Building A Better Bathroom: Tips For Bathroom Construction

What Would A Hobbit Build? Selecting Your Shower Enclosure Based On Your Favorite Lord Of The Rings Character

Remodeling your bathroom can be fun, but also a bit overwhelming if you are not aware of all of the features available on the current market. For instance, when selecting your shower enclosure, you will have to decide between framed or frameless, 3/4" or 1/2" glass, and frosted or clear, just to get started. You don't have to stress out about it, though. This guide will take you through some of the latest shower door options based on characters from The Lord of the Rings. Find your favorite character to start limiting your choices. Of course, everyone in those stories has a bit of wisdom to share, so make sure you read through all of the options your favorite characters would suggest. 


Does your bathroom belong in a hobbit house? Is it cozy, but just a bit too small for your average human? The key to opening up small spaces is to select highly functional shower doors that utilize hardly any space to open or close. 

If your bathroom is small, then maximize your space by installing an accordion folding shower door. It will prevent you from bumping your sink or toilet while still providing elegant access to your shower. 


If you loved the mystical elvish scenes in Lord of the Rings, then you probably have a love for nature and magic. Your shower can reflect this if you install a frameless glass enclosure. These enclosures provide an open sensation by blending the shower into the overall bathroom.

To open up the area even more, consider installing a frosted window to allow natural sunlight into the shower. Alternatively, extending the shower enclosure to cover part of your vanity adds interesting levels in your bathroom and provides an instant shelf for your beauty products while you are showering. 


The dwarves of Middle Earth might not have the most style, but everything they lack in looks they make up for in brute strength and bravery. If you share their strength, and perhaps a bit of their clumsiness, then you want to make sure that you select a shower door that will withstand a bit of rough use. Although all modern shower enclosures are made with tempered glass, there are some decisions you can make to increase the strength of your shower enclosure even more. 

You can opt for thicker glass, at 1/2" instead of 3/8", for a bit of added strength, and you can have a protective film installed on the glass in case it does break. This is a good idea if your house is filled those little, dwarf-like creatures known as children. 


Besides being extremely powerful, Tolkien's wizards also had a greater awareness of what was happening across the land. They knew the value of items that other characters failed to see. Because of this, these characters really valued function above all, and if you liked them, then you will want the most functional shower door solution. For your inner wizard, you will want to purchase a door that swings both in and out, allowing you to easily enter and exit your shower. While you are at it, you may want to install soft close hinges, which will make the door feel like it is gliding magically back into place. 


The Men of Middle Earth are honorable and traditional. If you appreciate their loyalty and perseverance, then you may want to go with a more classical shower design. Whether you are enclosing a bathtub or just a shower, consider framed, sliding doors, which are a more modern take on the classic shower curtain. Adding a bit of frosting or tint to your enclosure will ensure your privacy. 

Maybe your favorite fictional characters cannot make all of your design choices for you, but they can help educate you about your options and get you going in the right direction. Once you narrow down your choices, an experienced glass dealer such as Clifton Mirror & Glass can help you make your final decisions. 

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Building A Better Bathroom: Tips For Bathroom Construction

The one challenge I always had with my house was the fact that there was no bathroom on the first floor. Once I reached a point where I had equity in the house, I decided it was time to do some renovations. After working with a local construction contractor to map out the plans for converting the mud room into a first-floor bathroom, I decided to chronicle the entire process. I created this site to do just that in the hopes that reading about my experiences and what I learned may help others decide to tackle that renovation project they've always wanted to do as well.

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