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Making The Impossible Possible

February 20th, 2015

ph-mg-cl-draxl-kitchen-20141021-007You remember that amazing glass breakfast bar we did in Columbia? Well, we had such a great time working on this project, we wanted to give a little overview of how it happened.

The Draxls made an appointment with us as a last ditch effort after being told by two other companies that their vision simply couldn’t be executed. When they came in to the showroom they described what they were looking for – a glass top in front of a window with a “floating” look. We thought, wow this would be so cool but quite the challenge. The problem was that there was no “invisible” way to connect the glass top to the glass window. But, before we also told them it couldn’t be done, we asked for pictures of the area and started problem solving. We knew we could theoretically mount the glass into the sidewalls and make it work – the problem was finding the right bracket to execute that installation. Sounds easy right? Well, we quickly found that the bracket we needed didn’t exist. This small bump didn’t deter us though. We got to work designing a custom bracket that we knew could work in the space. We sent the plans to a metals fabricator, and they said they could make it for us. Once the custom brackets were completed we handed them over to the contractor to have him bolt them through the studs in the unfinished sidewall. Then he and his team finished the wall overtop of the bracket so you couldn’t see the mounting hardware.

From there, we made sure the glass was cut perfectly to work around the shape of the opening (which wasn’t perfectly rectangular and we had some grooves to work around). So we did a wood cutout (based on sizes we measured), set it on top of the brackets to make sure it fit and then we used that wood top as the template for the glass top.


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Design Challenge: Floating Glass Bar in Columbia, MD

November 11th, 2014

Floating Glass Bar, Columbia, MD


We love a lot of things about working at here at River Glass Designs, but there is just something so great about helping people complete a project that they didn’t think was possible. We recently had the opportunity to help a couple in Columbia, MD complete their dream kitchen.

When Marilynn and Hugo Draxl wanted to renovate their kitchen, they knew exactly what they wanted. What they didn’t know is if they were going to be able to find the right people to properly execute their idea. They wanted a space that would feel like a fluid area, and they wanted to bring the wonder of the outdoors, inside. Together with designer, April Pardoe the Draxls worked to create the perfect space.

They started with the windows – which were large enough to feel like the beautiful outdoor space was incorporated into the house. Once they decided they liked the minimalistic nature of glass – they knew they wanted to incorporate it as much as possible. This is where we came in.After the Draxls were told their idea simply couldn’t be executed, they came to us. We were tasked with the challenge of designing a glass breakfast bar that seamlessly hovered by a window, making it appear as if it were floating. This was a difficult project, but we love a good challenge. Our team came up with a pretty amazing design (if we don’t say so ourselves) that we were able to execute exactly as planned. We are so happy with the finish product and we are glad the Draxls love their new space. The finished breakfast bar turned out so well it actually appeared in the Baltimore Sun’s Chesapeake Home + Living!  Floating Glass Bar facing trees by River Glass Designs

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4 Uncommon Ways to Decorate With Mirrors

October 8th, 2014

Custom Mirror Ideas for Your HomeMirrors can be incredibly  versatile decorating tools. Often times, people think of mirrors as purely functional, so they only go in rooms for utility purposes, like bathrooms or bedrooms. But, mirrors actually bring function and beauty to every room of the house. Here are 4 uncommon ways to use mirrors in your home.

  1. Create Depth in an Entryway: Entryways are an underestimated part of your home. They are the first thing your guests will see when they enter your house and you want to leave them with a good impression. Make your entryway an amazing feature by adding depth and interest with an antiqued mirror. Not only will the mirror lighten up the entrance to your home, it will make the hallway appear bigger by adding depth.
  2. Lighten Up Your Room: If you have a room that lets in little light due to lack of windows, don’t worry. Mirrors create the illusion of light with reflection. Try hanging a large mirror to on the wall opposite to your window. Not only will it create light, it will be a beautiful focal point in the room.
  1. Use Mirror As Art: Mirrors are so beautiful, and can make an excellent replacement for a piece of art. There are many different things you can do to make mirrors into a focal point for your home. You can place a mirror behind reclaimed window panels for a shabby chic piece. You can arrange framed mirrors on picture ledges to create a gallery wall. Or, you can simple frame a large mirror in a beautiful frame – simple and elegant.
  2. Make A Room Larger: Like we mentioned, mirrors reflect light which not only helps to make a room appear less like a cave, but they can also make the room appear larger. Try adding one or several floor length mirrors to a smaller room to help create the appearance of continued depth.


No matter how you choose to incorporate mirror into your home, we are here to help.

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The Best Way to Keep Your Glass Shower Sparkling

August 26th, 2014

How to Keep Your Glass Shower Sparkling Clean

One of the most daunting aspects of upgrading your shower to glass, is keeping it clean. Don’t worry- it’s not as time and labor intensive as you think! We have 3 foolproof steps to keeping your glass shower doors sparkling!

1. Keep a Squeegee On Hand: One of the easiest ways to keep your glass shower doors squeaky clean is to use a squeegee after each and every use. When water sits on top of glass it can cloud the area leaving a milky residue. Make it a part of your shower routine to squeegee before you get out. This will save you time and energy in the long run!

2. Good Ventilation: Having good ventilation in your bathroom is key to keeping your shower doors clean. When moisture is not properly ventilated it can condensce and cause build up. Make sure you have the right fan, and use it every time you take a shower!

3. Get Showerguard: At River Glass Designs we offer all of our customers the option to get Showerguard. ShowerGuard’s patented ion beam manufacturing process creates a unique type of glass that’s permanently sealed, for a shower that stays beautiful for years. Visit www.showerguardglass.com for more information.

If worrying about keeping glass shower doors clean was holding you back from upgrading your shower- fear not! Our experts are here to walk you through the process to ensure you are happy with your shower for many years to come.

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5 Bathroom Trends You Can Use in Your Home

July 8th, 2014

So far this year’s bathrooms are headed in a clean, simple and convenient direction. Here are the five trends we’re most excited about.

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  1. Floating Vanities

    Once upon a time floating vanities only appeared in ultra modern bathrooms. In 2014, they’re being used as a way to simplify the room, create the appearance of more space and give attention to the other bold elements in the room like statement tubs, unique tiling or floors, etc.

  2. Custom showers

    Homeowners are opting for bigger showers that are designed specifically for their space and personal taste and needs. Everything from pebble flooring to benches to built in sound systems– you name it. Frameless glass showers are, of course, among the most popular custom showers since they make the bathroom look more open and spacious.

  3. Neutral Matte Tile

    Neutral Matte Tile

    Tile options have exploded in the past couple of years and we love that homeowners are taking advantage of some amazing matte options. Everything from natural concrete to pale grays are appearing as flooring and even running up the shower wall.

  4. Black is Back

    Black Tile

    While everyone loves the clean look of a white bathroom, it can be pretty cold and sterile. Adding black is an easy way
    to create some bold contrast with neutral bathroom designs. Black is back in everything from tubs to lighting to tile.

  5. Water Saving Fixtures

    Manufacturers have come a long way with smart technology to reduce toilet and faucet water use without having to sacrifice the appearance of the fixtures. Everything from Low-Flow Toilets to hands free faucets are both beautiful and eco-friendly this year.

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