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Building a Glass Block Shower

Glass Block Window and Privacy

Glass Block Shower

Glass Block showers have recently begun a comeback as a stylish building material.  Glass block is both attractive and economical.  If a bathroom remodel or design in your NJ home is in the works, look into this option.  It’s a great way to save some money without sacrificing a stylish look.  When the block is mortared, it creates strong walls that are impervious to water and is easy to maintain.  Glass block can be bought in a variety of sizes and shapes so you can build a custom size to most specifications.  One of the biggest features of using this material is the transparency of the glass.  The sun shines bright in New Jersey so that sunshine can be brought in the shower stall.  This is a definite perk. There doesn’t necessarily have to be dark corners in the shower as there are in other showers.


Getting Started

It will take a professional about 5 days to complete this project.  These 5 days will include; plumbing and framing, concrete work, glass block laying and tile setting.  So if you plan on doing the job yourself, you should allow 9 days (depending on your skill level).

Laying Glass Block

You will need plastic spacers to use between the block when mortaring them.  It’s the same basic idea as when tiling.  The spacers provide a uniform look while taking the guess work out of measuring each space.  Usually ¼ inch spacers are the norm but you can choose whatever you like.  Laying glass block will take patience and attention to detail.  The end product has a direct correlation to the amount of attention given to your work.  It’s no different than any other job. You can’t use spacers with corner blocks.  You will have to lay them freehand.  Using shims will definitely help.

Setting the First Row

Just like laying brick, pavers, or tile, the first row is critical to keeping the rows above it straight.  You will need to lay the mixed mortar on the sill plate that the block will sit on.  Go to the glass block dealer that you bought the materials from and tell them you need a large bag of mortar for the glass block.  Do not mix the entire bag at one time, use about 1/3 of it and mix it to a “pudding” consistency.  Load your trowel up with mortar and lay ½ inch on the sill and begin at a corner block setting your row.  Tap the blocks down with the back end of your trowel.  Continue setting the glass block using your level each time you add a block. The longer the level you have, the more accurate your line of blocks will be.

After the first row is set and the mortar joints filled, lay a bed of mortar on top of them for the second row.  Before laying the second row of block, cut a strip of reinforcement wire (also found at the glass block dealer) the length of the run and press it into the mortar bed you just put down.  Making sure the reinforcing wire is embedded in the mortar mix, begin to lay the second row of block.  At the end of the second row, use a special steel anchor (looks like a perforated piece of sheet metal) and lay one end into the mortar bed where the reinforcement mesh is and screw the other end into your 2×4 end support.  These anchors serve as “tie-ins” to keep the stacked block securely fastened.  Your mortar will hide the metal anchor so you will not be able to see it.  Repeat the anchoring process every 2 rows that are layed.

Only go up half the height of your shower the 1st day and then do the second the 2nd day.  This will allow the bottom half to dry before adding additional weight on top.


This article is by no means the full process required to complete a glass block shower but it gives you the basics and a strong knowledge base to build from.  If the project seems too complex for you, call in a friend or a professional contractor in At; anta if you can afford it.  With time, patience, and perseverance you can do it.

Types of Replacement Windows


Open Window

For the homeowner considering replacement windows there can be so much information that it becomes overwhelming. While it is agreed that there are many benefits from home remodeling projects which include replacement windows, trying to choose the exact window can be confusing for the Baltimore homeowner who really is not sure which one is best. There are several different types of replacement windows from which to choose including styles, frame materials and glass options. These are the main aspects that must be considered when choosing which windows will work best for your home improvement project.

Frame Materials

There are four materials that are typically used to make replacement windows for the Baltimore home. The four types of materials are aluminum, vinyl, wood and fiberglass. Each of these has advantages and disadvantages. Aluminum window frames are lightweight, durable and very low maintenance. Aluminum can be used to make the sashes and frames much slimmer; but it can be less aesthetic in appeal than wood. Wood windows are long lasting and durable. Wood can be adapted to almost any exterior style since they can be painted or stained to achieve the desired effect. The disadvantage to using wood frames is that it is very high maintenance and it will have to be painted frequently. Continue reading

Must haves for your dream home

There are must haves in purchasing your dream home or turning your current home into your dream home! Important factors in choosing your dream home or making your current home into your dream home are flooring, landscape, glassworks, interior and exterior finishes! Things that should come into mind making your home a dream come true is comfort, beauty, and what is practical in case you later sell or want to live in this home for the rest of your years.

Flooring is the base of your home. Again, thinking comfort, beauty, and about what is practical when it comes to flooring. ‘Wood flooring suits most homes because it’s affordable, beautiful, ups the value of your home, and feels warm and comforting when in a room with wood flooring. Maintenance for wood floors is easy as well. Maybe you want wood flooring in the main areas of your home but want carpet in your rooms so that you can feel comfortable walking around your room without socks or slippers, the cold feet factor! In deciding upon flooring these factors should be decided upon and integrated into your home.

Landscape is an important factor as well. Sure you can work on the landscape as you go, but making sure the base of the property is aligned with your wants and needs would be important in choosing your dream home. If your dream home is that of a beautiful landscaped yard with many flowers and a long pathway to your front door, it wouldn’t make much sense to purchase a home in the dry desert or a home that was close to the road.

Glassworks, interior and exterior design make a home just that, home! Choosing the right glassworks in regards to your personal taste, durability, and your locations needs is of great importance. On top of choosing the right glassworks for your needs exterior and interior designs play an important part and should be thought of while choosing your glasswork design and material as well. Think of your location, the message you want to speak when others view your home, what materials and colors would comfort you and cost can help you chose the right materials to get you to the means of a dream home.

Plan ahead, have fun and dream big because your home is counting on you!