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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 create a light transmitting glass block subway tile design for a kitchen, bathroom or commercial wall

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

Glass block wall using 4 x 4 x 4 blocks in a running bond pattern

Glass block wall using 4 x 4 x 4 blocks in a running bond

Looking for a cool way to add a subway tile design and have a light transmitting wall, backsplash or window? With the introduction of the newest size of glass blocks – the 4” x 4” x 4” – it is now possible to create a design that not only has the subway tile/running bond look but also one that can serve the dual purpose of being a window, shower or commercial wall. Learn more about the new block manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning, where it can be used and how it can create a unique residential or architecturally inspired space below.

4 x 4 x 4 glass block patterns for shower, wall or window projects
4 x 4 x 4 glass block patterns for shower, wall or window projects

7 1/2 Tips to Choose a Remodeling Contractor Who Won’t be a Pain in the Butt or Wallet to Work With

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

 

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Let’s face it most bathroom, kitchen or basement remodeling contractors are a pain in the butt to deal with. Construction delays, change orders, poor communications can all be par for the course (if you’re a consumer with a nightmarish contractor story you’re not alone!).

The reality is many remodeling projects are complex (there are a lot of steps and different construction trades in the process) and a good percentage of the skilled trades don’t have the business and organizational background to manage and lead the people and processes to ensure an excellent customer experience. So… the question is what can you do to choose the right general contractor the first time? Check out the 7 ½ tips below:

Using a Sliding Replacement Window for Simplicity, Cost Savings & an Improved View

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

3 lite sliding window in a family room
3 lite sliding window in a family room
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids

Are you looking for a cost effective option to replace windows in your home that is easy to use, simple in design and will improve your view? If so a sliding window may be the choice for you.  In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use sliding windows.

New Kitchen Backsplash Ideas & Designs – Light transmitting & illuminated kitchen backsplashes

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

LED Illuminated glass backsplash
LED Illuminated glass backsplash
natural lighting with a glass block backsplash
natural lighting with a glass block backsplash

Good lighting is essential to effective kitchen design – but increasing the amount of light might be tough if you’ve got a lot of cabinetry filling the walls. If you’re looking for an innovative way to provide additional lighting underneath kitchen countertops consider two alternatives – (1) an illuminated backsplash or (2) a glass block kitchen backsplash. Both options will not only create a cool look – but will also improve safety when preparing meals and generate a focal point in your design as well. Learn more about these choices below:

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:

Are Vinyl or Wood Awning Windows the Right Choice for your Project?

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

3 kitchen awning windows used below picture windows
3 kitchen awning windows used below picture windows
Awning window hinged at top crank at bottom opens out
Awning window hinged at top crank at bottom opens out

Would you like to get fresh air into your home without worrying about rain coming in? Or would you like to add an operable window above a sliding patio door or below a fixed picture window? If so – an awning window may be in your future. In this article you’ll learn the definition of an awning window and about the advantages, disadvantages and where to use this type of window:

Vinyl or Wooden Crank Out Casement Windows – Are they your best Replacement Window Choice?

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

Vinyl Crank Out Casement Bathroom Windows
Vinyl Crank Out Casement Bathroom Windows
Exterior view of custom casement window
Exterior view of custom casement window

Are your windows hard to reach, clean, open or detract from the curb appeal of your home? If so a vinyl or wooden casement crank window may be the solution for you. Learn more about the advantages, disadvantages and where to use this type of custom window below:

How to Design a Custom Glass Block Bar Base and Counter

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

Colored glass block bar with lighting
Colored glass block bar with lighting
Glass block bar base with granite countertop
Glass block bar base with granite countertop

Are you looking for a cool, distinctive bar for a rec room, basement, or commercial business? If you want a durable, light transmitting unique contemporary look a glass block bar may be the choice for you. Learn below the answers to 7 frequently asked questions on how to design this type of glass bar.   

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