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7 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about Glass Counters

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

Glass counter for a kitchen with a textured bottom

Glass counters are described as cool, sleek or even referred to as a contemporary art piece. Putting these positive attributes aside, if you’re considering using a glass countertop you’ll want to get past the novelty of this unique product and get some straight answers to practical questions of how this type of counter will need to be designed and maintained for your kitchen, bathroom or rec room. The goal of this article is to provide you with the answers to 7 questions on the everyday use, design, pricing and installation of glass counters.

 

Ingenuity, Improvisation and Inspiration – The 3 I’s of a High Rise Remodel

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

Lakewood Ohio high rise kitchen remodeling

When Karen Hruska of Lakewood Ohio decided to remodel 4 rooms (the kitchen, dining room, master and guest bathrooms) in her 15th floor condo she knew it was not going to be a small task. While Karen’s careful planning and thoughtful selection of a contractor (she selected Cleveland Design and Remodeling) were important the successful completion of this project also required a healthy dose of the 3 I’s of high rise remodeling – ingenuity, improvisation and inspiration.

In the article below I hope you enjoy and learn from the insights and strategies Karen and the Cleveland Design and Remodeling construction team used to create an upgraded and more functional space.

7 Cool Uses of Glass for Contemporary Luxury Homes

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block, Glass Flooring, Glass Floors, Kitchen Remodeling

Contemporary glass floor in a luxury home

I have to admit my fascination with glass has grown exponentially with increased exposure to contemporary and modern home design. The light, shine, flexibility and clean open spaces created with glass are a magnet for my eye. Since I’m a guy who hates even having a North elevation in my home (note – a North elevation is the darkest side of a home) it’s natural for me to like the effects created by the combination of light and glass. The flexibility of glass designs, textures and colors to create expansive views (or obscure them) make this material a contemporary designer or owners dream. The article below will highlight 7 unique uses of glass in a modern home.

A Mid Century Modern Home is Reinvigorated with Passion and Architectural Integrity

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

Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Fresno California after Restoration

Can a home create an emotional connection with a family and serve as a guide to its own restoration and remodeling? As unique as this sounds, it was the connection between Mid Century Modern architecture lovers, Lynne Valek and Dean Gordon, and their home in the Old Fig Garden neighborhood of Fresno, California, which helped create a functional and beautiful space that serves as the hub for their family!

Lynne and Dean’s search for a new home centered on finding a location close to their grandkids, a neighborhood providing convenient access to shopping, and a floor plan that would allow them to age in place gracefully. While this process involved touring many different homes in many different styles, it wasn’t until they entered a 1954 Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Usonian home in the bucolic Old Fig Garden area of Fresno, that they knew that they found the right home for them.

Seeing the home stirred Lynne and Dean, but what really cemented their desire to pursue the purchase was when they took their grandchildren on a tour of several home sites, and their two year-old granddaughter, Mari, stepped in this Old Fig Garden home, threw off her shoes and exclaimed, “This is my grandma’s house!” At that point, there was no turning back!

In part 1 (of this 5 part series), learn how this home’s progress was fueled with relentless dedication to maintain architectural integrity and a group of focused and passionate people (including a designer, a team of artisan craftsmen, and the owners – Lynne and Dean). Using a combination of renovation, renewal, restoration, and remodeling, the home now fits the lifestyle of its owners, while respecting its architectural roots.

High Gloss Acrylic Panels Add a Touch of European Style

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

Lustrolite High Gloss Acrylic PanelsHigh gloss finishes have been a must-have feature in the trendiest, upscale European homes for years. Now, American kitchens and bathrooms can have that sleek, European look with easy-to-install, low-maintenance high gloss acrylic panels.

Lustrolite high gloss acrylic panels from Innovate Building Solutions offer an affordable choice for homeowners who want to add a unique and contemporary touch to their kitchen or bathroom. The colorful, low-maintenance wall panels can be installed instead of tile to give a sleek, sophisticated look to kitchen and bathroom backsplashes, as well as tub and shower enclosures. They’re versatile and can be used in a variety of ways to create a stunning accent wall anywhere in the home, to add a pop of color to the kitchen, or for a slick, contemporary look in the bathroom.

Cook Up Some Fresh Ideas for Your Kitchen this Holiday Season

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

Universal-Kitchen-Different-Counter-Heights-MasterBrand

Big things are happening in the kitchen this week as families start preparing their favorite top-secret recipes, sharing some laughs and getting ready for Thanksgiving holiday feasts.  It is usually when you’re in the “trenches” of your kitchen when you either a) realize the value of its functionality and how comfortable you feel or b) think to yourself, “Something has to be done!” If you can relate to feeling frazzled, cramped, or like your space isn’t living up to its full potential, it may be time to consider remodeling.

This year’s Cost vs. Value Report estimates that homeowners can expect to recoup at least 82.7 percent of their investment on even a minor kitchen remodel, a great incentive if you plan to eventually list your home on the market. (Updated kitchens and bathrooms can really make a big difference to prospective buyers!) If you know that you plan to stay in place for a number of years or even throughout your lifetime, now is the time to remodel with your future in mind, incorporating universal design trends that make the space user-friendly for everyone, regardless of age or ability.

So where to begin with your remodeling project?

Fall 2014 Trend Report from Innovate: High Gloss

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

Arctic-Back-Splash acrylic wall panelThe cool high-gloss trend that can be seen all over kitchens in Europe has made its way to the states, offering interior designers and homeowners alike a unique, aesthetically appealing option for taking a modern look to the next level in commercial buildings or high-end luxury homes. Described as sleek, fun and contemporary, Lustrolite high gloss acrylic wall panels from Innovate Building Solutions can add a lot to your kitchen, bathroom, media room or office.

Five Reasons to Remodel Your Kitchen this Summer

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

high gloss backsplash in kitchen

July is a month filled with sunny days, fireworks, fireflies, and even a few pesky mosquitoes—but more than anything, this summer is a great time to get “bitten” by the remodeling bug, especially if you’ve been thinking about upgrading your kitchen! Here are the top five reasons from Innovate Building Solutions to get busy remodeling your kitchen before the summer comes to a close.

Practical Benefits of Going High Gloss

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

high gloss showerHigh gloss acrylic wall panels don’t just give your space a luxurious, contemporary look—they offer fantastic practical benefits as well. Flexibility and durability are just two of the major perks of installing this elegant product that offers the same look as glass, but is actually 25 times stronger and weighs half as much. While the look is considered all the rage in Europe, it is just starting to catch on in the states and we couldn’t be more excited!

Universal Design Trends Explode as Baby Boomers Reach Retirement

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

Universal DesignAs baby boomers continue their slow and steady transition into retirement, a new trend is occurring that is expected to dramatically impact the landscape of the design and building markets. Many boomers are already serving as care providers for their elderly parents, while others are actively planning for the years ahead. While the generations before them may have eventually settled into assisted living facilities, the majority of boomers would prefer to hunker down right where they are…home sweet home. And we don’t blame them!

According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s 65-and-older population will nearly double in the next 20 years, making it more important than ever to ensure that the place you call home is age-friendly. If you are looking to make your home last for a lifetime, Innovate Building Solutions can help, offering a variety of universal design options to improve accessibility without ever sacrificing style.

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