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Avoid Being Haunted by Outrageous Utility Bills this Winter

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

haunted house, halloweenDoes your basement currently look and feel like a dungeon? It may only be October, but if you’ve taken a look at the latest winter weather outlook, you know that cold, snow-filled days aren’t far away for many parts of the country. If your basement is home to old, drafty single-pane windows, you have big decisions to make that could have a major impact on your wallet on both a short and long term basis. Innovate Building Solutions currently has glass block basement window replacement options that can prevent your monthly energy bill from haunting you all winter long.

Make Father’s Day Epic by Transforming Your Basement into a Man Cave

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling

basement remodelRight now, your basement is filled with boxes, and tools, and toys…oh my! But if you can look past the collecting dust on the old furniture that you’ve been stashing away, you will see a space full of potential for a family fun room or a great getaway for dad. While remodeling the basement might seem overwhelming at first, finding a great contractor to work with can relieve the weight of stress from your shoulders. Cleveland Design and Remodeling, a division of Innovate Building Solutions, can assist you with developing a plan that will meet your expectations, all while staying within your budget!

Aside from offering fun and functionality to the basement, home owners in Akron and Cleveland will find that remodeling the unused or underutilized space adds tremendous value, both to the property and to their social lives, either as a family or through entertaining friends. Remodeling the basement also allows home owners to upsize their current home without being forced to find a more spacious new one. Utilizing basement space is also a very cost effective alternative to doing a new room addition.

If you want to give the man in your life a gift he will never forget this Father’s Day, consider making a plan to create a room in your basement that’s filled with things for him to enjoy. Man caves are a popular choice for basement remodeling in the Cleveland area, and can include all of dad’s favorite features—from large flat screen TVs, to cozy oversized couches, to pool tables, to wet bars—the possibilities and customization options are endless!

At Cleveland Design and Remodeling, we work with home owners, interior designers and architects to bring your basement remodeling vision to life. Be sure to check out our online gallery of photos for ideas and inspiration, or follow Innovate Building Solutions on Pinterest.  For more information about our company or to get a free estimate, call us at 216-658-1270. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy Father’s Day!

Replacing Single Pane Basement & Bathroom Church Windows with Glass Blocks In Columbus Ohio

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

 

After Glass Block Church Windows at St James Episcopal Church with Composite Trim Board

After Glass Block Church Windows at St James Episcopal Church with Composite Trim Board

 

Let’s face it – single pane wood framed windows have a lot of pitfalls – they are poor insulators, can be broken into easily and the frames surrounding the sashes deteriorate over time. Transform Construction contacted the Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions to find a long lasting and high quality solution for this problem. The old basement windows to be replaced were part of a basement renovation for St. James Episcopal Church. Learn below the advantages of glass block church windows and the installation approach used to ensure these windows last over time.

 

Before - single pane wood framed windows at St. James Episcopal Church in Columbus Ohio before glass blocks were installed

Before - single pane wood framed windows at St. James Episcopal Church in Columbus Ohio before glass blocks were installed

How to Improve Ventilation in a Basement Remodeling Project

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

Glass block vented basement windows for improved ventilation

Glass block vented basement windows for improved ventilation

If your basement has a damp, musty or moldy smell that makes you want to get out of there as soon as possible you likely have a ventilation problem. In fact according to the Environmental Protection Agency the air inside a home can be 3 to 5 times more polluted than the outside air.

 

Since basements provide a cost effective way to add space to a home without the large expense of a room addition the time to make a basement healthier can be when you do a basement remodeling project. In the article below you’ll learn the advantages of getting more air flow and air changes in a lower level space and also some of the most popular options to accomplish this objective.

 

7 Basement Design & Remodeling Room Ideas – Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling

Basement remodeling game & recreation room

Basement remodeling game & recreation room

In the old days when you decided to remodel a basement it usually was remodeled into what most people called a rec room with a wide open space with a drop ceiling with 2’ x 4’ lay in lights resembling what you see in an office. Well make room for the exciting (and multi-purpose) ways basements are being redone today. Learn below 7 distinctive rooms you can create in your home to make it more stylish, functional and fun!

How to Choose Between a Glass Block or Acrylic Block Basement Window

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

If you’ve got old single pane metal or wood framed basement windows that are driving up your heating and cooling costs and could be targets for vandals you’re not alone. Improving your basement, man cave or rec room with glass block windows or acrylic block windows may be the answer to your problems. To guide your decision between these two choices watch the video and read the article below to learn the answers to 7 frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) to help you through this project.

Project Spotlight: Pool House Bathroom with a Serpentine S Shaped Glass Block Shower Wall and Base Design

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

Pool house room addition with serpentine glass block shower wall
Pool house room addition with serpentine glass block shower wall

When the Mills family starting thinking about a creating a unique and functional pool house bathroom they were looking for construction products with style and substance. Working together with Larry Harp and Jon Innis of L & J Contractors of Cookville Tennessee (a high end builder and remodeler) the Mills family identified products to make a one of kind bathroom design that were also “smart” (meaning they provided long term ease of maintenance and kept costs down over the long run). Learn more below about the products used in this 1,800 square foot room addition project.

7 1/2 Tips to Choose a Remodeling Contractor Who Won’t be a Pain in the Butt or Wallet to Work With

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

 

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Let’s face it most bathroom, kitchen or basement remodeling contractors are a pain in the butt to deal with. Construction delays, change orders, poor communications can all be par for the course (if you’re a consumer with a nightmarish contractor story you’re not alone!).

The reality is many remodeling projects are complex (there are a lot of steps and different construction trades in the process) and a good percentage of the skilled trades don’t have the business and organizational background to manage and lead the people and processes to ensure an excellent customer experience. So… the question is what can you do to choose the right general contractor the first time? Check out the 7 ½ tips below:

Using a Sliding Replacement Window for Simplicity, Cost Savings & an Improved View

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

3 lite sliding window in a family room
3 lite sliding window in a family room
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids

Are you looking for a cost effective option to replace windows in your home that is easy to use, simple in design and will improve your view? If so a sliding window may be the choice for you.  In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use sliding windows.

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