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We Drilled in every room! A home filled with our glass.

In this business, we see and do a lot of cool and unique work. This job in particular was one that really showcased not only our work, but it also enabled us to focus on what it takes to get a job like this done from start to finish. Originally this job was introduced to Tom Nolan via email and a set of plans. Typically, Tom does the plans, provides a rough budget based on what is listed, and then awaits the client to inform us when the job is ready to measure. It went to me, Alex, to focus the budget with a few emails and design changes which led to me going on site and starting my measurements.

The home in San Francisco

The initial visit, the free estimate, was to get a feel for the site as a whole as the tile was not ready in some of the showers. I was able to get rough sizing of the showers and start to get an idea about the mirrors. Once everything was ready I was able to measure. There was a lot of back and forth about design, location, and style. While we are considered a contractor we are also a designer in a sense that our units aren't just enclosures, but focal points in bathrooms, wine rooms, offices, etc. Thus, our expertise, experience, and advice is crucial to assuring the client gets exactly what they want, assuming it is within the realm of possibility.

This job was a decent size, with four shower doors, four mirrors, and stair railings. With a job like this, full of many design changes and many visits, mistakes can happen. Unfortunately, the original mirror pictured to the right had came in without bevels. Luckily, we use mirror mastic, which is a industry standard glue, that when properly heated can be easily removed and allow us to replace the mirror as needed. As mistakes come, I am glad this was a simple one which was taken care of immediately.  

Once the shower doors and mirrors were installed the railings came next. Since I was the original estimator on site, I was able to discuss their plans for glass railings and discovered that they were going to use special and expensive hardware for a stand-off set up. I had mentioned we do that all of the time without the need of special hardware. I had asked for the plans and once I received them I forwarded them to Marcos Canizales, VP and head of railings. He was able to achieve exactly what the clients had wanted and at a fraction of the cost! Below you can see the railings as well as all of the other work we installed. 

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Smooth and clean

Having been in the glass business for over 80 years, we have had the pleasure of doing some truly unique and difficult enclosures. However, there is something to be said about a relatively simple enclosure coming together smoothly and finishing with a gorgeous look. It is a great way to showcase our motto and for us to admire our process, from A to B to C,  internally. 

Below are some examples of recent work where we were able to make something simple in design look elegant and methodical. 

Regency series enclosure using Starphire glass with a non-operable transom. Please note the sloped ceiling.

Standard clear Regency series enclosure with channel, pivot hinges, and three in-line return panels. 

1/4" mirror back splash with mirrored outlet cover plates. 

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Going Coastal! Introducing the Gridscape.

We are proud to announce we are Northern California's provider for Coastal Shower Doors!

Over the past 5 years or so we have received many inquiries regarding shower door enclosures that resemble the old framed window pane look of warehouses. Until now, we have always been forced to recommend expensive custom metal fabricated units. These Gridscape units have a fantastic vintage look with a modern, sleek design. See below to take a look for yourself!

These units typically come in 1/4" glass of various types. The Oil Rubbed Bronze finish is a deep, dark bronze which can be almost be assumed black. They also come in a polished chrome finish. The amount of panes and their size is custom, so you can be free to get what you want  and how you want it. We are excited to be able to provide these wonderful units! 

If you are interested in this product, or one of the many others we provide, please contact us for a free estimate!

No Paint, No Gain

Over the past several months we have been getting tons of calls asking for painted glass. There must be something in the air because I have personally done 3 this month alone. You can see in our gallery this isn't new territory for us but we keep getting surprised with new and interesting applications. Below is a job of mine where we did several painted glass boxes for the bathrooms and wet bars.

 Painted glass niche.

Painted glass niche.

  Painted gl  ass niche.

Painted glass niche.

 Painted glass kitchen back splash.

Painted glass kitchen back splash.

In order to maintain the color and have it not be obscured with a tint we use 1/4"-1/2" Starphire glass. 1/4" is typically used in back-splashes and boxes whereas the thicker glass is used for painted glass walls, table tops, and dividers. 

The entire process is as follows:

  1. We first do our Free Estimate and take our measurements.  
  2. A quote is then prepared and emailed along with a photo or physical sample of the requested color. 
  3. Once a go-ahead is given, we order and dry fit the annealed glass. 
  4. If all is well, we send it out to be tempered and then painted. 
  5. We install the glass.

The whole process is different from our normal 7-10 business day lead time. It takes 4-6 weeks depending on scale. 

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Curve your enthusiasm with bent glass.

Bent glass railing in Hillsborough. Also pictured is resident photographer amateur Marcos Canizales. 

Bent stair glass meeting floor railings attached to custom posts made in house. 

It should be no surprise to anyone reading this that we provide this custom, elegant, and stunning option to our glass. Bent glass is another service we provide on top of our overflowing pile of "things we do and excel at".

 

Having bent glass in the home is a great way of showing off your unique style and a truly original look to railings, frame-less showers, wine rooms, or whatever else you want! The options are limitless. We can add any hole, notch, or cut into the glass to best accommodate any situation to try and give you the tightest fit possible. 

 

Bent glass cannot be less than 3/8" thick, but it can be laminated and tempered. 

 

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