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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

5 1/2 Kitchen Remodeling Design Tips to Improve The Market Value of Your Cleveland & Columbus Ohio Home

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

Kitchen Remodeling Columbus Ohio Contemporary Design
Contemporary Kitchen Design Columbus Ohio
Kitchen remodeling traditional design cleveland ohio
Traditional Kitchen Remodeling Project Cleveland Ohio

Are you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project in your Cleveland or Columbus home but don’t want to overspend and not be able to get your money back if you decide to sell down the road? Your concern is shared by many. How can you create a nice looking, functional kitchen for cooking and entertaining that won’t drain your wallet and will add the most market value to your home? Here’s 5 ½ steps to get you on the right path:

Deceptive Home Improvement Sales Practices – Don’t Be Victimized By “Tin Men”

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

Tin Men Movie about Deceptive Home Improvement Sales Practices
Tin Men Movie about Deceptive Home Improvement Sales in Aluminum Siding Industry in 1963
Vinyl replacement window industry has been target of deceptive sales practices
The vinyl replacement window industry was the first target of deceptive sales practices in Washington State

Remember the movie Tin Men with Danny Devito about high pressure sales tactic used in the 60’s selling customers door to door aluminum siding jobs? Although Danny Devito was hilarious in the movie getting pressured or deceived into making any type of purchase is not good.

Unfortunately if you think the days of the “Tin Men” (high pressure home improvement sales people) are over – think again. In Washington State Jack G. Zurlini Jr. (the Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division) is taking action against multiple home improvement companies selling vinyl replacement windows for unlawful marketing and sales practices (and the practices mentioned are not confined to the state of Washington). Here’s 3 questions to help educate and protect you against making a bad choice in contractors:

Basement Remodeling – Cost Effective Space is Right Below Your Feet

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

Basement Remodeling Family and TV Room
A remodeled basement family room area
Home theater room in a basement
Home Theater Room

Are you trying to figure out how to add space without it adding up to big bucks? Maybe you’ve got a family member moving in, a teenager that “needs more space,” or you’d like an additional bathroom or home office. If a room addition is out of the question you may want to look right below your feet – remodeling your basement. Here’s 5 1/2 tips to lead you through the basement remodeling process:

Remodeling Trends 2010 & 2011 – How to get the biggest bang for your buck

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

Basement Remodeling to add cost effective living space
Basement Remodeling Adds Cost Effective Living Space vs. a Room Addition
Steel Entry Door for curb appeal and high cost/value relationship
Steel Entry Doors Add Curb Appeal and Provide a Great Value vs. Cost

Maybe at no time in recent history is it more important than now to spend your money wisely. We’re just pulling out of a recession (at a slower pace than most would like), housing and resale prices are still depressed, and unemployment is coming down (very slowly).

So – if you’re in a home that’s in desperate need of several home improvement projects where should you begin to get the most return for money spent? Is there some type of statistical guide to help you prioritize remodeling projects based on the market value they will add to your home? Fortunately the answer is yes!

Every year the remodeling industry with the assistance of Realtor magazine, the National Association of Realtors, Specpan (an on line market research company) and HomeTech Information Systems (an estimating software developer) team up to complete the Cost to Value Report. Here’s a quick recap of the findings:  

Project Spotlight: Adding a Front Porch Roof for Safety, Style, & Function – Cleveland Ohio

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

Front Porch Design Hip Style Roof Cleveland Ohio
Front Porch Addition Hip Style Roof Cleveland Ohio
Front Porch Roof Addition during construction with fiberglass columns and vinyl soffit
Front Porch Addition During Construction – Fiberglass Columns and Vinyl Soffit for Low Maintenance

The problem: Rich (a homeowner in Cleveland Ohio) had a problem – the lack of a front porch roof caused the concrete stoop to get icy and unsafe in the winter, the front entry door was hard to open, and the look of the front entrance was not as nice as Rich would like. Rich wanted to make sure to do this project with low maintenance materials to minimize time he might need to spend maintaining the roof and porch structure.

The solution: Steve Vlk (Project Manager from Cleveland Design & Remodeling) designed a hip style front roof which was attached to the existing home. Steve recommended materials for the project to compliment the architecture of the home and to keep the structure as maintenance free as possible for Rich. Here are the specific decisions Rich and Steve made to achieve a safe, stylish, and better functioning front porch design.   

5 Reasons to Use a Tinted Acrylic Block Window

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

Sun and Solar Block acrylic block window wall
Tinted Acrylic Block “Solar Block Plus” Window Wall
Sun Blocking Acrylic Block
E 3 Sun Block Acrylic Block in 8″ x 8″ or 6″ x 6″ sizes

Are your carpets washed out from the sun? Are your heating and cooling costs chocking the family budget? Would you love to cut off the view of nosey neighbors? If you’re experiencing any of these problems you’re not alone. Here’s 5 reasons you might want to replace an old window with a sun blocking acrylic block window:

5 Steps to Design an Accessible Wet Room Walk In or Roll In Shower for Style, Safety & Resale Value

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

Wet room roll in shower
Wet room roll in shower
Accessible walk in or roll in shower
Accessible walk in or roll in shower wet room

Is your bathroom ugly, outdated or just doesn’t work for you? Do you think climbing over the bathtub and stepping over the shower enclosure is an accident waiting to happen? Here’s a way to add a sleek contemporary bathroom with a high level of safety – add a European design inspired wet room walk in shower.  Using an open design this system combines a shower pan which is set below the surrounding floor. Since the base is below the floor you end up with a curbless roll in or walk in fully accessible design. Here’s 5 steps to turn this concept into reality

9 Kitchen Remodeling Tips that would make the Food Network Stars Proud

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

Granite kitchen coutertops with a stainless steel cook top
Kitchen remodeling project Columbus Ohio
Kitchen remodeling project Columbus Ohio Beige color cabinets

Whether you’re watching a fun show on the Food Network or enjoying a holiday gathering around a kitchen island – the desire to have a fun and functional kitchen has never been hotter. If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project here’s 9 tips to make your finished space stand out:

5 Tips to Select an Acrylic Block Casement Egress Basement Window

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

Basement egress window
Acrylic block basement egress window
Acrylic block casement window hinge close up
Hinge design of casement style acrylic block escape window

If you’re starting a basement remodeling project and looking to add a entertainment, game, exercise or bedroom local building codes will require the use of an emergency exit egress window. Here are 5 tips to help select the right acrylic block window for this project:  

Get rid of old dated colors in your 1960’s small bathroom – 2 Options to dress up your space without breaking the bank

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

Acrylic bathtub and wall surrounds
Acrylic bathtub liner and wall surrounds lining over an old steel tub and tile walls
Tub space converted into a glass block shower
Tub removed and space converted into a glass block walk in shower

Are you just sick and tired of an old outdated color scheme in your 1960’s bathroom? Are you tiles cracked, or are the walls and grout joints deteriorated?  Let’s face it – the 60’s color schemes are over and some of the materials used are not good enough to eliminate mold and mildew from your shower and bathroom space. How can you turn this eyesore into a shower or bathtub space that is functional, cool, and easy to maintain? Here’s 2 options to consider:  

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