Shower Door In Master Bathroom Or Not?

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Shower Door In Master Bathroom Or Not?

One of the things I've learned over the years building homes, everyone is different. I'll provide my opinion but frankly it's a personal issue.

Installing a door- the safest bet is to install a shower door. Yes, depending upon the configuration of the shower you may have to clean it more often but at least you will always be warm. The current trend is to install a frameless door with the thicker glass (3/8") and heavy duty hinges.

Without a door- sure it's cool to go doorless and you can be sure never to clean a shower door again. On the other hand, there's a good chance you are going to be cold in your shower during the winter months. Ok, I get it, if you just moved down from up north where it's really cold it's difficult to relate to this issue. After you are here for a  few years, you may change your tune. For locals, it gets cold in Central Florida in the winter better install a door.

If you decide to go doorless make sure the top of the shower is enclosed in some manner or has a dropped soffit. I recommend a soffit dropped to 8' above finished floor (A.F.F.). That means the ceiling height will be 8' in the shower. The rest of the bathroom ceiling can be higher. What you don't want is air circulating through the shower when using it. Trust me on this one, air circulating through you shower will definitely make you cold. Additionally, lowering the ceiling to 8' in the shower holds the steam from the hot water down to a height where it will keep you comfortable.

No matter what you decide remember, most Custom Home Owners hire a maid to clean their homes so cleaning the enclosure is not really going to be an issue, anyway. On the other hand, i've seen owners that clean their own homes and use a squeegee to clean of the glass after each shower. As I mentioned previously, it's a personal decision.

Have an awesome day,

Mike


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Stefan Winter
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They can make some pretty nice looking shower doors now days, I have seen some amazing once infact. I would always prefer to have one.

Jul 25, 2015 09:47 AM #1
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Michael McGuffie
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Stefan, I agree, even in Florida it gets cold and breezy in the master bathroom. On the other hand, due to our warm climate many choose to go doorless.

Jul 25, 2015 12:22 PM #2
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I will absolutely NEVER have a shower door again.  Of course I live in the south so cold isn't really a factor in my planning.  Frankly I want a curved tile wall next time that doesn't even require a curtain.  

Jul 25, 2015 01:12 PM #3
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Jordana Tobel
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I love having no door, but it's a personal preference

Jul 25, 2015 11:58 PM #4
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Sam Shueh
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I have buyers walk out of a purchase contract because of lack of privacy. The listed price was $1.99 million dollars.  The sellers took a long time to convince others to follow suit. "No nudist camp even in the bath room" says the buyer.

Jul 26, 2015 12:10 AM #5
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Macy Babb
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I agree that it's a personal preference, however... I think that if the shower is not big enough to go without a door, then a door is a must.  And the glass enclosures, and frameless that they have come out with lately are worth the money.

Jul 26, 2015 01:30 AM #6
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Praful Thakkar
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Michael McGuffie - I still have 'old fashioned' shower door with frame - and cleaning after each shower is important.

Jul 26, 2015 01:42 PM #7
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Nancy Laswick
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I found this post through a post re-blogged by Winston Haverly. Excellent advice on the shower door Michael McGuffie. Even in Phoenix, in the summer, you can get cold in a doorless shower.

Oct 11, 2016 04:57 AM #8
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Michael McGuffie
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Nancy Laswick , thanks for your kind comments! Yes, I agree, a doorless shower sounds great in theory but isn't really practical day to day.

Oct 11, 2016 05:21 AM #9
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