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I Hate Grout Joints in the Shower – Winning the Battle vs. Grout

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

I Hate Grout Joints.....How to win the vs. grout

I wish I had a dollar for every homeowner who called complaining about the hassle of their tiled shower or bathtub. In most cases the problem is not the tile, it’s the nasty grout joints between the tile. Cleaning, scrubbing and getting on your hands and knees in a bathroom is no one’s idea of a good time! Regrouting and resealing the grout joints can temporarily “fix” the problem – but you will eventually end up with the same maintenance dilemma. The article below provides 5 strategies to help win the “battle of the grout joints.”

My Customer’s Top 5 Fears of a Glass Block Walk In Shower

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

Top 5 fears of a glass block walk in shower

Mary was practically in tears when she called me. She had seen all the pretty pictures on Pinterest and the Internet of glass block walk in showers and now after talking to her friends and her bathroom remodeling contractor she was encountering one fear after another. Intellectually she understood the acronym about fear (which is False Evidence Appearing Real), but she had no good answers to the following concerns which were coming up:

  •  “I think glass blocks will be too heavy for the floor” her husband Bob said.

 

  •  “Don’t you worry about a glass block wall tipping over?” (Joan – her best friend).

 

  • “I’ve never installed a glass block wall before.” (her favorite remodeling contractor Rico).

 

  • “Isn’t water going to come out of that shower if it doesn’t have a door?” (Joan).

 

  • “I’m really not sure how to make a curved glass block wall work with the shower pans I normally create.” (Rico)

The article below details the facts I was able to share with Mary and her contractor Rico to turn her vision of a glass block walk in shower into reality.

How to make a large shower without making your bathroom bigger

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

One level lipless larger shower in a remodeling project

Larger shower uses a one level wet room installation and natural light to “live” even bigger!

 

Let’s face facts – most existing master bathrooms do not fit the needs or desired aesthetic qualities for relaxation and comfort desired by their owners. In many ranch and cape cod style homes built in the 1960’s and 1970’s the combined tub/shower unit in these small 5’ x 7’ bathrooms are difficult and dangerous to get into (and the ugly curtains or framed sliding glass doors don’t add to the ambience either!). Even many of the larger bathrooms built in the “McMansions” of the 1990’s and 2000’s allocated space incorrectly with a monster sized soaking/Jacuzzi tub (which is seldom used) along with a small phone booth sized stand up shower (which is cramped – but used every day).

According to a recent study by the inspirational housing site Houzz.com 66% of owners want larger showers. While this is a nice concept how can you turn this dream into reality for your home? The article below provides 3 steps to make a larger shower without increasing the size of the bathroom.

9 ways to compare solid surface and ready for tile shower pans

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

9 ways to compare solid surface and ready for tile shower pans

If you’re tired of a fiberglass pan you can’t clean, an acrylic base you can’t make a custom design, or a mortared tile shower floor which is cracked and leaking it may be time to consider a solid surface or an expanded polystyrene ready for tile pre-manufactured base. In the article below explore the similarities and difference in these two shower pan materials to guide you to the best product selection for your application.

5 Steps to Convert a Tub into a Glass Block Walk in Shower

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

Tub to shower conversion with glass blocks

Who uses a small alcove tub space for bathing anymore? The answer – practically no one because it doesn’t fit our fast-paced lifestyles. Who loves framed sliding glass doors or shower curtains around their bathtubs….probably very few because they are a hassle to clean. If you’re like most you’d like to ditch your tub for a walk in shower and assumed you didn’t have enough room….well think again. In this article learn how a tub can be converted into a curved glass block shower in 5 simple steps.

5 Non-Traditional Questions to Ask to Select a Remodeling Contractor

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

How to choose a remodeling contractor

What is your mental picture of a remodeling contractor? Is it a gruff guy with a crowbar, a rock-star type with a toolbelt, an electrician you worry wired your home incorrectly or is it a caring, competent professional using the best materials, methods and processes for your kitchen, bathroom or basement remodeling project? If you’re like most people the not so flattering image of a contractor certainly prevails. Choosing a knowledgeable, skilled and fair contractor can be the most critical decision to ensure your project which will look good and endure the test of time. In the article below learn 5 non-traditional questions to ask contractors your consider for your project to find a winner.

Exterior Door Remodeling Continues as Big Trend in 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling, News

Modern Builders Supply Exterior Steel Door Picture
Homeowners are always on the hunt for home improvement and remodeling projects that increase property value while remaining low-cost. The list for consideration often includes bathroom remodeling, kitchen remodeling or entire home additions; however, many homeowners fail to realize the value in a simple and cost-effective exterior project such as replacing an older door with an exterior steel entry door.

According to a recent article by MarketWatch.com, small, exterior home improvement projects are dubbed, by realtors, as the best value in 2015. The article highlights specific products that will yield the highest return on investment, and the project listed as number one is steel entry door replacement.

How to design a solid surface shower pan

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

How to design solid surface pan

Is stepping into your existing shower pan an experience you’d like to avoid? Dirty grout, cracked tile shower bases and fiberglass surrounds which have yellowed and cannot be cleaned are just some of the challenges owners have with their old shower pans. If you have these problems upgrading to a solid surface shower pan can be the solution. Solid surface is a stone-like material formulated with specialized crystals and resin which provides a rock hard surface which looks beautiful and is built to last. In the article below explore 5 ½ tips to design the right solid surface shower pan for your project.

How to make a 45 degree angle with a glass block wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

How to make a 45 degree angled glass block wall

 

Whether designing a shower, partition wall or a counter or bar the ability to create a sharp or gently curved 45 degree angled glass block wall can make a dramatic impact on a home or commercial space. In the article below learn 3 steps to guide you through a 45 degree angle glass block wall project – from choosing the right glass blocks to steps to simplify the installation process and add decorative elements and lighting.

 

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