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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 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.

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:

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:  

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