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Laminated Glass Floor Systems – Benefits & Uses

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

Structural glass floor system in an office

Structural glass floor system in an office

If you’re looking to create a buzz around the interior design of your building project and want a functional way to move light through various floors (or levels) of a space a laminated glass floor system may be the answer. Learn below the top benefits of these flooring systems and where they are frequently used.

The benefits and uses of solid security glass block windows & walls

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

Solid security glass block in gym window sections

Solid security glass block in gym window sections

Building security, vandalism, glass breakage can be a nightmare for maintenance departments and drive up costs for building owners. A solution to this problem is using solid security glass blocks. Learn below the benefits and common uses for this product.

Creating a Cool & Relaxing Live Work Space with LED Lighting and Glass Block Walls

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

If you’re looking for a way to make people say wow for an urban live work space check
this project out.

Glass Block Wall Illuminated with Chauvet LED Lighting around Jacuzzi Tub

Glass Block Wall Illuminated with Chauvet LED Lighting around Hot Spring Tub

 

When an owner of a web marketing company contacted Cleveland Glass Block they were looking to create a fun space that could create a cool look and a relaxing space for visitors, employees and friends of the business. Combining a glass block wall, LED lighting and an indoor Jacuzzi tub which incorporated a hydraulic cover a dramatic space was developed. Here’s more details about the project:

Ranch home sales on the rise in 2012 – Ease of use & universal design are the drivers

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

Single level ranch home
Single level ranch homes offer simple floor plans and universal designs

In the movie “Field of Dreams” the famous line was if you build it they will come. In the home building industry applying this mantra without an understanding of what the market needs and wants will provide a quick path towards not having a business. Given the challenging home construction market the question a smart home builder will ask is what do people today need and want. According to an article from Builder Magazine 7 of the top 10 selling home plans were in 2012 will be ranches (i.e. single level home designs). This article will explore why single level homes are increasing in popularity, the advantages and disadvantage of this type of design, and what features might be included in this type of home to make it more useable by people of all ages and capabilities. If you aren’t in the market for a new home you can also learn a few remodeling tips to take advantage of features of a single level home in your existing 2 level design.

Project Spotlight: St. Agatha Church Improves Safety & Looks While Reducing Energy Costs with Glass Block Windows– Columbus Ohio

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

Before - St Agatha Church Gymnasium Windows

Before - St Agatha Church Gymnasium Windows broken and cracked blocks

The problem: St. Agatha Church in Columbus Ohio had a legitimate concern about the functionality and safety of deteriorated old glass block windows in several second story windows surrounding their gymnasium. Some of these challenges included:

 

  • A good number of the 70 to 80 year old glass blocks (which used an old cold fusing technology) had been cracked and some had even retained water.  There was a concern about a block cracking and injuring someone or damaging the wood gym floor.

 

  • The old glass block installation was not properly done with materials to allow for expansion and contraction and therefore the mortar joints were failing and had been patched with silicone caulk several times over the years.

 

After St Agatha Church Windows with new glass blocks

After St Agatha Church Windows with new glass blocks

  • The broken and dingy old blocks (glass blocks used to be manufactured with the pattern on the outside which retained dirt & debris) did not provide a nice appearance for the gym or provide as much natural light as was desired.

 

  • The energy efficiency of the old blocks was not up to modern standards.

Using Italian Design Inspired Glass Blocks to Create Extraordinary Wall Window or Shower Projects

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

Glass block wall design with Italian inspired designs
Glass block wall design with Italian inspired designs
Exterior fluted glass block wall design
Exterior fluted glass block wall design

If you look at design trends in floor or wall tiles you need to first look to the European markets (and Italy in particular) for inspiration. In the glass block wall industry the drivers of style, texture and design leadership are also being driven by the Italians.

 

Most of what people are used to seeing in the United States are glass blocks of standard shapes and sizes that have smooth flat faces on the front of the glass units. While these blocks may be mass produced and are cost effective they may not inspire the wow factor in a contemporary or modernistic design project.

Well leave it to the Italians once again to innovate (and in this case these cool designs are now becoming available in the United States markets) with unique glass block designs.

 

Some of the new designs available today include:

 

  • Trapezoidal glass blocks that are shaped in a pyramid form to create a sleek design.

 

  • Exterior fluted glass blocks (called Doric) for residential or commercial interior walls which have a unique texture to the outside of the block.

 

  • Angular (called Fiero Milano) glass blocks that appear to jut out from the wall – if these don’t capture your attention nothing will!

 

The good thing is if you’re looking for inspiration these blocks are now becoming available in the U.S. markets.

 

What do you think about the look of these blocks? Please give your thoughts below.

 

If you need any help with the design and/or supply of these unique blocks contat Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Dayton and Cincinnati. For a complete remodeling projects using these materials contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-531-6085), Columbus Design & Remodeling (614-252-7294) or Bath Doctor of Cincinnati (513-742-6674).

Sam Adams Brewery Reduces Energy Costs in Hard to Reach Industrial Factory Windows – Cincinnati Ohio

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

Sam Adams Brewery Factory Windows Before Installation
Sam Adams Brewery Factory Windows Before Installation
Sam Adams Industrial Glass Block Windows with Aluminum Channels
Sam Adams Industrial Glass Block Windows with Aluminum Channels

The problem: Sam Adams Brewery had old rusted metal framed factory windows the size of several large garage doors which were 50 feet off the ground. These windows were single paned, the steel frames were rusted, air was flowing in through some broken sashes that would not close due to rust. The windows (in addition to being very high up) were only reachable by working around a maze of pipes and water tanks. Sam Adams wanted this installation to be completed in a short amount of time to minimize wasted energy costs while the new windows would be installed.

Project Spotlight: Serpentine S Shaped Glass Block Shower Wall and Base Design

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

Serpentinve glass block walls ready for shipment
Serpentine glass block walls using vinyl stack spacer system ready for shipment
Serpentine glass walls set on custom ready for tile shower base

Ah, the beauty, style and sophistication of a serpentine wall – stunning, dramatic, an architectural masterpiece. If you’ve seen the brick serpentine walls at the University of Virginia or the curvy, stepped concrete wall arising out of the Ohio River in Cincinnati you know how cool an S shaped wall can look. But – have you ever seen an S shaped wall made of glass blocks for a residential shower design? Have you ever thoughts about using a curved wall in a bathroom, kitchen, basement or commercial space? Are you intrigued? Read on.    

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.  

7 Accessible Bathroom Home Modification Ideas to Add Safety, Style and Function

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

Accessible shower with a bench seat and roll under sinks

Accessible shower with a bench seat and roll under sinks

Walk in bathtubs add safety and style

For an aging parent or someone with special needs an existing bathroom can be a dangerous place – slippery floors, low toilets, bathtub rails and shower curbs to step over, narrow doorways and hard to reach light switches are all obstacles to overcome. You may be wondering how you can make an accessible bathroom that is useable and stylish. Here’s 7 ideas to consider for your next bathroom remodeling project:

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