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How to Design a Custom Glass Block Bar Base and Counter

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

Colored glass block bar with lighting
Colored glass block bar with lighting
Glass block bar base with granite countertop
Glass block bar base with granite countertop

Are you looking for a cool, distinctive bar for a rec room, basement, or commercial business? If you want a durable, light transmitting unique contemporary look a glass block bar may be the choice for you. Learn below the answers to 7 frequently asked questions on how to design this type of glass bar.   

5 Tips to Design a Cool Curved Glass Block Shower and Partition Wall

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

Curved glass block shower enclosure wall
Curved glass block shower enclosure wall
Blue colored glass block kitchen bar
Blue colored glass block kitchen bar

Why have a generic space when you can make it cool? Most people assume a curved shower or partition wall is way beyond their budget – and if you’re looking at a curved, bent and tempered glass wall you’re probably right. But there is an answer to get a cool, modular and functional radius wall without having to hit up your friends and relatives for a loan – it’s with glass blocks. Read these 5 tips to achieve a cool, practical and fully customizable shower wall or partition wall for a bathroom, kitchen, basement or commercial renovation project.  

11 ½ Home Modification Remodeling Tips to Help Visitors and Aging Parents

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

Universal design kitchen remodeling home modification

No step front entry to home

No step front entry to home

Do you have a parent(s), relative, or friend who is having a harder time getting around your home due to mobility, vision or health challenges? The reality is almost all homes have been designed for people with now physical, mental, or visual deficits. Here’s 11 ½ home modification remodeling tips which will make your home “visitable,” cool and stylish for people of all abilities:

6 Tips for Choosing Custom Shower Base for Your Next Bathroom Remodeling Project

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

Custom Solid surface corian shower base neo angle design
Custom expanded polystyrene shower base for straight & curved walls
Custom expanded polystyrene shower base for straight & curved walls

Choosing the right custom shower base for a bathroom remodeling project can be tough. The options are many – the right selection for you may not be obvious. Use these 6 tips to guide you through the process: 

5 Tips For Selecting Safe & Stylish Bathroom Accessories and Decorative Grab Bars

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

Decorative Grab Bar and Towel Bar - Luxuria Line
Decorative Grab Bar and Towel Bar Chrome Finish Luxuria Line
Decorative Bathroom Safety Accessories Toilet Roll, Corner Shelf, Valve Ring, Soap Dish
Decorative Bathroom Safety Accessories Toilet Roll, Corner Shelf, Valve Ring, Soap Dish

Bathroom safety does not have to be boring or scream out “grandma lives here!” Let’s face the facts – many innovations in safe bathroom accessories were initially created for the institutional markets like hospitals, schools, and health care facilities. In fact most grab bars, safety towel bars and handrails in today’s homes still give the appearance that you’re scheduled for an overnight stay at St. Old Person’s Hospital. Who really wants this type of look? No one I know.

Today if you need a more universal design that is useable and accessible to everyone you don’t have to choose between safety and stylish design. Here’s 5 tips to help you select safe bathroom accessories which are stylish as well.

5 Places to Use Decorative Art Glass Tile Blocks

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

Art glass tile blocks in various sizes, design & colors
Art glass tile blocks in various sizes, design & colors
Close up view of a decorative glass tile block
Close up view of a decorative glass tile block

Being able to be cool, innovative and create a functional design is now possible for your next glass block shower, wall or window project. You might ask how – we’ll if you haven’t seen fused glass tile blocks you’re in for a treat. Decorative, stylish and one of a kind would be correct ways to describe these art glass tile blocks.

Fused glass tile blocks are simply hand crafted tiles made by fusing layers of colored and clear glass together in a kiln. These tiles come in various sizes, 73 transparent & 46 opaque colors, and are fused to glass blocks. Here are 5 popular places to use these tile blocks:

7 Projects Using a Lighter Vinyl Framed Glass Block Window

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

Colored and Frosted Glass Block Vinyl Framed Window
Bathroom window with a vinyl framed and colored and frosted glass blocks
Den windows using glass block vinyl framed system
Den windows using lighter glass block vinyl framed window system

To many people glass block windows are just too heavy a product to use. The cool thing is they’ve gotten lighter now since that there are 2” thick glass blocks which are built inside vinyl frames. These windows are not only strong (since they are constructed with vinyl spacers between the blocks), but they also come in a wide variety of colors, frosted and etched patterns and are easy to install. Wondering where you can use these windows ….here’s 7 projects to choose from:

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:  

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