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7 Tips to Select a Decorative Leaded Glass Window

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

Square Operable Awning Style Decorative Glass Window in a Bathroom
Square Operable Awning Style Decorative Glass Window in a Bathroom
Oval Fixed Art Glass Window in a Bath
Oval Fixed Art Glass Window in a Bath

You no longer have to settle for a generic clear glass window. Add a distinctive decorative touch with a leaded glass window. Here’s 7 tips to help you select the right decorative glass window for virtually any room of your house:

7 Projects Using a Lighter Vinyl Framed Glass Block Window

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

Colored and Frosted Glass Block Vinyl Framed Window
Bathroom window with a vinyl framed and colored and frosted glass blocks
Den windows using glass block vinyl framed system
Den windows using lighter glass block vinyl framed window system

To many people glass block windows are just too heavy a product to use. The cool thing is they’ve gotten lighter now since that there are 2” thick glass blocks which are built inside vinyl frames. These windows are not only strong (since they are constructed with vinyl spacers between the blocks), but they also come in a wide variety of colors, frosted and etched patterns and are easy to install. Wondering where you can use these windows ….here’s 7 projects to choose from:

5 1/2 Kitchen Remodeling Design Tips to Improve The Market Value of Your Cleveland & Columbus Ohio Home

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

Kitchen Remodeling Columbus Ohio Contemporary Design
Contemporary Kitchen Design Columbus Ohio
Kitchen remodeling traditional design cleveland ohio
Traditional Kitchen Remodeling Project Cleveland Ohio

Are you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project in your Cleveland or Columbus home but don’t want to overspend and not be able to get your money back if you decide to sell down the road? Your concern is shared by many. How can you create a nice looking, functional kitchen for cooking and entertaining that won’t drain your wallet and will add the most market value to your home? Here’s 5 ½ steps to get you on the right path:

Deceptive Home Improvement Sales Practices – Don’t Be Victimized By “Tin Men”

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

Tin Men Movie about Deceptive Home Improvement Sales Practices
Tin Men Movie about Deceptive Home Improvement Sales in Aluminum Siding Industry in 1963
Vinyl replacement window industry has been target of deceptive sales practices
The vinyl replacement window industry was the first target of deceptive sales practices in Washington State

Remember the movie Tin Men with Danny Devito about high pressure sales tactic used in the 60’s selling customers door to door aluminum siding jobs? Although Danny Devito was hilarious in the movie getting pressured or deceived into making any type of purchase is not good.

Unfortunately if you think the days of the “Tin Men” (high pressure home improvement sales people) are over – think again. In Washington State Jack G. Zurlini Jr. (the Assistant Attorney General in the Consumer Protection Division) is taking action against multiple home improvement companies selling vinyl replacement windows for unlawful marketing and sales practices (and the practices mentioned are not confined to the state of Washington). Here’s 3 questions to help educate and protect you against making a bad choice in contractors:

Basement Remodeling – Cost Effective Space is Right Below Your Feet

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

Basement Remodeling Family and TV Room
A remodeled basement family room area
Home theater room in a basement
Home Theater Room

Are you trying to figure out how to add space without it adding up to big bucks? Maybe you’ve got a family member moving in, a teenager that “needs more space,” or you’d like an additional bathroom or home office. If a room addition is out of the question you may want to look right below your feet – remodeling your basement. Here’s 5 1/2 tips to lead you through the basement remodeling process:

Remodeling Trends 2010 & 2011 – How to get the biggest bang for your buck

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

Basement Remodeling to add cost effective living space
Basement Remodeling Adds Cost Effective Living Space vs. a Room Addition
Steel Entry Door for curb appeal and high cost/value relationship
Steel Entry Doors Add Curb Appeal and Provide a Great Value vs. Cost

Maybe at no time in recent history is it more important than now to spend your money wisely. We’re just pulling out of a recession (at a slower pace than most would like), housing and resale prices are still depressed, and unemployment is coming down (very slowly).

So – if you’re in a home that’s in desperate need of several home improvement projects where should you begin to get the most return for money spent? Is there some type of statistical guide to help you prioritize remodeling projects based on the market value they will add to your home? Fortunately the answer is yes!

Every year the remodeling industry with the assistance of Realtor magazine, the National Association of Realtors, Specpan (an on line market research company) and HomeTech Information Systems (an estimating software developer) team up to complete the Cost to Value Report. Here’s a quick recap of the findings:  

Project Spotlight: Adding a Front Porch Roof for Safety, Style, & Function – Cleveland Ohio

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

Front Porch Design Hip Style Roof Cleveland Ohio
Front Porch Addition Hip Style Roof Cleveland Ohio
Front Porch Roof Addition during construction with fiberglass columns and vinyl soffit
Front Porch Addition During Construction – Fiberglass Columns and Vinyl Soffit for Low Maintenance

The problem: Rich (a homeowner in Cleveland Ohio) had a problem – the lack of a front porch roof caused the concrete stoop to get icy and unsafe in the winter, the front entry door was hard to open, and the look of the front entrance was not as nice as Rich would like. Rich wanted to make sure to do this project with low maintenance materials to minimize time he might need to spend maintaining the roof and porch structure.

The solution: Steve Vlk (Project Manager from Cleveland Design & Remodeling) designed a hip style front roof which was attached to the existing home. Steve recommended materials for the project to compliment the architecture of the home and to keep the structure as maintenance free as possible for Rich. Here are the specific decisions Rich and Steve made to achieve a safe, stylish, and better functioning front porch design.   

5 Reasons to Use a Tinted Acrylic Block Window

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

Sun and Solar Block acrylic block window wall
Tinted Acrylic Block “Solar Block Plus” Window Wall
Sun Blocking Acrylic Block
E 3 Sun Block Acrylic Block in 8″ x 8″ or 6″ x 6″ sizes

Are your carpets washed out from the sun? Are your heating and cooling costs chocking the family budget? Would you love to cut off the view of nosey neighbors? If you’re experiencing any of these problems you’re not alone. Here’s 5 reasons you might want to replace an old window with a sun blocking acrylic block window:

5 Steps to Design an Accessible Wet Room Walk In or Roll In Shower for Style, Safety & Resale Value

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

Wet room roll in shower
Wet room roll in shower
Accessible walk in or roll in shower
Accessible walk in or roll in shower wet room

Is your bathroom ugly, outdated or just doesn’t work for you? Do you think climbing over the bathtub and stepping over the shower enclosure is an accident waiting to happen? Here’s a way to add a sleek contemporary bathroom with a high level of safety – add a European design inspired wet room walk in shower.  Using an open design this system combines a shower pan which is set below the surrounding floor. Since the base is below the floor you end up with a curbless roll in or walk in fully accessible design. Here’s 5 steps to turn this concept into reality

9 Kitchen Remodeling Tips that would make the Food Network Stars Proud

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

Granite kitchen coutertops with a stainless steel cook top
Kitchen remodeling project Columbus Ohio
Kitchen remodeling project Columbus Ohio Beige color cabinets

Whether you’re watching a fun show on the Food Network or enjoying a holiday gathering around a kitchen island – the desire to have a fun and functional kitchen has never been hotter. If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project here’s 9 tips to make your finished space stand out:

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