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This shower has Glass Accent Tiles that are approximately 10″ high.  This glass accent tile from Pental is the Bamboo Stripes line and is a great,  affordable way to add some style to your shower. 

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A quaint staple of the American landscape has made its way into our homes; the sliding barn door.  In it’s classic form it is a simple way of enclosing a large opening with minimal hardware and maximum efficiency.  Its contemporary residential cousins have modified the format, kept all of the charm, and in some cases elevated it to an art form.

In homes today, a sliding “barn” door adds character with its elegantly simple hardware and saves space by eliminating the area needed to accommodate a swinging door.  In its interior application they are a beautiful way to close down a room, partition space, or just hide a mess.  The exterior application of these doors can be a great alternative to French doors to get big, wide openings to the outdoors or a nostalgic replacement for the standard roll-up garage door.

At their most elevated, they can almost disappear.  With streamlined stainless hardware applied to panels of glass, the stately barn door is left behind and replaced by crisp, modern sophistication.

There are many styles of barn door hardware, but they casually break into 3 main categories: flat track, round track, & box track.  These three styles can be used with door panels of many different materials, from classic door style to metal fire doors to shoji screens and sheets of glass.

While these doors are beautiful and fantastic, there are things to consider before you recycle all of your hinges. For interior doors one thing to note is that these doors simply make more noise than swing doors, so if you want to secretly shut the door on your sleeping infant, just remember that there will be some rumbling as the door rolls along its track.  For exterior doors one must remember that these doors were originally for closing down unheated, or informally heated barns and storehouses.  When applied to a contemporary residence, these doors must be significantly customized in order achieve modern levels of weather proofing and energy retention which adds a good deal of cost.

If you like what you see and you accept the quirks, consider adding a barn door to your next home improvement project!   The Gaspar’s Construction and Handyman teams are trained and ready to help with doors of all kinds, from barn doors to doggy doors.

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