It’s snowing this afternoon, the day before Thanksgiving, and Vermont’s roads are no place to be. But I couldn’t be more relaxed. I’m as prepped as can be for tomorrow’s feast, and the house is neat as a pin. And in a moment, I’ll be sinking into a warm bath where I’ll enjoy a hot tea and watch the snow fall. I just might stay there a while.
I’ve been spending more time in my bathroom lately, and particularly the tub. Part of that has to do with the season: Days are short. After a long day at the office, I walk outside to pitch black skies. The hour seems later than it actually is, and I seem more inclined to wind down than I do on long, bright summer days. I discovered that the tub is a great place to wind down – especially when it’s cold and dark.
I also recently updated my bathroom pretty extensively, so everything is still a novelty to me. I like looking at all of the lovely work that was done – and there’s no better place to do that than from in the tub. Here I can enjoy the tilework up close as well as the craftsmanship of the new glass enclosure.
The glass enclosure in particular is what has made my tub more inviting. I’m a little embarrassed to say that, when soaking in my tub not so long ago, I’d be often confronted by a bit of mold and mildew on my shower curtain. My place wasn’t dirty, and I’d replace the curtain at least semi-regularly, but the image would stay with me. The idea of enjoying a good long soak would lose its appeal for a while.
I’d wanted to get rid of that curtain for years, but I didn’t want to cut the tub off from the rest of the room. And I didn’t want to be completely surrounded by glass while I bathed. But on a lark I visited a nearby glass retailer that specializes in tub enclosures. I discovered that even an enclosure could retain an open feel. I also discovered that I could continue to enjoy the view from my second-floor window.
I hadn’t lived in a home with a tub enclosure for years – not since I was a teenager. So my perceptions of enclosures hadn’t really changed since then. If you asked me to imagine one, I’d have envisioned something a little clunky, with ungainly metal frames supporting nearly opaque glass that closed off natural light and isolated you from the rest of the room. While I wasn’t a fan of owning a shower curtain, it didn’t seem like a bad alternative to the enclosures I knew.
When I arrived at the local showroom, I discovered that enclosures had evolved since the last time I encountered them long ago. The frames were lighter, sleeker, and more stylish than I’d remembered. Even more interesting was the glass that didn’t require frames at all, wrapping tubs and showers in a transparent, elegant wall; once I saw a frameless tub enclosure, I wanted one of my own.
Now, a couple of months later, I’ve got the clear enclosure that I wanted. No frames, no rails – just clear glass. When I open the amply-sized door, I’ve got the view I wanted and the openness that I needed.
Sometimes I take a shower in the enclosure instead of a bath. I leave feeling just a little cleaner than before, as there’s no unsightly blemish of mildew anywhere to be seen. In the interests of full disclosure, I do need to mention that I clean the glass’ interior each time I use the tub or shower. But it takes no more than a minute, and it’s already part of my routine.
I enjoy that enclosure every day – and even more when I can sink into a hot bath. Outside the snow is falling, people are scrambling, and cars are honking, but I don’t have a care in the world.