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How to compare back painted color coated glass to high gloss acrylic wall panels

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

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

If you’re an architect, designer, custom builder or homeowner you may be familiar with the concept of coloring the reverse side of a piece of glass to achieve a clean, contemporary and easy to clean wall surface, but you may not have heard about an alternative product – high gloss acrylic walls. While both of these materials can make a dramatic impact for a backsplash or shower in a home (or feature wall or boardroom application in an office) they each have distinct advantages which can impact which material is best for a specific project.

 

Project Spotlight: Using Art Glass Tile Blocks in a Kitchen Backsplash to add Light, Color, Privacy and Style

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

Art glass tile blocks used in a kitchen backsplash

Kitchen backsplash using art glass tile blocks

Question – how do you get light, privacy, contemporary style and color through a kitchen backsplash area? Answer – by using decorative art glass tile blocks. Learn below how Erin Cornelius of Davis California was able to create a light filled focal point in her kitchen remodeling project by adding an area of artistically designed glass tile blocks in between two rows of cabinetry.

 

7 Kitchen Remodeling Design Trends & Ideas for 2013 for the Cleveland & Akron Ohio markets

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling with an island for entertaining and stainless steel appliances

Kitchen remodeling with an island for entertaining and stainless steel appliances

 

Were you embarrassed to have people over this holiday season because you’re kitchen is in bad need of remodeling? If so then 2013 might be the time to finally get the remodeled kitchen you’ve always desired – but the reality is making decisions on a new kitchen can be daunting.

Learn below the 7 hottest kitchen design tips and market trends so your new renovation can combine a style that fits today’s market with function that will work for your family for years to come.

 

Project Spotlight: Small Kitchen Remodeling – How to create space, style & improve function – Cleveland Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

small kitchen remodeling project in Cleveland Ohio
After – small kitchen remodeling project

When Cheryl Chipner (and her mom Nancy) couldn’t even make toast and coffee at the same time in their kitchen (located in the Fairview Park suburb of Cleveland) they knew something had to be done. They needed to be done to transform their cramped poor functioning kitchen into a place they could enjoy.

 

Learn below how Cheryl in conjunction with Cleveland Design & Remodeling (a division of Innovate Building Solutions) identified the problems with the old kitchen and developed design, product and construction solutions to turn this area into a stylish space that works.

 

7 Kitchen Remodeling Design Trends & Ideas for 2012 for the Cleveland & Cincinnati Ohio markets

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling with stainless steel oven maple cabinetry

Kitchen remodeling with stainless steel oven maple cabinetry

If you’re current kitchen doesn’t have the cool look and style you’re seeing in magazines, on the Internet or at model homes check out the hot new trends (as identified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association) and kitchen remodeling ideas for 2012 to spruce up this space:

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.

Getting the most for your home improvement & remodeling spending – The 2011-2012 Cost to Value Report

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

Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment
Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment

Everyone is looking for value these days for their hard earned dollars. There may be no place where this is as true as it is with money spent on residential real estate. With home value still declining (although at a slower rate) when homeowners do decide to spend money they are careful where they are allocating their remodeling budget.

 

If you’re looking for some guidance on the right type of remodeling projects to give you the biggest bang for your buck an excellent reference source is the 2011-2012 Cost to Value report. This report is done through a group of collaborative surveys done by Realtor Magazine (who gets estimated resale value data through sales agents, brokers & appraisers), Specspan (an on line marketing and research company which host the on line survey) and HomeTech Publishing (a developer and publisher of construction estimating books and software).  Here’s a recap of the conclusions, trends and some of the top home improvement & remodeling projects bases on their respective return on investments.

 

 

5 Benefits of a Custom Solid Surface Countertop, Shower Wall, Base or Vanity Top

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

Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls
Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls

Are you looking for a luxurious, durable and green-friendly product to use for a shower wall, base, vanity top of countertop for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling but are confused by all the options? If so – you’re not alone. For a high end look the most popular options today included granite, marble, tile and solid surface. This article will present the biggest benefits when using solid surface materials for a bath or kitchen remodeling project.

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