Frameless shower Enclosures
– 10mm Opiwhite (low iron glass)
– polished nickel ironmongery
– wall bracket fix
Frameless shower enclosure
A client contacted us to install a frameless shower enclosure when the marble slab was unfortunately already installed, so recessing glass into walls was not an option. It’s a shame that the client could not find us earlier, as it would have been possible to avoid using many fixtures for fixed glass screens and make a much neater look. In this case, we had no other choice than to use a wall profile or wall brackets to fix the fixed glass screens.
I think we made the right choice in favour of wall brackets. You must admit that the frameless shower looks impressive, even with the wall brackets.
The shower area between the two half-walls was 1800mm x 1500mm, with the height of the marble slab 2600mm, which is massive. Since splitting the front into two segments required, the left fixed shower screen came out quite large. Panels of such size should be reinforced on the top with a reinforcement bracket or go up to the ceiling to avoid unnecessary wobbling.
To avoid having the reinforcement bar, we supported all the glass joints with polished nickel brackets and adjusted the shower door so that the door seal would barely touch the glass panel next to it.
Bespoke frameless shower enclosure next to a half-wall
I adore shower enclosures next to a half-wall as they are pretty rigid, the half-wall can be used as a shelf for shampoos and other shower items, and the shower area also looks amazing once separated from the main room. The same as in the master bathroom, the client wanted to reduce the number of metal parts. I agree – on the light background, frameless shower screens look better with a minimum of metal parts.
Unfortunately, there was not much that could be done. However, we’ve done a 50mm polished finger pull cut in glass instead of a pull handle or doorknob. Also, since we glued the two glass panels together at a 90-degree angle, the fixed screens supported each other. That was how we managed to avoid unnecessary shower screen fixtures.
By the way, the ceiling in the shower area was relatively low, and a timber beam above limited the height of the glass. So we had to make the enclosure 10mm below the lowest point of the wood joist. Speaking of the joist, since it was positioned in the centre, the client had to move the ceiling lights to one of the walls, giving the shower area a rather elegant look from the lights. In addition, shadows gave a certain charm to the shower space due to the irregular distribution of light.
Frameless shower enclosure in a corner
With the corner placement of shower cubicles, everything is quite simple. Usually, a door with an inline panel or a full-width shower door is positioned on one side, but on the other side is a return panel. Since a loo was placed on the right side, we had one side left for the shower door positioning.
The best option is to hang the shower door directly on the wall and glue the two fixed panels together, which we’ve done. In this way, the door is hanging on a sturdy tiled wall, the other two panels reinforce each other at a 90-degree angle, and most importantly, you save 100-150 pounds in glass processing costs and cheaper hinges than a glass-to-glass hinge option. However, it is often impossible to do so when a towel heater is installed on the wall next to the door, which obstructs the shower door.
Since the tile was already installed before our appearance, we designed the shower flush with it. However, as it is usually in the UK, the tiles were not plumb on both axes of the wall by 10mm, and we had to adjust all three glass panels accordingly to follow the line to do a neat job. Therefore, this is considered bespoke work, and we adjust each glass panel to follow the wall line.
By the way, please pay attention to the clarity of the Optiwhite glass. Even on a white ceiling background, the glass panels do not give a green tint obtained from the usual 10mm clear glass.