This video is part 16 of a several part video series being filmed as we remodel a bathroom. This episode deals with planning, choosing and installing a BASO custom shower glass enclosure.shares his industry training and experience to provide solutions to your problems and to make appropriate PRO recommendations for purchasing products, tools and accessories.The 5 x 7 utilitarian master bathroom is history. Say hello to luxurious baths with heated floors, marble stonework, high end plumbing fixtures, vanity cabinets, look like furniture, custom shower enclosures that look like walls of glass! Today's bathrooms have become private personal grottos where the homeowner can retreat and relax. We recently remodeled a bathroom and changed out the old neo-angled shower base and glass enclosure to a larger, luxurious walk- in tiled shower with multiple spray options. This new shower has a half wall and was designed for a BASCO brand shower enclosure. The process of planning, choosing and installing this BASCO custom glass enclosure was educational and it's my hope that this post will help anyone interested in building a custom shower and glass enclosure. Why BASCO? The reason we choose to use a BASCO enclosure on our project was that we were familiar with the high-end quality of the product and loved the whole frameless glass look. BASCO shower enclosures are consistently rated number one in quality and brand preference and have a broad selection of framed and semi-frameless glass enclosures, glass styles, glass doors and sliding glass doors that fit both shower and tub applications. BASCO has a large display at F.W. WEBB in Bedford, Massachusetts and we often send our clients there for framed and semi-frameless glass enclosures ideas. The second reason we chose BASCO was that we really like supporting a family owned, made in the USA, company. Design the Shower First: The best part of using a custom glass enclosure company like BASCO is that you can create any type, size or shape shower you want and then have the glass fit to it. BASCO can custom fit any style and size shower enclosure. BASCO uses factory trained and certified installers who can install glass panels with tolerances of 1/16 of an inch. They measure your shower space and can make glass panels fit perfectly, including cutting glass tapered panels to accommodate walls and floors that are not level or plumb. When designing your shower it is crucial that you communicate with your builder and plumber about your intention to use a custom glass enclosure. There are several reasons for this and here is a list for you to consider: 1. Install solid blocking in the walls for the glass door and wall panels to be securely anchored. Install this blocking from the floor to the ceiling. 2. Where will you enter the shower and where should the showerhead go? 3. Glass panels are installed to 1/16 of an inch tolerance and can be tapered panels to accommodate walls and floors that are not level or plumb. 4. Glass panels cannot be cut to a bow in the wall. Ensure that your walls are flat. 5. Design your shower so your showerhead and body sprays do not spray directly onto a door or glass seam. Placement of these items is important to prevent leaks. [Note: Often the showerhead can be moved but not the door location -- share your plans with your tradesman.] 6. Pitch all thresholds into the shower for drainage. 7. Pitch all half walls into the shower. 8. Use solid surface thresholds. [Never use split tile thresholds] 9. Do you need now or in the future will you want an accessible shower? Easy wheelchair access? Shower Enclosure Selection Process: I always suggest that my clients visit the company website and if possible look at the product in a showroom. Choose the Door: You need to decide on how you want to enter your shower. BASCO offers sliding doors, swing doors and door-and-panel enclosures. If you plan on a sliding door or are building for accessibility you will want to look at the sliding door option. It easily glides out of the way and eliminates the clearance that a door swing requires. In order to have a sliding glass door you need to provide for where it will slide-- plan that into your design. All of the BASCO sliding doors feature what's known as a "Sta-Kleen" track. The Sta-Kleen track prevents dirt buildup while keeping water securely within the enclosure. I was impressed to see fifteen different metal finishes and ten glass style offerings: AquaGlideXP is an innovative protective coating applied to the glass to increase sheen and luster and prevent spotting, soap scum and mineral deposits.


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