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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 showers – design with the end in mind

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

Glass block shower design
Glass block shower design with frameless door photo courtesy of M E Whittaker Builders

I’ve seen glass block showers get screwed up plenty of times. In most cases the culprit is poor planning or no planning. Since glass blocks cannot be cut – the shape, size and dimensions of the wall cannot be an afterthought. Follow these 5 ½ steps for a successful project.  

“Block up your windows before Old Man Winter sets in”

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

Upper floor bathroom glass block window
Upper floor bathroom glass block window – outside view

Unfortunately you have to face the facts – while you’re enjoying the colors of Fall, Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Poorly insulating windows will not get any better and re-caulking again and again becomes less and less effective. Here are some advantages you’ll realize using glass block basement, bathroom and garage windows:  

“Save money and shorten the time to remodel with acrylic bath tubs, showers and walls”

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Acrylic shower wall and tub system
Acrylic shower wall and tub systems

If you’ve got 1, 1 ½ or 2 bathrooms in your house it can be very difficult to remodel.   Going over to a friend or relatives to shower during a lengthy remodeling process can get to be old very quick! Fortunately there is a cost-effective and time effective way to remodel your tub, shower and surrounding walls without a major hassle. Consider using acrylic tub, shower and wall liners which are designed to go over the old materials in your bathroom. Here are some advantages of this system:

Product Spotlight: “Use colored and frosted glass blocks to add impact to your next shower, wall or window project”

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

glass block shower with color glass block

glass block shower with colored glass block accents

If you’re looking for a unique shower, wall or window consider adding colored or frosted glass blocks to your next project. Here are some specific design ideas for you:

“Take advantage of the Federal Energy Tax Credit before time runs out”

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

Vinyl replacement windows for energy savings

vinyl replacement windows for energy savings

You may be wondering how you can take advantage of the Economic Stimulus bill that was signed on February 17th 2009. Well if you’ve got inefficient upper floor windows or doors in your home which are in need of replacement and you’re worried about large heating bills coming your way this fall the time to replace old windows/doors may never be better than now. Here are the “rules of the game” with these federal tax credits:

“If you can’t sell your home, remodel it”

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

Bathroom remodeling project

Let’s face it selling a home in today’s economy can be very difficult – and getting a high resale price for your home right now might be near impossible. With this sales environment more homeowners are choosing to remodel a bathroom, kitchen and other high usage spaces of a home. You might be asking how you can improve your home, do it with a cost-conscious budget in mind, and maximize your home’s long term value. Here are some pointers to consider:

Your bathroom remodeling project – Be Inspired!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction

Falling water home by Frank Lloyd Wright

Falling water home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Remodeled bathroom

Remodeled bathroom
A remodeled bathroom

On a recent trip to Nemacolin Woodlands (a fantastic vacation spot) my 11 year old son met another boy his age from New Jersey. After talking to the boy I learned that he motivated his parents to drive him all the way from New Jersey to this vacation spot in Pennsylvania (about a 10 hour drive) because he wants to be an architect and wanted to see Fallingwater (the famous home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). I thought to myself how cool is it that an 11 year old boy would be excited enough about home design to be able to get his parents to take him this far just to see a house!

This young man should be an inspiration to us all. Why settle for a boring bathroom remodeling project when you can design something with a sense of wow and/or a feeling of tranquility? Why “settle” for a bland bathroom when with a little planning you can have something extraordinary? Here are some ideas to inspire your bathroom remodeling design:

How to Choose a Shower Window for a Remodeling Project

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

Glass block bathroom window in a shower area

Glass block bathroom window in a shower remodeling project

Casement style operable acrylic block window

Casement style operable acrylic block window

Figuring out the right shower replacement window can be difficult. Although it’s nice to have the sunlight and ability to get air flow through this window, the fact that it’s located inside the wet shower area presents privacy and frame deterioration concerns not normally associated with most windows. Here is the low-down on different types of shower windows to consider: 

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:

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