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How to Select a Sliding Patio Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Windows

3 Panel Sliding Patio Door with Wood Veneer in a Family Room

3 Panel Sliding Patio Door with Wood Veneer in a Family Room 2 Panel White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room

Doors are added to a home to provide entry and exit, while windows are used to provide light and air – but a sliding patio door can be used to combine the best functions of both a door and a window (entry, exit, views & air). This type of door glides (or slides) within a track system and uses large pieces of laminated safety glass to provide expansive views to the outside. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, and options in various sliding glass door styles.

White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room
White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room

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:

How to Select a Curved Arque Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

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

Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks

A curved wall can be cool, sleek, and contemporary design – this can really make a shower, wall or partition stand out. The problem with this type of project for most people has usually been cost. The creation of the Arque finishing block (by Pittsburgh Corning) and the 22 degree Variant block (by Mulia) has created a cost effective solution to this problem. Below you’ll learn more about these products (their sizes & patterns, advantages and disadvantages and decorative options).

How to Use a Kitchen Garden Greenhouse Window

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

Interior view a kitchen garden greehouse window above a sink

Interior view a kitchen garden greehouse window above a sinkExterior view of a garden window with side casements windows open

Exterior view - garden windows with casement side windows open

Exterior view - garden windows with casement side windows open

Perhaps you’d like to take advantage of an herb garden for cooking year round – or maybe you’d like to keep some of your potted plants alive during harsh winters….. if so a kitchen garden window may be just the choice. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use garden window.

Project Spotlight: How to Use Custom Wooden Awnings for Style & Protection from Sun, Rain & Snow

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

Before - Wood Door Awning Rotting & Pulling Away from House

Before - Wood Door Awning Rotting & Pulling Away from House After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

 
After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

The problem

Jules (a homeowner in Euclid Ohio) had an old wood awning made of pine that was rotting and deteriorating. The structure was pulling away from the house which caused water, sun and rain to be able to seep through. The asphalt shingles on the roof were also failing. The bottom line is the decorative and protective home awning did not look good and was not doing the job.

Jules wanted a wood awning that would not only function well with a minimum amount of maintenance – but also one that would add to the architectural appearance of his cottage home style (and would match up with the wood scallop design used in parts of the home’s woodwork). Jules was turned down by several contractors who did not want to do this type of custom millwork.   

How to Use Fixed Replacement Picture Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Living room grouping of picture windows
Living room grouping of picture windows
Family room picture windows in square, rectangular, trianglular shapes
Family room picture windows in square, rectangular, trianglular shapes

Bringing in the beauty of the outdoors inside a home is an important function of your house windows. Choosing the right windows to make the most of this view is where fixed picture windows come into play. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use replacement picture windows.

How to Select a Glass Block Finished End Block for a Shower or Wall

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

Glass block end block combining two sizes - 4" x 8" x 3 1/8" end block
Glass block end block combining two sizes – 4″ x 8″ x 3 1/8″ end block (Designed by Joel Breitigam JB Design)
End block finishing unit in a walk in shower wall
End block finishing unit in a walk in shower wall

Although many people like the idea of a glass block wall – the question is how do you finish off the end of the wall to make it look good. The development of the glass block finishing unit created an excellent solution to this problem. Below you’ll learn about this product, it’s advantages/disadvantages and decorative options.

How to Use Classic Double Hung Replacement Windows

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

Double hung windows flanking a picture window in a family room
Double hung windows flanking a picture window in a family room
Double hung window with tilt in sashes for easy cleaning
Double hung window with tilt in sashes for easy cleaning

Classic, traditional, bungalow and colonial homes all have one thing in common – the use of double hung windows. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use residential double hung windows.

Project Spotlight: Adding a Front Storm Door & Maintenance Free Trim Moulding

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

Before - Wood Front Storm Door with Wood Trim
Before – Wood Front Storm Door with Wood Trim
After - Aluminum Provia Front Storm with PVC trim
After – Aluminum Provia Front Storm with PVC trim

The problem: Jules (a homeowner in Euclid Ohio) had a couple of problems at the front entrance of his home. One was a badly deteriorated wood storm door that was peeling paint and had no screen – which prevented him from getting ventilation through the storm door. The other problem was the trim moulding around the doors. This molding was failing, buckled, and rotted out (particularly at the bottom of the door). In short the front storm door and wood trim surrounding the door detracted from the looks of the home and required a lot maintenance.

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