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Glass That Provides Privacy

Glass That Provides Privacy

Tired of the standard, transparent glass that your home’s windows have been settling for? If you’ve realized that your house deserves better, you don’t have to subject yourself to those dated windows anymore. The types of windows that provide privacy while simultaneously allowing in light are becoming increasingly popular for both homes and businesses alike. While traditional windows and doors that are made of glass allow high amounts of natural light into your home, the issue with them is that strangers can peer into your home. 

Privacy glass is both an attractive and clever way to hide the view of rooms. The one-way vision from inside the building that privacy glass allows is brilliant, and you won’t have to sacrifice natural light radiating into your room. Best of all, privacy glass can also be used in other parts of your home, such as for your bathroom’s shower doors. 

Translucent Glass

Translucent glass has a frosted appearance and is created by sandblasting or acid-etching clear sheet glass. By creating a marked surface on one side of the pane, the light is diffused and scattered. Images are blurred while still allowing light to pass through. These types of glass windows will enable you to have your much-needed privacy from passerby and neighboring apartments. A frosted glass look can be achieved by applying vinyl film to your translucent glass.

Smoked Glass

Smoked glass is clear, and it doesn’t obscure images, but its darkened color provides people with privacy. One of the many benefits of smoked glass windows is that they can function as a centerpiece in your home. If your home or apartment has black tapware and other black metalwork, then smoked glass windows will complement your home. Additionally, smoked glass windows add a dramatic effect to your abode.  

Textured Glass

Textured glass has a pattern or designs impressed into the pane, adding a decorative touch. To your home’s benefit, textured glass obscures images while allowing light to pass through. This type of glass is versatile in that it comes in a range of patterns, and it will contribute to the character of your home. 

Colored Glass

Just like smoked glass, colored glass is also crystal clear—but since its tinted with color, privacy is increased. The colors on this type of glass serve as a dramatic focal point for your windows, and they throw a range of colored light onto the surfaces. Colored glass is like a modern version of stained-glass windows. 

Switchable Privacy Glass

For those of you who aren’t ready to give up their clear glass, switchable glass is a chic option to consider. Switchable glass is a high-tech product that sounds like a concept straight out of a science fiction film, as it can be switched back and forth between a clear window panel and an opaque one. It has a PDLC (Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal) film that can be electrically switched from an off-state (light-scattering opaque) to an on-state (non-scattering or transparent). This can easily be done with the click of a button.  

Upgrading your home’s glass is an investment that you won’t regret. You’ll only regret not doing it sooner. New Concepts Glass Design offers a wide selection of modern glass shower doors, and some of our options can provide you with the privacy that you need. Our experts specialize in painted glass and other custom options, so give us a call today.  

7 Unique Ways to Use Glass in Your Home

7 Unique Ways To Use Glass In Your Home

Glass has traditionally been used for multiple purposes. The versatility of glass protects your home from nature’s elements, and it also allows light and heat to enter your home. Houses and corporate buildings take advantage of glass and use it as a staple material to make their spaces look luxurious and stylish. If you’re considering renovating your home, then you can’t go wrong with glass.

Glass doesn’t have to be reserved exclusively for your windows anymore. Here are a few ways in which you can incorporate glass into your home. 

1. Glass Table for Your Home’s Entryway

A classic glass table with a clean frame will compliment your home’s entryway. Your entryway is the first part of your home that guests see when they enter your home, so a glass table will impress your guests as soon as they walk in. Entryways are usually cluttered, particularly if you already have a shoe rack or coat rack sitting there. A glass table will add a balanced, elegant look to your entryway. 

2. Glass Dining Table

Wood and metal tables are outdated items of the past. A glass table will add a chic look to your dining room, Not only are glass tables aesthetically pleasing and match any atmosphere, but they also create the illusion of extra space. Kitchens that boast a glass table feel larger and less cluttered. 

3. Cantilevered Glass Extension

Another unique way of sprucing up your kitchen is by adding a glass extension to your kitchen’s island. How many people can you think of that have one of these in their kitchen? A glass extension attached to your island is far better than a solid one made of wood or steel because it is less intrusive. The best part is that a glass extension creates the illusion of your island’s extension floating over the ground. 

4. Adding Interesting Textures to Your Glass

Adding texture to your glass countertops makes them stand out. When texturizing your glass, you have the option to either go for standard textures or exotic textures. Standard glass textures are timeless and the ones people go for the most. The look of melting ice or a sandstorm can be achieved by using standard glass textures. Exotic textures mesh standard textures and colors together. 

5. Glass Railings 

Install glass railings to your home for unobstructed views of your patio’s surroundings. Glass railings provide you with a panoramic view, and they are especially beautiful if your backyard is facing mountains or lakes. 

6. Glass Walls for Your Shower

Taking showers is relaxing. Now imagine the look of glass walls surrounding your shower. Glass shower walls don’t have to be transparent, as you have the option of customizing their color. A stunning glass shower color to consider is aqua. Aqua will give you the feeling of being in front of a calming ocean. 

7. Glass Floors 

You’re probably familiar with glass ceilings, but you’re probably unfamiliar with its counterpart—glass floors. Glass floors are an excellent option for houses that have skylights because this will allow natural light to enter the lower levels of your home. 

Are you ready to add extravagance to your home? Call New Concepts Glass Design today if you’re looking to upgrade parts of your home, such as your shower door or your stairway’s hand railings. 

3 Reasons To Try Glass Cabinets

3 Reasons To Try Glass Cabinets

You use your home to communicate who you are to your guests and loved ones. The way you finish and decorate your home is an extension of your personality and values. There are countless ways for you to change the interior of your home to better communicate who you are and to make your home a better reflection of what you want. 

What methods have you used to personalize and upgrade your home to meet your taste? Paint, texture, textiles, window treatments, fixtures, and artwork are standard ways you can liven up your home to create the feeling you desire.

At New Concept Glass Design we’re known for using our glass expertise to help clients like you create something special in their homes. Today we’re sharing three reasons our clients choose glass cabinets to update their home’s exterior. 

Display

The main reason clients come to us for help with new glass front cabinets is because they’re looking for better display in their kitchens. Many clients are the proud owners of gorgeous heirloom china sets, unique vases, precious artwork, or lovely matching dinnerware. Glass cabinets allow you to safely store these features while displaying them for everyone’s enjoyment. Open shelving has become popular, but glass cabinets are much more secure against bumping or falling.

Space

Utilizing glass on your cabinet doors, whether in your kitchen, bathroom, or other storage areas can give the eye further to travel. When your eye can see into a cabinet, it creates the illusion of more space. If you feel your kitchen or bathroom is cramped, you can automatically create a feeling of spaciousness and air by swapping out regular cabinets for glass front cabinets. Some clients also add lighting inside their glass cabinets to further illuminate the space for dramatic effect.

Personality

The fastest way to freshen up and add flair to a kitchen or bathroom is to add glass cabinet doors. It’s a change that you can make without a remodel or enormous budget but will add substantial style. You can also get more personal by adding patterned paper or painting funky colors in the interior of the cabinet for an eye-catching surprise. You can also switch out or rearrange the contents of the glass cabinets so that there’s always something new to enjoy, from flowers to holiday decorations to your kid’s artwork. Glass cabinets can become your own personal gallery.

Stand in your kitchen or bathroom and take a look at your cabinets. How would they look with a glass front? Would you remember the beautiful dinnerware you inherited and be more inclined to use it? Would it help you keep your linens more organized? Glass cabinets can be a breath of fresh air for outdated builder-grade cabinets, and a way to introduce more style and space to your kitchen or bathroom. New Concept Glass Design can refresh your bathroom or kitchen cabinets with stylish glass front cabinets within your budget. 

Unique Shower Door Ideas

Unique Shower Door Ideas

Your bathroom should be a luxurious safe haven. It’s where you begin and end your days, so it should not only serve your needs but also make you feel content and comfortable. Unfortunately, our bathrooms are often neglected in favor of more public spaces like kitchens and living rooms. Bathrooms can be small, cramped, and are often limited for upgrades and renovations depending on the orientation of the house and the plumbing setup. But that shouldn’t stop you from maximizing your bathroom to suit your needs and taste!

At New Concepts Glass Design, bathrooms are our favorite. We love to transform a space with our custom glass design to make something completely unique and unforgettable. It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is the smallest we’ve ever seen, older than our grandparents, or situated strangely across a corner. New Concepts Glass Design creates custom solutions to complex problems to leave you satisfied and in love with your bathroom.

Shower Doors

One of the best ways to upgrade your bathroom is to focus on the shower door. The shower door is the first place we start when consulting with a new client who wants to change up their bathroom but is hesitant or unable to commit to a total renovation. A shower door is a great way to gradually introduce a new design scheme or update an old or dysfunctional bathroom. Think beyond your basic shower curtain or sliding glass shower door to new, unique options.

Framed Glass

A multi-paned, the framed glass shower door is a hot new option in the contemporary and modern farmhouse style. It’s also a great way to introduce color since the frames around the panes can be painted any color you want.

Barn Door Style

The top-hung sliding barn doors have become increasingly popular in bedrooms and main living spaces, so why not use them in your bathroom? A sliding glass shower door gets a modern update when it’s hung from the top and slides along with the top rack.

Tint

Some people see the world through rose-colored glasses, but what if you could see your shower that way? Tinted glass can provide a large number of effects in your bathroom, from a dark and moody luxury to a quirky and bright feel.

Textured

Etched or frosted glass shower doors can add both art and privacy. Etched designs can be stunning and bring taste to a small space, and frosted glass can help diffuse light and block out the visibility of the shower for privacy.

What’s right for your bathroom? It’s hard to say, but our glass experts at New Concepts Glass Design can help you determine what your needs and style are and then create the perfect solution within your budget to overhaul and update your bathroom, no matter the size. We use our skill with glass to consult with customers and create a custom product for your specific bathroom. Let’s talk together to consider options for your glass shower door and other bathroom goals.

   

5 Ways To Use Glass In Your Bathroom

At New Concepts Glass Design we believe in creating rooms that feel luxurious. We want your spaces to reflect who you are and to become a refuge that feels like home.

Even your bathroom! Often our bathrooms become a functional zone that is just supposed to serve us and stay clean, but can’t our bathrooms do more than that? A beautiful and functional bathroom is where you start and end your day, and we want it to set the perfect tone.

It doesn’t matter if your bathroom is a tiny, crammed sore spot, or a huge space you don’t know how to best use. New Concepts Glass Design can help you make the very most of your bathroom to maximize its great features and make it more functional for you.

Glass is the perfect material to take your bathroom to the next level, and we’ll give you a few ways to use glass in your bathroom to maximum effect.

1. Showers.

Your stand-in shower can ditch the dorm-style shower curtain in favor of chic and modern Euro-style glass shower doors for a huge upgrade. This upgrade is less expensive than most homeowners anticipate and can transform your entire bathroom. Glass shower doors make the entire room feel bigger and help you keep the design fresh.

2. Vanity Mirrors.

Of course, you have mirrors over your bathroom sinks, but are they the standard builder-grade mirrors? Instead, you should consult with New Concepts Glass Design to get mirrors that better fit your vanity space and reflect your design taste. Framed mirrors, shaped mirrors, and thousands of other options are at your fingertips.

3. Glass Cabinet Doors.

One of our favorite ways to open up a tiny bathroom is to utilize glass front cabinet doors. Glass makes a room appear larger, and can also showcase pretty décor and fluffy folded towels to make your bathroom feel like a boutique resort.

4. Mirrored Doors.

Many homeowners express a desire to make their space feel bigger or wish they had room for a full-length mirror to check their outfits and self-tanner. Utilizing a mirrored bedroom or closet door can get two birds with one stone. Your room will be lighter and bigger, and you’ll have the added functionality of a full-length mirror.

5. Frosted Glass.

Privacy is a key element in any bathroom, as we do many personal and private tasks there. Frosted glass can help you maximize light and space without compromising your privacy. Frosted windows, shower doors, or dividers can protect your privacy while letting in gorgeous filtered light to keep the space fresh.

Step into your bathroom and see if there are any areas that could benefit from an affordable upgrade to better quality glass. New Concepts Glass Design can make your bathroom feel brand new without expensive remodel or complicated DIY projects. Give us a call for a consultation and to see all the amazing glass products we have to offer you.

Benefits of a Glass Tabletop

Now that spring has come along, you may be looking at your whole home in a new light. When was the last time you took a good hard look at your home’s décor? For many homeowners, we decorate our homes when we move in and rarely reassess though styles and family need change. If we do work on our décor it’s often little adjustments like pillows or tchotchkes on side tables. But it’s the staples of our home that do the most work and get ignored for decades.

We’re talking about your tables. Tables are a vital piece of furniture in our homes, and we need more than one to support the flow and use of space. A dining room table is central to your family, while coffee and side tables make your living room a comfortable and welcoming place to be. Console or entry tables set the tone for your whole house, and even your entertainment center functions as a table to showcase your TV, art, and entertainment options.

Benefits of a Glass Tabletop

At New Concepts Glass Design, we take pride in our quality glass work and its ability to transform your space. That’s why we always encourage homeowners to consider using glass for their table needs, especially if their home’s energy has become boring and stale. How old is your dining table? What about your coffee table? Maybe it’s time to consider the benefits of a glass table to revitalize your living space.

Space – the biggest reason to choose glass for your tables is for spatial reasons. Because glass is transparent, it gives the illusion of much more space. Glass counters can help a small space seem bigger, and give a weightless presence. Wood or metal are the most common materials for dining and coffee tables, but they often overwhelm a small space with weight and color. Glass countertops on your dining table or coffee table help your space feel large and light.

Cleanliness – Unlike wood or other surfaces, you can rest assured that you can completely sterilize and easily keep clean. Glass doesn’t absorb or accumulate germs or liquids, and spills are so easy to quickly clean. Some homeowners worry about glass showing messes and fingerprints, but glass countertops make it easier to identify and quickly clean messes with just a swipe of a rag. If you’ve got kids, don’t worry about the glass being fragile – New Concepts Glass Design creates glass countertops that thick, durable, and stand up to even the messiest kids.

Versatility – A glass countertop helps you to make your space anything you want it to be. Glass is colorless and without strong style definition, which means it can easily work with any color scheme, décor style, or personal taste. You can make it modern, contemporary, midcentury, boho, or eclectic with the way you choose chairs, trays, lamps, and more.

New Concepts Glass Design can create beautiful glass New Concepts Glass Design can create beautiful glass countertops to refresh your space – just give us a call.

Reasons to Consider Glass Handrails for Your Utah Home

Glass Handrails For Stairs Salt Lake City Utah

Glass handrails can transform both the interior and exterior of your Utah home, adding a sleek, modern touch and creating the illusion of an open, expansive space.

Indoor stairways, overlooks and lofts are prime spots for placing glass railings. And, they work equally well outside, surrounding a deck, balcony or pool area. If you’re looking for a remarkable way to refresh, revitalize or revamp your Utah home, glass handrails are the ideal solution.

These are just some of the amazing benefits that glass railings provide.

Unobstructed Views

Install glass handrails inside your Utah home, and you’ll put the focus on your interior décor and the architectural design of the space. Outside, you’ll have a clear view of the gorgeous greenery and scenery. Why let your railings take away from your views when you can showcase them instead?

Improved Safety

With glass handrails, you’ll have no fear of your children falling through the railings or getting an arm, leg or head stuck between the rails. Your kids won’t have to climb up to see over the top, either – they can stay safely on their feet. And, since the handrails are made of heat-tempered, shatter-resistant glass, you won’t have to worry about breakage.

Easy Maintenance

Compared to wooden and metal railings — particularly those installed outside – glass handrails don’t need nearly as much ongoing care and attention. Sure, if you have small children, you might need to wipe away fingerprints more often, but over their lifetime, glass railings are practically maintenance-free.

Unique Look

When it comes to glass railings, your options are limitless. You can customize the mounting configuration, choosing the look and placement for the support rails. You also get to decide on the design of the glass panels. Clear is a popular choice, but adding a tint, texture or custom etching can give you an original, one-of-a-kind design that shows off your personality.

Home Value

You might not be thinking about putting your Utah home on the market anytime soon, but no one knows what the future holds. Installing glass handrails is a smart long-term investment, as the upgrade is sure to boost your home value. If you decide to sell at some point down the line, you’ll not only have an easier time attracting potential buyers, but you’ll also fetch a higher price.

Have we convinced you to consider glass railings for your Utah home? For handcrafted custom design and top-quality workmanship from a highly-skilled local artisan, turn to the award-winning professionals at New Concepts Glass.

A northern Utah industry leader for over 30 years, New Concepts Glass offers a range of customized glass solutions for the interior and exterior of your home. If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, contact us and schedule a free professional consultation to explore your options for custom glass handrails today.

6 Intriguing Design Ideas for Custom Glass Shower Enclosures

Custom glass shower renovation design ideas

With custom glass shower enclosures, the design possibilities are endless. Every homeowner can have a stunning, one-of-a-kind look that suits their style and enhances the beauty of their bathroom – what’s not to like about that?

If you’re ready to design your own unique custom glass shower enclosure and are looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Here, we share six of our favorite shower renovation ideas for 2019.

No. 1: Curved Glass Doors

Go with a curved door, and you’ll add instant interest to the enclosure – the shower will definitely be the focal point of the bathroom. And, you don’t have to place the shower in the corner for this configuration to work! As long as you have adequate floor space, curved glass is an option.

No. 2: Bi-Fold Shower Doors

Another unique design choice is to install bi-fold shower doors. The custom glass panels close in on themselves, which saves space in tight quarters. Plus, bi-fold doors bring an engaging element to any bathroom – anyone who visits will be enthralled!

No. 3: Walk-in Glass Shower

If you’re into modern interior design, you might want to install a walk-in shower, one that doesn’t have any doors at all. Contrary to popular belief, this configuration can be practical. With proper planning, you can have style without worries of water splashing around the bathroom.

No. 4: Framed Shower Doors

Framed doors are nothing new, but today’s hardware options add new life to the classic design choice. Match the hinges, handles and framing to the fixtures in your bathroom, and the entire space will appear completely in sync.

No. 5: Textured and Tinted Glass

Glass shower panels can be tinted any shade, which means you can perfectly match or contrast the color to your bathroom décor. Add a custom texture — such as a beveled or bubbled design — and your shower will be a showstopper!

No. 6: Combination Custom Glass

Many homeowners seem to think they have to choose either clear or frosted glass, but it isn’t a one-or-the-other decision. You can actually incorporate both into the design of your shower– have certain areas of the enclosure frosted for privacy purposes, then leave the remainder clear for an appealing, original look.

Designing your own custom glass shower enclosure can be a fun and rewarding project – particularly when you work with the award-winning artisans at New Concepts Glass.

A northern Utah industry leader for decades, New Concepts Glass specializes in creating handcrafted custom glass pieces. Our talented professionals can help you design a shower enclosure that expresses your individual style and boosts the value of your home.

To schedule a free consultation to discuss design ideas for a unique, eye-catching custom glass shower enclosure, contact New Concepts Glass in Sandy, Utah, today.

Custom Glass Countertops: Answers to Your Top Questions

Glass countertops enhance your home’s decor

Custom glass countertops can give any kitchen a modern, high-end look. With dramatic beauty, amazing durability, easy maintenance and a vast range of design options, it’s easy to see why northern Utah homeowners are embracing this interior decorating trend.

If you’re thinking about replacing your existing counters, glass is an excellent alternative to granite, marble, quartz or ceramic tile. Here, we answer the need-to-know questions about custom glass countertops to help you decide if they’re the right choice for you.

Do Custom Glass Countertops Scratch?

The tempered glass used for countertops is heat-resistant and remarkably durable – really, it’s just as strong as natural stone and engineered counter materials. It’s tough enough to withstand most impacts, but scratches can appear. However, if you don’t cut directly on the surface and avoid sliding items across the counters, scratching is much less likely.

Will People See the Clutter in Your Kitchen Drawers?

Don’t worry – your kitchen clutter won’t be on full display. A substrate, typically stainless steel or aluminum, is placed beneath the custom glass. That way, the beauty shines through, but no one sees the insides of the drawers.

How Do You Clean and Maintain Glass Countertops?

Cleaning couldn’t be easier. Simply wipe the counters with a damp sponge or cloth, and the surface will look spotless. And, since glass is non-porous, germs and bacteria cannot hide on the countertops. In regards to ongoing maintenance, you only need to keep the surface clean – no special sealant is required.

What Are the Custom Design Options for Glass Countertops?

With the myriad customization options available, glass countertops allow for unique, showstopping style. You can choose a single tint, a mixture of colors or even an original handcrafted painted design. Textures — including bubbles, ripples and waves – can also be incorporated, and you can opt for unique edging. You decide on the finish as well, and if you like, you can add backlights under the surface or around the edges.

Do you have other questions? For expert answers and advice on custom glass counters, turn to the award-winning artisans at New Concepts Glass Design.

When it comes to customized, handcrafted glass, homeowners in the greater Salt Lake City area and throughout northern Utah trust New Concepts Glass Design. As a local industry leader for more than 30 years, we’re known for top-quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service. We take a personalized approach to every project – with us, your design dreams can become a reality.

If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen counters, contact our West Valley City, Utah, office and schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss custom glass countertops today.

European Shower Doors – Debunking the Myths

european shower door myths

Frameless glass or European shower doors are all the rage in northern Utah, and for good reason – they’re a sleek, modern and affordable way to brighten and open up any bathroom.

If you’re researching this type of home upgrade, don’t believe everything you read or hear. Many false facts are floating around, and much of the misinformation seems to be coming from manufacturers of traditional shower enclosure products. To ensure the truth gets out there, here we debunk four of the top myths about European glass shower doors.

Myth: European Shower Doors Shatter Easily

Many people say that frameless shower enclosures are dangerous – if you suffer a fall, the glass is likely to shatter.

The truth? Manufacturers design European glass enclosures to be incredibly strong and sturdy. Plus, tempered glass is used, which is quite difficult to break. On the off chance the panels or doors do break, they won’t splinter into sharp, jagged shards. So, the risk of injury is extremely low.

Myth: European Shower Enclosures Leak Water

Another falsehood about frameless glass showers is that they’re prone to leakage – the lack of a frame leaves plenty of room for water to escape.

The truth? Leaks only occur in poorly-designed or improperly installed European glass enclosures. Hire a highly-skilled artisan with extensive expertise in frameless glass showers, and you won’t have to worry about water leaks.

Myth: European Shower Doors are Difficult to Clean

A disadvantage of installing a frameless glass enclosure, many misinformed sources say, is the difficulty in cleaning – you’ll need a lot of elbow grease to get rid of the soap scum.

The truth? Use a squeegee after each shower and wipe them down with a microfiber towel and a natural cleaner on a weekly basis, and the glass enclosure will always look its best. Or, to get a sparkle with even less work, apply a protective coating designed to repel water spots and soap scum.

Myth: European Shower Enclosures are Too Expensive

Installing a frameless glass enclosure costs an arm and a leg – or so many sources would have you believe.

The truth? The project price depends upon the configuration and custom design options you choose. Many locally-owned businesses – including New Concepts Glass – have competitive pricing for glass shower design and installation. And, when you consider how a European glass shower enclosure increases your home value, installing one is a worthwhile investment.

Whether you decide to install European shower doors or a framed glass shower enclosure, working with a highly-skilled artisan is the best way to bring your bathroom dreams to life. If you live in northern Utah, call on the award-winning professionals at New Concepts Glass.

An industry leader throughout the greater Salt Lake City area for more than 30 years, New Concepts Glass offers superior handcrafted custom design – with us, you can have a one-of-a-kind shower enclosure that meets your needs and matches your style.

Contact our Sandy, Utah, office and schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss framed glass enclosures and European shower doors today.