Bathroom Ideas

The Great Disappearing Act Of The Hotel Shower Door

Frequent travelers may have noticed a new trend that has been appearing in hotels throughout the country recently. What began overseas during the 80s is now a widespread staple of high-end and luxurious hotels worldwide. Namely, the disappearing hotel shower door. While hotel bathroom showers traditionally include a partition, it is now common to find a shower with a half curve of glass only, or simply a shower head and drain open to the rest of the room. For patrons, the trend may seem bewildering, or downright infuriating, but the days of a shower curtain or door are clearly long gone. 

It has been said that the half-door, or no doors, concept serves a handful of purposes that would otherwise not exist with a full partition. Some of these reasons include the illusion of a larger room. Without a shower curtain or door, the room instantly becomes brighter and a bit more spacious as guests are able to scope out the entire space at first glance. It also provides easy cleanup for housekeeping. Shower curtains, especially cloth curtains, are more likely to trap bacteria than shower glass. Frameless shower doors offer less chance of mold build-up and are easier to clean, something to consider as the travel industry begins to slowly reopen.

Darrell Long, Design Principal and Regional Managing Director at Wilson Associates recently provided his expert opinions.

1.   When did this trend begin in the US?

In the United States, it wasn’t until approximately ten years ago that the idea was implemented. The origins were profoundly entrenched in the boutique hotel market. The implementation was more of a cool factor and less of a necessity. And in most situations

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How To Plan Your Bathroom Remodel In Iowa

This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Be sure your remodel goes smoothly with our bathroom renovation checklist.
Be sure your remodel goes smoothly with our bathroom renovation checklist. (Shutterstock)

But to make sure the end results are tailored to your needs, you’ll want to do some planning before contacting professional bathroom remodelers. Here’s what to do.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink to a drop-in model.”

Browse sites like Pinterest for inspiration as to layout, aesthetics, and materials. Save some photos to show your contractor and point out what you like about them.

2. Determine The Contractors You’ll Need

You might think one firm can come in and tackle your entire bathroom remodel. While some can, it is better in many instances to hire a few specialty contractors. Contrary to popular belief, this can actually save money and increase the longevity of your remodel.

So, first think about who you will need: a custom millworker, plumber, bath fitter, etc.


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3. Look Into Necessary Permits

Small-scale bathroom remodels most likely won’t call for any permits. However, large-scale projects may require building permits, which you can obtain through your local government offices.

Also, keep in mind that many local governments require electrical wiring to be inspected.

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Georgia Homeowners: Your Bathroom Remodel Checklist

This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Thinking of renovating your bathroom? Be sure to take these steps first.
Thinking of renovating your bathroom? Be sure to take these steps first. (Shutterstock)

But before you pick up the phone to start interviewing bathroom remodelers, you’ll want to think through some of the details. Here’s what to do first.

1. Plan Your Design

While professional bathroom remodelers will be able to help you make structural decisions, it’s wise for you to know ahead of time what you’d like the end result to look like. Do a little brainstorming to come up with concrete ideas, like, “I’d like a freestanding tub and separate shower,” or “I prefer a pedestal sink to a drop-in model.”

Browse sites like Pinterest for inspiration as to layout, aesthetics, and materials. Save some photos to show your contractor and point out what you like about them.

2. Determine The Contractors You’ll Need

You might think one firm can come in and tackle your entire bathroom remodel. While some can, it is better in many instances to hire a few specialty contractors. Contrary to popular belief, this can actually save money and increase the longevity of your remodel.

So, first think about who you will need: a custom millworker, plumber, bath fitter, etc.


Need a professional bathroom remodeler? Find an expert near you.


3. Look Into Necessary Permits

Small-scale bathroom remodels most likely won’t call for any permits. However, large-scale projects may require building permits, which you can obtain through your local government offices.

Also, keep in mind that many local governments require electrical wiring to be inspected. Look into

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Bathroom Remodels: What Minnesota Homeowners Need To Know

When it comes to renovations, the bathroom is often the most overlooked room in the house. Make this the year you tackle that bathroom remodel in your Minnesota home, giving it a complete design makeover.

Whether you’re just adding a new coat of paint or updating the entire design with a new vanity and tub, a bathroom remodel is an exciting home project. To avoid costly mistakes, it’s important that you stay organized and on track from start to finish. Use this checklist to help you make smart choices and ensure that your bathroom renovation goes as planned.

1. Design and Plan

Once you’ve made the decision to remodel your bathroom, you’ll need a solid idea and plan for the design. Without a clear picture of what you want your bathroom to look like when the renovation is complete, you may run into mistakes that cost you money and time. A good design plan ensures that the contractor you hire knows exactly what you want and can work within your budget and schedule to complete the remodel.

For ideas and inspiration for your new bathroom, look at home improvement magazines and online for the latest design trends. You’ll also want to get swatches from your local paint store to help you finalize the color scheme. Don’t forget to take functionality into consideration as well. Take the time to choose a toilet, tub, and fixtures that are both appealing and practical for your needs.

2. Build a Contractor List

Depending on what changes you’re making, bathroom renovations can be complex. Don’t make the mistake of thinking your bathroom remodel is a DIY project. The last thing you want is to put you and your family at risk when renos aren’t done correctly. It’s best to hire qualified contractors who have the

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Where do ideas come from?

By Morf Morford

Tacoma Daily Index

Good artists copy and great artists steal. – Picasso *

Ideas don’t come out of nothing. It would be easy to make the case that every idea and invention, from toilets to software to music or smart phones or even printing or gunpowder came from somewhere else.

The concept of patents and copyrights, for example, is relatively new.

Shakespeare made a regular practice of lifting other people’s stories or adapting familiar tales into his plays.

We have a mythology of the solo entrepreneur, the solitary genius and creative team that invents and develops what no one else could.

There is a near-industry of these “creatives,” from Steve Jobs to Thomas Edison and many more.

But the reality is very different; ideas and concepts are stolen, lifted, adapted, reconfigured, reframed and marketed in different ways constantly.

Even Picasso’s famous quote was almost certainly lifted from T.S. Eliot, who said, “Immature poets imitate, mature poets steal.” *

Steve Jobs, one America’s favorite folk-heroes of creativity borrowed virtually every concept of the Macintosh computer from a similar device that was shown to him at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center. Each aspect that most of us associate with the first Apple came first from Xerox; the computer mouse, the GUI (Graphic User Interface) and much more. Apple just put it all in one easier-to-access unit.

When it comes to the movie industry, good luck finding originality.

Screenwriter Wilson Mizner said, “If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism, and if you steal from many, it’s research.”

See the film Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarantino? Virtually every scene is a remake from another earlier film.

You may have heard of Led Zeppelin cover bands (local bands that “cover” Led Zeppelin songs). But many

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