April 2014

 

Whether you are upgrading the bathroom or doing a complete renovation, shower doors are one of the important things you should consider in your plans.  Ardele Warren from Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centres answers your questions about the endless varieties of shower doors!

 

I am trying to think of the right shower door for the layout of my new bathroom. What are my options?

 

The options are almost as endless as the tub and shower combinations for your bathroom!  Do you want a corner shower, no-threshold, full-sized shower, tub and shower combination or a free-standing soaker tub?  Obviously, if you’re just putting in a soaker tub, shower doors aren’t going to be your next step.  However, many prefer showers for regular everyday use, meaning you may want to design for a shower AND a soaker tub in your new space.  

 

For most showers, you have the option of using a shower curtain instead of a glass door, but often times the glass is preferable.  A glass enclosed shower will make your space appear larger, but you do have to pay attention to the layout. 

 

I am not a fan of sliding shower doors on a tub shower due to cleaning, is there any other option other than a shower curtain?

 

If you’re adding a pivoting shower door, can it open without hitting any other items in the bathroom like the vanity or the toilet?  Functionally, does it allow you easy access to your towel bar?  For a frameless shower door, pivot hinges are best, as opposed to swing hinges, as they distribute the shower door’s weight better.  If a pivot door is not the best option for you, you can look to having the pivot door in the centre with fixed panels on either side or, if you’re in a tight space, a sliding shower door might be the answer.

 

We have a new shower door option in our showrooms for a tub application that flips and folds against itself to minimize the required space, and has no track along the tub which is perfect for easy cleaning.

 

Sliding doors are the easiest model to fit, but make sure they have the accessories you need.   It is important to note that sliding doors are not what you remember from the 70’s and 80’s!  There are many beautiful designs that can hang frameless for a very modern look in your home.

 

What are the other things I should be aware of when looking to replace or add shower doors?

 

The thickness of the glass can vary greatly and this will be a part of your decision when looking at the style of shower doors you wish to purchase.   Tempered glass is heated until it is about four times stronger than regular glass, making breaking unlikely.  Of course, cost increases with the thickness of the glass, but a thicker piece of glass will look more transparent and will show off your new tiles!
 

When looking at your full bathroom design, pay attention to the colours of your faucets as this could be tied into the trim on your shower doors – do you want chrome, brushed nickel or something more unique?  Be sure to ask about finishes for the glass that allow for easy cleaning and less marking.

 

If you have a tall family, understanding various height options for your shower door is another great point as you don’t want it to be cumbersome to get in and out of your shower.

 

I would like something custom built for my shower.  Is that possible?

 

There is always an option to have your needs met using a custom glass door order.  This would be priced out after the space has been professionally measured and installed.


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March 2014

 

Staying in your own home as you age, or keeping your independence in the face of a disability, is extremely important.  BC Housing has a program called Home Adaptations for Independence (HAFI) that provides financial assistance to help eligible low-income seniors and people with disabilities with home modifications for accessible, safe and independent living in BC.

We have itemized below a few key facts found on the BC Housing website regarding the HAFI program. You can find out more at www.bchousing.org/HAFI.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible and does this program have an end date?

 

Launched in January 2012, HAFI is funded by the Government of Canada and the B.C. government through the Canada-B.C. Affordable Housing Initiative. Through the HAFI program, $15 million in grants or forgivable loans will be distributed to qualifying B.C. residents over three years.

 

To qualify for assistance from HAFI, recipients must be a low-income senior or person with a disability, a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant, and a B.C. resident. The prospective home for adaption must be your primary residence and someone within that home must have a permanent disability or loss of ability that makes it difficult to perform day-to-day activities.

 

Eligibility requirements, an application guide and application forms are available at www.bchousing.org/HAFI, by calling BC Housing at 604-646-7055, by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by visiting any BC Housing office.


 

What can be upgraded in my home?

 

The goal of the program is to enable people who have physical limitations to live at home longer. People’s physical needs change over time – sometimes, a small improvement to a home can make the difference between being able to live independently or not.

 

Types of eligible projects include:

  • Walk-in showers with grab bars
  • Bathtub grab-bars and seats
  • Handrails in hallways or stairways
  • Ramps for ease of access
  • Easy-to-reach work or storage areas in the kitchen
  • Lever handles on doors

 

How can Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre help me with my home upgrades?

 

Whether you qualify for the HAFI program or not, Splashes Bath & Kitchen Centre is a great resource for accessible and ADA compliant products for your home, including:

  • Walk-in bathtubs
  • Low- or No-threshold showers
  • Wall hung sinks
  • Right height toilets
  • Touch faucets for use in the bathroom and kitchen
  • Handheld shower
  • Motion Censored Bathroom fans
  • Upgraded faucets for easier to use handles
  • Fashionable and functional grab bars

 

For a full range of products, please visit your local Splashes showroom.

 

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