Do we spend the extra money and do a glass surround?
Chris and I both want glass. I find curtains to be unsanitary. I know you can keep them clean, change them out, and do all sorts of things to make sure curtains and clean and taken care of, but something about them just sort of grosses me out. Also, I fear the curtain will really break up the room and make our really small space look even smaller. I want to be able to see through to the tile shower surround so the room feels more open and airy and the only way we could really achieve that would be with a clear curtain and those get really dingy really quick. And, I just think all the creases and folds in the curtain make it took really busy and messy.
Our bathroom previously had glass sliding doorsBut somwhere down the line someone had put in a closet in the corner and when they put in the glass they didn't accomodate the curve of the tub and just decided it would be best to toss some caulk and plaster in the corner
And all that crap really stained the tub :(
Chris was already able to clean most of the staining, so we're very thankful we didn't have to spend a big chunk of change to refinish it
(we've still got a bit more cleaning to go)
If we go with a glass surround with sliding doors (which is what we're leaning towards) it seems like the plan will be to have a piece of glass in the back, another piece on the corner at an angle to accomodate the curve, and then the longer side of the tub would obviously have the doors. We were really hoping that some place might be able to do a curved piece of glass to make the tub surround look a bit more seamless, but all the over the phone estimate places have said they can't do that :(
As it stands we still obviously need to get the companies in the actual space to do REAL estimates, but they've guesstimated that a glass tub surround for our bathroom would range from $900-$1100. It's a pretty hefty price tag compared to the $100-$250 we would spend on a curtain rod and curtain.
So the debating begins: is it worth the extra price to go with the surround we really want, but don't actually NEED, knowing it's a bit of a splurge?