Design Elements

Make any Bathroom Feel Larger, and Look Brighter!

The implementation of glass shower doors in a bathroom instantaneously adds the feeling of a larger room, and offers up more usable space.

With a common issue in hotel chains and multi-family sites being cramped bathrooms, this quick fix enlarges the room without the need for moving any walls.

Glass is an excellent design material, a sustainable resource, and can modernize a room with its      contemporary look. Used in a hotel setting, a glass enclosed stand up shower provides a hygienic solution in   comparison to one of those old plastic curtains!

Finally, glass allows for improved sight lines, and gives way to more light in both the room and shower.

Stop dealing with those claustrophobic showers and unsanitary curtains; upgrade to glass and make it fit your needs with complete customization by Source Direct Imports.

We have a full line of available products including double-hinge doors, sliders, and single/double bypass panel options.

Feel free to reach to us at any time, and be sure to check back on our blog for more design/construction ideas! For commercial use only.

 

 

 

 

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4 Ways That a Soft Close Will Enhance Your Barn Door Experience

A barn door will not only effectively increase the usable size of a guest bathroom but offer a unique opportunity to make a design statement in form and function. A soft close on barn door will address any past reluctance to use a barn door in your guest room design. Read below how it works.

Four ways that a soft close system will dramatically improve your barn door experience.

What is a soft close? 

A soft close is, as its name indicates, an added feature that enables a barn door to have a controlled and gentle close at either side of its travel.

Safety – 

A soft close has its advantage because it gently stops the slamming of the barn door even when it is shut/open aggressively. Its name, “soft close” tell the story perfectly as it softly closes the barn door in a safe and quite manner.

Extends the life of your door – 

Slamming of the barn door is one of the major factors that decreases the life of your door. With a soft close the speed of the door closing will be controlled relieving stress to the hardware, the door, and its mounting system.

Ease of operation – 

There is no learning curve for people who have not previously used a barn door. The guest does not have to learn how fast or slow to close the barn door because the soft close takes care of it.

Adds to your barn door experience – 

No words can explain how a soft close adds to the feeling of the whole barn door experience, unless you see it in person.

To find out more about how you can have your very own soft close experience please let us know at marketing@sourcedirectimports.com

Source Direct Imports

4645 North 32nd Street

Suite 150

Phoenix, AZ 85018

PH: 602-956-1149

Frameless Showers: Proper Design Prevents Leaks

Frameless shower enclosures do not seal as well as standard framed shower enclosures because of their very nature (frameless).   With proper design and installation, frameless showers should not have problems with water leakage, but they are not 100 percent watertight. There are many ways to prevent water leakage around a frameless shower door. Here is what we recommend:

1.  Proper slope on threshold of shower: The curb could be considered the most important part of the shower. It is the top of the curb, sometimes referred to as the threshold that is of most importance.  The top of the curb should have a 5° positive slope inward towards the shower drain (Figure A).  Much more and it becomes difficult for the shower door to open because the angle crushes the seal. Anything less than a 5° slope toward the drain, and   it is prone to   leakage because water   will   follow   gravity.   Our   best recommendation is to use a single solid piece of granite, marble or stone instead of tile for the top of the curb. It is easier to get the proper slope towards the shower drain and eliminates the tile grout lines. Since the bottom seal of a frameless shower door rides on top  of the  curb and cannot  follow  into  the grout  lines, a solid threshold provides  a better  enclosure seal so water cannot  leak out through  the grout  lines. Showers built for   frameless enclosures   require specific detail during their   construction. Since frameless  shower  enclosures  have no frame, the  top  of  the  curb  must  be sloped 5 degrees inward toward the  shower  drain  to  prevent leakage  from  any  water  that sheds off the door while taking a shower.

2.   Position body sprays and faucet heads towards tile walls, not towards enclosure doors.

3.   Install a shower sweep with drip rail onto the bottom of your frameless glass shower door.  This  will  tighten up  the  clearance  space under  the  door  and  prevent  water seepage.

Barn Doors: Hip and Accessible

Not only are barn doors a great space saver, they add visual interest, and are ADA compliant as well.

Conventional bathroom doors have a swing or a hinged door. With barn doors the footprint is smaller and unlike pocket doors, no construction is required because the door stays outside the bathroom and slides in front of the opening.

By ADA standards, the clear width of a door opening must be a minimum of 32 inches. This clear width measurement is taken between the face of the door and the stop of the frame with the door open to 90 degrees (Figure A).

When using a barn door, the clear width opening of a minimum of 32 inches is the same.  However, since ADA standards state that the operating hardware must be exposed and usable from both sides when the door is fully open the measurement is taken between different locations.  (Figure B).

All Source Direct Construction Import’s doors can be manufactured to meet ADA Standards for Accessible Design.  Note that many communities also have State or local accessibility codes enforced by local building inspectors.  When local accessibility codes exist, you must follow both the code and the ADA requirements.  To view all guidelines of the ADA Standards for Accessible Design please visit http://www.ada.gov