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Aging in Place with Style – Turn a Tub into a Glass Block Walk in Shower
Americans want to age gracefully in their own home without compromising style and function. One way to accomplish this is to use a newly designed acrylic shower base that converts a standard tub into a glass block walk in shower.
By: Mike Foti
This base measures 60” x 34” and fits into the area normally occupied by a standard bathtub. Since the base is made from acrylic it is guaranteed not to crack, chip or spall. Available in white or biscuit colors with a right or left hand entry designs, the new base will create a more open feel for a small bathroom.
The glass blocks are installed in a rounded (or radius) design with 2 pattern choices – Decora (which is wavy design) or Icescapes (which looks like crushed Ice). Both patterns make cleaning easier and eliminate the need for curtains or a shower door, making it more economical vs. traditional tub to shower designs. The block walls are 80” high and sit on top the acrylic base which measures 4”.
The shower wall can be prefabricated and shipped across the United States. The acrylic pans are formed as one piece with no seams and installed into a mortar bed at the project site – making them 100% waterproof.
Mike Foti, President of Columbus Glass Block and The Bath Doctor, said, “We’ve seen many older homeowners worry about having to step over tub railings and possibly falling while entering their showers. The market has been looking for a way to convert an old tub into a shower while adding to the look and style of the bathroom. This product combines the best of all worlds – a safe and stylish shower installed into the space of an existing tub.”
Columbus Glass Block and The Bath Doctor can be contracted for bath to shower conversions, or can supply pre-made glass block shower wall assemblies and shower pans on a nationwide basis. These walls are shipped into 16” tall sections with a vinyl stack assembly components which are siliconed together and then grouted after they are anchored to the surrounding walls. The shower head and side walls are usually covered in tile or an acrylic shower wall surround.
For additional information on how to turn a tub in a glass block walk in shower contact Mike Foti or visit
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Columbus Glass Block is a nationwide supplier and installer of glass block windows, showers, and walls. We offer unique lines of colored glass block and also can laser etch images into the block for personalized gifts, wall signs or decorative windows.