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A curbless shower is a great bathroom feature. The absence of a curb provides a safe shower entry point for people of all ages. Plus it does a surprisingly effective job at creating a sense of openness. Here, four remodeling professionals share details on how they handled a stylish curbless shower.
Homeowners’ request. “The clients wanted seamless design,” designer Jorge Cantu says. “They wanted to walk from one space to another with a feeling of cohesiveness and a connection to the outdoors. The high windows offer privacy with a view of treetops, and that outside view is the focal point of the design.”
Shower details. Wood-look porcelain flooring transitions to glazed porcelain mosaic tile that mimics the look of marble. A black-framed glass panel separates the shower from the main space and coordinates with black details used throughout the room. “The curbless shower is all about not creating distraction,” Cantu says. “Simplicity is key in this design.”
Other special features. Gray quartz backsplash and countertop with waterfall edge. Marble-look porcelain shower wall tile in two styles. “The mixture of materials and patterns with little boundaries between them is meant to mimic the diversity and organic variations of nature,” builder Nick Spector says.
Designer tip. “Be bold in your choices,” Cantu says. “Even organic designs can be bold. For example, the placement of the mirror is intentionally unexpected. It is the bold element in a design that is otherwise very zen.”
Homeowners’ request. This is the bathroom inside designer Maria Malinowski’s home. She took inspiration from her love of New York brownstones.
Shower details. The fully open shower features black-and-white floor tiles that spell out the word “bath.”
Other special features. The shower features two shower heads and two handheld heads. White subway tile with dark grout and black-painted walls punctuate the heavily contrasted palette. Malinowski designed the vanity herself. It features large brass hardware. A woven pendant shade and exposed wood beams add warmth to the room. “I left the raw construction beams that way because it looks more cozy,” Malinowski says.
Designer: Nancy Cardoza
Builder: Steve Boyd of Boyd Custom Homes
Location: Mansfield, Texas
Homeowners’ request. “This was new construction, and the homeowner wanted a simple, clean, elegant, modern look for each bathroom,” builder Steve Boyd says.
Shower details. Concrete transitions to white mosaic tile. Sliding barn-door-style glass enclosure. “Curbless showers are easy to get in and out of regardless of age,” Boyd says.
Other special features. Blue-and-gray accent tile wall and oversize shower niche. The back shower wall is large-format porcelain tile. Floating light wood vanity.
Homeowners’ request. “The client wanted something more modern with a touch of glam, yet fun and functional,” designer Lauren Lerner says. “Their wish list included separate vanities, a stand-alone tub and a larger shower. I knew we could create the space of their dreams and that they would be the perfect clients to embrace something a bit more daring and eclectic.”
Shower details. “Once the gorgeous cement tile floor was chosen, I knew a curbless shower was the only way to go,” Lerner says. “The advantages for choosing this feature were purely aesthetic. While this type of shower is a bit more labor-intensive, a good contractor can seamlessly build it out. An elongated cement wall tile and double shower heads in a striking brass color complemented its unique beauty perfectly.”
Other special features. Black steel door encasements.
Designer tip. “Allow your designer — or yourself — to create a space that pushes your comfort zone,” Lerner says.
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