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20 Works of Art – Kansas City Urban Renewal Homes with Purpose, Passion and Practicality

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

Urban renewal custom home in Kansas City MissouriRenewing a part of a cities’ core is not for the meek at heart. Urban renewal requires a clear sense of purpose, a passion to see what can be, and a healthy dose of practicality. When Randy Kietzman (an architect) and Jane Kietzman (a custom home builder) in Kansas City Missouri had a vision to build a home in Beacon Hill with great views of the city (but an area which didn’t have the best reputation as a place to live) they started on a difficult challenge which would eventually yield inspirational results.

Learn below how Randy and Jane have used purpose, passion and practicality to help  re-energize the Beacon Hill area and make progress toward their vision of a completed subdivision which will at completion have 20 homes or as Randy says, “20 Works of Art.”

 

Consider Glass Flooring Systems for Dramatic Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Flooring, Glass Floors

Dramatic Glass Flooring

Glass flooring has made its way to Paris, putting a new spin on the classic tourist experience at the Eiffel Tower. The new glass floor installation highlights a stunning birds-eye view of the city from approximately 187 feet in the air—something that visitors are unlikely to forget. Although it is one of the latest attractions to capitalize on the glass flooring trend, the Eiffel Tower is not alone in its endeavor to give visitors a cool new view. Designers, architects, home builders and homeowners are seeking solutions for incorporating glass floor and stair systems in their spaces with the help of Innovate Building Solutions.

Innovate’s modular glass floor systems are engineered to safely stand the test of time, supporting large amounts of weight with a durable aluminum grid and structural supports. These prefabricated systems can be installed

Eiffel Tower Installs Glass Floor for Incredible New View of Paris

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

Eiffel Tower

Photo courtesy of Geoffrey Whiteway

Paris has long been known as the “City of Light” and just last month, the Eiffel Tower further enhanced the tourist experience by incorporating a feature that makes it even more breathtaking—a new glass floor on the first floor that highlights a different kind of view of the sparkling city. Visitors and Parisians alike can now enjoy the classic views that the Eiffel is known for and glance 187 feet below on the glass landing.

While the Eiffel Tower is just one of the latest worldwide attractions jumping on the glass flooring trend, this product isn’t limited to inspiring landmarks (SkyView at the Grand Canyon) and commercial buildings like the Willis Tower in Chicago. Many homeowners are wondering how to incorporate dramatic glass floor elements, like the ones available at Innovate Building Solutions.

How to make a glass floor or steps safe and private – 5 design features

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Flooring, Glass Floors

Clear glass bridge in an upscale home

Many people love the “cool factor” of a glass floor or glass stair project but there are frequently concerns if the floor will be safe to walk on and if it is private enough (i.e. can a woman wearing a skirt not have to feel self-conscious walking on the glass surface). Let’s explore 5 design features which are critical to ensure not only a stylish project – but also one which is safe and private as well!

Four Famous Glass Floors and Reasons to Get the Look

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

glass stairwayYou may have seen photos of trendy glass floor designs on the internet or even experienced seeing and walking across a glass floor for yourself while shopping, browsing in a museum or going for a ride on a glass bottom boat tour. The following major tourist attractions not only helped to enhance the reputation of this one-of-kind design feature, but have inspired other commercial and residential buildings across the world to follow their footsteps along the same (glass) path.

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