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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

Glass Block and Vinyl Replacement Church Windows – Decorative, Functional and Secure

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

St. Peters Church in Rome Italy

St. Peters Church - Rome Italy

Interior View of Church Windows with Colored Glass Blocks

Colored Glass Block Church Windows

OK – you’re church is probably not as dramatic and awe-inspiring as St. Peter’s in Rome I photographed on a recent vacation…but that is no reason you can’t have functional, secure, and decorative church windows. Here are some key points to consider when designing and ordering these windows:

Glass Block Columns or Roman Columns – Both are Built to Last

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

Roman Columns

Roman Columns

Colored and Frosted Glass Block Column

Glass Block Column

Just like these Roman columns I was fortunate enough to visit last week glass block columns can also be designed to last a very long time. Here’s some practical design tips to guide your design, purchase and installation process for a glass block column:

Combining Old & New – Glass Block Showers are not just for Modern Homes

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

Curved glass block shower

A curved glass block shower surrounded by a claw foot tub

Old Italian Home with a Satellite Dish

Old Italian Home with a Satellite Dish

Just like this 1850’s Italian home shown above with a satellite dish that I took a picture of during a recent trip abroad combining a modern looking glass block shower into a more traditional, Tuscan or ornate type of architecture can be just the unique element you may be looking for. Here are some unique design ideas for your next shower remodeling project:

How to Use Acrylic Blocks vs. Glass Blocks for Window Openings

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

Operable Acrylic Block Bathroom window

Operable Casement Style Acrylic Block Bathroom window

I’ve been asked the question over and over – should I use glass blocks or acrylic blocks for my window project. While I will tell you I admittedly have a bias (I’ve been in the glass block business for over 25 years) my companies sell both glass and acrylic products and I try to recommend what’s best for the customer. Here are my pointers on how to choose between these 2 different materials:  

How to Choose the Right Glass Block Sizes, Shapes and Installation Process for your Shower Wall

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

Glass block shower wall using 6" x 8" blocks and curved glass block

For many glass block shower wall projects you’re working in a tight space. The trick is to figure out how to create a cool shower design in a small space? Consider these tips to help you solve this challenge (or even how to create a walk in shower in a space as small as a tub enclosure):

How to Ventilate a Glass Block Basement or Bathroom Window

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

Glass block basement window with an air vent

glass block basement window with an air vent

You might have hesitated to purchase glass block windows for your basement, bathroom or garage because of your desire to get fresh air. Fortunately with the introduction of ventilation products for glass block these 2 goals can be achieved at the same time. Here are the most common options you’ll have to choose from:

Waterproofing Your Glass Block Shower

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

Curved glass block shower wall.

Curved glass block shower wall.

You might have heard the old Fram oil filter commercial about using the right oil filter now to not pay the mechanic later. The same logic certainly applies to a successful installation of a glass block shower enclosure. Failure to properly waterproof your shower can lead to expensive repairs later. Here’s some simple steps to consider:

Using Colored and Frosted Glass Blocks to Design a Wall

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

Glass block shower wall with stripe of blue glass blocks

Glass block shower wall with a blue glass block stripe.

If you’re looking for a way to make a stylish glass wall cost effectively I would recommend considering a frosted or colored glass block wall. Whether you’re building a shower stall, conference room, interior partition wall, or a recreation room bar –  a glass block wall with colors can add style, structure and move light. Other places  colored glass blocks have been used is in church windows, exterior windows on the side of homes, transoms, and kitchen backsplashes.

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