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5 Out of the Box Remodeling Tips for a Master Bathroom

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

Master bath remodeling with a glass block walk in shower in Martinez California

Sometimes in remodeling one thing just leads to another. Such was the case when Jim and Debbie Patrizi went to remodel their master bathroom in Martinez California.

As Jim said, “What started out as removing a flimsy framed shower door at the beginning of the weekend evolved into a progressive demo of the entire bathroom by the end of the weekend. After removing the door I found dry rot around the shower. Then my wife and I discussed our dislike of the tub next to the small 3’ x 3’ standard fiberglass shower and felt the time was right to remove the tub and the shower to make space for a larger shower. As our design thoughts became clearer we decided to eliminate the generic square design of our tract home bathroom and put some design flair and curvature into our newly remodeled space.”

Learn 5 tips Jim and Debbie used to escape the common boxy look of their tract home bathroom to create a new relaxing, functional and gracefully elegant new design.


5 Bathroom Trends you’ll see at 2015 Columbus BIA Parade of Homes (and 3 you won’t)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom trends Parade of Homes in columbus 2015 tiled shower

If you’re like me you really get excited to see the Columbus Parade of Homes. I love seeing cool homes, inspired decorating and some of the latest trends in products for new homes or remodeling an existing home. Just like previous years the 2015 homes provide a glimpse of ways to make any home more useable, fun and liveable. In the article below I’ll give you a sneak peak into 5 bathroom trends you’ll see on display at the six Parade homes this year – and 3 trends which are hot you won’t see – a total of 8 to consider for your next renovation or new home build whether you live in Columbus Ohio or anywhere in the United States. Let’s first take a look at the five trends you will see in this years Parade.

5 Tips to Brighten up and Open up a Guest Bathroom

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

Walk in shower with glass blocks in a guest bathroom remodel in Columbus Ohio

Frank and Sandy Hicks are no strangers to the remodeling process. They have completed many projects on a part-time basis in the evenings and weekends during the 44 years Frank served as a full time air traffic controller. I was so impressed with their custom home with an open floor plan in the countryside in Lancaster Ohio. This home is a testament to Sandy’s interior design inspiration and Frank’s construction expertise.


Although Frank and Sandy’s home is beautiful their needs and styles have changed during the years they have lived in this home. They had grown tired of their dark, cedar-lined guest bathroom with a small 3’ x 3’ fiberglass shower in the corner of the room. As Sandy said to me, “The time had come to lighten up and brighten up this space.” Using Sandy’s eyes for design and Frank’s knowledgeable construction hands learn 5 tips you can use to brighten up and open up your guest bathroom and create a spa-like atmosphere.


How to add impact to a patio with unique hardscaping – colored glass bricks and bluestone

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Colored glass brick and bluestone hardscape patio design in Guilford Connecticut

In the old days of landscaping you might see a simple concrete patio and a small wood deck in the backyard – not very inspiring – but times have changed. In today’s landscape and hardscape designs outdoor spaces are now embraced as “exterior rooms” which increase fun and function while providing distinctive touches of personal style. The article below is an example of going beyond the blah patio of yesteryear and designing the outside space to provide more than just seating – but an experience for friends and family.

Learn how Dani Howard (a homeowner in Guilford Connecticut) along with help from her contractor (Hanler Construction of Guilford Ct.), lighting designer (Jill Boender of Sound Lighting and Design of Branford Ct.), and designer (Lisa Wasserman-Sivan) transformed a small deck and patio into three inviting outdoor rooms with unique hardscape features including illuminated colored glass brick pavers and functional and beautiful natural bluestone slabs.

How to Tame the Countryside with a Classic Fiberglass Door and Glass Block Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Glass Block

“The open landscape is beautiful and peaceful but it also is tough on the wear and tear of our home. The winds can whip around here something fierce and have made our doors and windows break down quicker than we would like,” said Kelly Persichetti of Carroll Ohio.

Fiberglass front entry door in Carrol Ohio

I originally met Kelly in September of 2013 to look at a wood framed picture window (which was part of a 3 lite bay window) in her master bathroom where the frame had deteriorated from the harsh winters and winds which travel through the open fields surrounding her country home. This frame had caused the energy efficiency of the window to be compromised and the decision was made to replace the picture window with a frameless glass block system. At that time we talked briefly about the two double hung windows to the left and right of the master bathroom picture window and also about some maintenance challenges and performance issues with her current steel front entry door and storm door.

By the summer of 2015 Kelly decided to replace the two flanking double hung windows and to upgrade to a fiberglass entry door and an extruded aluminum storm door. In the article below we’ll take a look at how Kelly tamed these problem doors and windows in her beautiful Carroll Ohio country home.

Ingenuity, Improvisation and Inspiration – The 3 I’s of a High Rise Remodel

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

Lakewood Ohio high rise kitchen remodeling

When Karen Hruska of Lakewood Ohio decided to remodel 4 rooms (the kitchen, dining room, master and guest bathrooms) in her 15th floor condo she knew it was not going to be a small task. While Karen’s careful planning and thoughtful selection of a contractor (she selected Cleveland Design and Remodeling) were important the successful completion of this project also required a healthy dose of the 3 I’s of high rise remodeling – ingenuity, improvisation and inspiration.

In the article below I hope you enjoy and learn from the insights and strategies Karen and the Cleveland Design and Remodeling construction team used to create an upgraded and more functional space.

7 Ways to Light up Your Man Cave – Natural and Electrical Lighting Options

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

7 Ways to Light up a Man Cave

When you think of a basement (or cellar) what comes to mind? Dark, dingy, dirty or musty are some of the most common images. If you want to transform your basement into a man cave or a family friendly space one key will be proper lighting so the room’s lighting will work for any event, party or movie you want to watch. This article will look at 7 common – and not so common – natural and electrical lighting options to turn your scary basement into a place you’ll really want to hang out.

3 ½ Innovative Shower Storage Products for a Luxury Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Recessed shower storage niches for maximum storage

I’ve seen many luxury tile showers built with the best intentions to provide a long lasting system with plenty of storage for soap, shampoo and other bathroom products. Unfortunately years of continuous service are often not kind to tile showers. Grout joints become moldy or discolored. Recessed soap and shampoo niches are often scummy and nearly impossible to clean in the corners.

What’s exciting now is it is possible to liberate yourself from the hassle of cleaning a tile shower and the frustration of inflexible storage options. A new ergonomically designed shower storage system is available which is grout free, easy to clean and even offers adjustable shelving when your needs or people using the shower changes. In the article below learn 3 ½ new shower storage options which are revolutionary in their design for the luxury shower market.

Open Design Bath Remodel in Cleveland Inspired by San Diego Hotel

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

One level open shower design in Cleveland ohio

It’s easy to see how a beachfront hotel in San Diego California can be inspirational to a couple from Cleveland Ohio – sand, sunlight and warm temperatures can be a welcoming environment for someone from Northeastern Ohio. While Robin and Pat Baranack (a couple from the Cleveland suburb of North Royalton) were inspired by the outdoor experience on their west coast trip – they were equally as impressed by the inside of their hotel bathroom which featured a clean, contemporary and open design. As Pat said, “When we got back from our San Diego trip my 3’ x 3’ phone booth sized shower felt even smaller, our single sink vanity more limiting and our 1980’s style soaking tub in our master bathroom seemed even less functional than before.”

Old before picture single vanity and 1980 style soaking tub

The time had come to take the inspiration from the La Jolla California hotel and reinvigorate and remodel their North Royalton master bathroom to capture this sunny West Coast feeling and functionality. In the article below I’ll look at how Pat and Robin (along with the design and construction team of Cleveland Design and Remodeling) used a combination of thoughtful product selections and hidden construction features to create a master bathroom which is built to not only endure the test of time, but is exciting to use on a daily basis as well (it is so fun you can see “Lucy” the family dog smiling about it from ear to ear in the picture above!).

Master Bathroom Design – Contemporary Meets Rustic in a Log Home

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

NEO angle glass block shower in a log home in PA

“Nothing is set in stone with interior finishes in our log homes,” said Joe Dymond of Jim Barna Log Homes. When Joe makes this statement he means it. Although most people associate log homes with a rustic interior design – many owners today have a broader decorating vision for their new home. Such was the case when Joe called me about combining contemporary glass blocks with traditional rustic elements in the master bathroom of a home he was building in Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Ken and Laurie Rittle. In the article below see how contemporary can meet rustic when you combine a flexible builder with progressive and creative homeowners.

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