History of showers
The original showers were neither indoor structures nor man-made but were common natural formations from waterfalls. The ancient Greeks were the first people to have showers. Their aqueducts and sewage systems made of lead pipes allowed water to be pumped both into and out of large communal shower rooms used by elites and common citizens alike. The first mechanical shower, operated by a hand pump, was patented in England in 1767 by William Feetham. In 1805, the reinvention of reliable indoor plumbing allowed free-standing showers to be connected to a running water source, supplying a renewable flow of water.
A maid filling a Feetham-like mechanical bath for her master. An actual Feetham bath has a hand-operated pump
Domestic showers are most commonly stall showers or showers over a bathtub. A stall shower is a dedicated shower area which uses a door or curtain to contain water spray. The shower over a bathtub saves bathroom space and enables the area to be used for either a bath or a shower and commonly uses a sliding shower curtain to contain the water spray. If you would like more on the history of showering check out this article posted on the Amusing Planet!
As the popularity of framed doors begin to wane in the early 80's, Joe Drexler, Cecil's son, began to experiment with a virtually unknown European frameless shower technology. In 1984, the company installed its first frameless shower door. Today, the company is at the forefront of frameless shower door technology, offering more hardware and glass varieties and options than anyone in the glass industry. Drexler shower doors can be found in the smallest bungalows and the largest estates and hotels.
During the decades that followed, Drexler expanded his product lines and continued to cultivate his company's reputation for excellent service. The company would eventually become the "go to" glass supplier for many of Atlanta's most prestigious builders and architects, to whom the Drexler Shower Door name was synonymous with good service, quality, and value. You can read more about our history here!
Our extensive network of trusted suppliers insures that we have access to the latest glass trends and technology at the best possible prices. From antique mirror to slumped (i.e. melted!) shower doors, you can be sure that we have the most options at the best possible price. You will be pleasantly surprised to find out that our prices are in line with the competition, while we offer so much more in service and expertise.
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The most commonly cited rooms homeowners plan to remodel or renovate are the kitchen (50 percent) and bathroom (45 percent). These rooms are perhaps the ones that most easily and quickly become dated in the house – hardware and appliances break down and need replacing, while finishing’s such as cabinets and counter-tops can fall behind the trends. But other rooms are often remodeled or renovated too – 28 percent of homeowners want to remodel the bedroom and 27 percent want to remodel the living room.
Even though the bathroom is one of the smallest rooms in the house, having a high-quality bathroom shouldn't be an afterthought. This remodel is one of the most worthwhile home investments you can make! It might not be a low cost project, but adding updates — like a new bathtub, walk-in shower and double sinks — will increase the overall value, quality and comfort of your home. A bathroom remodel can make a huge impact on your homes comfort level, not to mention its resale value. As you research bathroom ideas and browse photos (here's some great inspiration by Better Home's & Gardens), make sure to save any bathrooms that catch your eye, then figure out some of the common features that seem to recur throughout. Keep in mind your space limitations, desired materials, and general bathroom remodel costs before. Our advice is to bring in a professional, before you make any purchases and make your dreams for the space a reality.
If you’re looking to give your bathroom an update in 2019 it always helps to see the fixtures and glass up-close and not just select them from a magazine. Our showroom selections include the most current bathroom trends, in shower doors, tub enclosures, mirrors, obscure enclosures, and more. Whether you want to make a simple swap or a total overhaul, we have all the options to help you decide.
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