California Shower Door shows how frameless glass can showcase your surroundings while keeping you safe.
“Frameless glass allows everything to be seen, and helps you see more — in a bathroom, on a rooftop deck or on stairs,” says Tom Nolan, the president and CEO of California Shower Door, a glass company in San Francisco.
The following tips from Nolan can help you use frameless glass to lighten up your home.
Frameless glass can showcase the tile and stone in your shower while keeping the rest of the bathroom dry. “Often homeowners will block off great tile details with a shower curtain, and that’s unnecessary,” Nolan says. “It’s fun to show off those spaces.”
In the Pacific Heights home seen here, a frameless glass door showcases a large shower’s black, white and gray tile. “The tile would’ve been hidden, and it creates a lot of interest in an otherwise neutral space,” Nolan says.
Building codes require most decks, rooftops and porches to have guardrails for safety. Glass guardrails don’t hinder the view; they also let more natural light through than traditional wooden barriers.
The owner of the contemporary home in Oakland Hills seen here wanted to take full advantage of his views of the East Bay. “Frameless glass guardrails installed on his deck allowed him to have unobstructed views, both indoors and outdoors,” Nolan says.
Glass guardrails help to create a spacious feel indoors too. They function as a safety feature while showing off architectural elements such as stairs, and better allow artwork to be seen from different areas. “It’s a great way to add depth without creating darkness,” Nolan says.
In the Pacific Heights home seen here, frameless glass guardrails on a three-story staircase provide a view of the wooden stairs and the homeowners’ art collection. The glass also makes the home feel open and airy.