If you’re remodeling your bathroom, make sure you do it right. There are a few mistakes that you’ll want to avoid. At Janssen Glass & Door, we know a thing or two about bathroom remodels. We design and install custom shower enclosures in Kansas City and we’ve been called in to fix a few homeowner missteps. We’ve also heard a lot of coulda, woulda, shoulda stories from homeowners as well. Here are a few common mistakes that you’ll want to avoid.
Not Going with Heavy Glass Shower Doors
Heavy glass shower doors, sometimes called frameless shower doors are made from a thicker, heavier glass so they don’t depend on the frame for strength. Frameless glass is the most modern look you can get. It’s more beautiful because there’s less hardware (tracks and frames) and it creates a sleeker, more updated feel. If you’re updating or upgrading your bathroom, it doesn’t make sense to put outdated framed shower doors into a modern environment. We’ve heard more than one homeowner lament that they wished they’d have spent the extra money especially when the upgrade was to the master bathroom.
Keeping the Tub That You Never Use
Tubs are common in all bathrooms, but many times, they’re rarely used. There’s no rule that says you have to have a tub in your bathroom. If you’re a soaker, by all means, keep it! But if you hardly use it, why not repurpose that space to create a luxury master shower that you’ll use and enjoy every day? Trust us, you’ll never miss it if you don’t use it anyway. Tear it out and make space for a zero-entry shower enclosure that meets all of your needs. Add a comfortable built-in bench, beautiful tile, multiple shower heads, or even a steam shower. The possibilities are endless when you free yourself from the tub idea.
Not Making the Shower Larger
Just because your shower is the size it is doesn’t mean it has to stay that way. Sometimes, reconfiguring the room will create an entirely new layout that makes more room for expanding the shower enclosure. Many homeowners get rid of the tub altogether or remove walls to free the commode from its tiny room and the result is a more open, airy, spacious, spa-like design. If you’re updating, now is the time to rethink everything – walls, tubs, windows, everything!
Not Updating the Tile in the Shower
This one is critical if your remodel is on a house over 30 years old. Back in the 90s, plain old tile was par for the course. Small, uniform, basic tile was the norm. Today’s showers are stunningly beautiful with coordinating tile patterns, soap and shampoo coves in the design, built-in benches, etc. If you update your shower doors, but still have the old white ceramic soap holder hanging on the wall, you haven’t really updated your shower. It’s like leaving the old white ceramic toilet paper holder and towel bars on the walls. Make sure you update everything. Otherwise, your remodel will look half-done.
We design custom shower enclosures for our customers every day, so talk to us before you make any mistakes. We can help you choose the right shower doors and a lot more. Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.