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7 Techniques to Brighten Up a Master Bathroom

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

Master bathroom remodel with glass block shower and bright glass tile shower wall

Do you suffer with a dark, uninspired 1980’s looking master bathroom which does not reflect the beauty and potential of your home and it’s surroundings? Such was the case for Ray Ellwood and John Looney with the master bath in their peaceful and rural home in Lancaster Ohio. As Ray said, “The old bath was generic and unimaginative – beige walls, press-board cabinetry, a single double hung window and a standard one piece fiberglass shower which made way too much noise! Something had to be done to improve this space!”

Lancaster master bathroom before remodeling

Learn below how Ray, John and their craftsman Matt Waites used a mix of 7 techniques to lighten up, brighten up and embrace the inside and outside surroundings to make a spectacular remodeled bathroom.

Inspiring lives through universal and accessible design education – the Universal Design Living Laboratory

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

Barrier free bathroom at universal design home

Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder at the Universal Design Living Laboratory

If you have a loved one, friend or family member who is unable to fully enjoy and use their home as a result of a physical or mental challenge you know how frustrating it can be for them. For someone using a wheelchair, walker or who has a sight or mental impairment the “average home” can be a dangerous place! The great news is with proper planning, design and construction techniques it is possible for anyone to enjoy and use all of their home. If you don’t believe me take an inspirational and educational visit to the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) (which is open for public tours through Sunday November 23rd).

The UDLL is not only a home which is being enjoyed by Rosemarie Rossetti (a national speaker and trainer whose paralysis requires a wheelchair) and her 6’4” husband Mark Leder (a universal design consultant and marketing strategist) but it is a “living laboratory” and educational hub for homeowners, designers, architects and building professionals on how to effectively design a home to be used by people of all statures and abilities.

The article below focuses on 7 universal and accessible design features of one room in this home – a lower level barrier free bathroom. This finished lower level also serves as a classroom/education center for universal and accessible design education. Let’s explore this room.

Study Links Natural Light in the Office to Improved Employee Health

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

glass block wall

According to a recent study from Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, office workers who are exposed to more natural light during office hours enjoy numerous benefits over employees with darker working conditions. Workers in the study who had access to windows and natural light exposure reported longer sleep duration, better sleep quality, more physical activity and overall, better quality of life compared with workers who did not have windows. 

Custom Products and 3 Planning Tips make a Bathroom Remodel in New York Stand Out!

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

PIC  1 custom products

In many bathroom remodeling projects it’s neither practical nor cost effective to change the overall layout of the space (moving plumbing and walls can be expensive!) – but this is no reason to settle for a “common looking room.” In the article below learn how a design-oriented do it yourself homeowner used custom building products (including cabinets, slate tile and colored glass blocks), installation systems (a prefabricated glass block wall with a custom base) and 3 planning tips to not only transform the looks of a unique “L-shaped” bathroom – but increase it’s functionality as well!

Curved glass block shower with colored blocks

Using Color: What Does Your Front Door Say about You?

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

white steel entry

Did you know that the ways we use color in our lives and homes can offer others a peek into our personalities? Think about some of your favorite brands and products. What kinds of colors are used to entice you to make a purchase? What feelings do you associate with these colors and products? Believe it or not, there is a science behind the way we use color in our lives and often, our favorite colors tell a story about who we are. In the story of your home, what does your front door say about you?

Create a Seamless Look with a Barrier Free Shower Base

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

mothers day bath design

Whether you’re remodeling for your future by making universal design upgrades or are looking to immediately enhance the safety of your bathroom to accommodate family members of all ages and abilities, a great “first step” is to eliminate a step or ledge—literally—in your bathroom. Innovate Building Solutions offers a wide variety of universal design products for the home, including barrier free and roll-in shower bases, creating a space that is easily accessible to everyone.

How to make a glass floor or steps safe and private – 5 design features

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

Clear glass bridge in an upscale home

Many people love the “cool factor” of a glass floor or glass steps but there are frequently concerns if the floor will be safe to walk on and if it is private enough (i.e. can a woman wearing a skirt not have to feel self-conscious walking on the glass surface). Let’s explore 5 design features which are critical to ensure not only a stylish project – but also one which is safe and private as well!

Learn the Hottest Trends in Bathroom Design in 2014

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

This has been an exciting year of new trends and cool new products to enhance the look of a space that is often underestimated—the bathroom. Fortunately, we are moving far past cramped, unstylish spaces on to modern, sophisticated elegance with a personalized look and spa-like atmosphere. Consumers don’t just want functionality, they want a space where they can relax, unwind, and enjoy taking time for themselves.

What’s HOT:

  • Curbless showers: This year, creating a bathroom space with clean lines and a barrier-free, seamless entry and look is extremely popular in design and is great for consumers who are looking to make the most of their small space. Innovate Building Solutions offers an exceptional line of Tuff Form roll-in bases for a barrier-free shower entry or luxurious wet room. Not only is the Tuff Form base light and easy to work with, but it can be cut to meet any size or shape specifications. Finish the look with stone or tile.

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