is the shower. That being said it is important that your shower enclosure actually accentuates your bathroom. It needs to match your personal style as well as serve as a functional bathing area. There are many options in which to choose from, so without further ado here are the top fashionable options for modern shower enclosures. They are all popular choices; it just becomes a matter of personal taste.
The Frameless Glass Shower Enclosure
There is a good reason that frameless glass shower enclosures are such a popular choice with homeowners in this day and age. We spend a tremendous amount of time in our bathrooms on a daily basis, yet they tend to be the smallest rooms in the house. Glass shower enclosures provide openness, fluidity, and flow; thereby creating the optical illusion that there is more square footage or space in the bathroom. They are also extremely easy to clean and maintain. Most are treated with special finishes that help to repel those nasty water spots and soap scum.
The Glass Block Shower Enclosure
Glass block shower enclosures are both stylish and adaptable since they can be built into pretty much any size or shape imaginable. Modern glass blocks contain various textures and etched patterns that provide the homeowner with a personalized style. Glass blocks also provide strong architectural lines that give residential bathrooms a clean, yet stated design. There are a plethora of options available regarding the blocks themselves including various colors, styles, and thick nesses. Most of the glass block shower enclosures of the past did not include a door. However, the more modern designs now include stylish, frameless glass doors in order to effectively keep the water from escaping.
The Sliding Glass Shower Enclosure
Many people would like to include the modern look of glass, but simply do not have the space in their bathroom for a swinging door. This is where a sliding glass shower enclosure comes into play. They are not only saving, but also extremely fashionable. From a design aspect, sliding glass shower enclosures have the ability to be customized in order to fit any space. They are the perfect solution to showcase your shower while still providing you with enough room for other bathroom related activities.
The Textured Glass Shower Enclosure
The textured glass shower enclosure is perfect for homeowners that would prefer privacy while in the shower stall area, without having to incorporate the frosted look. As a tremendous bonus, the gorgeous textures of the glass are vastly enhanced when the water runs down them. People relate this feeling to being in an expensive spa. In addition, textured glass does provide some see through aspects, which gives the bathroom the aspect of having more space. At the same time the texture masks specific details, so it does provide privacy.
The Tile And Glass Shower Enclosure
The tile and glass shower enclosure combines a frameless glass shower door with walls that are tiled with various materials such as stone, ceramic, or even glass tiles. For an added punch of style and function a tile surround with frameless glass windows may be included. This design aspect allows light to enter into the shower space, which in turn makes the interior feel much larger.
If you are located in Scottsdale, Arizona or surrounding areas please contact us today for all of your glass shower enclosure needs. Our team of expert designers and installers are here to serve you.