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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

How to use a glass block bar, wall, window or column in a kitchen remodeling project

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

Glass block kitchen windows underneath cabinetry

Glass block kitchen windows underneath cabinetry

Blue colored glass block bar in a kitchen
Blue colored glass block bar in a kitchen

Why should you design a kitchen that looks like what everyone else has when you can jazz it up with a contemporary flair of color and style? When most people think about using glass blocks they usually picture them in a bathroom or basement setting, but glass blocks in your kitchen provide a focal point to make the room really pop. Here are 3 ideas to consider for your kitchen.

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:

How to Choose an Acrylic Bathtub Wall Surround

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 
Acrylic bathtub wall and tub surround

Acrylic bathtub wall surround and tub liner

       

    So you’ve come to the conclusion that something has to be done about your old outdated bathtub enclosure. The color of the old tiles may be outdated, cracked or look just really nasty with the growth of mold and mildew. A sound and budget saving solution to these problems is an acrylic wall surround.

    If you’re in the market for an acrylic wall surround but are finding it difficult to know how to make the best selection for your project the following the answers to the following 5 questions should help you.

Project Spotlight: Commercial Windows Using Glass Block and Vinyl Replacement Windows at Martindale Electric – Cleveland Ohio

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

Old Factory Window Martindale Electric
Old Metal Framed Factory Window
Glass Block & Vinyl Replacement Windows in a factory building
Commercial Glass Block & Vinyl Replacement Windows

One of the biggest money wasting places in old factories is existing wood and metal framed windows. These old windows are often single panes of glass, have frames that are rusted or rotted and offer an easy point of entry for vandals. When Martindale Electric called Cleveland Glass Block they were looking for a window solution that would combine high security, reduced heating costs and operability to provide air flow for their factory workers.

The solution: A mixture of operable vinyl double hung replacement windows with durable glass blocks.

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):

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