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How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

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Don’t let a lack of square footage hold you back from having an airy, spacious bathroom! With a few simple updates and a bit of creativity, you can make your bathroom look and feel larger, brighter, and twice as functional. Not sure where to start? No worries, our custom glass company is sharing eight small bathroom ideas to get you started.

Choose Light Colors Throughout the Bathroom

A light color in the bathroom, whether it’s white subway tiles or paint, will reflect more light and make the room feel larger. This goes for the whole bathroom, too, so consider a light colored tile rather than dark on your flooring, too. And don’t feel like you need to paint everything white – icy blues, pale greens, and light sandy shades are all light enough to make the space seem larger.

Use High Gloss Paint or Tile

For maximum reflection, you want to add a bit of gloss to your bathroom. If you are considering tile, you’ll want to go with one that has a smooth, bright sheen on it rather than a matte look. For paint, we would recommend at least a semi-gloss.

Minimize Contrasts and Transitions

If you have a wallpaper border on the top of your wall, and paint on the bottom half, a chair rail, a dark floor and light wall – all these transitions and contrasts stop and start your eye movement and make the room seem small and choppy. Where you can carry the same color and materials through the space, we recommend you do so. Take tile all the way up to the ceiling and into the shower or carry the same style or color of tile from your shower onto your flooring.

Switch From a Shower Curtain to a Glass Shower Enclosure

Nothing cuts a bathroom in half like the traditional shower curtain. It blocks light, it blocks your eye movement, and it makes even larger bathrooms seem small. Instead, take down the curtain and consider a frameless glass shower enclosure, or at least a glass shower door. This makes all the space in the bathroom visible and it allows light to flow more easily in the room.

Increase Lighting

If you have a window in your bathroom, make the most of it and allow as much natural lighting as possible come into the room. Take down a blind or a shade (which holds dust and even mold) and instead, consider having privacy glass installed in your window, or for an economical option, use frosted or pebbled window film to provide both light and privacy.

Also, make sure you leverage your artificial lighting options. In a small bathroom that only has a ceiling light, swap it out for one that allows multiple bulbs so it casts light in 360 degrees. Consider a backlit mirror if you don’t have space around your bathroom mirror for lights on the side or above the mirror.

Add Mirrors to Reflect Light

Large mirrors are not only attractive statement pieces, they can create the illusion of doubling the size of your bathroom. Consider a custom mirror along the wall instead of using tile, particularly for a small powder room or half-bathroom. Instead of the traditional smaller mirror or medicine cabinet sized mirror over a vanity or sink, put up a statement mirror with a gorgeous frame.

Use Narrow Ledges to Create Storage

You need storage, but over the toilet shelving or cabinets are too bulky and take up too much space. Consider using a narrow ledge instead of a wider shelf to hold a few items, such as a tooth brush holder or place a narrow wire basket on it for hair care supplies and cosmetics.

Swap a Vanity for a Pedestal Sink

Vanities with bulky cabinets underneath often don’t provide the storage you need because pipes take up so much space, so much of the area is wasted. Let go of the vanity and make the switch to a classic wall mounted sink or a pedestal sink instead! You’ll open up floor and wall space and still have the area to wash your hands and brush your teeth.

Schedule a Free Quote for Custom Glass in Raleigh Today

If you’re ready to transform your bathroom, we’re here to help! From custom wall mirrors that can create depth to glass shower enclosures that improve flow, we can help you add beauty and value to your home while creating a bathroom you’ll love! Call us at (919) 772-1007 or fill out the form below to schedule a free quote today.

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Home Gym Ideas for a Small Space

You want to get fit and start adding more exercise into your daily routine, but you have neither the time, nor the inclination, to go to the gym. You may even already have all the gear you need to work out, but the problem is that you don’t have a dedicated area. Fortunately, if there’s a space in your home you aren’t using, most likely, you can transform it into a home gym. To help you get started, we’re sharing 7 home gym ideas for your small spaces.

Making Your Small Home Gym Functional

First, we’re going to look at how to create a functional home gym in a small space.

Use Multi-functional Workout Gear

When space is at a premium, a massive workout bench and weight rack or large equipment just won’t work. You need gear that is space-efficient and multi-functional. Consider these items that you can use in all types of workouts:

  • Resistance bands – can be used to to target pretty much every part of your body.
  • Medicine ball – great for core strengthening, balance improvement, isometric exercises.
  • Single set of dumbbells – ideal for adding extra resistance to a full-body workout as well as arm exercises.
  • Yoga mat – great for yoga flow or offering support during high-intensity isometric training.
  • Step platforms can take the place of a treadmill or stair climber machine.
  • Jump rope – Excellent cardio booster.

Delineate Your Space with Rubber Interlocking Tiles

If you’re turning part of a home office, a corner of the family room, or a space in the garage into your home gym, delineate the space with rubber interlocking tiles. Not only will these define the space more clearly and help you set up your stuff, but they’ll provide you with a cushioned, textured space that will make the experience much more comfortable.

Go Vertical with Your Home Gym Storage

Instead of having a tote or bin where you throw your stuff in when you’re done (then have to dig it all back out the next day), go vertical with your storage. Install some pegboard and shelving so you can keep your gear and accessories visible without cluttering the floor. Hooks and pegboard are ideal for resistance bands, jump ropes, and rolled towels and mats, while a few simple shelves will hold your dumbbells and larger items. You can even use a stuffed animal net in the corner to hold workout balls.

Have Custom Mirrors Made

When you work out, whether you’re practicing yoga poses or doing reps of burpees, having a mirror is key to making sure you’re doing them correctly. You need to be able to see your entire body in motion so you can check your progress and your process. Thin door mirrors simply wont cut it, so it’s important to have custom wall mirrors made that fit your space while providing proper visibility.

An added bonus, full length, custom mirrors will make your workout space feel twice the size!

Creating a Home Gym You Love

You don’t want your DIY gym to be a dreary, depressing space – otherwise, you won’t want to use it. Now that you know what you need to make it functional, we’re adding some tips on how to elevate it to the next level.

Mount a Television to the Wall

If you like to stream workout classes, like yoga or pilates, or you like to use your treadmill time to catch up on Netflix, don’t try to find a spot where you can see your laptop. It won’t work. Instead, invest in a wall-mounted Smart tv that lets you watch your workout class easily without craning to see a small screen.

Add Lighting

Proper lighting will make the space seem larger and airier, making it a more enjoyable spot. If you have a window, remove any blinds or heavy curtains and replace it with sheer curtains or even translucent films that provides privacy while allowing light in. If natural light isn’t an option, consider adding can lighting in the ceiling for bright, but not harsh lighting.

Add Touches You Love

For extra wall space, brighten it up with something you love – you can hang a picture that inspires you, paint it a cool blue to improve your focus or a muted red to increase your intensity, or add greenery for a fresh, lively addition. Whether you want to create a relaxing yoga haven or a high-intensity zone, it’s easy to do with some simple touches.

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Ready to create your optimal workout space? We can help with custom mirrors that will fit even small or awkward spaces. Call our custom glass center in Raleigh for a quote today at [phone] or fill out our contact form below.

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Design Ideas for the Perfect Walk-In Shower

If you’re ready to elevate your bathroom and create a gorgeous, spa-like space, a walk-in shower is an excellent option. Blending functionality and beauty, your morning shower will be transformed from a necessity to a delight. To help you plan your upgrade, our shower glass installation company in Raleigh is sharing some of the top walk-in shower design ideas.

Consider What You Need in a Walk-In Shower

Before we discuss the fun design ideas, it’s important to factor your current space, what you need from your shower, and the outcome you want. For example, if you’re taking out a combination tub and shower enclosure, and replacing it with a separate bathtub and walk-in shower, the space, shape, and dimensions will probably need to be different than if you only have a shower.

You’ll also want to consider things like whether you want to make your shower disability accessible or you want comfort options like multiple showerheads and a bench installed. We recommend you make a list of what you need, your “non-negotiables,” so you can determine the right design options without having to compromise.

Maximize Space in a Corner Shower

If you’re using a corner of your bathroom for your shower, you can maximize space by thinking outside the box-shape. They can be curved, hexagonal, or angled in a way that makes it possible to tuck a shower into a small space or work with a challenging bathroom layout. With custom shower doors, the possibilities are much broader than you think!

Turn Tile Into a Design Element

Tile showers are functional in that they’re easy to clean and they last for decades, but beyond that, tile can be used to enhance your design. Turn plain white subway tiles into a focal point with a chevron or herringbone pattern, or use your shower tiles as a pop of color in a minimalist bathroom design. Because of the sheer volume of colors, shapes, and setting patterns, there are limitless options for you to create a stunning walk-in shower.

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Go Beyond Clear Glass Shower Doors

While clear, unadorned glass panels are classic and beautiful, they may not be right for your bathroom, particularly if you have a shared space and need privacy. Instead, frosted glass and textured glass are both options that provide privacy, allow light to come through, and can be beautiful. Frosted glass with an etched design or textured glass in a raindrop pattern can both act as focal points for your bathroom and can work with almost any design scheme.

Frameless Shower Doors for a Modern Aesthetic

If you want a modern or minimalist aesthetic in your bathroom, a frameless glass shower enclosure will be a perfect element. Using heavy, tempered glass that can support itself, a frameless enclosure creates a seamless design that makes your space look larger and allow you to show off beautiful tile work or fixtures. They also allow more light to pass through, so if your walk-in shower is in a darker area of the bathroom, the glass will allow unobstructed light to come through.

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Framed Shower Doors Stand Out as a Design Feature

If you want a more classic, timeless look in your shower, a framed shower enclosure, which uses metal to frame in the glass, can be a better option. While brass and nickel are traditional options that work well with most designs, some homeowners are choosing to blend classic with unexpected by using copper or a black metal frame to match their fixtures. These also have the added benefit of being a more cost-effective option.

Call for a Free Quote on Custom Shower Glass in Raleigh

If you’re ready to transform your bathroom, and you want a custom walk-in shower installed, we can install the perfect shower glass for your design. From framed or frameless enclosures to frosted panels, we have exactly what you need to get the shower of your dreams. We serve Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Wake Forest, Garner, and nearby areas. To schedule an appointment or get a free estimate, call us at 919-772-1007 or fill out our form below.

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How to Maintain Your Vehicle’s Sunroof

There’s nothing like feeling the breeze on a lovely day when you pop your sunroof open. However, the last thing you want to feel is rain or cold air coming through when it’s closed because of leaking seals or other problems. Fortunately, maintaining your sunroof is fairly simply, and our sunroof repair company is sharing some tips on how to do it.

Keep Your Sunroof Clean

Debris, like pine needles and rocks, leaves, dirt, and acorns can all get trapped in and around the sunroof, but cleaning it regularly will remove the debris and ensure it’s functioning better for a longer period of time. Instead of just wiping down the glass, follow these steps for a thorough clean:

  • Open the vent and clean the visible areas. If there is a lot of dirt and debris, you may need to use a vacuum to get it all out from the tracks.
  • Use a clean, microfiber cloth and cleaning solution, such as auto cleaner or even a bit of watered-down dish detergent to wipe down the moving parts as well as the gasket around the roof, the slides, and track. Take care to get in between any ridges, creases, or folds. You may need to use a toothbrush to get rid of any stuck on dirt.
  • Rinse any soapy residue with a damp, clean rag and take a clean, lint-free cloth to dry everything.
  • Use a very small amount of heat-resistant silicone lubricant to lubricate the moving parts to keep the sunroof opening and closing smoothly.
  • Clean the glass gently.

Use the Proper Cleaning Products on Your Sunroof

When you think of cleaning glass, you may think of just reaching for the Windex or even vinegar to remove dirt and fingerprints. However, ammonia and vinegar can actually be toxic in warm, closed up environments (like a car) as well as dry out the rubber seal and cause it to wear out more quickly.

You also want to avoid using any petroleum-based products on the sunroof components as they can react with the rubber gasket and cause the glass to adhere. When you open the sunroof, the gasket will rip.

Detailing the Drain Tubes

Drain tubes prevent water damage and open on the ledge of the sunroof, move down your car, and drain onto the ground. The same dirt and debris that can collect around the sunroof can also get into the drain tubes and cause a clog that may lead to a leak inside your car. To unclock the tubes, you can use a can of compressed air or a slim wire to run down the tube to get rid of the blockage. However, if the clog is really stuck or it’s still leaking after you run air or wire through it, it’s probably time to take your car in to a professional.

Get a Quote for a Sunroof Replacement Today

If you were cleaning your sunroof and it cracked, an acorn chipped it, or you have an aftermarket installation that is leaking, we can help. Our experienced glass technicians can repair or replace your sunroof quickly and efficiently, even a solar sunroof or panoramic type. We serve Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Apex, Wake Forest, Holly Springs, and nearby areas. To schedule a quote or learn more, reach out to us today at (919) 772-1007 or fill out the form below.

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How to Prevent Condensation Inside Your Car

Is there anything more frustrating than running late for work, only to have to take a few minutes wiping away condensation from your car windows? Condensation in your car is more than a nuisance, though. It can inhibit visibility, creating a safety issue, and over time, the moisture can lead to mold spores, odors, and even damage your interior. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to fix what’s causing the problem and prevent condensation in your car from coming back, and our vehicle glass repair company is going to walk you through how to do it. 

What Causes Condensation in Your Car?

When warm, humid air meets cool air, moisture forms. On a large scale, this creates rain or thunderstorms, but on a small scale, it simply creates water vapor which then condenses into droplets leaving behind foggy, damp glass. One common cause is simply breath – exhaling warm air into a cold car in the winter can cause the windows to fog up, but other causes include: 

  • Having a steaming cup of coffee in a cold car;
  • Leaving said drink in the car overnight where it can evaporate;
  • Wet umbrellas and shoes being left in the car;
  • Damaged seals around windows and the sunroof that allow water to leak in. 
  • Opening your car door to hot, humid air when the AC has been on in your car or it’s been parked in a cool garage. 

Any of these can leave your car windows a foggy mess. 

How to Clear Up Foggy Windows Quickly 

If you go out to your car and your windows are fogged up, here are some steps to help you see clearly, even when you’re in a hurry.

First, turn your car’s air conditioner on full blast to keep the air dry and to balance out the temperature in the car. Split the air flow between defrost and your front vents and point them to your windows.

During this time, you can use a clean, dry cloth to wipe your windows, but more than likely, you’ll leave behind streaks as well as the windows will fog back up. After a short time, turn off the A/C and gradually increase the temperature until the windows dry up and become clear. 

Prevent Vehicle Condensation in the Future

The best thing you can do is prevent condensation in the first place so you always have the clear visibility you need. 

  • Clean your windows inside and out with a dry microfiber cloth and and a cleaner made for auto glass. Dirt attracts moisture and also makes it harder to clean, so by eliminating the dirt, you’re tackling a big part of the problem.
  • Get rid of any source of moisture from your car, including wet umbrellas, soda cans or travel mugs that may have liquid in them, or wet shoes. 
  • Use a moisture absorber like Damp-Rid or even cat litter in a pair of panty hose to attract moisture and keep the car dry. 
  • Check your door, window, and sunroof seals for leaks. 
  • If possible, park in your garage with the windows down or leave two windows cracked open on warmer days to keep air circulating, but close them before dusk to prevent dew. 

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If your windshield or car windows are cracked or chipped, reach out to our auto glass repair company in today for a free estimate on repairs. We serve areas including Raleigh, Cary, Garner, Apex, Durham, and surrounding areas. Fill out our contact form below or call us at 919-772-1007 to get started. 

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