Category: Glass Shower Doors

How to Choose a Shower Door in 5 Easy Steps

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, choosing the type of shower door you want may seem like a difficult task, but it’s actually quite easy if you break it down into five simple steps. At Janssen Glass, we specialize in custom shower enclosures, so we know the process inside and out. Let us walk you through the decisions you’ll have to make, throw in a few pro tips and help you choose the right type of shower for your bathroom, your style, and your budget. 

  1. Shower Door Configuration

Once you have an idea of where the shower will be and what size it is, you’re off and running. One of the first decisions you’ll have to make is what kind of opening style you prefer. There are only three basic designs, so it’s not difficult. 

shower doorInline Doors

If your shower has a single flat opening, you can install sliding doors, a single swinging door or any door/fixed panel combination. As long as it doesn’t have any angled panels, you’re good. You have plenty of choices.

janssen shower doorReturn Doors

In this style, the fixed panel and the door sit at a 90 degree angle. The glass forms a box around the shower. You can choose from a swinging door or, if your shower is large enough to have two panels on one side, you can choose a sliding/rolling door that slides over a fixed panel.

shower door Corner Doors

If your shower is in a corner and you want the door to face outward in the center, you can have two panels at 135 degree angles that line up with a swinging door in the center. With this option, your shower door is located in the center of two panels, both of which are angled at 135 degrees.

There are some exceptions to these configurations including curved shower doors and custom glass designs as well. With the luxury shower trend, we’ve been designing larger shower enclosures with more custom features. If you have something like that in mind, our glass experts can create it in our custom glass shop.

2. Shower Door Opening Style 

The size of your bathroom and the space you have to work with will help determine the way your shower door can open. Keep that in mind when comparing styles. 

Sliding/Rolling

This type of door is usually split into two even panels. One panel slides in front of or behind the other panel. You can also have both panels slide. These doors can either slide along a track at the bottom or be suspended on a rod above. Because the panels must slide on the same plane, you must have an inline configuration. This style is ideal if the bathroom is small as the door won’t intrude into the bathroom space.

Swinging

A swinging door is hinged on one side only (like other doors in your home) and swings outward to allow space to enter the shower. A swinging door will work with any of the shower configurations.

Fixed Panel

A fixed panel door serves more as a wall. You do not need to move it to enter as there is a space already left open. Shower head placement is critical in these showers to ensure that no water escapes through the opening. Be aware that there is more air movement in the shower enclosure as well because there is no door to keep the air inside. 

3. Glass Type

At Janssen Glass, we have over 20 beautiful glass patterns to choose from – leaf, glacier, cross reeded & more. Depending on the level of privacy you desire and your personal taste, glass patterns are just one way to personalize your shower enclosure. Clear glass is also a very popular option today. It’s a great choice if you have beautiful tile work you’d like to show off. Visit our showroom to see all the styles in person.

4. Frame Type

There are basically three different types of frames you can choose for your shower door:

Framed Shower Doors
Whether swinging or sliding doors, framed shower doors have a metal frame surrounding the entire door. These doors are made from traditional glass which is thinner and needs the frame to keep it rigid when opening and closing. 

Frameless Shower Doors
Frameless shower doors were made possible with the invention of heavy glass. Heavy glass is thicker (and heavier) than traditional glass and therefore doesn’t need to rely on a frame to keep it from wobbling when being opened and closed. Heavy glass doors require minimal hardware, creating a sleeker appearance. The lack of a frame really opens the space up visually and can make cramped rooms feel more open and average size bathrooms feel spacious. They also showcase your shower’s interior, so if you’ve upgraded your tile work, it becomes the focus instead of the frame. Frameless shower doors are more expensive than framed shower doors, but are considered more modern and desirable by most homeowners. 

Semi-Frameless Shower Doors
Semi-frameless doors fall somewhere in between framed and frameless. They have less framing – maybe just a frame at the top, bottom, and/or side where they attach to the wall. They also cost somewhere in between the two as well. If you’re concerned about frameless doors at all, the semi-frameless may be better at keeping water inside especially if you have children using the shower. You can get a sleeker look with some of the benefits of both framed and frameless shower doors.

5. Hardware for Your Shower Door

The last choice you have to make is what style of hardware you’d like. Even with the frameless style doors, you still have a few clips and handles, so you’ll have to choose which finish matches your existing fixtures or perhaps update them all. We have many styles to choose from at Janssen Glass including classic chrome, and some more updated finishes like polished or brushed nickel, polished brass, or oil-rubbed bronze. 

That’s about all there is to it. Five fairly simple decisions and you’ve got it figured out. If you need help redesigning your bathroom or even just your shower door, give us a call. But if you really want to be inspired, visit our residential gallery and see how beautiful heavy glass shower doors can be. We can design and custom cut glass for any kind of shower enclosure you may need.

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom. We can help you create a custom shower that’s perfect for you. 

The Case for Frameless Shower Doors

So you’ve decided to update or remodel your bathroom. That’s a great idea! Real estate agents will tell you that bathrooms and kitchens are the first rooms to date a home and the most important for resale. Now you find yourself considering shower doors. You could go with framed shower doors (most likely just like what you had in your bathroom before) or choose frameless shower doors. Which one should you go with? We get this question a lot with our customers. Let us give you some guidance.

If You’re Updating, Go with Frameless Shower Doors

If your bathroom was outdated and you’re trying to bring it into the 21st century, the last thing you want to do is spend the money to install something that will give it an outdated look. Don’t go backward in time if your goal is to update the room. 

If You’re Upgrading, Go with Frameless Shower Doors

This holds true especially for master bathrooms where a bit more luxury might be expected. If you’re upgrading things like fixtures and faucets, it would be a mistake to forget about the shower doors. You may even want to consider replacing your rarely used tub with a larger, luxury shower. That is one of the latest trends we’re seeing in  bathroom remodels.

If You’re Thinking about Resale, Go with Frameless Shower Doors

Bathrooms and kitchens are the rooms that make or break a home sale. If you’re planning on selling in the next decade or less, don’t settle for an outdated look now or you’ll really be sorry in ten years. 

If You’re Looking at Cost Only, Go with Framed Shower Doors

If you are simply looking to replace a shower because it is not working properly and you have no interest in updating or upgrading your bathroom, cost may be your biggest concern. In this case, replacing the shower door with a framed shower door won’t change the look of your bathroom or detract from its current state. Save the money and go with a framed glass door.

That’s the best advice we can give you. Yes, frameless glass shower doors are more expensive than traditional framed doors. But you get what you pay for. As far as quality goes, both are fine and will do the job they are designed to do. But when it comes to how it looks, frameless doors win every time. We hope that helps with the decision-making process.

Visit our shower door design gallery online. We design custom shower enclosures for our customers every day, so talk to us before you make any mistakes. Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.

Luxury Showers – 5 Reasons behind the No-Tub Trend

If you’re remodeling your bathroom, congratulations! You’re doing it at the right time. Not that there is a wrong time to remodel your bathroom, but rather, you’re at the start of a new trend. Had you remodeled your bathroom, say before 2019 or so, you may have missed the opportunity to change your jetted tub into a luxury shower. That’s because the no-tub trend was just getting started. 

What Is the No-Tub Trend?

Back in the 80s and 90s large jetted tubs were the latest luxury in new residential construction. While they are wonderful, many homeowners have found that they rarely use them. Most people prefer to shower every day as opposed to taking a bath. Subsequently, the bath took up a lot of space without being very practical. Fast forward to today, twenty to thirty years later and many of these homes are being updated. Those who are remodeling are realizing that they would not miss their large tubs at all and would get much more use and enjoyment out of a larger, more luxurious shower. Thus, many tubs are being replaced by larger, more elegant showers.

Top 5 Reasons for Replacing the Tub

There are various reasons homeowners are getting rid of their large soaking or jetted tubs. Depending on your lifestyle, age, and bathroom preferences, it may make sense for you too. Here are some of the top reasons listed:

  • Never use it
  • Takes up too much space
  • Already have another tub in the house
  • Would like more space to expand shower enclosure
  • Tubs are not easy to get into and out of for older adults

What About Resale?

But what if the person buying the home really wants a tub? This is a fair question. There may be someone who loves to take baths on a regular basis. Would they be opposed to buying a home with no bathtub in the master suite? It’s possible. That’s why the best argument for removing the tub is that there are tubs available in other bathrooms. As long as you have a tub somewhere in your home, it shouldn’t be a problem for resale. It’s important to have at least one tub for bathing children, washing pets, therapeutic baths for medical recovery, or soaking something large. But usually, one tub is plenty. If they really want to soak in a tub, there is still one available in the home. It’s a lifestyle choice and every home is unique, so you just have to decide if a potential buyer would be more impressed with a larger master shower or disappointed with the lack of a tub. Ultimately, it’s your home and you should design it for your lifestyle. 

Advantages of  Adding a Luxury Shower

While some may mourn the loss of the tub, others may rejoice over a gloriously large and modern shower enclosure. Today’s luxury showers really elevate the aesthetics of the room as well as the shower experience itself. built-in benches and wall nooks, beautiful tile work, multiple shower heads, saunas, and many more modern updates, upgrading to a luxury shower brings the spa experience to your home. With today’s sleek and frameless shower doors, shower enclosures will not only improve the experience, but they usually create the illusion of more space because of the lack of a frame around the glass doors. With the invention of heavy glass, modern shower doors are sturdy enough to be frameless so there is less hardware to obstruct the view or block the light. Usually, they can be installed with a few small  clips attached to the wall. This also makes them ideal for showcasing beautiful tile work inside the shower.   

If you are remodeling your master bathroom and planning to remove your large jetted tub and replace it with a luxury shower, be sure to visit Janssen Glass. We have a huge showroom with lots of frameless shower door styles to choose from. Plus, we create custom shower enclosures every day. We can help you design your space and install your new shower. Just give us a call at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.

6 Musts to Update Your Bathroom for Aging in Place

There are many things to consider when updating your bathroom for aging in place. Whether it’s for you to be able to stay in your home in future years or for parents or elderly relatives who need help with mobility issues, there are some areas you don’t want to overlook when revamping your bathroom. At Janssen Glass, we’re familiar with bathrooms and remodels. Our crew creates custom shower enclosures for our glass shower door customers all the time. They know the ins and outs of bathroom design and just what to look for when it comes to aging in place.

Six Areas to Focus On in an Aging-in-Place Bathroom Update

If you break it into areas to consider, it makes the process a bit easier and makes you less likely to forget anything critical. We will discuss each area separately and make sure you don’t miss anything important. We suggest breaking it into these six categories: 

    1. Layout/Floor Plan
    2. Tub/Shower
    3. Toilet
    4. Vanities
    5. Flooring
    6. Doorways

Layout/Floor Plan

The very first thing to consider is the layout of the bathroom. Space is crucial if a wheelchair becomes the main mode of transportation. This means that there must be ample room for the rider to maneuver the chair to access the toilet, the sink, and the shower. You may consider replacing the tub with a roll-n shower and widening doorways as well. Once you know the layout, you can move forward with any floor plan remodeling changes first.

Tub/Shower Enclosure

The tub/shower configuration is the next biggest challenge. A walk-in tub is a great option, but these can be very expensive. If it is within your budget, it’s a great alternative to a regular tub that is difficult to get in and out of safely. If a walk-in tub is not the answer, then we suggest a zero-entry (curbless) roll-in shower enclosure. This design eliminates tripping hazards and creates a smooth surface for easy wheelchair access. If glass shower doors are desired, we usually install swinging doors which only require hardware to mount them on the side walls rather than sliding doors which require a track that a wheelchair could not roll over easily. 

The shower should include a built-in bench if possible, as movable benches aren’t as sturdy, stable, or safe. Also, make sure the showerhead is accessible to someone sitting in a chair or on the built-in bench. A showerhead on a hose with dual mounts or dual shower heads are often installed. Built-in niches located lower in the walls make great places to store shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. within easy reach. Finally, grab bars should be installed for safety. We recommend one on either side of the entrance and at least one on the wall near the bench.

Toilet

The toilet should have plenty of space around it for easy access from a walker or wheelchair. A comfort-height toilet (19-inches high instead of the standard 15-inches) will require less bending and leg strength when sitting and standing. Another consideration is adding a bidet. They are becoming increasingly popular and may improve personal hygiene as well. 

Vanities

When designing the vanity, keep in mind that the sink and storage areas need to be accessible to anyone in a wheelchair. This means lowering the height of the vanity and leaving space underneath for the wheelchair to roll up to it. Wall mounting is ideal, but if you prefer a cabinet-style vanity for more storage area, make sure to include a deep kick space for a wheelchair. When choosing hardware, lever-style faucets are easier to operate with weak or arthritic hands than twisting hot and cold handles. Remember that electrical outlets and light switches should be mounted lower as well for easy access.

Flooring

Flooring is very important when it comes to aging-in-place design. Because bathrooms are already dangerous areas due to steam, water, and bare feet making slipping more likely, extra thought should go into the flooring choices. Most tile manufacturers offer a slip rating. This is measured by “coefficient of friction” or COF which is a value given to the tile. Tile with a COF of more than 0.6 is safe for bathrooms.

Doorways

A typical bathroom door is 32 inches wide. To accommodate a walker or wheelchair, increase the width to 36 inches. Bathroom doors should also open outward so that access isn’t blocked if anyone falls inside the bathroom.

Extra Touches

One thing you may not think about is the lighting. Because many trips to the bathroom occur in the middle of the night (especially as we age), consider installing motion sensor lights that come on automatically when someone enters the room. They will save energy as well as ensure good lighting without having to fumble for a light switch in the dark. You can also buy a lighting kit for the toilet that provides a soft glow under the seat making it easier to locate during nighttime visits.

Safety and easy access are paramount in designing a bathroom for those who wish to remain in their home for as long as possible. If you need help designing a shower for your aging-in-place bathroom remodel, give Janssen Glass a call. 

We can design a shower enclosure that meets all of your needs with frameless shower doors that swing open for easy wheelchair access. Call us at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas or (816) 472-5330 in Missouri or contact us online and we’ll be glad to help you design the custom shower you need.

How to Update Your Bathroom on the Cheap

Budget is almost always a determining factor in home remodeling and the bathroom is no exception. Maybe you’ve got your eye on one big thing, like a new frameless shower door that will really update your bathroom, but to make it work within your budget, you’ll have to save money on other items. Don’t worry, at Janssen Glass, we’ve got some great ideas for decorating and updating your bathroom on the cheap.

Restore Instead of Replacing

You don’t have to throw the baby out with the bathwater when you remodel. If you’re not looking to upgrade, but rather just to update, there are plenty of ways to use your existing features, but make them look more current and fresh.

Upcycle Your Vanity

Paint an old vanity for a fresh, clean look. There is some great paint on the market made to withstand the moisture and abuse bathroom cabinets receive. Or, turn an existing piece of furniture into a vanity. Get creative! Peruse Pinterest for unusual vanity ideas. We’ve seen everything from barrels to bicycles repurposed in amazing ways. The main thing to consider is size. Remember you’ll need enough space for a basin and countertop.

Paint the Floors

Boring or worn floor? Paint it! Use stencils or tape to create a pattern on the wood, concrete, or tile floor. Use durable porch paint and then cover it with multiple coats of polyurethane so it will hold up under foot traffic and humid bathroom conditions.

Refinish the Tub

Before you throw out that old tub, look into refinishing options. There are many tub and tile refinishing kits on the market today that make it easy to paint old tubs for a fresh, new look. 

Paint Your Light Fixtures

If you still like the style, but it’s the gold or brass finish you’re not a fan of, simply refinish the fixture. You can buy spray paint in trendy colors like oil-rubbed bronze or even textures like hammered copper for a whole new look and feel.

The No-Tub Trend

If your bathroom has a tub and a shower, you may want to consider using that tub space to enlarge your shower. There is a no-tub trend happening because so many people don’t actually use their tubs. Many homeowners are adding luxury showers to their master bathrooms. It makes sense if you use your shower every day and rarely use the tub. It’s a good idea to keep at least one tub in your home, but you don’t need one in every bathroom. 

Replace and Recycle

You don’t always have to buy new to get a new feel. Check out these places for some fabulous recycled finds:

Upcycle Used Items

You can find great items at extremely low prices if you’re willing to look for them like solid wood vanities, beautiful mirrors, and light fixtures. Some places to find secondhand materials include:

  • Reuse Centers like Habitat for Humanity ReStore locations, Goodwill, and Salvation Army stores.
  • eBay. You can find nearly anything on eBay. Just remember to factor in shipping costs since bath items can be heavy.
  • Craigslist. Check the for-sale section for everything from plumbing and light fixtures, to countertops and cabinetry.
  • Nextdoor. Nextdoor is a social media group designed to help neighbors connect. Search the Finds section. 
  • Flea Markets. Check out flea markets for antique pieces for your bath remodel, such as a clawfoot tub or an old-fashioned light fixture. 
  • Yard/Garage Sales. Shopping at garage sales can be hit or miss, but all it takes is one great find to save you big. 
  • Your Own Home. Don’t forget to look around your own home for leftover items that can be easily repurposed like paint, beadboard, mirrors, etc.

The One-Wall Update

One trick we found is called the One Wall Update. You simply pick your focal wall (usually the largest wall or the one that you see first when entering the room) and add something unexpected. It could be a textured effect created by combining two different colors and using a sponging, ragging, or combing technique (don’t worry if you’re a little intimidated – if you mess it up, you just paint over it). Or create a faux wallpaper look with simple stencils, horizontal or vertical stripes, diamonds, or some other fairly simple pattern. You can even paint over tile. It will really pop and give you that designer look you’re after for the price of a can or two of paint and a little of your time.

Frame Existing Mirror

If your bathroom still features a plain old builder-grade mirror, you don’t have to remove or replace it. Dress up your boring old mirror with a beautiful frame. It’s inexpensive and easier than you think. Find some decorative trim board and glue it to the existing mirror. You can paint or stain it to match your decor.

Make Your Bathroom Look Larger

There are several ways to make a small bathroom appear larger. Aside from the classic decorating tips like keeping the color scheme light rather than dark, and using bright lighting, here are a few more ideas:

Go with Glass Not a Curtain

A glass shower enclosure makes a small bathroom (like the one in the photo above) look larger than a shower curtain that visually stops the eye. Additionally, frameless shower doors will look more open than framed shower doors because there is less hardware to block the clear glass.

Mirror Magic

Enlarge a smaller space with a mirror. Increase the size of your existing mirror, lean a full-size mirror against a wall, or create an entire mirror wall. All of these mirror design tricks will reflect more light and make your bathroom appear larger and lighter.

De-Clutter & Simplify

One of the easiest ways to update your bathroom with a fresh new feel is to declutter it. Keep countertops clear of all but a few decorative items like a small vase of flowers, a basket of towels, or a candle. You’ll be amazed at how much more zen the space feels.

Add a Plant

A plant or two will create a relaxing and spa-like atmosphere. Consider hanging plants as well if floor space is limited. Hanging a plant in front of a window works well.

If you’re remodeling your bathroom and need help adding or updating a shower enclosure, give Janssen Glass a call. We specialize in custom shower enclosures and glass shower doors. From framed to frameless, we’ve got shower door glass patterns and styles that will fit your needs. Call us at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas or (816) 472-5330 in Missouri or contact us online.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

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At Janssen Glass, we’re experts when it comes to measuring and installing glass shower doors. From framed to semi-frameless to frameless, we can make your bathroom look amazing with custom glass shower doors. Since we deal with shower doors every day, it makes sense that we know a few other things like how to clean them and how to keep them clean. There are several ways to clean glass shower doors. The one you choose will depend on how bad your shower doors are. Luckily, they’re all fairly easy and inexpensive. Plus, we’ll throw in a way to keep them clean for months at a time.

Light Water Spots – Lemon Juice & Water

For light water spots, a simple solution of lemon juice and water usually does the trick. The acidity in the lemon juice will work to remove the hard water and soap scum. 

Items Needed 

  • 3 Lemons
  • 1 C Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels or microfiber cloth

Mix the juice of three lemons with a cup of water. Spray on shower doors. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Rinse surfaces thoroughly. Wipe dry with paper towels or a microfiber (lint-free) cloth.

Medium Water Spots – Vinegar & Water 

The most popular way is to use vinegar and water. Just like the lemons that smell nice, the acidity in the vinegar will cut through the dirt and grime of the soap scum mixture – but vinegar will be a bit stronger and won’t smell quite as nice. 

Items Needed 

  • 1C Vinegar
  • 1C Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Paper towels or microfiber towel

Mix equal parts of water and vinegar. Spray on shower doors. Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Rinse surfaces thoroughly. Wipe dry with paper towels or a microfiber cloth.

Tough Water Spots – Vinegar & Baking Soda

If you have tough spots, they may require a little scrubbing. Use vinegar and baking soda. While the vinegar uses a chemical component, the baking soda gives it some abrasive power. Together, they will cut through the soap scum and anything else on the shower doors. 

Items Needed 

  • 1C Vinegar
  • Small bowl
  • ½ C Baking soda
  • Paper towels or microfiber towel

Put baking soda in a small container and add enough vinegar to form a paste (it will fizz). Dip the sponge into the mixture and use the paste to scrub the shower doors. Rinse thoroughly and wipe dry with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. 

Option 2: Ceramic or Glass Top Stove Cleaner

If you’re just not fond of the smell of vinegar, (and we get it). Try using stove top cleaner on the glass shower doors. Squirt it on and rub it with a cloth or sponge. The glass stove top cleaner acts as an abrasive like the baking soda and is designed to not scratch the glass. Rinse thoroughly and dry with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. 

Items Needed 

  • Ceramic or glass stove top cleaner
  • Paper towels or microfiber towel

How to Keep Water Stains at Bay

If you’re sick of cleaning your shower doors or using a squeegee after every shower, try adding some Rain-X windshield treatment after they’re clean. It is designed to create a film that repels water and will help keep the soap scum from adhering to the glass. Simply spray or squirt it on the glass and wipe it off with paper towels or a microfiber cloth. Buff till dry. Water will bead up and run off. The effects should last about three months. TIP – to remove Rain-X, use good ol’ vinegar and water.  

Shower Door Experts

At Janssen Glass, we’re shower door experts. From sliding doors to swinging doors to door and panel enclosures, framed or frameless, we’ve got the glass. In fact, we have over 20 glass patterns to choose from. Visit our shower door photo gallery for inspiration. We can even create a sealed steam room for the ultimate in relaxation. Give us a call and we’ll measure, create and install your new glass shower doors.

If you need help replacing your old shower doors, designing a new shower, or remodeling your bathroom, give us a call at (913) 677-5727 or (816) 472-5330 or contact us online. 

 

4 Ways to Know You Have an Outdated Bathroom

Outdated bathroomBathrooms and kitchens are the two areas in a home that will make it look outdated the fastest. One of the reasons is appliances and faucets, and the other is layout/design. These rooms are the most used and therefore, of the utmost importance when it comes to staying updated and functional. The good news is that a bathroom update is a lot cheaper than a kitchen makeover. Bathrooms are smaller and there aren’t as many appliances or as much countertop to replace. So, what are the most obvious signs to look for when updating/upgrading a bathroom? We have a lot of experience when it comes to bathroom remodels. Here is our list of top items to consider.

  1. Faucets & Finishes 

First, make sure the faucets are updated. It’s one of the most seen and touched features in any bathroom. Modern faucets offer more streamlined shapes, and symmetry. Get rid of the old standby chrome faucet and hello to more contemporary and sophisticated finishes like brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, warm copper, and even matte black. Designer Tip: make sure all of your finishes, from faucets to shower heads to knobs and handles are the same. This uniformity of finish on the hardware throughout the bath creates continuity and harmony.

2. Fixtures

Even the big stuff like sinks, toilets, tubs, and showers have undergone style changes over the years. Older fixtures can give away a bathroom’s age. Here are some things to look for:

Telltale Toilets

Here’s a clue to tell if your toilet is outdated. As of 1992, toilets are supposed to use no more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush. If your toilet does not feature a water-saver design, it’s definitely outdated and needs replacing. A couple of other toilet upgrades to consider are changing to a comfort-height toilet and upgrading to an oval bowl shape instead of the classic round. Some people are even adding bidets to their bathroom redesigns for a very modern and upscale touch.

Outdated Colors

Another thing that screams outdated is toilets, tubs, and sinks in creative colors like pastels. Those were common in the 1970s! Today’s fixtures are subtle creams, whites and beiges. Just say no to pink porcelain.

Single Sinks

Sinks and vanities go hand in hand. Older bathrooms tended to have only one smaller sink. A modern bathroom often has his and her sinks along with a longer vanity and countertop. Space will dictate what you do in your bathroom, but if it’s possible to add another sink, it will update the space even more than a single face bowl. As an added bonus, you’ll most likely gain storage space under the countertop which is usually a common problem in older bathroom designs. Obviously, upgrading the countertop to a higher end material will also take years off the age of the room. Solid surfaces like Corian and Silestone may be more budget friendly than granite, marble, or quartz, but all will deliver a beautiful and modern appearance.

Built-in Tubs

Built-in oversized tubs and whirlpool spas are being replaced by freestanding tubs. Another trend in bathroom remodels is replacing the often unused tub with a luxury shower. This allows your shower to be larger without changing the layout of your bathroom too drastically. It is a good idea to keep at least one tub in your home, but it doesn’t have to be in the master bathroom or even a smaller bathroom. Showers are much more convenient and popular in today’s society. 

Framed Shower Doors

Speaking of the shower, you may also want to consider updating your shower with frameless shower doors. Heavy glass doors have allowed designers to ditch the clunky frames and replace them with sleek, upscale frameless shower doors. These doors have a sturdy feel, require less hardware and let more light into the shower enclosure. Their sleek, clear design also makes the bathroom feel much more open than shower curtains or framed shower doors. 

3. Floors & Walls

Carpet and wallpaper are both clues that your bathroom is outdated. Luckily, stripping  the wallpaper and replacing it with a calming shade of paint (grays, taupes, tans, and soft blues are usually ideal) will go a long way in modernizing and changing the feel of a bathroom. Replace any carpet with tile. You can find an amazing assortment of tile and even wood-look tile that will be perfect for any bathroom floor. If you’re going for luxury, make the floor heated.

4. Lighting

Lighting is one of the biggest factors that affects the spacious feel of a bathroom. If you really want to brighten up your bathroom, invest in a new light fixture, add track lighting across the room, or add recessed lighting. Your room will instantly look brighter and bigger with sufficient lighting. To add even more light, you might consider enlarging any existing windows, adding a skylight, removing walls, or replacing framed shower doors with new frameless doors. All of these improvements will brighten the space and make it seem larger.

Bathroom Renovations Pay for Themselves

When it comes to selling your home, bathrooms are one of the most important rooms. A bathroom renovation can significantly increase the market value of your home and can be the make or break factor that can persuade a potential buyer to take action or walk away. 

Using national averages according to Zillow, a midrange renovation with finishes that are functional and nice, but not top-of-the-line, would have an ROI of 70.1%. This would include materials like ceramic tile, new chrome fixtures, a ceramic tile surround, a standard white toilet and a solid surface vanity counter. An upscale bathroom remodel would have an ROI of 56.2%. This would include some structural changes, large ceramic floor tile, heated floors, high-end faucets and lighting, stone countertops with double sinks, frameless glass shower doors, rain shower fixtures, tiled shower walls and/or a freestanding tub. 

If you are remodeling your bathroom, take these tips into consideration and call Janssen Glass if you need help with your shower enclosure. We can help with bathroom redesign, shower installation, and frameless shower doors. Call us at (913) 677-5727 or (816) 472-5330 or contact us online. Check out our gallery of shower doors for inspiration. 

Frameless Vs. Framed Shower Doors: Which Is Better?

When it comes to updating your bathroom, you will ultimately have to make a decision on the type of shower doors you’re going to choose. Your choices boil down to framed shower doors or frameless shower doors. Our customers ask us which is better. Here is a breakdown of the differences between the two to help you decide which one is right for you.

Framed Vs. Frameless Shower Doors – What’s the Difference?

The main difference between framed and frameless shower doors is the thickness of the glass. When heavy glass became available about a decade ago, they became popular. Heavy glass is significantly thicker (3/8” to 1/2” thick). Because the shower doors are thicker, “heavier”, and more rigid, they can stand alone without flexing and breaking. That meant shower doors no longer needed a frame around them to support them and keep them from wiggling when being opened or closed. This thicker glass made it possible to go with a sleeker look – more glass and less hardware. Designers and homeowners fell in love with the look and these new doors and frameless shower doors  soon became the new trend. If you are remodeling your bathroom, make sure you don’t make one of these four master bathroom remodeling mistakes.

Pros of Framed Glass Shower Doors

  • Affordability – More affordable than frameless glass doors
  • Practicality – Sturdy enough to get the job done
  • Versatility – Better adapted to different sizes and styles of shower enclosures

Pros of Frameless Glass Shower Doors

  • Variety of Styles – Can fit more configurations than framed shower doors which usually swing open
  • Convenience – Easier to clean – no tracks or frames to gather gunk or clean around
  • Aesthetics – Provides a more modern, upscale look than framed shower doors and also makes a bathroom seem larger because of the transparency of the glass without the framework
  • ROI – While more expensive, they also enhance the value of your home

It really comes down to budget and aesthetics. If you are remodeling a smaller, less visited bathroom, you may want to consider framed glass shower doors. But if it is your master bathroom, you may want to splurge on the frameless glass shower doors to make sure your home is up to date and appeals to the next generation. This is especially important when it comes to resale. If the purpose is to update, putting in framed shower doors does not help create a modern look. Frameless is the way to go if you want to update and impress. In fact, luxury showers are becoming more and more popular.

At Janssen Glass, we can help you create the perfect shower configuration and doors for your remodel or update. Just give us a call at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.

6 Ideas for Turning Your Bathroom into a Spa

One of the hottest trends in home remodeling is turning your bathroom into a luxury spa. People across the country are updating and upgrading their master bathrooms and making them into personal retreat spaces. At Janssen Glass, we are seeing some amazing upgrades to the once basic bathroom. Here are some of the most common features we are seeing.

Luxury Showers

One of the biggest remodeling revolutions we’ve seen is removing the large soaking or jetted tub to make room for a larger, much more luxurious shower. Many people realized they only use their tubs once in a blue moon, but shower every single day, so it made sense to get rid of the tub and create a space they could appreciate on a daily basis. Luxury showers are becoming the must-have feature in remodeled bathrooms. Many of these enclosures feature multiple shower heads, sleek frameless shower doors, steam options, beautiful tile work with recessed niches for shampoo, body wash, etc., built-in seating, sound systems and more.   

Heated Floors

Most bathrooms have some sort of tile flooring. Bathrooms are also the room you are most likely to go barefoot in. Combine those two facts, and you can see the appeal of a heated tile floor. Stepping onto a warm floor, especially in winter, makes one feel pampered and spoiled. Heated floors are a must-have for today’s luxury bathrooms.

Automation

Automation has made its way into our lives in many areas and the luxury bathroom is no exception. Many automated features are being included in the modern master bathroom. Motion sensor lighting, touchless faucets, and toilet seats that lower automatically are all popular additions. Even heated toilet seats and bidets are becoming popular. 

Audio Integration

Including a stereo system in the design is the latest upgrade in the luxury bath. A built-in sound system can bring soothing relaxing music or soothing sounds to bath time. If you’re trying to create a spa-like experience, you can add blue-tooth speakers and play any kind of music, listen to podcasts, or even sounds of nature. If you’re trying to unplug, sound can be the key to creating an immersive experience and taking you away from reality.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Even mirrors are getting a technology tweak. Smart mirrors feature a digital display behind the glass and connect to your phone via Bluetooth or WiFi. A smart mirror, sometimes called a magic mirror, displays current information like the date and time, weather forecast, calendar, news, traffic, and social media updates. All of the information you need is right in front of you, so you’re ready to slay the day

Aromatherapy

We have five senses. Don’t forget about the sense of smell. Candles, incense, and bath bombs in relaxing scents like lavender, vanilla, or chamomile can all infuse the olfactory system and help calm frayed nerves and overactive minds. The addition of soothing smells can create a multi-sensual escape that eases tensions. The best thing about aromatherapy is that it isn’t an expensive upgrade, but it is essential to create an immersive escape.

Luxury bathrooms are all the rage. If you are updating or upgrading your bathroom, remember to include some of these luxury touches to create a space where you can relax and unwind. At Janssen Glass, we are experts in luxury showers. We can help you design a shower to fit your space and upgrade the doors to frameless shower doors for a sleek, modern look. Check out our design gallery for some inspiration. 

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom. We can help you create a custom shower that’s perfect for you. 

You Don’t Need a Lot of Space for a Luxury Shower – You Already Have It!

Luxury Frameless Shower Door
Luxury shower with frameless glass shower doors

Did you ever wish you could increase the size of your shower to create one of those glorious master showers? Did you ever wish your bathroom was bigger so you could shower every day with plenty of elbow room and light? Are you tired of your tiny shower? Well there’s good news! You don’t need a complete remodel to get a luxury shower. You have the space already…it’s called your tub! That’s right, your tub. Think about it. When was the last time you used it? Think hard. Still can’t remember? That’s because tubs are not practical or convenient. Almost everyone takes a shower today. That’s why there’s a trend in remodeling to replace the tubs with gorgeous, spacious, luxury showers.

You Really Only Need One Tub

There was a phase in homebuilding, from the mid-80s to mid-2000s, where oversized jetted tubs were the new must-have thing. It sounded great, but in reality, most people never used their fancy tubs and they became literal dust bowls. Why? Because life is busy. While it’s nice to take a long leisurely bath and soak your troubles away, very few people have the time to do that. They just jump in the shower every morning, do a quick shampoo and rinse and they’re out the door to work. Oversized soaking tubs just don’t make as much sense as they used to. If they are not being used, they simply take up valuable bathroom real estate. It’s good to have one tub in your home for washing the kids or the pets or large items, but one is all you need. Luckily, there’s usually at least one other bathroom in the average home that has a tub besides the master bathroom. 

Oversized Tubs Are a Remodeling Opportunity

But the good news is if you have one of those oversized tubs in your master bath, you’ve got an opportunity in the making. Remove that tub and it opens up a whole world of design possibilities! Some people simply put their luxury shower right where the old tub was. There’s already plumbing there. But some people redesign their entire bathroom creating a modern, spacious spa-like retreat. Whatever your imagination and your budget allow, look for the possibilities when you remove that tub.

Frameless Shower Door Trend 

This no-tub trend is good news for the team at Janssen Glass because we specialize in glass shower doors. Another change we’ve been lucky to witness is the frameless shower door trend. With the invention of heavy glass (thicker glass that is more rigid) over a decade ago, shower doors no longer require a metal frame for support. Heavy glass, or frameless, shower doors allow for a much sleeker and more upscale look. If you are updating your bathroom, make sure to upgrade to frameless shower doors to avoid making your new bathroom look dated.  

If you’re updating your bathroom, we highly recommend heavy glass shower doors. We have many beautiful frameless shower door styles to choose from. We can also custom design a shower enclosure to fit your space perfectly. 

Call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727 in Kansas and (816) 472-5330 in Missouri when you’re ready to remodel your bathroom.