The Top 3 Bathroom Design Trends For 2018

The Top 3 Bathroom Design Trends For 2018

The Top 3 Bathroom Design Trends For 2018


Residential bathroom design has experienced a major transformation in recent years. In the past, the space was designed as a functional room that contained a toilet, sink, and shower/tub. They were often drab and boring. People did not spend a lot of time in the bathroom. The aesthetic appeal did not factor into the equation. In essence, the bathroom was a place to get in, get out, and move on with your day or evening. However, times have changed. Real estate is expensive to say the least.


It has become necessary to make the most out of each and every space in your home. That certainly includes the bathroom. It is now a room that many of us use to relax and pamper ourselves. The bathroom should function as a home-based spa so to speak. Form is now just as important as function. The good news is that there are some simple and cost effective projects that you can do to update your bathroom. So without further ado, here are the top three (3) bathroom design trends for 2018.


1: Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Large corner shower

Nothing says old and outdated more than a shower curtain or one of those old school shower doors that were popular thirty plus years ago. However, frameless glass shower doors can make any bathroom look just like a high-end spa. They also serve another important purpose. A frameless glass shower door enables the space to look larger than it actually is. Typically speaking, the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in the house. That means you must get creative in order to make it look and feel larger without having an addition built, or undergoing a major renovation. Installing a beautiful frameless glass shower door is fast and affordable. It will also provide your bathroom with a luxurious appearance.


2: Distinctive Tile Shapes Designs

Technology has made it possible for tile manufacturers to produce a plethora of interesting new designs. Tiles now come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. They provide homeowners and designers with the ability to be more creative than ever before. Tiles should be used to cover other surfaces in the bathroom in addition to the floor. Eye catching designs on the bathroom backsplash, shower surround, and even the ceiling go a long way in making your bathroom look like it belongs in a palace.


3: Brass And Gold Colored Fixtures

Half inch low iron shower glass

Brass and gold colored fixtures have been making a big splash recently. The trend will continue to grow in 2018. These classic finishes, combined with modern fixture designs, will help update any bathroom. The rich color tones add the perfect amount of depth to small spaces. They are an excellent compliment to most paint and other finish material choices as well. Updating faucets, toilets, and hardware to brass and gold colors is a fast and cost effective bathroom project.


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.


Big changes in Bathroom Shower Trends

Big changes in Bathroom Shower Trends

Big changes in Bathroom Shower Trends

2017 was a year for big changes in custom shower enclosures. We installed some of the largest showers in our history this year. Many of the showers using Low Iron 1/2″ glass. While Low Iron is more expensive than regular glass, It has an outstanding look next to the newly emerging white tile​ which is​​predominant in today’s​ market.

barn door shower

Double Barn Door

Hardware has taken a turn with additional handle and hinge configurations being added to product lines. Matte Black hardware is becoming​very popular​, even though it is still ​difficult​ to source. Designers are pairing the Matte black finish with chrome fixtures in some cases. We have even seen customers splitting shower valves ​allowing ​access to valves on the opposite side of the shower from shower heads​. This facilitates ​the ​warming of the water​ prior to entering the shower.

Barn doors and shower screens have also become popular. Customers are looking for the European look with almost non existent hardware. We are using less and less U channel. More Sleeve over clamps and U clamps. ​These changes and innovations make bathrooms and showers a more integral part of the modern home design theme.​​ They are becoming integral living spaces rather than just utilitarian areas. ​



Redesigning your shower

Redesigning your shower

Redesigning your shower can be challenging and that’s why you need to determine the right approach! With that in mind, here are some of things that you need to keep in mind when you create a plan for this project!

Shower size

Usually the size is not that important if you want to redesign your shower, however it can be a challenge if you want to expand.Sandblasted shower screen

A regular size shower is around 3 by 5 feet. This is ok for most home owners. If you have 15 square feet for the shower that would be more than enough. Of course, if you have the space to work with, you can expand towards a 6 to 10 foot. Don’t design the shower too large if you don’t need that much space to begin with. If you are remodeling your home, you can work with an architect as he will be able to help you with ideas and he can make the necessary changes.




See where the glass will go

Most showers come with a full height solid wall. You can opt for the idea of adding in glass walls in the shower design if you want to. If you use glass enclosures you will be able to make the home more appealing and the design will also be more professional for sure. Unlike a tiled wall this does require some maintenance. This option might not be as expensive as adding tile after you build it. Adding in an enclosed shower created for privacy can be a very good idea, since it comes with just 3 walls. Even if you are unsure whether an all-glass enclosure might be worth it, you can opt for the half walls.


Tile design

TileThere’s no shortage of tile designs. You can use glass, mosaics, marble, travertine or even ceramic/porcelain. The latter is actually very good since it will offer great water resistance and a very simple to maintain.

Since finding the right design can be challenging, a good one for starters would be the wainscot design. This is a very good one that helps combine a regular subway tile with a depth-bringing herringbone pattern in order to deliver the best results. If you want to add in a decorative touch, then you can run the mosaic border either vertically or horizontally. Don’t refrain from using natural stones, especially if you want to mix them up.



Should you add a bench?

Bench shower

Benches are great because they add in comfort. They also make the entire shower experience a lot safer since disabled or older people can remove the slipping issues that appear from time to time. Plus, a bench will add in that sense of coziness in your shower.

Smaller showers will not accommodate a large bench, but you can opt for a corner bench.  You can also add a handheld bench under the shower, this solution works great for the elderly.


The shower floor

Shower FloorIn the case of a shower floor, you should focus on slipping resistance. This is a major priority for any home owner and you have to be certain that low maintenance is on top of your list. The material you use will definitely influence the overall quality, so you have to be careful in what you choose and how you install it. Textured porcelain, pebbles or travertine will provide some very good results. There are other types of shower floors that you can use such as wood and acrylic floors but these don’t provide good slip maintenance. On the upside they are easier to maintain.

Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures are also important and the shower head is definitely the most important fixture. Some showers have a single shower head, others have 3. You have to figure out which is the best solution for you. Adding in rain heads can be a good option for you, but another great option would be a handheld shower head. It’s all about the lifestyle you have and your needs.

The fixtures you choose and their style will definitely make or break the experience. The sleek fixtures can bring in simplicity of design, whereas the ornate fixtures will add great style and make the experience more traditional. If you want a more contemporary style, then using chrome, brushed nickel or chrome is a very good idea. You can also add oil rubbed bronze and this will work great in the traditional spaces.



Planning storage options for shampoos and soaps


Are you preferring a wall mounted or built in storage for soap and shampoo? The built in options are better since they integrate in the design of the shower. They also offer great storage space, which in the end can be very exciting. In order to create storage you will have to focus on planning and may be more expenses. If you want to save money you can opt for the shampoo niches. They can save you up to $100 or even more, not to mention that you can save space as well. Either option is great, it all comes down to you and your budget!


11 great bathroom renovation ideas!

11 great bathroom renovation ideas!

11 great bathroom renovation ideas!

Some of us tend to move from one place to another during our life, but if you want to stay in the same home, it’s a good idea to renovate your bathroom. Keep accessibility and ease of use in mind because this is that place you will be using the most. You also have to consider safety as well because you can easily slip and fall. So, the main focus here is to reduce hazards and focus on quality with help from these 11 great bathroom renovation ideas!

Add a shower bench

large steam shower glass scottsdale

If you want a bathroom design that will resist for ages, add a shower bench. It’s easier for your body since it removes strain but it also eliminates the chances of just slipping and falling. The designs differ, it can be free standing, tiled and built-in. If needed, you do have the option of adding in a cushion if you need a softer surface. Get a comfortable, large bench and the experience will be a lot better.


Handheld shower headshandheld

These shower heads can easily be adjusted as you see fit. They can also be placed where you want without having to deal with a fixed shower head. It’s a very good idea that both you, friends, loved one and your guests will appreciate!

Place double duty grab bars

These will offer you the help you need when you enter or exit the shower. Adding one inside the shower and one outside will make it even easier for you. Plus, you can also use them as robe racks and towel racks if you want.

Raise the vanity height

Usually, the vanity height is around 31½” if you don’t take the countertop into account. It’s not that high to begin with. This is why you should try to raise it with up to 3 inches, as it can be very helpful. Add in a 1½” countertop here and you will see how much better the entire experience will be in the end. But this is not mandatory. Some people like the original height of their vanity, if that is the case for you just don’t make such a change. If you want, you can also make the vanity accessible via a wheelchair, in which case you need to have a counter height of 34″.

Get a comfort height toilet


Usually the toilet has 16″ in height so a comfort height one might be better for some since it can be anywhere from 17″ and up to 19″. As you can expect the strain on your knees and back is reduced, not to mention that you can stand and sit a lot faster and better.



Get proper glass

Glass can come in handy since it helps open up the space and offer better lighting and visuals. But there are situations when adding walls and doors out of glass might not fit at all. Not only are they in need of maintenance more often, you can also break them fast. A good investment would be a heavy duty shower as it can help you boost the beauty of your home. Keep in mind though that this type of expensive can have a higher pricetag than what you expect.

Good lightingLighting bathroom

Finding the right lighting options will help remove the eye strain. You will also have the ability to remove any wet spots. You can opt for natural lighting, vanity lighting, lamps and even recessed lighting. It all comes down to you to choose the right option. Of course, you can even add in lighting in the shower if you want!

Opt for floor tiles and walls made out of porcelain

The reason behind such an option is that porcelain can last for a long period of time. There’s no need to replace it and cleaning it is very easy. With just a rag and some water you can easily keep it clean in the long run. If there are any concerns about grout, you have to get porcelain tiles with the rectified edge. There’s also the option to get presealed grout if you want.

Textured flooring

Textured flooring is very interesting but the true challenge here is finding a floor that offers great slip resistance. This allows you to increase safety and it’s also great looking as well. Just try and find the types of flooring which have a dense texture. The more texture it has, the better slip resistance you will get. Tiles are usually measured based on the friction coefficient, while floor materials have other measurement types. Try to find the right one based on your needs.

Get a flat curbless shower entry

glass to glass hinges & shower door Scottsdale

If you opt for this type of shower entry you will have less chances of tripping not to mention that you can also enter with the wheelchair. You will have to slope the shower floor so that the water will be able to drain properly. Steps can be added but the idea is to avoid making them bulky and large as it’s counter intuitive and it will not work as you expect it to. Aftermarket thresholds have to be added from time to time due to the configuration of your shower.


Try to make the tub entrance lip narrow

This works if you want a tiled tub surround. If you have a larger entrance in this situation, you will have to deal with falling and tripping a lot more often since you will encounter balance problems. The narrower lip will make it easier to maintain the legs close to one another and thus you will not have any balance issues.


Discount Shower Bites Homeowner in the wallet

Discount Shower Bites Homeowner in the wallet

Discount Shower Bites Homeowner in the wallet

Although the phrase “you get what you pay for” may be a bit of a cliché, it certainly rings true in regards to your bathroom shower door hardware. Many homeowners do not realize this fact, which is why we are writing about it today. Although the less expensive knock off products may be stylish, and look great when first installed they tend to wear out quickly. In some cases the inferior materials actually cause expensive damage. Here is an example of what can happen when your builder or home improvement contractor installs shower door hardware that is simply not up to par.

Warn out shower hardwareWe received a call recently, and the customer explained that he needed us to replace all of his shower door hardware. Apparently both of the hinges had failed. They were loose and popping causing him to rightfully worry that the glass door would fall of and break. In addition, the finish on his bathroom hardware had worn off. Our company was more than happy to help. We ordered the new hardware, and schedule an appointment to install it.
When our field technician arrived at the house, he was able to see that the builder had installed a frameless glass shower door on cultured marble, and failed to secure it properly. The hardware, including the failed hinges was of extremely poor quality and could not stand up to the moisture created by the shower. We replaced all of the hardware with brand new CR Laurence hardware, replaced the door seals, and properly cleaned the door.
The lesson to be learned here is that you need to make sure that your contractor is installing quality hardware in your new shower, and not that inexpensive Chinese knocks. Please contact A Cut Above Glass for any of your glass related needs in Scottsdale, Arizona and surrounding areas.



10 shower Questions

10 shower Questions


1. “Are shower doors adjustable?”

Yes, shower doors are adjustable, both framed and frameless doors are adjustable. Frameless showers have two screws that can be loosened allowing the glass to be adjusted. Framed or “stick Stall” showers have to be adjusted by removing screws from the frame, re adjusting and thenadjust drilling new holes. If you feel like attempting either of these, feel free to give us a call and we will do our best to give you advice.

2. “Are shower doors made of tempered glass?”

Yes all showers should be made of Tempered glass for your safety. Logo’s or “bugs” are stamped onto the corner of the glass to help identify whether the glass has gone through the tempering process.

3. “Can a glass shower door be cut?”

 No, showers doors are tempered and once tempered, they can not be cut or shaved.

4. “Can a shower door open in?”

Yes a shower door can open in, however it must open out as well.

5. “Can I put rain x on my shower door?”

Before & After Rain-X

Yes, make sure that you clean your shower door and then apply Rain X as often as needed. Rain X glass cleaner is also available. We can also pre order glass treatment prior to installation. Make sure to ask your glass consultant about options.

6. “can you have a shower without a door?”

Yes, we install shower screens in all sorts of applications. Keep shower over spray in mind when planning so your wall does not get wet with overspray.

7.  “Can you put a frameless shower door on a fiberglass shower?”

Yes we can install frame-less shower glass on a fiberglass stall. Most frameless doors are custom ordered to allow for the perfect fit.

8. “What is the cost for a frameless shower door?”

Frameless showers start at $450 for a single pivot door and can cost upwards of $4000 depending on your application and glass choice.

9. “Do all frameless shower doors leak?”

No, not all frameless showers leak. In most cases seals and thresholds can be installed as to prohibit leakage.

10. “What is the maximum size for a shower door?”

Frameless shower door width is restricted to 34” using three hinges by the hardware manufacturer. Hinges are available to install a 38” wide door, however the hardware price goes up dramatically.


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