Category: Tips for Homeowners

Read our latest homeowner tips for custom glass installations, repair, replacement and maintenance.

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.

 

How Much on Average Does It Cost to Remodel a Bathroom?

At Janssen Glass, because we carry and install a wide variety of glass shower doors, we have been part of a lot of bathroom remodels. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are the most popular types of remodeling projects homeowners take on. That’s because they tend to be the rooms that become dated the fastest and they are also the remodeling projects that have the best return on investment when you sell your home. As a rule of thumb, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) says you should expect to spend between 5 to 10% of your home’s value on a bathroom remodel.

Average Bathroom Remodeling Cost

According to Home Advisor’s 2021 estimates, the average bathroom remodel costs $10,788. Most homeowners spend between $6,152 and $15,426. The main factor when it comes to cost is the size of the bathroom. For that reason, we will break this down into two parts – small to medium sized bathrooms and larger (typically master) bathrooms. We will also provide some remodeling tips along the way. 

Remodeling a Small to Medium Size Bathroom – $6,500 Average

Using the same Home Advisor estimates, the national average to remodel a small bathroom is typically $6,500, but it can range anywhere from $1,500 up to $15,000 or more. Depending on how much you replace, if you do the work yourself or hire a professional, and if you choose higher-end fixtures, there can be a big difference in price. For comparison purposes, for a complete remodel, you will likely pay $70 per square foot for low-end fixtures with DIY labor, and up to $250 per square foot for high-end fixtures installed by a licensed contractor.

Tips to Save Money on Your Bathroom Remodel

If you are trying to remodel on a dime, the best way to update a bathroom without spending a lot of money is to simply update the existing vanity, countertop, shower doors, faucets, and light fixtures. Do not include any structural work that would require new electrical wiring or moving plumbing locations. This holds true for larger and smaller bathrooms. Think of it as an update or upgrade rather than a complete remodel. 

Remodeling a Large or Master Bathroom – $18,000 Average

Sticking with Homeadvisor estimates, a master bath remodel will run $10,000 to $25,000. The average homeowner can expect to pay about $18,000 for a complete master bathroom renovation. This includes a separate tub, shower, double vanity and larger space for cabinets and fixtures. On a large or master bath, you could spend $25,000 or more. Using the NKBA rule, that means that if your home is $250,000, 10% would be $25,000. That makes sense. 

Everything we said above holds true for the master bathroom – you can save money by updating rather than completely remodeling. But remember that in the master bathroom, potential buyers expect a little bit more luxury. So if you’re going to splurge, do it in the master bathroom rather than a smaller bathroom. Luxury showers are a recent trend, so consider replacing your large jetted tub with a smaller tub and use that extra space to expand your shower. Also, replace any framed shower doors with frameless doors to avoid making your bathroom look dated. 

Related Read: Top 4 Master Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes 

Bathroom Remodel Return on Investment – 66%

The good news is, no matter if you’re remodeling a small or large bathroom, on average, you’ll recoup about 66% of the remodel cost after you sell your home. Plus, remember that updated homes usually sell faster so that’s an added bonus. We hope this information helps you when making decisions on your bathroom remodel.  

If you need help with shower doors, shower configurations, or custom shower design, give Janssen Glass a call. We design custom shower enclosures every day. Call us at (913) 677-5727 or (816) 472-5330 or contact us online.

Top 4 Master Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes

 

 

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.

It’s Okay to Snub the Tub in Your Bathroom Remodel

 

 

 

 

 

Until the early 1960s bathtubs ruled the world! Showers (the kind we know today with no tub) weren’t even invented yet. The showerhead was simply the next improvement to the tub. The tub was always there to catch the shower water. It makes sense. People needed a way to collect water to bathe (which they didn’t do nearly as often in the good old days). Let’s face it, it was a hassle to warm the water, pour it in the tub, and bathe before it got too cold. Indoor plumbing helped a lot, but still, it was the bathtub that reigned supreme in every bathroom.

Reasons for the No-Tub Trend

Flash forward to today. Not many people even take baths anymore. Most take a quick, convenient shower and rush off to work. So, it begs the question: Do we really need a bathtub in the bathroom anymore? Apparently, many people believe we don’t. In recent years there has been a trend toward removing the bathtub altogether especially from the master bath. What are the reasons behind this trend?

Increased Accessibility

One of the factors is related to an aging population of baby boomers. Tubs can be hard to get into and out of for older people who are less flexible and less mobile. This group (and it is a large group) has opted many times to replace a large tub with a more accessible shower. Showers are easier to navigate and can even accommodate wheelchairs if they are built to be zero entry. Many boomers are choosing to “age in place” and are changing their homes to meet their needs.

More Space

Big soaking tubs take up a lot of floor space. Some homeowners are trading in their tubs to make room for more counter space, dual face bowls, a more open room, and even luxury showers. If you have a large tub and never use it, it’s really not an asset. It’s just wasted space.

Busy Lifestyles

Today’s lifestyles are much busier than they were decades ago when most homes were built. Most people don’t have the time for a long, leisurely soak in a large tub. The large jetted tubs that were all the rage 20, 30, and 40 years ago, just don’t have the same appeal.

Luxury Showers 

As time marches on, more and more homeowners are replacing their tubs with luxury showers. These enclosures are larger, brighter, feature heavy glass shower doors and beautiful tile work with built-in nooks for shampoo bottles and integrated benches for seating. Along with upgraded features like multiple heads, steam features, audio systems, aromatherapy and so much more, these showers deliver as luxurious an experience as any bathtub.

It’s hard to say what will come next as lifestyles and technology bring new changes, but if you’re considering a bathroom remodel, don’t be afraid to snub the tub and go all-in on a luxury shower. Frankly, after centuries of bathtubs taking center stage, it’s about time the shower got its day in the spotlight.  

If you’re updating your bathroom, we highly recommend heavy glass shower doors. We have many beautiful 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.

Not Ready to Give Up Your Patio Time? Here are a few ways to extend your time.

Just because the weather gets cooler in the fall, here in the Kansas City area, you don’t have to sacrifice time outdoors! Consider adding glass to enhance your patio. There are many ways to add glass to your patio that will add to its beauty and functionality. Glass also makes an excellent windbreak without obstructing your view. Envision trying one of the following four ideas in your backyard. It may just make your patio your favorite place to be in the fall season.

Make the Entrance to Your Patio a Sliding Glass Wall

sliding glass wall for patio

A sliding wall that opens to a back patio is a great way to extend your living area both visually and literally. By replacing the wall with movable glass, you naturally extend your home to the outside by removing any physical barriers. Imagine the ease of entertaining and how wonderful your next family gathering would be with the addition of a sliding glass wall.

Fire Pit Wind Guards Allow You to Enjoy the Warmth No Matter the Wind

glass wind guard for fire pit

Fire pits have become an extremely popular staple in many backyards, especially on cool nights. But sometimes cool nights are windy nights which disturb your fire.

The perfect solution is a glass wind guard that perfectly surrounds your fire pit. Enjoy the fire pit, reap the warmth, and assure that the flames stay in place.

Enclosed Patios Protect from Rain, Wind & Cold

Enclosing part or all of your patio with glass would give you longer periods of use assuring that you are still able to enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s rainy, windy or cool. Glass patio enclosures are attractive, leave the view intact, and add value to your home.

Glass Pergolas Add a Touch of Class

glass pergola for patio


Glass pergolas are an attractive alternative to the very popular wooden models. They add a unique beauty to your backyard, can protect from the sun and rain, and can be custom designed to your personal taste. Yet, because they are glass, they let the light through making the entire area seem unencumbered by architecture.

The experts at Janssen Glass & Door are ready to work with you to help enhance your outdoor living space and extend your patio season. Being specialists at customization, we will create beautiful glass pieces to fit your needs.

Call the experts at Janssen at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online and let us put our expertise to work 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

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

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

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

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.

How to Differentiate Your Bathroom Using Tile

Your bathroom is your escape from the loud, fast-paced world. It’s where you are able to unwind and focus on yourself for a few minutes. So make the most of your bathroom by creating an inviting and relaxing space. How? Try creating the right shower with tile and we are sure the rest of your bathroom design will fall into place.

Traditional Shower TileGo Traditional with Subway Tile

From all subway tiles to glass tiles, try experimenting with a look that will work for you. Installing all glazed white subway tile will create a clean, simple, and traditional look and feel. Porcelain, ceramic, and glass tile all create a classic feel.

Mosaic Shower TileAccent with Glass Tile

Using glass mosaic tiles can create a more unique style that can help to incorporate a color scheme. From small, transparent mosaics to larger, opaque, shimmery tiles, there is an option for every style. Glass tile is usually suitable for both walls and countertops, so you can use it throughout your bathroom for the perfect accent tile. For example, use bright inserts of glass mosaic tile to update traditional, simple glazed tile. Use it to add a border or frame your shower shelving with glass mosaic tile. Further, multicolored mosaic tile patterns can provide textural and visual interest to any area of your bathroom.

Related Read: Updating Your Bathroom Is a Safe Investment

Stone Tile ShowerGo Natural with Stone Tiles

For a more natural look, go for stone tiles. Marble, limestone, travertine, and slate are all great choices. Pick from an array of tile sizes and colors. Go with a beige or sand colored stone for a lighter look, or a dark gray or blue stone for a deeper, richer look. You can even choose porcelain tile that looks like stone. Both come in a large range of shapes and colors for a customized look.

Show It Off with Heavy Glass Shower Doors

Whatever tiles you choose, make sure to show it off with beautiful heavy glass shower doors from Janssen Glass. Seamless glass shower doors are less obtrusive, and allow for a more tranquil and open view of your bathroom. Less clutter is good for the mind, and helps you relax – just want you want to be able to do in your bathroom.
Call the glass shower door experts to help finish off your dream bathroom at Janssen Glass & Door. You can reach us at (913) 677-5727.

5 Creative Ways to Incorporate Glass into Your Outdoor Space

pivoting glass doors for patio

If you’re looking for a way to make your patio stand out, consider adding some custom glass features. Yes, glass! Believe it or not, there are a number of ways glass can help you put your own personal stamp on your patio, taking it from ordinary to unexpectedly extraordinary.

Don’t believe us? Give some thought to these 5 creative ways of using glass on a patio and you’ll begin to get an idea of what we’re talking about when we say that glass can take your patio up a notch.

1. Glass “Walls”

custom glass lit with led lightsYour patio or porch is like an extension of your home, so treat it like one.

This creative patio design uses sandblasted glass and LED lights to create an enclosed space that offers privacy by day and a spark of colorful drama by night.

2. Pivoting Glass Doors

Rather than the usual sliding glass or French doors connecting your living space to your patio, open up the inside of your home to the great outdoors by installing pivoting glass doors. Blur the space between indoors and outdoors and add an unexpected modern flair to a patio that’s right off the house.

 

3. Frosted Glass Patio Cover

Frosted Glass Patio CoverA patio cover is a great way to allow you to stay on the patio even when an occasional rain shower passes through.

But instead of shading the area with a solid cover, consider using frosted glass panels in a wooden frame to allow some filtered light to come through, keeping the patio or deck bright and welcoming even on a partly cloudy day.

This will allow you to enjoy a panoramic view from any vantage point on your back patio.

 

4. Glass Pool Surround

frameless glass pool wallYour scenic backyard shouldn’t be closed off with a bulky barrier around your pool, don’t obstruct it with a heavy wood or steel railing.

Use custom glass railings to enclose your pool instead of a solid or chain-link fence. This contemporary tempered glass enclosure creates a clean, modern effect for your outdoor living space.

And don’t worry about glass railings being more fragile, we use special safety glass for these projects, which is extremely strong. If it is somehow broken, it crumbles safely into large, round chunks instead of splintering into jagged edges like normal glass.

 

5. Glass-Topped Patio Table

glass table top for patio tableIt’s amazing to see how many creative ideas for table bases people can come up with, and there’s no better way to show off a unique table base than with a custom-cut glass top.

Instead of going with a store-bought patio table, make yours one-of-a-kind and special!

We can make a glass table top to lay over an existing table, which helps create more stability for food and drink to sit on, or we can cut an entirely independent glass piece for a completely unique look.

We can also create any glass edge type you’d like to complete your custom glass table.

If you have an idea for a special glass patio feature or enhancement, call Janssen Glass & Door at (913) 677-5727. We serve the entire KC Metro and provide a custom glass shop with experienced craftsmen and designers ready to turn your unique glass visions into reality!

Remodeling Your Bathroom Is a Safe Investment

remodeling a bathroomWhen remodeling your home, it’s smart to do some research ahead of time to see what offers the best return on investment. When you do this research, consider the most trafficked areas in your home, what rooms need the most attention, and the ROI that could come from upgrading these individual rooms. We have found that no matter the city or market you live in, a few investments can always be made to the home, including new house siding, a new roof, a new hardwood floor or tile floor, a new kitchen and bathroom upgrades.

Invest in Your Bathroom

According to Remodel Magazine, bathroom remodels can return more than 100% of your initial investment. Yes, you read that correctly. More than 100%. As we cannot promise this for all remodeling projects in the future, it is more likely to happen than other projects in the home. It’s important to keep in mind the value of your home and the value of the homes in your neighborhood. When you do this, you will prevent dumping a lot of money into your bathroom when the overall value of your home isn’t very high. Do your homework, make a plan and budget appropriately. Then be very strategic in your updates that offer you the best return.

What to Do and What Not to Do

When it comes to deciding on upgrades or updates, make sure you are picking the right ones that are worth both your money and time. Roughly 10-20 years ago, the biggest trend was adding whirlpool luxury tubs into the master bathroom of your home. Now, this is extremely dated and unnecessary. Most people don’t even have the time available to take baths anymore. Knowing this, you should spare yourself the time and money and instead install a walk-in shower with heavy glass shower doors. These are really showing the best ROI in the remodeling world. 

Take Your Desires into Account

Make sure not to forget that you are the one living in the house. Just because the latest market survey tells you that you should remodel part of your home, doesn’t mean you have to. Make sure your remodeling project improves your everyday lifestyle, comfort, and happiness inside your home. These updates should be something you’ll enjoy seeing and will love everyday.

If you have any questions on how you can remodel the bathroom inside your home, give the experts at Janssen Glass and Door a call at (913)677-5727 or schedule an appointment online.