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Modern glass block shower system introduced at Columbus Home & Garden Show

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

Modern and Contemporary glass block shower design with clear and frosted blocks

Even a classically timeless material like glass blocks can need an update to stay fresh with today’s building styles. The trend now is for bathrooms to be designed with sleek and clean lines and the new “Contempo” glass block shower line from Innovate Building Solutions is targeted to leverage how bathroom fashion is evolving.

Learn below how this “Contempo” series of glass blocks is being combined with minimalist shower bases and contemporary wall panels (or tiles) to reinvigorate the look of the bathroom.

Enjoy “High Style” Glass Shower or Tub Enclosures for Any Budget

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Fleurco sliding shower door

Do you hear the phrase “high style” and think expensive? Well, with the Fleurco line of glass shower or tub enclosures, you can create stylish solutions for most any budget. Whether you are remodeling your bathroom or building a new home, Fleurco products offer a wide range of options from a high end frameless intelligent hinged system, a mid priced semi-frameless sliding or pivot door to a low priced value line.


The Fleurco products have much to offer.  Here are some of the highlights

7 Master Bathroom Strategies for Aging in Place or an Aging Parent

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

7 aging in place strategies roll in shower

Gabi Karpowicz was faced with a challenge – how to redesign her master bathroom (located in the Hilliard suburb of ColumbusOhio) to add style, make it easier to safely care for her mother in law and increase the total functionality of the space. Learn below how Gabi and her husband Joe (along with Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions) used 7 different space and product selection strategies to elevate the functionality, design and style of this master bathroom without having to totally redo the space.

How to choose the right accessories for a solid surface shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

how to choose solid surface shower accessories

Every woman knows a dress is not complete without the right accessories (a fashionable purse, jewelry or fancy shoes) and every man knows a car is not really cool without the right options (a killer sound system, a sun roof to enjoy a bright, sunny day or an explosive engine to feel young again). Just like we enjoy we enjoy the additional function and fashion of adding accessories to dresses and cars the same benefits occur when choosing the right accessories for a solid surface shower.

In the article below learn how corner and bench seats, corner caddies and niches and decorative moldings and window trim kits add function and style to a solid surface shower.

2015 Best of Houzz Awards

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in News

Best of Houzz 2015 - DesignHouzz.com, the leading platform for home remodeling and design, gives yearly awards in two categories: Customer Service and Design. We are pleased to announce that we received awards in both Design and Customer Service for 2015.

To brag for just a second, we aren’t a newcomer to the Houzz awards as this is the second year in a row that we have been honored with the Customer Service award.  However, this is the first year that we have won the prestigious Design award. We are honored; the customer service award is determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. The design award is determined by a vote from the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz for their favorite work. As a winner, we will now proudly display a Best of Houzz badge on our Houzz profile page.  These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

How to use glass floor panels to connect spaces in a custom home

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Floors

Structural Glass Floor panels to connect inside and outside spaces Creating a custom home should not only be about creating a distinctive looking interior – but also about embracing the character of the lot and home’s facade as well. Urban renewal custom home in Kansas City MissouriThis dual objective to leverage the inside and outside assets was certainly paramount in a recent Kansas City urban design home project for builder Jane Kietzman and her husband Randy Kietzman (the architect on the project).

In the article below learn how Jane and Randy created a stunning design element and a visual connection between the inside and outside of this newly built custom home (located at 2405 Forest Ave. in the Beacon Hill area of Kansas City) by incorporating glass floor panels.



Interior Storm Windows Save Energy and Cut Outside Noise

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Interior storm windows being installedWinter is still present and snow season is now upon us. Old and new houses alike have windows that let in outside air and let inside air escape. In the summertime that is not a big problem, but since we are knee deep in the throws of winter it can be a real challenge. Letting heat escape through windows is just like throwing your money away. Nobody wants to crank up the heat just to have the cold air still come in through thin, single-pane standard windows. A solution to this problem is to consider using interior storm windows (and specifically the Innerglass interior storm window system).

Got a problem area? Glass blocks may provide a unique solution

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Glass blocks are a trendy way to add an eye-catching addition to any space in the home. They’re sleek, contemporary, sturdy, versatile, and best of all, low maintenance. Glass blocks come in a variety of sizes, shapes, patterns, and colors and allow privacy while letting in light. Here are four ways to use glass blocks:

glass block shower enclosureGlass block shower enclosures: Do you need to fit a shower into a bathroom with an odd shape or limited space? Glass block shower enclosures can be customized to fit any size bathroom, large or small and regardless of shape. Because glass blocks are available in so many sizes and shapes, the showers can be square, rectangular, or even curved or rounded. Glass blocks are rugged and long-lasting. They tend to last longer than tile or traditional glass showers.

Glass block room dividers: If you want to glass block room dividerdivide a room but don’t want a plain old drywall wall, glass blocks may be the answer. Whether you need a floor-to-ceiling partition or a half-wall room divider, glass blocks are a stylish way to divvy up a space. Not only do they add an interesting focal point to the room, they allow light to filter through. Add colored or patterned blocks for a unique look.

glass block accentsGlass block accents: Glass blocks can create an interesting accent wherever you install them. Use them on the back of a kitchen island for a finishing touch that is stylish and easy-to-clean. A glass block bar becomes the center of attention in a recreation room, home theater, or family room. Use laser-etched glass blocks or colored glass blocks to create a one-of-a kind focal point in any room.

20 Works of Art – Kansas City Urban Renewal Homes with Purpose, Passion and Practicality

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

Urban renewal custom home in Kansas City MissouriRenewing a part of a cities’ core is not for the meek at heart. Urban renewal requires a clear sense of purpose, a passion to see what can be, and a healthy dose of practicality. When Randy Kietzman (an architect) and Jane Kietzman (a custom home builder) in Kansas City Missouri had a vision to build a home in Beacon Hill with great views of the city (but an area which didn’t have the best reputation as a place to live) they started on a difficult challenge which would eventually yield inspirational results.

Learn below how Randy and Jane have used purpose, passion and practicality to help  re-energize the Beacon Hill area and make progress toward their vision of a completed subdivision which will at completion have 20 homes or as Randy says, “20 Works of Art.”


High Gloss Acrylic Panels Add a Touch of European Style

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

Lustrolite High Gloss Acrylic PanelsHigh gloss finishes have been a must-have feature in the trendiest, upscale European homes for years. Now, American kitchens and bathrooms can have that sleek, European look with easy-to-install, low-maintenance high gloss acrylic panels.

Lustrolite high gloss acrylic panels from Innovate Building Solutions offer an affordable choice for homeowners who want to add a unique and contemporary touch to their kitchen or bathroom. The colorful, low-maintenance wall panels can be installed instead of tile to give a sleek, sophisticated look to kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, as well as tub and shower enclosures. They’re versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to create a stunning accent wall anywhere in the home, to add a pop of color to the kitchen, or for a slick, contemporary look in the bathroom.

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