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How to compare back painted color coated glass to high gloss acrylic wall panels

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

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

If you’re an architect, designer, custom builder or homeowner you may be familiar with the concept of coloring the reverse side of a piece of glass to achieve a clean, contemporary and easy to clean wall surface, but you may not have heard about an alternative product – high gloss acrylic walls. While both of these materials can make a dramatic impact for a backsplash or shower in a home (or feature wall or boardroom application in an office) they each have distinct advantages which can impact which material is best for a specific project.

 

5 Cool Shower Base Ideas for a Custom Home or Remodeling Project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Zero threshold wet room in a custom home

Zero threshold wet room in a custom home

Custom home building or remodeling is about more than just creating a unique space – it also requires choosing products which don’t break the bank, are straightforward to install and products that will last. This article profiles 5 shower base ideas which meet this criterion and also make a distinctive high quality finished project.

Top 5 benefits of contemporary high gloss acrylic walls for backsplashes and bathroom walls

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Kitchen backsplash in blue atoll color

Kitchen backsplash in blue atoll color

If you’re tired of the look and maintenance hassle of ceramic tile and grout joints you’re not alone! While tile is still very popular, for those wanting low maintenance, contemporary kitchen and bath designs are steering towards new choices like high gloss acrylic walls. Learn more below about this product and its top 5 benefits.

 

A California bath remodel combines traditional and contemporary products for a fresh look

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

California remodel combines traditional and contemporary elements

California remodel combines traditional and contemporary elements

When Stephanie (who lives outside of Sacramento California area) looked at her old bathroom the word “outdated” screamed out– an old drop in tub, 4” x 4” white tiles and a flimsy brass finished framed shower said 80’s all the way! When the old shower started to leak it created the tipping point for a newly remodeled space.

As Stephanie said, “I really wanted a fresh look, more light, and to combine both traditional and contemporary elements in the same space.” Learn below the product selections used to transform a California bathroom from outdated to stylishly updated.

 

7 Reasons to Choose a Shower Door over a Shower Curtain – Part 1

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Curved shower door system - Fleurco base

Curved shower door system – Fleurco base

“Should I choose a shower door or a shower curtain?” – asked one of our customer recently. When I said “it depends,” – she said “what kind of a cop-out answer is that!” While the interaction may be funny it’s really true that neither the shower door nor the shower curtain is a slam dunk favorite over the other. The selection depends on many factors including the amount of privacy/openness desired, budget and ease of cleaning to name just a few factors.

In Part 1 (of a 2 part series) I’ll focus first on 7 advantages of choosing the shower door over the shower curtain (in Part 2 I’ll flip this around and look at the advantages of the shower curtain over the door).

Remodeling a Luxury Touring Motor Coach

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Remodeled interior of Prevost H3-45 touring motor coach

Remodeled interior of Prevost H3-45 touring motor coach

Yes – the News from the Block blog is usually about interesting home remodeling products and projects but it’s cool to see the dynamic things being done with “moving” homes (in this case a touring motor coach) as well. Learn below how the luxury motor coach owned by the Allagier family was not only remodeled but given a literal “facelift” through the design, product selection, construction and ownership team of Excalibur Coach (including President Doug Stolfo and Office Manager Cindy Jonker).

emodeled H3-45 Touring Coach after a "facelift" and new paint job

Remodeled H3-45 Touring Coach after a “facelift” and new paint job

 

How to choose the perfect grout free shower or tub wall panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Grout free high gloss acrylic shower wall panels in a modern bathroom

Grout free high gloss acrylic shower wall panels in a modern bathroom

OK – you’re looking for the perfect grout free tub or shower wall panel system and I have to start this article out by telling you there is no perfect system – bummer! What I can explain to you is there are a lot of options (a good thing) with different strengths and weaknesses inherent for each system.

Using frequently asked questions we’ll explore below the advantages and disadvantages of grout free shower and tub wall options.

Repurposing space over a garage leads to a dramatic and open bathroom remodel!

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

Larger completed bathroom remodel with walk in glass block shower and acrylic pedestal tub

Larger completed bathroom remodel with walk in glass block shower and acrylic pedestal tub

While the house Rick and Lenore Seymour purchased in New Harbor Maine had a nice open 30’ x 30’ room above a garage which could serve as a “mini apartment” (it had a small kitchen, a small bathroom and a bedroom) – the space simply did not fit the needs and vision for their home. Rick and Lenore had a vision of a larger, contemporary bathroom and a spacious master bedroom.

 

Area over the garage was re-purposed in this remodel

Area over the garage was re-purposed in this remodel

Learn below how Rick and Lenore re-purposed the space and used contemporary bathroom product selections (like a large glass block walk in shower and a stand-alone acrylic tub) to rejuvenate this space.

How to use a colored glass block partition and shower walls to dress up a condo remodeling project

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

Striped colored glass block shower wall

Striped colored glass block walk in shower wall

Why settle for a boring bath remodel project for your condo? This was certainly not going to be the case when Erna Hammer of Cleveland Heights Ohio decided to venture into doing 2 bath remodeling projects before moving into her condo in an older vintage style complex. As Erna said, “I really like bright colors, and the retro look of the glass blocks really connects with me. So the idea of using colored glass blocks for a walk in shower (for the full bath) and for a separator wall (for the half bath) really made sense to me!”

Learn below how Erna (with the help of Jeff Merrell, John Fronek, Steve Vlk and Jon Exton of Cleveland Design and Remodeling) used the colored glass block system from Innovate Building Solutions to create pop and a dramatic look for her two bathrooms.

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