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The History of the Shower: Part 2

As we referenced in a previous post on the history of the shower, people were much too busy working on developing a practical form of showering for most of human history to be thinking about something as advanced – and as attractive – as frameless glass shower enclosures and frameless shower doors.

We covered the earliest advancements in showering, which took us from waterfalls to having someone pour a jug of water over your head, in our first blog post on the History of Showering. Obviously, we still have a long way to go.

It’s All Greek to Me

In A Short History of Showering, Kaushik Patowary tells us about the ancient Greeks who, thanks to aqueducts and advances in plumbing, had indoor showers. They weren’t installed in people’s homes, though. Communal bathing was done at what they called gymnasiums. “Jets of cold water cascaded from the ceiling while bathers stood under it.” Note that there still was no such thing as a hot shower. 

The ancient Romans had showers in their bathhouses, too. Evidence of them can exists in Roman ruins found around the Mediterranean and in modern-day England.

When the Roman Empire collapsed, the popularity of communal bathing did, too. But just because people didn’t want to be naked and vulnerable in public during those turbulent times, it doesn’t mean they didn’t want to be clean. At least occasionally.

“While public baths fell out of use in Mediaeval times, contrary to popular belief, sanitation did not,” Patowary writes. “Indeed, the crusaders brought soap back from the far East to Europe, and soapmaking first became an established trade during the so-called ‘Dark Ages.’ What was lost was the sophisticated water and sewage systems developed by the Greeks and the Romans. People went back to bathing in wooden tubs.”

You could say that was two steps forward and one step back in the development of the modern shower, but it’s really more like two steps forward, two steps back. Never fear, though, the spirit of innovation that would eventually lead to the creation of ultra-sleek, ultra-modern frameless shower doors and frameless glass railings would rise again.

The History of the Shower: Part 1

Long before the technology existed to make lovely frameless glass shower enclosures and frameless shower doors, the technology that made showers possible needed to be developed. 

We take so many things for granted these days – including the ability to, with the simple turn of a knob, enjoy a nice hot shower. But for most of human history, people would have considered what we take for granted to be a luxury. 

Making a Splash 

“Personal hygiene hasn’t always been an integral part of grooming, yet the need to clean oneself easily and quickly was as pressing in ancient times as it is today,” Kaushik Patowary, a contributor to Amusing Planet, writes in A Short History of Showering. “Bathing in a tub was cumbersome, so those who could bathed under waterfalls. These were the first showers used by man.” 

There are, of course, a couple of downsides to bathing under a waterfall: 

  • You can’t find a waterfall around every corner. If you didn’t need a shower when you started looking for one, you most certainly would by the time you found one.
  • Water pressure is important for a good shower, but the pressure from many waterfalls would be enough to crush you before you were swept away in the churning current.
  • And then there is the very important fact that there are no hot-and-cold-running waterfalls, so you wouldn’t be able to adjust the temperature until it’s exactly what you want. Your only options were cold or very cold. 

 

Pouring It On

Patowary credits the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians with the invention of the first “man-made” shower but having someone pour water over your head isn’t really what we consider a shower built by people. It was definitely a step in the right direction – at least for the wealthy. You could have your servant heat the water before pouring it over your head.

Clearly, although they were responsible for introducing an amazing array of useful things – including writing and chariots – the ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians didn’t enjoy the benefits of glass shower panels. And they certainly didn’t have the benefit of the kind of service provided by the experts in frameless glass shower enclosures at Florida State Glass and Mirror. Contact us if you are ready to modernize the look of your shower!

Home-Improvement Projects Can Help Brighten Days Ahead

With the confusion, fear and turmoil of 2020 behind us, perhaps it is in everyone’s best interest to look at 2021 with open eyes, positive thoughts and a mind as unclouded as a clear glass shower enclosure offered by Florida State Glass and Mirror.

Taking such an optimistic approach to the new year can’t hurt, right? Thoughts along those lines might even be valid now that a COVID-19 vaccine is here.

“Rising confidence in the vaccine points to a deeper trend that could make 2021 a critical turning point,” a Foreign Policy article notes. “If that claim sounds overblown, consider a few important facts. The first is that confidence in the vaccine hasn’t just grown but is likely to keep growing.”

Do You Have Projects You Need to Finish?

As more and more people get vaccinated, life will be able to start getting back to some semblance of normal. So, if you have any home-improvement projects that you’ve been talking about taking on, now is the time!

If modernizing your bathroom is on the to-do list, we would love to help. Just think how great frameless shower doors or glass shower panels from Florida State Glass and Mirror would look in your special sanctuary!

We can also help with a full selection of mirrors, including LED mirrors, glow mirrors, mirrors with illuminated borders and vanity / makeup mirrors. And, if you are thinking of a home improvement project outside the bathroom, we might still be able to help. Here are a few suggestions to get you thinking:

  • Staircases (glass railings)
  • Fireplaces (custom fireplace mirrors)
  • Foyers (custom foyer mirrors)

So, go ahead and put your energy into something that will ensure happiness and joy for your family in 2021. If we’ve learned anything this past year, it is that Dorothy was right… there really is no place like home.

If you have questions about putting in a clear glass shower enclosure or installing seamless glass railings, contact us.

See the Future Clearly (with glass upgrades)

With the confusion, fear and turmoil of 2020 behind us, perhaps it is in everyone’s best interest to look at 2021 with open eyes, positive thoughts and a mind as unclouded as a clear glass shower enclosure from by Florida State Glass and Mirror.

Taking such an optimistic approach to the New Year can’t hurt, right? Thoughts along those lines might even be valid now that a COVID-19 vaccine is here.

To take the focus off the doom and gloom that remains amid a global pandemic, we suggest you think about a home-improvement project, namely modernizing your bathroom. 

 

Make Your World a Little Brighter

Florida State Glass and Mirror can supply your special sanctuary with frameless shower doors and glass shower panels as well as LED mirrors, glow mirrors, mirrors with illuminated borders and vanity / makeup mirrors. And it isn’t just the bathroom where we can help you see clearly!  Our list of products can be used in many areas throughout your home, including: 

So go ahead and put your energy into something that will ensure happiness and joy for your family in 2021 and possibly as long as you live in your home – an upgrade to its interior hardware.

“…we will come through on the other side and we will go back to our lives,” historian Howard Markel says in a STAT article. “There have been epidemics for millennia, and those who survive move on with their lives and they go on.”

The article continues: “Perhaps by the holidays in December 2021, life will feel safe enough that memories of the anxiety and fear of spring 2020 start to blur. After all, Markel said, the typical final act of health emergencies is “global amnesia,” when people forget the lessons of what they just lived through.”

If you would like to see your future clearly and your home made more beautiful, we would love to give you more information about seamless glass railings,  frameless shower enclosures and more. Contact us at 561-903-2715.

Glass Panels in the Kitchen

It’s true, most people associate clear glass with shower enclosures in the bathroom, or maybe even frameless glass balcony railings. But glass panels can also work beautifully in your kitchen.

With the pandemic, we have all been eating at home more. A lot more. And that, of course, means that we are all spending more time in our kitchens. (Even if it is only to grab some silverware or get the ketchup out of the frig.) 

Not surprisingly, many people are noticing that their kitchen could use a little updating. The good news is that you don’t have to embark on a complete kitchen renovation project. For a lot less money – and in a lot less time – you can give your kitchen a whole new look and feel by freshening up the look of your kitchen cabinets.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Updates

When it comes to freshening up the look of your kitchen, you have several options: 

  1. Glass-fronted cabinet doors.
    • Of course, here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we love this option. But we are not the only ones. As HGTV notes in its write up on glass kitchen cabinet doors, “There are many benefits to adding glass doors to your kitchen cabinets, the first of which is obvious: you’ll be able to see what’s in your cabinets. This offers a stylish touch that allows you to show off attractive glassware and dinnerware,” the say. And remember, you don’t have to convert all of your cabinet doors, so you can still have plenty of storage space for things you might not want on display.
  2. Painted cabinets
    • An even easier and more affordable way to change things up in your kitchen is by painting your cabinets. You can try for something simple and fresh, like all white cabinets or explore the popular trend of using a darker color for your bottom cabinets and a lighter color above.
  3. New hardware
    • You might not pay much attention to the drawer pulls and the handles on your cabinet doors, but you would be surprised by how much of a difference installing new hardware can make – especially if you pair the metal used in your new hardware with a new kitchen faucet.

If you would like some ideas about updating your bathroom, too, we would love to show you how much of a difference a new clear glass shower enclosure or frameless shower doors will make!

Clear Glass Showers Are on Trend

Reimagining your bathroom – one of the most important rooms in the home, rivaling the kitchen – can be an important step. If you are planning to go all out and modernize that most sacred of spaces, the experts at Florida State Glass and Mirror, a leading supplier of frameless glass shower enclosures, would love to help.

Frameless shower doors and glass shower panels are beautiful enough to land your bathroom on the pages of an upscale architectural magazine.

“A pristinely remodeled shower is the dream of many,” The DC Post reports in a story titled “Bathroom Guide: How to Remodel Your Shower.” “You can successfully remodel your shower with proper planning and effort. Proper natural light is important to make your shower feel warm and welcoming. For this, you can use frameless glass walls with a corner shower unit. Instead of wooden framing, you can also buy a frameless shower door if needed.”

If you are planning to go all out, make sure to add some special finishing touches to your clear glass shower enclosure.

Among the trends recommended by The DC Post are:

  • Incorporating a corner shower

“A corner shower is one of the best shower remodel ideas for smaller bathrooms,” according to The DC Post. “You can add a quarter-round corner shower with a sliding or swinging door. This will save you from facing door obstructions. You can enhance air circulation by raising the ceiling. Similarly, it will let natural light and air into your shower. It will also reduce the growth of fungi and germs in the area.”

  • Consider getting rid of the bathtub, especially if the children are grown. 

“One of the hot trends in modern baths is to eliminate the tub, using only the shower to accommodate a less leisurely lifestyle,” according to The DC Post. “And speaking of hot trends, another is to make them large enough to bring a guest with you – he or she can even have a separate showerhead.”

  • Installing stone and tile in mostly monochromatic color schemes.

If you have any questions about shower enclosure glass, please contact us. We would love to help!

Frameless Shower Doors and Other Design Trends for 2020

You’ve probably had plenty of time to think about what your dream bathroom would look like while you’re tucked away at home during the quarantine. Maybe you’ve been thinking about a new vanity or soaking tub. Or, after this year’s shortage of toilet paper, how about a bidet? And, we’re guessing that you’ve been dreaming about frameless glass shower doors to complement your bathroom’s contemporary new look. 

Overall, when it comes to bathrooms, the design trends in 2020 continue to favor open, airy styles. If you don’t have the kind of large spaces often featured in design magazines and websites, you may have to get a little creative to create the feeling of simplicity and calm that is so popular these days. 

Bathroom Design Trends 

The clean lines and open feel of a frameless shower enclosure remain among the most popular trends in bathroom design. And there is every indication that the trend will continue as other design elements are being introduced to complement the sophisticated style of a clear glass shower enclosure

According to the Washington Post, some of the features you may want to consider that will work with your glass shower panels include:

  • Large-format tiles: “Large-format tiles start at 16-inches but can run up to 10 feet. They are square or rectangular and made from ceramic, porcelain and stone. By minimizing grout lines, these generously sized tiles create a seamless look and give the illusion of a bigger space,” the Post’s design gurus says.
  • Japanese soaking tubs: As the Post reports, “Not every bathroom has room for a large, free-standing basin. Enter Japanese soaking tubs, also known as ofuro tubs. They are smaller and deeper than a standard bathtub and have a bench seat.”
  • Linear drains: “A linear drain is an easy way to make a shower look more elegant,” Shannon Kadwell of Anthony Wilder Design Build told the paper.  
  • Floating vanities: The downside, of course, is that you’ll probably end up with less storage space. 
  • Decorative cement tiles: “Handcrafted tiles are being used to add texture and interest to a space. [They are] a bit of nostalgia without too much fuss,” Kadwell said. “With so many designs and colors you really are only limited by your imagination.”

Toilets with built-in bidets are also gaining in popularity (and if you’ve tried to buy toilet paper at any time since the quarantine began, you don’t need an explanation of why!). 

For more information on bathroom design and clear glass shower enclosures, contact Florida State Glass and Mirror Company.