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5 Tips to Select an Acrylic Block Casement Egress Basement Window

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

Basement egress window
Acrylic block basement egress window
Acrylic block casement window hinge close up
Hinge design of casement style acrylic block escape window

If you’re starting a basement remodeling project and looking to add a entertainment, game, exercise or bedroom local building codes will require the use of an emergency exit egress window. Here are 5 tips to help select the right acrylic block window for this project:  

Project Spotlight: Colored and Frosted Glass Block Shower Window for DIY Home Network BATHtastic Brick Bye Brick Episode

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

Frosted and colored glass block shower window close up
Frosted & colored glass block shower window wave pattern
Glass block shower wall insert using colored frosted glass blocks
Glass block shower wall using colored & frosted glass blocks

Quite frankly – shower windows can be a pain in the back end. What type of window can you use that will be private, add to the looks of your bathroom and shower and will not rot, rust or deteriorate. This is exactly the problem that Todd and Austene faced in their bathroom remodeling project shown on the DIY Home Network Brick Bye Brick show.  Here’s how they solved this challenge:

Universal Design Can Be Cool – Using a Decorative Glass Block Bathroom Window to Dress up a Home

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

  • Glass block bathroom window mural for a universal design based home

    Glass block bathroom window mural for a universal design based home - picture courtesy of Scott Cunningham

  • When most people think of universal design the words that come to their minds might be institutional or boring – and that might have been true in the old days but not anymore!
  • When one of my companies (Columbus Glass Block) was asked to sponsor the Universal Design Living Laboratory Project (a new home being built in Columbus Ohio which incorporates Universal Design and Green Building Concepts) by two friends of mine – Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder – I had no idea of the level of cool elements that would ultimately be designed into their home.

Glass Block Bathroom Window Design – Mix Up Sizes to Make Your Project Pop

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

Bathroom window using colored & frosted glass blocks in 8" x 8" & 4" x 8" sizes
Bathroom window using colored & frosted glass blocks – 8″ x 8″ & 4″ x 8″ sizes
Vinyl framed glass block window using 6" x 6" , 6" x 8" and 12" x 12" sizes
Vinyl framed glass block window using 6″ x 6″, 6″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″ sizes clear and colored glass blocks

Why settle for a boring glass block bathroom window when you can be unique? Let’s face it most glass block windows look the same – one clear cube of block stacked on top of another. Mix up the sizes, add color or frosted designs – why design “inside the box” when you can design “outside the blocks?” Use these 7 points for a unique glass block design:

“Take advantage of the Federal Energy Tax Credit before time runs out”

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

Vinyl replacement windows for energy savings

vinyl replacement windows for energy savings

You may be wondering how you can take advantage of the Economic Stimulus bill that was signed on February 17th 2009. Well if you’ve got inefficient upper floor windows or doors in your home which are in need of replacement and you’re worried about large heating bills coming your way this fall the time to replace old windows/doors may never be better than now. Here are the “rules of the game” with these federal tax credits:

How to Choose a Shower Window for a Remodeling Project

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

Glass block bathroom window in a shower area

Glass block bathroom window in a shower remodeling project

Casement style operable acrylic block window

Casement style operable acrylic block window

Figuring out the right shower replacement window can be difficult. Although it’s nice to have the sunlight and ability to get air flow through this window, the fact that it’s located inside the wet shower area presents privacy and frame deterioration concerns not normally associated with most windows. Here is the low-down on different types of shower windows to consider: 

How to use a glass block bar, wall, window or column in a kitchen remodeling project

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

Glass block kitchen windows underneath cabinetry

Glass block kitchen windows underneath cabinetry

Blue colored glass block bar in a kitchen
Blue colored glass block bar in a kitchen

Why should you design a kitchen that looks like what everyone else has when you can jazz it up with a contemporary flair of color and style? When most people think about using glass blocks they usually picture them in a bathroom or basement setting, but glass blocks in your kitchen provide a focal point to make the room really pop. Here are 3 ideas to consider for your kitchen.

Project Spotlight: Commercial Windows Using Glass Block and Vinyl Replacement Windows at Martindale Electric – Cleveland Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Exterior Remodeling, Glass Block, Windows

Old Factory Window Martindale Electric
Old Metal Framed Factory Window
Glass Block & Vinyl Replacement Windows in a factory building
Commercial Glass Block & Vinyl Replacement Windows

One of the biggest money wasting places in old factories is existing wood and metal framed windows. These old windows are often single panes of glass, have frames that are rusted or rotted and offer an easy point of entry for vandals. When Martindale Electric called Cleveland Glass Block they were looking for a window solution that would combine high security, reduced heating costs and operability to provide air flow for their factory workers.

The solution: A mixture of operable vinyl double hung replacement windows with durable glass blocks.

Glass Block and Vinyl Replacement Church Windows – Decorative, Functional and Secure

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Glass Block, Windows

St. Peters Church in Rome Italy

St. Peters Church - Rome Italy

Interior View of Church Windows with Colored Glass Blocks

Colored Glass Block Church Windows

OK – you’re church is probably not as dramatic and awe-inspiring as St. Peter’s in Rome I photographed on a recent vacation…but that is no reason you can’t have functional, secure, and decorative church windows. Here are some key points to consider when designing and ordering these windows:

How to Use Acrylic Blocks vs. Glass Blocks for Window Openings

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

Operable Acrylic Block Bathroom window

Operable Casement Style Acrylic Block Bathroom window

I’ve been asked the question over and over – should I use glass blocks or acrylic blocks for my window project. While I will tell you I admittedly have a bias (I’ve been in the glass block business for over 25 years) my companies sell both glass and acrylic products and I try to recommend what’s best for the customer. Here are my pointers on how to choose between these 2 different materials:  

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