Bathtub enclosure

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  1. rascal2

    rascal2 New Member

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    I want to install a bathtub enclosure (that is, sliding glass doors at the front of the tub and a glass return on the short side to the rear wall). I find I can buy decent sliding glass doors at Lowe's or Home Depot for $250 or so. But getting a set with the glass return jumps the price to almost $1000 because the whole thing has to be special ordered. Any suggestions for a lower cost solution?
     
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    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Playing with tempered glass tends to get expensive. One place that does some on-line is www.wilsonglass.com.
     
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    Find a local specialty shop that does bathrooms. They will either have what you want, or can fabricate it very easil, and usually a lot cheaper. For them it is a common task, not a "nuisance" like it is at HD and Lowes.
     
  5. rascal2

    rascal2 New Member

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    Thanks for the advice.

    Local shops wanted around $1500 to fabricate and $500 or so to install a door and what they called a "return". About the same as a special order from Lowe's or Home Depot.

    Figured out the best solution is to install a post at the corner of the tub, cover it with cement board, install an in-stock sliding shower door from Lowe's or Home Depot across the long side and then install a sheet of tempered glass in the opening created on the short side of the tub. Cost of the glass is around $150 and the fittings $50.
     
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