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20 Works of Art – Kansas City Urban Renewal Homes with Purpose, Passion and Practicality

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Exterior Remodeling, Glass Flooring

Urban renewal custom home in Kansas City MissouriRenewing a part of a cities’ core is not for the meek at heart. Urban renewal requires a clear sense of purpose, a passion to see what can be, and a healthy dose of practicality. When Randy Kietzman (an architect) and Jane Kietzman (a custom home builder) in Kansas City Missouri had a vision to build a home in Beacon Hill with great views of the city (but an area which didn’t have the best reputation as a place to live) they started on a difficult challenge which would eventually yield inspirational results.

Learn below how Randy and Jane have used purpose, passion and practicality to help  re-energize the Beacon Hill area and make progress toward their vision of a completed subdivision which will at completion have 20 homes or as Randy says, “20 Works of Art.”

 

Lustrolite High Gloss Acrylic Panels

High Gloss Acrylic Panels Add a Touch of European Style

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

Lustrolite High Gloss Acrylic PanelsHigh gloss finishes have been a must-have feature in the trendiest, upscale European homes for years. Now, American kitchens and bathrooms can have that sleek, European look with easy-to-install, low-maintenance high gloss acrylic panels.

Lustrolite high gloss acrylic panels from Innovate Building Solutions offer an affordable choice for homeowners who want to add a unique and contemporary touch to their kitchen or bathroom. The colorful, low-maintenance wall panels can be installed instead of tile to give a sleek, sophisticated look to kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, as well as tub and shower enclosures. They’re versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to create a stunning accent wall anywhere in the home, to add a pop of color to the kitchen, or for a slick, contemporary look in the bathroom.

3 Ideas for a Low Maintenance High Style Shower System

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Solid surface shower walls and bases with niches

While tile showers or those with natural stone or granite walls can have a certain allure – they also have their drawbacks (mainly high maintenance and high costs). If you’re looking for a different alternative the questions becomes what products are available to create a low maintenance, high style and affordable shower system? The article below will look at 3 combinations of products to achieve this goal which include a solid surface base and walls, a stylish glass enclosure with matching acrylic base and Euro-inspired high gloss wall panels.

Personalizing a Cottage Style Bathroom in South Euclid Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Cottage style bathroom, remodel cleveland ohio

If you’re looking to remodel your bathroom would you prefer to work with a contractor who tells you, “Lady – this is how we’re going to fix your bathroom” or one who asks, “Ma’am – how can we help you make this space fit your personality, style and needs?” Such was the choice facing Catherine Lee of South Euclid Ohio when she decided – for the first time – to contract out a remodeling project (all her previous projects she did on a DIY basis with her husband).

Catherine was looking to not only remodel – but transform – her 1919 main bathroom. This space had a beautiful vintage oversized cast iron tub and her goal was to create an artistically fun and relaxing space with the feel of a seaside cottage (despite being in Northeastern Ohio!).

Learn below how Catherine along with the design (Jeff Merrell) and construction (John Fronek) leaders of the Cleveland Design and Remodeling division of Innovate Building Solutions were able to deliver on her vision at a budget she could afford.

How to finish the end or top of a glass block shower wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block

Glass block shower wall with 4 x 8 design horiztontal and vertically laid blocks

The question has come up repeatedly – what’s the best way to finish the end and top of my glass block shower wall? The answer – like many things in life is it depends…..it depends on budget, the look desired, maintenance considerations and access to the right product suppliers. Let’s look at the 5 most popular options for finishing these walls.

 

5 Design Tips for a Small Bath Remodel in 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Design Tips for a small bathroom remodel

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s home building was about supersizing everything. McMansions with large rooms, vaulted ceilings in foyers, big living rooms and dining rooms were all the rage. The average size home in the 1950’s of 983 square feet had become bloated to 2,434 square feet by 2005.

As we get ready to celebrate the new year in 2015 trends have changed significantly. The average size of the home is now decreasing (this can be seen in the popularity of the book The Not So Big Home by Sarah Susanka). Features which have contributed to homes becoming smaller include tighter access to financing, improved design, and the desire for more green and sustainable spaces.

As homes are shrinking bathrooms are getting smaller as well – but this is not to imply style and function are becoming victims of this down-sizing process – quite the contrary actually. Learn below 5 fun and intriguing design tips to make a smaller bathroom more stylish and better performing!

Innovate Predicts Top Bathroom Trends for 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

glass block in bathroomThe bathroom as we know it is changing in 2015, moving past basic functionality and into a new realm of relaxation and comfort. Designers and homeowners alike are looking beyond how our rooms look and best serve us, envisioning how they make us feel as well. From large, spa-like showers to low-flow toilets and grout-free walls, here are some of our design predictions for New Year:

  • Out with the outdated bathtub, in with the new, expansive shower. The spa soaking tub that was extremely popular in the 1990’s is meeting its demise after evolving into a clutter catch-all for many years. Homeowners will begin utilizing this wasted space by building bigger, better showers in 2015 with features

Consider Glass Flooring Systems for Dramatic Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Flooring, Glass Floors

glass floorsGlass flooring has made its way to Paris, putting a new spin on the classic tourist experience at the Eiffel Tower. The new glass floor installation highlights a stunning birds-eye view of the city from approximately 187 feet in the air—something that visitors are unlikely to forget. Although it is one of the latest attractions to capitalize on the glass flooring trend, the Eiffel Tower is not alone in its endeavor to give visitors a cool new view. Designers, architects, home builders and homeowners are seeking solutions for incorporating glass floor and stair systems in their spaces with the help of Innovate Building Solutions.

Innovate’s modular glass floor systems are engineered to safely stand the test of time, supporting large amounts of weight with a durable aluminum grid and structural supports. These prefabricated systems can be installed

3 Design Options in Grout Free DIY Shower & Tub Wall Panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

3 Design Options Grout Free Shower Tub Wall Panels version 2

If you’re in the process of remodeling a shower or tub surround and want to eliminate the hassle of grout or get rid of a dated and dirty looking fiberglass unit it’s important to choose a DIY panel system which matches your budget and sense of style. The article below will profile 3 popular options which provide different design styles, price points and options. The common thread with all 3 systems is they are easy to clean and easy to install!

Benefits of Converting a Tub to a Wheelchair Accessible Roll-In Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

wheelchair accessible showerIf you have a loved one with physical limitations or who is wheelchair-bound, you know the importance of having a bathroom that can easily be accessed by any and all members of the family. Whether you’re planning for the future with universal design trends in mind or need modifications made to your home now, Innovate Building Solutions can help you as you prepare for your project.

Often a wasted space that is unusable for those with physical limitations, bathtubs can be transformed into a sleek, modern shower using one of Innovate’s barrier-free systems. 

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