Creating a Custom Glass Shower

Reference Number: KB-00886
Last Modified: July 21, 2021

The information in this article applies to:

Home Designer Professional or Home Designer Architectural or Home Designer Suite


How can I create a custom glass shower enclosure? 

Custom glass shower with tile


Several already existing shower and bathtub combinations, as well as enclosures, can be located in the Library Browser. Alternatively, custom glass showers can also be created using the Glass Wall tools or by changing walls to use the Glass Shower wall type.

To create glass shower walls

  1. Open  a plan that you'd like to create a custom glass shower within and focus in on the bathroom. 

  2. Select Build> Wall> Straight Glass Wall and place glass walls to form a glass shower enclosure.

    Glass walls placed to form a glass shower enclosure

    In Home Designer 2019 and prior program versions, use the Straight Interior Wall tool instead, and change the Wall Type to Glass Shower within the Wall Specification dialog.

    A Glass Pony Wall tool is also available in Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro, and may be used in situations where you may want a wall that is framed on the bottom and glass on the top.

  3. Make any further adjustments such as the type of glass you'd like to use, as well as the position of the glass walls.

    Note: You can also adjust the height of the shower if it's defined as it's own room, by adjusting the Floor value located on the Structure panel of the Room Specification dialog. 

To add a glass shower door

  1. Select Build> Door> Shower Door  and click within a glass wall to place a glass shower door.

    In Home Designer 2019 and prior program versions, browse to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Doors and Doorways> Glass Panel> Shower & Closet Doors within the Library Browser, and choose one of the door symbols to use for your glass shower.

  2. Once the door is placed into a glass wall, select it and click on the Open Object edit button.

  3. In the Door Specification dialog that opens, make any desired adjustments, then click OK.

    Door Specification dialog of a Glass Shower Door

Fixtures can now be added to complete the space. Navigate to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures within the Library Browser to find faucets, shower pans, and other fixtures to place into your custom shower. Additional libraries containing more shower fixtures and hardware can also be purchased from the 3D Library.

You can also create glass showers using a variety of 3D objects located within the library, as well as using other wall tools and wall properties such as the Wall Covering feature. Please view the examples below to learn more about creating different glass shower concepts within Home Designer.


Glass shower enclosure with tile

  • Different glass materials can be found by navigating to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Materials> Glass & Glazing.

    You can also make copies of materials and change their transparency or texture to create new glass materials, or import materials from an outside source.

  • Glass shower enclosures such as the one seen in the image above can be found by navigating to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Architectural> Fixtures> Enclosures.*
    *Applies to Home Designer Architectural and Home Designer Pro only.

    Simply select the enclosure that you want, and click in your plan to place it. It can then be further adjusted using its edit handles in both 2D and 3D views.

  • Tile Materials, which can be applied to wall coverings or to a walls surface, can be found by navigating to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Materials> Tile.

  • Half Height Walls can be created by selecting Build> Wall> Straight Half-Wall .

    For more information on half, or partial height walls, please see the Related Articles section below.


Glass block shower with wall coverings

  • In the example above, a glass block shower was created using two Straight Half-Walls sections joined by a Curved Half-Wall   at the corner to create a shower room, which is separate from the rest of the bathroom area.

    Once the half walls were placed, the height was raised by accessing the specification dialog, and the Glass Blocks material was applied by navigating to Home Designer Core Catalogs> Materials> Glass & Glazing> Textured Glass.

    The floor value for the shower room was also raised 6" so that the base molding applied to the bathroom would wrap around it.

  • Grab bars can be found in the Accessible Design Bonus Catalog.

  • Wall Coverings can be used to add materials to portions of your walls or an entire room. This is especially helpful if you would like a tile material to span a specific height. In the image above, neither the tile in the shower room nor the tile in the bathroom itself reaches all of the way up to the wall, as wall coverings are applied.* More information on how Wall Coverings work can be found in Training Video #2288.
    *Applies to Home Designer Interiors, Home Designer Architectural, and Home Designer Pro only.


Shower containing a niche and a custom seat

  • Unlike the prior example, this shower has tile all of the way up to the ceiling. Instead of using wall coverings here, we changed the material of the Interior Wall Surface of the wall in the Wall Specification dialog. So that it wouldn't change the entire wall, we placed a break in the walls on either side of the shower using the Break Wall  tool.

  • The shower seat in this example was created using a Closed Box located by accessing Home Designer Core Catalogs> Shapes> Boxes within the Library Browser. An additional box was placed on top and a tile material was applied to it to within its specification dialog.

  • Navigate to Build> Window> Wall Niche to place a niche, or alcove into a shower wall.