What do you do when you need security, energy efficiency and egress all in the same basement window openings? Such was the challenge facing Richardson Rentals for their apartment building in the Worthington area of Columbus Ohio. The solution (developed by the Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions) was to combine glass blocks with vinyl hopper style egress windows. Learn more below about the design and installation approach used for this project.
The advantages of acrylic shower bases are many. They don’t yellow (like fiberglass), are warm to the touch and cost effective, easy to clean and non-porous to name a few. With all of these advantages though acrylic bases have not traditionally been thought of as an exciting choice…until now.
In the video and article below see how the Fleurco line offers a broad range of options, styles, and increased functionality for a new construction or bathroom remodeling project.
When Hope Lutheran Church of Columbus Ohio went looking to replace their windows which “leaked liked crazy” according to Pastor Carl Rayburn not just any type of window would do. The church needed replacement windows which would not only make the space more comfortable, but would also offer enhanced security vs. the old single pane windows.
During the next year and a half Pastor Rayburn along with his committee evaluated options and came to conclusion that commercial grade glass block windows would be the best choice. Learn more below about the design, fabrication and installation approach for the glass blocks used in this project.
Many times the question comes up from contractors and consumers on how can a frameless glass door be incorporated into a glass block wall. In the article below learn a unique approach developed by Linda Ewing of Studio GlassWorks in Middleton Wisconsin along with her installation team to connect the glass door to the glass blocks as well as other cool features of this project.
Question: What product can create clear or colored light movement through a wall with the traditional look of a brick?
Answer: Solid glass bricks in clear and colored selections.
For a unique look consider using solid glass bricks for a shower stall, plant stand, decorative column or divider wall. In the article below learn the answers to the frequently asked design and construction questions about solid glass bricks.
Large windows at the front entrance of a commercial building can really have a large impact on employees, customers and suppliers of a business. The staff at American Mutual Life Association (AMLA) of Cleveland Ohio knew something had to be done with the poor performing aluminum storefront windows. The existing units offered minimal insulation (even with the storms on the outside) and the upper level windows were visibly broken by vandals.
With the assistance of the Cleveland Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions a solution involving glass block windows at the lower level plus Kalwall translucent insulated panels on the upper level windows was chosen. Learn more below why this hybrid approach (i.e. glass blocks and Kalwall) was used and the benefits these respective products provided AMLA.
The need to ditch the bathtub has never been higher. With the desire of older homeowners to age in place and fewer people having the time to take baths the number of bathtub to shower conversions has been growing steadily. While tub to shower replacements are not a new concept you’ll learn in the video and article below 4 ½ new ideas to add both function and style to these projects.
If you’d like to have the look of natural stone in your shower stall or tub enclosure but thought the cost was out of reach – think again! In the video and article below learn the benefits and uses of a cost effective, low maintenance shower and tub wall panel system which is rapidly growing in popularity.
Have you ever seen a mosaic tile that could transmit light? If your answer is no – you are not alone! Fortunately there is an exciting new product called a mosaic tile glass block which can achieve this objective and add a lot of style to a room as well. Learn below about the features, benefits and uses of these new 3 dimensional glass blocks.
When Debi and her husband George were looking to remodel their small Texas bathroom their goals were to combine an easy to clean and user friendly walk in shower with and to use unique wood elements. In order to use every available inch of space the couple removed a wall to pick up 2′ in width (so the final dimension of the space was 7.5′ x 7.5′ – see pictures during demolition below) and used a pocket door to help with space restrictions.
The finished bathroom was a stylish door-less shower highlighted with a one of a kind glass block design with several unique uses of durable species of wood in the trim, ceiling and cabinetry. Learn more about this project below.