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Welcome to the  Sans Soucie Art Glass blog page!  This page is a wonderful tool that provides us with a venue to share updated information and photographs of our latest completed etched and carved glass and projects, as well as news and information about the art and industry of architectural art glass.  There’s always something new at Sans soucie, like our recently completed carved glass Marine Corps Seal, as well as examples of how we can execute the same design, several different ways to provide the privacy level and look our clients desire.

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New in 2013, we are excited to unveil our Glass Door Designer!  This easy to use online designer is an incredible tool for any homeowner, builder,  and interior designer!    The designer allows YOU customize your door and your glass design to your specifications and place your order right there online!   In addition to pantry doors, the door designer now features front entry and interior doors, wine room , laundry room, even game room and theater glass doors!  In 8 different types of decorative glass!   Sans Soucie Art Glass doors are available as a slab door or prehung in 8 different wood types and fiberglass, or you can purchase the glass insert only, whether interior or exterior .. and can be specified and ordered in any size you need to fit your door!  Right there online!  Doors and glass inserts ship for just $99, and $149 to some East coast states (transit time is 1 to 4 business days).  Solid Frosted glass doors ship in as little as 2 weeks, while our Specialty Glass 2D, 3D Carved and Stained Glass ship in approx. 6-8 weeks, depending on the design, the glass and type of wood selected.

What’s more, over the past few years we’ve been hard at work taking over 200 of our most popular designs and creating a brand new line of Solid Frost designs in a price range never before available!  So whether you’re wanting 2D and 3D carved, painted glass, stained leaded glass, or a simple frosted design, we’ve got what you’re looking for in the privacy level you need!  And it’s all available 24/7!    We know people are going to love this sophisticated, yet streamlined, easy to use Glass Door Designer!

Energy Efficiency and Glass Doors

When it comes to glass doors and windows in your home, it’s important that they are energy efficient. Why? Besides reducing your monthly electric and gas bill, you can also leave less of an ecological footprint when you install glass doors and windows that are energy efficient.

Below are four benefits of installing energy efficient glass doors and windows.

  1. Insulation

A large amount of heat energy is lost from poor insulation. As such, windows and doors play a significant role in your heat and cooling costs. However, when your windows and glass doors better insulate your home, you’ll end up using less energy. With lower energy used, it can also reduce your greenhouse gas emissions

In addition, when you install energy efficient windows and doors, they can increase the natural lighting in your home, and lower your lighting (electric) costs overall.

  1. Eliminate external noise

In addition to keeping the elements out and keeping the heat inside, energy efficient doors and windows can insulate your home from external noise. This includes reducing sounds from the street (sirens, trains, traffic) as well as your neighbors. Get more peace and quiet from your outside environment with energy efficient glass.

  1. Protection

As mentioned earlier, energy efficient glass can help increase natural lighting, but can also protect the valuables inside of your home. How? The glass is made with a special low-emissivity coating that helps blocks harmful UV rays. Your valuables, such as rugs, furniture, wood floors and other items in your home can be damaged when in contact with direct UV rays.

In addition, this coating can help reduce overall glass cleaning, as it eliminates dirt and water buildup (on the outside).

  1. Investment

Lastly, you can increase the overall value of your home with energy efficient windows and doors. Generally speaking, replacing your windows/doors with energy efficient glass can last between 15 to 20 years. The key is that you’ll have to take care of them through regular maintenance. This includes cleaning the sills and tracks, tightening screws, and making sure the window/door hardware is operating correctly.

At Sans Soucie, all of our exterior doors are energy efficient through the materials we use. The art glass created by Sans Soucie is tempered, meaning you won’t lose any thermal insulation. Furthermore, the door frame features weatherstrips and a door sweep to make your door totally sealed from the elements.

Click here to learn more about our exterior single pre-hung door features.

Click here and here to learn more about our energy efficient glass and its performance data.

How long does it take to install a Sans Soucie glass door? On average, the complete turnaround time from date of deposit to completion/installation is 8 weeks, depending upon the project. Our schedule is based on a first come, first served basis, but obviously larger jobs with more complex designs and requirements will have a longer lead time, whereas more simple projects may sometimes be completed within a shorter time frame. Because it is a first-come, first served basis, most turnaround times are equal. Of course we will let you know our current workflow schedule at the time of order.

What to Know Before Putting in a Glass Front Door

Like people we encounter every day, a house can also give off a first impression. And nothing makes more of a statement than a glass entry door.  New and improved glass front doors can boost your curb appeal, set an inviting tone for guests, and incorporate personal style and design into your whole house.  

Below are four things to know before installing a glass front door for your home.

  1. Privacy

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The first thing to consider when installing a glass front door is the type of privacy you want. At Sans Soucie we have three levels of privacy with our art glass that doesn’t sacrifice natural lighting. This includes semi-private, private and not private. Depending on the design carving—1D, 2D, 3D or 3D painted—it will also affect the privacy in your glass door.

Also, take into account your neighborhood and the kind of privacy you would need. Do you live in a more secluded suburb or in a downtown area? It’s important that you think about the level of privacy your area/environment offers when considering glass doors.

  1. Security

Along with privacy, security is another important factor with glass entry doors. Glass doors for your entryway should be double-paned glass as opposed to single pane. Why? Double-paned glass is more secure and can withstand weather along with intruders. Again, consider your neighborhood and typical weather conditions and if glass doors can give you the security you need in your home.

  1. Lighting

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Glass doors can be a great asset when looking to increase natural lighting in your home and overall energy. In fact, increasing natural lighting in your home can help improve your mood. According to a recent study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, increasing natural lighting can lead to feelings of happiness, peace and productivity. Depending on the privacy glass level, consider if you want or need more lighting in the front area ofyour house.

  1. Door Type/Materials

What doortype do you want as a front door? Besides the glass design, you’ll need to consider the door type (single or double), swing (inswing or outswing), and hinge location. Most doors are built with aninswing, towards the house, but determine if that’s possible with your house design

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In addition, you’ll need to decide what materials will work best for your door. Talk with your door designer/interior designer to figure out what type of wood, steel, and glass materials you want. Keep in mind that some materials will be more energy efficient than others and can help reduce your energy bills. When shopping for door materials, look at your options for additional insulation with your door.

Our process is simple when buying art glass from Sans Soucie. You’ll decide the door style, type of glass, door material and work with our team of professionals to pick a design or create a custom design of your own. Learn more about our process here.

All in all, keep these four things in mind when considering glass doors for your entryway.

How a Door is Made at Sans Soucie

At Sans Soucie, we offer a level of quality, skill, precision, and expertise when it comes etched, carved and leaded art glass. Having been in the glass industry for over 40 years, we are known by thousands of homeowners, designers, builders, and developers for the quality of our work, our large range in price and our outstanding level of customer service and satisfaction.

What is our process like when creating custom glass doors?  What steps are taken from concept all the way to completion?  Read below to learn how glass doors are made at Sans Soucie.

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The first step when creating glass doors for clients is what we call the collaborative and quote stage. It’s here where we meet with the clients and reference existing design elements or new photos along with a detailed description of the artwork. The designs are a collaborative effort, combining our creativity, skill, and expertise with your tastes, preferences, and imagination.

Our principal artist and designer, Chauncey W. Gannett, takes inspiration from a wide range of design tastes and styles. He loves natural and abstract elements as well as art with geometric and contemporary influence. What are some of our most popular designs? Some of our most popular options at Sans Soucie are Sun Odyssey, Dreamy Waves, Palm Sunset, and Bamboo Forest.

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Usually, clients will come to us with a basic design style in mind. They also look at our vast array of design archives within that style and although the design may begin there, changes are made to suit your tasks and meet your specifications, creating a custom design for your individual glass doors. Other times, we “start from scratch” and create one-of-a-kind, original design. Bottom line, we base the design on your decor and architecture of your home or business.

Once we have the glass sizes and the basic design concept/style, we will provide you with a quote. The quote will vary depending on these main factors: type of art glass, depth of the sandblasting, design complexity, type of sandblast effect, background effect, and delivery and installation requirements.

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After the design and quote are created, an order is placed after client confirmation and submitting a 50% deposit. Next, the design is drawn out. This line drawing is submitted to the client for approval.  At the same time, we order all the needed materials for the glass doors. At Sans Soucie, we offer eight different kinds of wood, two fiberglass frames and all the hardware needed for glass products. We also offer frameless “all glass doors.”

Once we have design approval from the line drawing, we move next to the fabrication process. Once we receive the glass and door from our vendor,  Sans Soucie etching and/or carving takes place by laying out the drawing on the glass. This etching and/or carving is achieved via sandblasting by hand—we do not use any acid etching or any kind of machine/laser etching. These leaded glass pieces are also custom cut and fabricated by hand. If the design features color, it will be applied after carving, using special glass paints via air-brushing. This glass is then put in the door.

Once the custom glass door is created, it is then packaged and shipped while the client received an email with tracking and delivery information. We will personally deliver and install your art glass piece within a 250-mile radius from our location in Palm Desert, California.

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On average, the complete turn-around from date of deposit is eight weeks, depending on the project.

How can you get started today? Clients can either order directly online through our door and glass designer and/or can get a quote for a custom or specialty item not available online. Through a collaborative effort, we can design and create the one-of-a-kind statement door(s) you want in your home and/or business.

Click here to learn more about our glass doors and our business.

Choosing the Best Door for Your Home

Looking to add more design and decor into your home? A great place to start is to rethink your interior doors. Replacing your entry doors, pantry doors, shower doors and/or any interior doors with glass doors is a simple way to add intricate design to a room and make a statement for new guests. Plus, it can help bring in natural lighting to otherwise dark rooms.

Below are five things to keep in mind when choosing the best interior door for your home.

  1. Type of door

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When looking to revamp your interior doors, you’ll first need to decide on the style of your door you want to install. Consider the overall style of your home and install doors that match it. For instance, if your interior design has a French country style, then French doors will be the perfect touch for a door that separates the living room from the dining room or another room in the house. Or if your house has a more modern design/decor, consider a sliding panel or barn doors to help give a more industrial, modern look.

From folding doors to Dutch doors, there are various styles that you can choose from. Just remember that you can mix and match with some doors in your home, but in order to maintain overall flow, try to keep some elements of your interior doors the same.

  1. Energy Efficient

Especially with your entryway door, it’s important to consider doors with insulating materials that can positively affect your energy bills. Whether that means tighter-fitting frames, double-panel insulation glass or energy-efficient cores, invest indoors that can help keep in the heat in your home. Take a look at your doors and look for areas around the door that leak out air so you can make adjustments with your new door installations.

  1. Glass Privacy

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Did you know you can control the privacy of your interior glass doors? At Sans Soucie, we offer different levels of privacy with our doors, including semi-private, private, and not private. For instance, semi-private can allow you to incorporate intricate designs while hiding the clutter behind the door, such as in a pantry or laundry room. What’s more is that through art inspired glass, our glass doors at Sans Soucie create privacy without sacrificing light.

  1. Glass Design

Glass interior doors not only help bring in additional natural lighting to a room but are a great way to incorporate style and color to a room. Sans Soucie has many decor styles to choose from including art deco, Mediterranean, modern, beach coastal, rustic, traditional and nautical—to name a few.

Furthermore, at Sans Soucie, we have multiple effects to choose from when creating your glass design, including 1D, 2D, 3D, and 3D painted.

  1. Door swing

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Lastly, it’s important to consider the door swing before installing your new custom doors. Remember that whatever side the handle is on (left or right) will determine how the door will open towards you. If it’s on the right, then the door will swing open on the right and if it’s on the left, it will swing open on the left.

Also, a good rule of thumb is not to install a door that opens into a hall or corridor

Lastly, did you know that at Sans Soucie we create custom and specialty glass doors? We are known among thousands of homeowners, designers, builders, and developers for creating the highest quality etched, carved and leaded art glass available in the industry. With over 40 years experience, we are also known for our broad-range design versatility and outstanding level of customer service and satisfaction.

Redesigning your Home Without Breaking the Bank

Wanting to remodel a room or whole floor of your home? Renovating on a budget is no easy task. As most homeowners know, whether you hire a construction crew or plan to do it yourself, any major home improvement project can be very costly.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. From DIY projects to upgrading small functional pieces of the house, there are various ways to help spruce up your home and home decor.

Below are five ideas on how you can renovate your home while on a budget.

  1. Landscaping

Boost your curb appeal by enhancing your landscaping.This could be as simple as adding annuals or perennials flowers, adding lights to a backyard path or building a stone ledge or bench for a sitting area.

If you want to tackle something bigger in your yard, such as trimming a large shrub or tree, consider calling a specialist, such as an experienced arborist or tree-care company.

  1. Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a great way to add design and texture to your walls. Certain types of wallpaper (foil wallpaper) can also brighten up a room, so don’t disregard it just because it’s dated.

When looking to install wallpaper, first figure how much you’ll need before you buy the wallpaper. That way you don’t risk getting a lot of leftover paper and this can help if you’re looking for wallpaper on sale. Prep your walls by sanding them down so you can lay your wallpaper on a smooth surface. When adding wallpaper, be sure to brush the paper in order to smooth it and remove the bubbles. The finished result will easily add in more design to your home.

  1. Increase natural lighting

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Did you know that increasing natural lighting can help increase your mood as well as make your home more inviting? An inexpensive way is to replace your current interior doors with interior glass doors. They can not only bring in natural lighting from another room but add in intricate design and details with etched glass. Even glass doors with privacy filters can still brighten up a previously dark room.

  1. Retile bathroom floor

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A great way to increase the overall value of your home is to update your bathroom. You might not think too much about it, but if you’re selling your home, it’s one of the most important rooms that potential buyers look at. There are also other fixes that can brighten up the bathroom, such as a new faucet or light fixtures.

  1. Look for areas to add storage

If you’re looking to declutter your home, find ways to incorporate stylish storage options. From installing bookshelves on the wall to creating windowsill benches or getting a bed frame with storage compartments—whatever option you go with, you will not only create more living space but bring in design and elegance to a room.

With these ideas above, be sure to fully educate yourself before completing a DIY project or look into how much it would cost to pay a professional. Especially if you are dealing with structural, electrical or plumbing projects, get bids from at least three professionals. This can help you make a more economical decision.

Finally, embark on home projects that can bring in the best ROI. Invest in pieces that will get you the most mileage and will help when the time comes to sell.

7 Best Home Trends of 2017

As 2017 quickly comes to an end, what were some of the biggest and best home trends? From bold prints to comfy and cozy interiors—all of these trends and more have helped make homes more fashionable and more inviting to friends and family.

So, are you currently stuck in a rut when it comes to interior design? Check out the seven best home trends of 2017 below for inspiration and how you can incorporate the trends into your home.

  1. Indoor plants

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As for colors, dark green accents and/or furniture is a definite must-have within your living space. A great and simple way to incorporate green accents is by adding various plants to end tables or corners of the room.

Furthermore, plants are a great way to add color, beauty, and life to a room. Talk with your local florist to see what plant would work best with your lifestyle and in your home. Plus, the addition of plants or florals can add a nice scent to put you in a better mood. If you’re worried about the upkeep, instead consider wallpaper with vine and leafy patterns.

  1. Jewel Tones

Along with green accent pieces and plants, a common theme from 2017 is rich jewel tones. Found in wall paint, furniture, and accent pieces, jewel tones encompass a bohemian and romantic design to warm up your interior. Try pairing your jewel tone accents with metal picture frames or metal light fixtures.

  1. Mixture of textures/patterns

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According to Sarah Barclay of Barclay Interiors, “2017 is getting its 70s groove on and will turn into a year full of contradictions in pattern, texture, and color…There is a huge contrast in fabric textures and new collections are awash with plush velvet, raw and organic linens and ethereal sheers.” Work in contrasting pieces into your interior design, like woven baskets with hand-knit wool throws or smooth glass doors next to a soft velvet chair.

  1. Dark colored walls

Dark colors, such as brown or navy, are trendy this year because they add luxury and comfort to a room. If you’re afraid that a dark statement wall will darken the room overall, installing new window fixtures or glass doors can help bring in additional natural lighting.

  1. Faux designs

This is trendy because it’s an easy way to give a room, like a kitchen or a bathroom, updated tile that won’t break the bank. From stick-on subway tiles to floor decals and removable wallpaper, there are many ways to add a sophisticated design element.

  1. Unique natural lighting

Finding rare ways to enhance your home’s natural lighting has been a common trend this year and within the last couple of years. A simple way to increase natural lighting is to install glass doors. It not only adds elegance to your home by separating more important rooms in your home, such as the living room or dining room—but it makes the room feel more welcoming. At the same time, consider also replacing your windows with larger windows to increase natural lighting.

In addition, according to a recent study by Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois, increasing natural lighting can lead to feelings of peace and productivity.

  1. Geometric patterns

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Lastly, bold prints, such as geometric patterns, is a great way to draw attention in a room. Whether it’s a rug, piece of art, tile or coffee table, the retro 90s patterns are back—in a good way. In addition, geometric and modern designs can be implemented into entryway glass doors and is a simple way to incorporate design elements and set the overall tone for the room.  

Keep these trends and tips in mind when looking to improve and enhance your home’s appearance.

Your Ultimate Guide to Custom Showers

Through the Years: History of Showers

Whether it’s in the fresh, early hours of the morning or after a long hard day of work, showering is just about an everyday necessity. But we often don’t give those frosted shower doors and little waterfalls above our heads much of a second thought. They keep our families clean, but did you know that homes haven’t always had showers in them? In fact, did you know that humans over the centuries have spent the majority of their time rinsing off in the same water they first washed off in? Yep, giant pools of filth. Every day.

You better believe that homes haven’t always had custom showers or those beautiful shower sliding doors. It has actually taken centuries (far too long) for showers to be used and even longer before people started worrying about custom showers, frameless shower doors, and other design-based items. Even when the first shower was invented, it wasn’t even part of normal house use.

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With the invention of their aqueducts and sewage systems, the ancient Greeks were the first in the world to use showers. Though according to pottery and other ancient artifacts found, Egyptians and early Mesopotamian cultures used the most rudimentary showers ever — a bather would take a jug of water and pour it over their heads to rinse and wash off. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about carrying jug after jug of water to take just one bath.

For the Greeks and Romans, most bathing rooms were built similar to modern-day locker rooms (minus the shower sliding doors). They were for communal use for several different bathers to shower at once. The bathing rooms were used by the wealthy, poor and servants alike. However, when the Roman Empire fell, so did the water systems and the use of showers unfortunately.

So we fell back into the archaic use of bathtubs. Until the last couple hundred years, bathing was done by heating and carrying buckets of water from the fire to a large tub (talk about strong arms). In the Middle Ages and Renaissance era, families would bathe with the head of the household first, down to the baby as last. By the time it was wee little Henry’s turn to be washed, the water in the tub was almost black and full of washed-off filth. In fact, the common idiom “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater” is believed to reference this practice — because the water was so filthy you wouldn’t be able see the the baby in the bathtub and you didn’t want to accidentally toss the baby out with the filthy water when it was time to empty the bathtub (this phrase was first recorded in 1512 in Narrenbeschwörung by Thomas Murner).

Custom shower glass and beautiful home bathing rooms didn’t just pop up out of nowhere though. For the next couple hundred years, there was the occasional invention of a shower, but none that ever stuck. But then, in 1767 William Feetham patented the first hand-pump shower in England. But as with all first bathtubs and showers during centuries before, the system recycled the already-used dirty water (also known as grey water) through for each following rinse cycle. Plus, there was no way to heat the water before showering, so don’t be surprised that Feetham’s shower didn’t catch on. Would you really want to be standing under a nozzle that was dumping dirty, freezing water all over you?

In 1810 an anonymous inventor improved Feetham’s design with the English Regency shower. This new shower system was made of metal pipes and was above 10 feet tall. A basin was suspended above the rickety metal pipes and flowed into a nozzle that would release the water from the basin, but again, already used water would be recycled back up to the basin through the pipes.

Finally, in 1850 indoor plumbing was reinvented (because honestly, the Greeks really were the first to invent it) and the English Regency shower was ultimately improved. This allowed for the free-standing showers (free-standing because they certainly didn’t have any neo angle shower door to enclose them) to finally have a fresh, renewable flow of water. However, many homes still didn’t use the new shower systems right away. But still, it wouldn’t be for several more years that frameless glass doors and shower curtains and wet rooms would even be a thing to stress about. It was almost as if bathing day in and day out in our own filth just wasn’t a big enough health worry.

It was actually the French army that picked up the use of the shower quicker than anyone else. François Merry Delabost, a doctor and inventor, saw the need for better hygiene among French troops. Previously, Delabost had showers installed at Bonne Nouvelle prison that were heated by steam engine and only used twenty liters of water per eight bathers. The system provided better hygiene and was also far more economical. This new bathing system was quickly picked up by other armies after the French, including Prussia in 1879.

Soon to follow were public bathhouses — the first in Vienna in 1887 —  and boarding schools, which is no surprise since these were areas that picked up and harvested bacteria and disease far quicker than our humble abodes — due to the large amount of individuals who came in and out each day, these places saw more germs than what our homes see. By the end of the 1800s, domestic showers were finally found more often in new homes. Unlike bathtubs, showers are more hygienic and economical. Rather than staying in the same water to wash and rinse off, bathers are provided with constant, clean fresh water. (Before showers, some bathers would wash in the bathtub and then use a jug of clean water to pour over them before exiting the tub.) Along with this, showers use about 80 liters of water per shower, whereas a bath uses 150 liters per bath.

Final(ly) Innovations

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Most of us are pretty familiar with modern day showers. Most homes are built with “full bath” or “half bath” rooms. A full bathroom is built with either a stall shower over bathtub or a large tub and a stall shower with frameless sliding glass shower doors next to it. A half bathroom usually only has a smaller stall shower with sliding glass shower doors or frameless glass doors. Public shower rooms are very similar to the barrack shower rooms Delabost had installed centuries ago — several shower heads in a row with either a wall or curtain (or nothing) in between. Other public showers include open, stand-alone shower heads on posts at the beach or pool for swimmers to use to rinse off before heading home.

As architecture and design have begun to skyrocket in the last couple centuries, showers in homes have also started to pick up in creativity. Many larger homes include wet rooms or home saunas. Wet rooms are bathrooms that don’t have a designated shower area or even shower glass panels. Instead, the shower head(s) are in an open, tiled room that has a floor that slopes down towards a drain. With the invention of the wet room, the need for shower door hardware is no longer a necessity and the worry over frameless shower doors cost is not longer there. In fact, wet rooms that don’t need sliding glass shower doors are almost the perfect idea for renovating a spare or guest bathroom to give your family and guests a little excitement for their everyday clean. Home saunas are connected generally connected to a guest bathroom or master bathroom and are, literally, quaint-sized steam rooms perfect for a family.

Other new shower innovations have been shower glass panels, or even frameless glass doors that enclose showers, and several different kinds of shower heads. Families can change out their default shower heads that are automatically installed in newly-built homes and replace them with top-notch massaging shower heads, rain shower heads, or even more than one shower head installed in the shower stall. You can even replace the default glass shower door hardware for something more your style or with something that will match the theme of your wash room.

Several companies have started to spring up that create custom shower glass and superior glass shower door hardware. With countless options like the neo angle shower door from Sans Soucie or the walk-in shower from Artweger, families and interior designers’ options for creating exquisite washrooms have erupted over the years.

Modern Custom Showers and Trends

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On average, we will spend about 671 days of our lives in the bathroom bathing and grooming. The average person spends about eight minutes showering. If we take one shower a day (maybe two for those hotter, more humid days in July and August), we spend about 2,920 minutes cleaning ourselves off per year! If we’re spending so much time in the shower, wouldn’t it make more sense to have it be a bit more fun?

In the last 50 years or so, shower designs have become more about enjoying our time scrubbing off and saving the environment. With things like the neo angle shower door, and impressive glass shower door hardware, those cumulative 671 days of showering are no longer a mundane task.

With the sudden influx of home improvements and do-it-yourself projects storming the web, more and more families are opting out of the typical curtain enclosed domestic shower (the often-used plastic curtains can actually become a breeding area for common mold and bacteria). With so many ideas bursting across Pinterest and interior designer blogs, the amount of options and different styles for upgrading your bathroom are endless.

Many families are taking stall showers to a new level with amazing custom shower glass panels and doors. They are no longer your typical clouded glass doors and glass panels. In fact, many companies today provide stunningly unique etched-glass panels that will transform any bathroom into a magnificent paradise (and still provide privacy!). With fabulous, one-of-a-kind shower glass panels and glass shower door hardware, your bathroom can be converted into a luxury spa or private dance room. Toss in some colorful LED lights and storm cloud speakers and you can have the most exciting fun while washing off a long day’s worth of dirt and grime.

For those looking to be a little more conservative, and maybe even save some of the planet’s resources, you’re also in luck. Another big trend in new shower designs are water conserving shower heads and bath mats. To give your bathrooms a beautiful upgrade, install unique frameless glass doors and then place a water-saving mat down. These amazing mats sense when you are under the shower needing to rinse off or if you’ve stepped back to soap up. These mats are connected to your bathroom’s water supply and will shut off the water when you’ve stepped back to cut down on water waste.

Another great eco-friendly device to pair with your custom shower glass is the Eco Drop Shower. The shower has small concentric circles on the floor that will rise and poke you in your feet to make things extra uncomfortable for you. By doing this, it will become too uncomfortable to stay in the shower, thereby kicking you when you’ve overstayed your welcome (and used more than enough water).

Other great water conserving gadgets are perfect for your neo angle shower doors. There are countless shower heads that will track the volume of water you use while showering and keep you posted on when it is time to finish up. Another great new design is the water-recycling shower that won’t add any tacky extras to your beautifully stunning frameless sliding glass shower doors. These showers will collect and save any clean water that you can reuse in that final rinse off. This way, you’re reusing water, but it’s clean!

The Ultimate DIY – New Interactive Glass & Door Designer Tool

Is your house needing a pick-me-up? One of the most unique and personal ways you can give your home a little lift is with our beautiful etched-glass doors and windows. Our beautiful glass doors come in a wide variety from Contemporary to Victorian. You can even custom-design your etched glass design to coordinate with your decor! With our new interactive Glass & Door Designer, you can design and see what your etched-glass design will look like, getting it just the way you want it before placing your order!

Our easy to use, step-by-step process walks you selecting your door type, door size, border, and decorative design element to get just the right fit for your home and personality. Through this easy process you customize everything about your door, down to the last detail. You can even see the difference in pricing between different styles of glass effects (such private or semi-private, 1D, 2D and 3D effects, depending on your budget and how much privacy you need.

The ultimate DIY tool, you get to pick your style and see just what it’ll look like. Let us make your design dream a reality, using this amazing tool!

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Expert Design Tips Featuring Summer Thornton

Interior design is more than just putting couches and lamps into a house to take up space. It’s even more than carefully selecting different pieces to create a certain look. Rather, interior design is about art. It’s about creating a feeling and making something beautiful from various, well-chosen elements.

To better understand interior design and the process that is creating art in a home, we’ve reached out to several successful interior designers who are passionate about and well-versed in their craft. Expert designer Summer Thornton was kind enough to take time out of her busy schedule to help us get to know her a little better. With topics ranging from her love of interior design to incorporating glass pantry doors in her projects, Summer Thornton shared her insight as one of the top designers in her field. It is our pleasure to feature Summer Thornton as the first designer in this segment we would like to call Expert Design Tips.

Without further adieu, Summer Thornton of Summer Thornton Design.