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Project Spotlight: Using color glass block windows in a live work music studio

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

 

Live work music studio in Lynnwood Washington

Live work music studio in Lynnwood Washington

Can cool spaces create cool jazz music? Absolutely they can – especially if they are vibrating out of the home music studio of Charlie Bommarito in Lynnwood Washington (a 30 minute drive north of Seattle). When Charlie was looking to create a live work space for his music production business he wanted an inspiring, light-filled place that was private, functional and accentuated the beauty of the great Northwest.

 

Learn more about Charlie’s project below:

How to install glass block windows in a commercial, industrial, factory or church building

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

Although many people have seen glass blocks installed in for residential basement and bathroom windows there is a certainly mystique surrounding how to properly perform glass block window installation for commercial buildings. Check out the video below and read these 5 steps to learn the basic ways to properly accomplish this process.

 

  • Step 1 – Evaluate the type of structure surrounding the inside & outside of the window opening (masonry, brick veneer, steel, aluminum or wood buildings). Glass block windows can be installed in any of these different building types – although the process may vary between them.

 

  • Step 2 – Determine what materials the existing windows are made of (metal, aluminum, wood frames). In most commercial, factory and church windows removing the existing frames is the preferred approach as long as the framing is not tied into a surrounding structure that will be damaged if the frames are removed.

 

  • Step 3 – Measure the width & height of the openings. Longer & taller openings will require an aluminum channel style installation to allow for proper expansion & contraction. Most opening greater than 50 square feet require aluminum channels so the panel sections won’t break during the freeze/thaw cycle.

 

  • Step 4 – Use prefabricated commercial glass block windows strengthened with vinyl or steel reinforcing to reduce installation time, improve security, and minimize downtime & disruption for a business. In the old days most industrial glass block windows were mortared together by a mason contractor block by block once the window opening was created. This process takes a long time, can be messy and can lead a building that needs remodeling open too long. The pre-made sections can cut installation costs, improve the quality (shop built assemblies can be more uniform than site built windows), and can significantly reduce the amount of time a window area is open for a retrofit project.

 

  • Step 5 – Choose a glass block, general or maintenance contractor with expertise in commercial, architectural or industrial projects. Some commercial window projects can involve quite large areas that can involve challenges like protrusions through the window or they can be high off the ground. Projects like these may not be a good idea for an unfamiliar company maintenance department and may be best handled by an experienced general or glass block contractor.

 

Do you have any questions or input about how to install a commercial, industrial or church glass block window? Please comment below.

 

 

If you need more information about installing glass block commercial, factory or church windows visit Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888 or nationwide at or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton.

 

4 Cost Effective Home Improvement Tips to Improve Resale Value

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

Solar sun tube used in a kitchen

Solar sun tube used in a kitchen

Bathroom improvement using bathtub liner & new acrylic wall surrounds

Bathroom improvement using bathtub liner & new acrylic wall surrounds

Is your attempt to sell your home giving you a major case of the blues? If so – you’re certainly not alone! Maybe it’s time to step back and evaluate your property to see what can be done (without breaking the bank) to improve it’s appearance, function and marketability. Consider the 4 tips below to breathe some new excitement into your home in the crowded and challenging real estate marketplace.

How to Use a Kitchen Garden Greenhouse Window

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

Interior view a kitchen garden greehouse window above a sink

Interior view a kitchen garden greehouse window above a sinkExterior view of a garden window with side casements windows open

Exterior view - garden windows with casement side windows open

Exterior view - garden windows with casement side windows open

Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of an herb garden for cooking year round – or maybe you’d like to keep some of your potted plants alive during harsh winters….. if so a kitchen garden window may be just the choice. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use garden window.

Project Spotlight: How to Use Custom Wooden Awnings for Style & Protection from Sun, Rain & Snow

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

Before - Wood Door Awning Rotting & Pulling Away from House

Before - Wood Door Awning Rotting & Pulling Away from House After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

 
After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

The problem

Jules (a homeowner in Euclid Ohio) had an old wood awning made of pine that was rotting and deteriorating. The structure was pulling away from the house which caused water, sun and rain to be able to seep through. The asphalt shingles on the roof were also failing. The bottom line is the decorative and protective home awning did not look good and was not doing the job.

Jules wanted a wood awning that would not only function well with a minimum amount of maintenance – but also one that would add to the architectural appearance of his cottage home style (and would match up with the wood scallop design used in parts of the home’s woodwork). Jules was turned down by several contractors who did not want to do this type of custom millwork.   

How to Use Classic Double Hung Replacement Windows

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

Double hung windows flanking a picture window in a family room
Double hung windows flanking a picture window in a family room
Double hung window with tilt in sashes for easy cleaning
Double hung window with tilt in sashes for easy cleaning

Classic, traditional, bungalow and colonial homes all have one thing in common – the use of double hung windows. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use residential double hung windows.

Project Spotlight: Adding a Front Storm Door & Maintenance Free Trim Moulding

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

Before - Wood Front Storm Door with Wood Trim
Before – Wood Front Storm Door with Wood Trim
After - Aluminum Provia Front Storm with PVC trim
After – Aluminum Provia Front Storm with PVC trim

The problem: Jules (a homeowner in Euclid Ohio) had a couple of problems at the front entrance of his home. One was a badly deteriorated wood storm door that was peeling paint and had no screen – which prevented him from getting ventilation through the storm door. The other problem was the trim moulding around the doors. This molding was failing, buckled, and rotted out (particularly at the bottom of the door). In short the front storm door and wood trim surrounding the door detracted from the looks of the home and required a lot maintenance.

Using a Bow Window to Add Style & Function to a Dining Room, Kitchen, Living Room or Family Room

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

Bow Kitchen Window with 4 separate casement operable windows
Bow Kitchen Window with 4 separate casement operable windows Dining room bow window with fixed light panels
Bow dining room window with a woodgrain fnish
Bow dining room window with a woodgrain fnish

Is the interior of your home too dark? Does your master bedroom, kitchen or dining room lack the architectural or design flair you’d like? Jazz up, freshen up and light up your home with the addition of a bow window. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use a bow window.

Using a Bay Window to Open up a Master Bedroom, Kitchen or Living Room

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

Family room bay window picture window center casement side windows
Family room bay window picture window center casement side windows
Outside view of bay window with operable double hung side windows
Outside view of bay window with operable double hung side windows
 

Does your master bedroom, living room, kitchen or dining room feel dark and closed in? If so your home could benefit from the addition of a bay window. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options, and places to use a bay window:

How to Choose a Sidelight for Your Front Door Entrance

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

Operable Acrylic Block Sidelights with Transom Window
Operable Acrylic Block Sidelights with Transom Window
Steel Front Entry Door with Decorative Art Glass Sidelights
Steel Front Entry Door with Decorative Art Glass Sidelights

Nothing drives down the curb appeal, resale value, and appearance of a home more than an unwelcoming front door entrance. A nasty door, dark or unsafe front entrance can really be a turn off. So – how can you jazz up, spruce up and crank up this critical space? Two ways (1) Upgrading your entry door and (2) Add or replace your sidelights.

This article will provide you with questions and answers to lead you to your best choice in a side door light panels.

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