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“Susie Vila” Gets Her Black and White Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Black colored solid surface stone walls with a NEO angle acrylic shower base

When Susan Tow (also know as “Susie Vila” by her friends for her passion for remodeling) began her yearly (and not very much fun) task of cleaning the grout in her master bathroom she didn’t realize the problems she was about to encounter. When she started scrubbing the grout joint – and then the tile – fell out to reveal a sopping wet backer board system. Then Susan noticed the tiled shower pan had also become waterlogged she came to the conclusion the time was right to upgrade and transform the bathroom into a low maintenance, high style black and white design she always dreamed of.

In this article I’ll look at Susan’s three goals and the products and construction steps she took to turn her vision into reality.

7 Tips to Choose the Right Glass Block Shower Wall Thickness

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Uncategorized

Glass block shower thickness curved wall

Did you know glass block shower walls come in two thicknesses (4” and a thinner 3 1/8” series)? If not – you’re not alone. While the thinner glass block walls were introduced only three years ago the vast majority (about 90% of my customer’s at this time) are choosing the slim line product. In this article I’ll explore 7 tips to help you make the best glass block shower wall thickness selection for your project.

How to install a glass block shower window

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

How to install a glass block shower window opening

When Jim called me he knew exactly what he wanted – which was a high privacy glass block window to replace a badly worn and chipped wood framed window in his shower. The product selection decision was not tough for Jim – the concern he had though was how to properly install this glass block shower window to have an installation which would last. Jim asked me 4 questions which are typical for people doing this type of project:

1. What do I need to remove from the existing opening (the window sashes, the frame or everything)?
2. How do I prepare the sides of the opening and secure the glass block window?
3. How do I trim the inside of the window?
4. How do I finish the outside?

In the article below I’ll dig deeper into Jim’s questions to make it easier for anyone to have a successful glass block shower window installation.

5 Tricks to Design a Glass Floor, Walkway or Bridge

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

How to design a glass floor walkway or bridge

There is something very cool – yet mysterious – about walking on a glass floor. While the versatility of glass shows itself everywhere (from windows in the home, to drinking glasses, to eyeglasses to decorative art pieces) it’s certainly seen as strange novelty for most to step onto a glass walkway. With the invention of advanced glass flooring systems (which typically incorporate glass pavers and laminated glass floor panels) it’s now possible to design distinctive glass floors, bridges and walkways. These applications are not only architecturally dramatic – but are safe, stylish and engineered to last – but there is a catch. The catch is to use these top 5 design tricks to maximize the benefits of your floor to get the best results. Let’s explore these 5 design tricks.

 

Shower screen for a 4 foot to 5 foot walk in shower

How to Make a 4’ Wide Walk In Shower

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

How to make a 4' wide walk in shower

Herb called earlier this week and said “I love the open look and feel of a walk in shower but I only have a 4’ wide space. Is there a way to make a walk in shower in a space this small?”

The short answer I gave to Herb is yes it’s possible…..the longer answer is it takes careful planning and access to the right products. The article below will present 3 strategies to make a walk in shower in a 4’ wide space.

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The Pros and Cons of Bathtub Liners

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

The Pros and Cons of Bathtub Liners

At the end of a long day, a nice, relaxing bath can be one of the best ways to treat yourself, but if your bathtub is old and rusted, it may not have the same effect. There are a few proven methods to bathtub remodeling, but one popular option is putting in a custom-fitted acrylic bathtub liner, which is a molded insert that is installed over your old tub. However, there are both pros and cons that come with this choice.

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

5 Things Nobody Tells You about Shower & Tub Wall Panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

If you’ve ever been subjected to an in-home sales presentation from a hard-selling acrylic shower or tub wall salesmen – you know some of the “facts” surrounding grout free shower and tub wall panels “spun” quite a few ways. These reps may tell you their system is the only right one for your bathroom, or they have the only “one-piece” system or that it’s not possible to install grout free shower and tub wall panels yourself. As the owner of Innovate Building Solutions (we wholesale and install 5 different lines of tub and shower wall panels) I can tell you choosing the right system for your project is not a “one size fits all” situation. There is no one product which is “the best” (note – if there was one best solution we would not offer 5 lines ourselves!).

My goal in this article is to shatter some of the myths and half-truths being told by high pressure sales people who have one goal in mine for your project….their commission! Read on to uncover some of the mysteries regarding grout free wall panels.

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How to Fix the Top 5 Basement Window Problems

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

How to fix top 5 basement window problems

“My basement windows are nasty!” Ellen said to me on a recent appointment. The reality is when people talk about their basement windows the adjectives they use are not flattering (they’re drafty, ugly, bug-infested, rotten and unsafe are just a few examples). Whether you’re in the middle of a basement remodeling project or just want to make your lower level space more secure, energy efficient or better looking – fixing old, deteriorating basement windows can be a good investment. The article below highlights practical tips I shared with Ellen to fix the biggest problems associated with basement windows.

7 Cool Uses of Glass for Contemporary Luxury Homes

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

Contemporary glass floor panels in a luxury home

I have to admit my fascination with glass has grown exponentially with increased exposure to contemporary and modern home design. The light, shine, flexibility and clean open spaces created with glass are a magnet for my eye. Since I’m a guy who hates even having a North elevation in my home (note – a North elevation is the darkest side of a home) it’s natural for me to like the effects created by the combination of light and glass. The flexibility of glass designs, textures and colors to create expansive views (or obscure them) make this material a contemporary designer or owners dream. The article below will highlight 7 unique uses of glass in a modern home.

Basement Remodel Goes Beyond Man Cave to Fun & Functional Family Space

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

Basement remodeling beyond a man cave in Columbus Oh

Part of family room area features a barrell table, and Shea Stadium scoreboard

Sure – man-caves are cool – but why limit lower level living space to guys? For Sarah and Joe Chaulk of Alexandria Ohio (a rural area outside Columbus) two factors contributed to their transformational basement remodeling project. First and foremost was to have a place for their adult daughter to sleep (beyond a air mattress) when she visits from Cincinnati. Second – they needed to fix their wet basement (which had recently flooded) to provide a fun space which could be enjoyed by the whole family. In the article below learn how Sarah and Joe (along with their expert craftsman and contractors Randy and Mike) started literally from the ground up to transform a musty basement into a contemporary, fun and functional lower level living space.

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