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How to use a double ended glass block for a bath, kitchen or office wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Glass Block, Kitchen Remodeling

Glass block shower with double end glass blocks
Shower with double end glass blocks on straight wall

If you’re looking to create a glass block wall that steps down then the double ended glass block is for you. Although this is a great looking block you must design with it in the right way for a successful project. Keep these points in mind for your next step down wall:

  • Design in 8” increments – This is a beautiful glass block but it only comes in an 8” x 8” x 4” size. So to create a step down wall that can have a smooth finish from the top through the side of the wall the wall must be configured in increments of 8” on both the horizontal and vertical dimensions. 

 

  • Use a straight wall design – Since you’ll be using 8” x 8” blocks (see point 1) this unit only works out well for straight walls. You might be thinking why can’t I curve an 8” block? The simple answers is because there are not pre-curved blocks made in the 8 x 8 size with finished ends on both the top and the side. If you want a step down curved wall there is not currently a way to do it with finished ends on the top and sides of the blocks.

 

  • Add color to itColored glass blocks have become all the rage! In Europe and in Asia the use of color in blocks is well known and used and this trend is heating up the in the United States as well. Using a unique coloring process is practical to color any glass block shapes, size or pattern with a minimum order quantity as small as 5 blocks – make it unique and cool with color.

 

  • Frost your wall for a unique design, privacy and daylighting effect – A frosted glass block wall creates a softer feeling in a room and adds an element of privacy behind the wall. It is becoming popular to mix both clear and frosted blocks (sometimes in a row or a checkerboard pattern of blocks etc.) to create a design flair not possible with only clear blocks. The frosted blocks also help to minimize the glare of direct sunlight as well.

 

  • Identify where you want to use the double ended blocks – The encurve double end blocks are used the most frequently in partition walls for offices and homes and shower walls. It’s even possible to build a half wall of glass blocks on top of an existing drywall or masonry structure.

 

Do you have any further questions about the use of double ended finished glass blocks? Have you done anything cool with this shaped block product you’d like to share?

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For ideas and estimates on how to build a glass block wall using double end blocks visit Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363) , Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888)  and Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Dayton and Cincinnati and Eastern Glass Block  (973-777-8989)of New York and New Jersey.

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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

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