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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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The Best of Both Worlds – Glass Block and Vinyl Replacement Windows Together!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Combining glass block and vinyl replacement windows together

Combining glass block and vinyl replacement windows together

What do you do if you want the privacy and security of a glass block window but you don’t want to give up the clear views and ventilation of a vinyl replacement window? The answer – use both! Learn below how a customer of the Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions (with the help of John Carter their Sales Representative) benefited from the use of both products with this “bottom to top” solution.

Colored glass block wall provides a stylish and durable alternative for a Los Alamos New Mexico shower remodel

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

Colored glass block shower wall in Los Alamos New Mexico

The wear and tear of silicone deposits and an outdated fiberglass tub/shower unit with flimsy framed by-pass doors can really bring the look of a shower down. Such was the case for a woman in Los Alamos New Mexico. Her goal  was to convert a traditional (and dated) 1973 porcelain tub with 4″ x 4″ porcelain tile surround and glass bypass doors  into a non-traditional stylish and open-concept shower (while making sure the materials were durable enough to stand up against the silicone deposits in her water).

 

Learn below about the products (including a cool colored glass block shower wall), installation systems and design approaches used to maximize the look, functionality and durability of this master bathroom shower.

Avoid Being Haunted by Outrageous Utility Bills this Winter

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

haunted house, halloweenDoes your basement currently look and feel like a dungeon? It may only be October, but if you’ve taken a look at the latest winter weather outlook, you know that cold, snow-filled days aren’t far away for many parts of the country. If your basement is home to old, drafty single-pane windows, you have big decisions to make that could have a major impact on your wallet on both a short and long term basis. Innovate Building Solutions currently has glass block basement window replacement options that can prevent your monthly energy bill from haunting you all winter long.

Glass block garage windows – protect your valuables and your family

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

glass block garage windows

I was recently saddened when a friend announced on Facebook his home was broken into…..and he actually blamed it on Facebook! The reality is in this new era of social media many people know where you are ….and many people know where you are not (in this case my friend was posting to Facebook when he was not home)!

 

While owners often take steps to make the home more secure – many forget about the garage as an easy point of entry for intruders. Old wood, metal and vinyl windows are easy to break out and offer minimal security. A strong option to secure this space (and your valuable tools, cars, equipment and side entry to your home) is to consider glass block garage windows.  In the article below learn about the products and all-important fabrication options for a glass block window in a garage.

Steel Door Replacement Named as Remodeling Project with Highest ROI

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

steel entry doorIs your current home in need of several updates this fall, but you aren’t sure where to spend your money? According to a nationwide report published earlier this year by Remodeling Magazine, steel entry door replacement offers the highest return on investment out of more than 30 common projects, returning an average of 97 percent of the cost in added resale value.

While remodeling is an important part of keeping a home looking fresh and well-maintained, all projects are not created equally when it comes to ROI. Based on the Cost vs. Value report findings, front entry door replacement, kitchen remodeling, a wood deck addition and garage door replacement are the most cost-effective projects for adding to the overall value to your home.

Glass stair treads add impact to a dramatic landscape water feature in Columbus Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Floors

Structural Glass Stair Treads Over Water Feature in Columbus

When you’ve got a beautiful view why hide it? Such was the thought of Rusty McClure about the stunning water feature in the back yard of his Columbus Ohio home. Imagine rushing waters colliding with rocks down a steep hillside with steps and landings leading to the Olentangy River – very cool and dramatic. With that being said Rusty saw even greater potential which could be gleaned from the landscape. The wooden stairs – while essential to travel down the hillside – were blocking the view of Rusty’s illuminated rushing water feature.

Wood stairs and railing in a Columbus landscape design

Rusty thought why not open up the view with some glass stair treads? Learn below how Rusty combined the structural glass products obtained through Innovate Building Solutions with the expert installation team of Mike Shurig Remodeling to create one inspired landscape design!

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