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Does Santa Have Glass Shower Panels?

There are a lot of things we know about Santa Claus – and an awful lot of things we don’t know. When it comes to what his bathroom looks like and whether or not they have glass shower panels up at the North Pole or whether there are glass railings on the balcony overlooking the workshop, well that’s definitely something we can only wonder about. 

Nevertheless, House and Home reported on a log cabin in the North Pole that is decorated like Santa’s house. Or at least what someone imagines Santa’s house to look like. You or I might have different ideas dancing in our heads on these long winter nights, but it’s still fun to take a peek at this chill abode!

Santa’s Cabin in the Woods

The folks at House and Home start off by saying, “If Santa Claus were real, his house would look something like this rustic log cabin in the North Pole. Though it may look more like the set of a Christmas movie, this real house was decorated by its owner to look and feel like somewhere Santa would live.”

We don’t want to ruffle any feathers, but since when does Santa live in a log cabin? Haven’t these folks ever watched any of the Christmas specials on TV? We like to think of Santa ensconced in a castle with plenty of room for his workshop and all of those busy little elves – something like the one featured in the 1964 classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. 

But for now, we’ll play along. 

According to House and Home, the log cabin is “Described as “a toy-lover’s paradise nestled on 25 idyllic acres at the North Pole — perfect for spirited reindeer games” in the listing, the vintage log house was built in the 1800s and renovated in 2013 with modern-day amenities.” 

The home has 2,500 square feet – not quite a castle, but not exactly a cozy little cabin, either – three bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

Based on the picture of Santa’s bathroom that House and Home ran, which shows a red plaid shower curtain rather than a chic clear glass shower enclosure, we would have to say he is more of a traditional guy. But if he is ever interested in updating his décor with frameless glass shower doors, we would love to help!

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!

A Clear Look at the History of Glass: Part 1

Here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we owe a debt of gratitude to the Mesopotamians. Without their ingenuity, which gave us not only glass but also the first form of writing and the wheel among many other things, we would not be able to offer you our beautiful clear glass shower enclosures or frameless glass balcony railings

We don’t know exactly how the Mesopotamians managed to develop a method for making glass, but we are awfully glad they did! 

The Early Chapters in the History of Glass

While many questions remain about the introduction of glass, Historians think that the discovery was first made about 4,000 years ago – maybe more – in Mesopotamia! “Scholars believe that the ability to make glass developed over a long period of time from experiments with a mixture of silica-sand or ground quartz pebbles – and an alkali,” the experts at the Corning Museum of Glass tell us. 

“Other high heat industries, including ceramics and metalworking, could have inspired early glassmakers. Perhaps the development of glass began with potters firing their wares. Could the first glass have been colorful, hard, shiny decoration fused to a clay pot’s surface in the heat of the furnace? No one knows,” they say.

What we do know is that Pliny the Elder, a Roman military commander, author and philosopher who died in 79 AD, got it wrong. He credited the Phoenicians with the discovery of glass. The Phoenicians may have been superb sailors, who came up with a set of letters that would eventually become the alphabet we use today, but they were not the first to make glass, as Pliny would have us believe.

According to the Corning Museum of Glass, Pliny said that Phoenician sailors accidentally discovered glass when they made a cooking fire on the beach. “Though this is an interesting explanation, this scenario is not possible since a cooking fire cannot reach the melting temperature of glass, and the story most likely involved Ptolemais because its beach sand was historically known to be heavily used for glassmaking,” they say.

It may not seem like much compared to the ancient Mesopotamians and Phoenicians, but here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we are very proud of our history as a family-owned and operated business with more than 20 years of experience working with high-quality glass products, including glass shower panels and glass railings.

Lighten Up with Glass Railings

It doesn’t matter if you’re talking about residential, office or commercial space – one of the features that almost always features at the top of everyone’s wish list is natural light. Seamless glass railings are a great way to let more natural light into your space. Even glass shower panels can help more light shine through. 

The desire for natural light isn’t just a design trend. Most of us spend the majority of our time indoors (especially these days!). That leaves our bodies craving sunlight. 

The Benefits of Natural Light

The sustainability experts at North Carolina State University Shine Light on What Natural Light Does For Your Body.  “Of course using natural light instead of artificial light reduces energy consumption and lowers your electricity bill,” they say. “But did you know how important natural light is important to your productivity and overall health?” 

Among other things, they say that natural light can:

  • Aid your body’s ability to store vitamin D 
  • Enhance productivity
  • Ease eye strain
  • Help you get a good night’s sleep
  • Give your mood a boost

Maximizing Natural Light

In discussing The Health Benefits of Natural Light, the experts at Healthline recommended a few things you can do to help shine more natural light in your space, including: 

  • Install mirrors. “Help light bounce around a room with a mirror …or two …or more,” they say. “Sunlight from the window can reflect against a mirror, casting more brightness between four walls.”
  • Do without drapes. As Healthline points out, “Removing heavy curtains is an easy step to allowing more sun in your space.”
  • Choose reflective colors. “White is the most reflective color,” they say, but emphasize that you don’t have to limit yourself.  

When it comes to design trends, frameless glass balcony railings, glass stair railings and frameless glass shower doors are all very popular right now. They are also very practical. If you would like more information on how we can help more natural light shine in your life, please contact us and request a free estimate.

You Can See the Quality as Clear as Glass

Here at Florida State Glass and Mirror, we have been proudly serving the South Florida community for more than 20 years. Whether you are looking for a clear glass shower enclosure, frameless glass railings or, perhaps, a custom mirror, you can trust us to deliver the quality and service you deserve. 

But you don’t have to take our word for it. Here are a few of our five-star Google reviews: 

  • Samantha says, “I was very satisfied with my shower enclosure and my LED mirrors for my bathroom. I cannot fathom how great the work was. If you’re looking for a great shower and mirror company, this is the company to use! From the time Nick came to give me my quote and from the time Andy installed my showers I couldn’t of been any happier! THANK YOU FLORIDA STATE GLASS AND MIRROR!!!!!”
  • Gloria said, “Wow!!! They did a fabulous job with my Shower and also the mirrors. I am looking forward to do the Railing. The workers are nice, clean, and fast! I recommend to use this company Florida State Glass and Mirror.” 
  • Some Guy (that’s what he calls himself, it wasn’t our idea!) said, “Outstanding, prompt and excellent service! So happy with my frameless shower enclosure just installed! Please Highly recommend!!!”

We’ve also received lots of A ratings on Angie’s List, like these:

  • “I bought a sliding glass shower door online. I had a glass guy ready to install it and he vanished. Angie’s list to the rescue. This company was very professional. They cleaned up all of their mess and there was zero problems. They even went to their shop and got me a custom piece to replace what was stock so it would be a better quality installation at no extra charge. Great glass company.”
  • “Great, one of the best contractors I have hired on Angie’s List. Would highly recommend them.”

We are really grateful to all of our wonderful clients who have taken the time to post reviews of our work like these. Florida State Glass and Mirror, your South Florida destination for glass shower panels, seamless glass railings, commercial glass and custom mirrors, is a family-owned and family-operated business, so we truly do understand the importance of customer service.