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How to Choose Between a Glass Block or Acrylic Block Basement Window

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

If you’ve got old single pane metal or wood framed basement windows that are driving up your heating and cooling costs and could be targets for vandals you’re not alone. Improving your basement, man cave or rec room with glass block windows or acrylic block windows may be the answer to your problems. To guide your decision between these two choices watch the video and read the article below to learn the answers to 7 frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) to help you through this project.

How to Use Decorative Glass in an Interior or Exterior Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Decorative door glass in a front door sidelight and transom
Decorative door glass in a front door sidelight and transom

Entry doors and interior doors are not just a functional way to move through rooms – they can make a dramatic architectural statement to add economic value, interest and style to a home. There is not better way to create a one of a kind look than by using decorative door glass. This article will identify (1) where to use decorative glass in doors (2) advantages and disadvantages of decorative glass and (3) various options to choose from.

How to Use a Hedron Corner Block for a Shower Wall, Bar or Decorative Column

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

Angled corner glass block shower and privacy partition wall

Angled corner glass block shower and privacy partition wall

Are you looking to add some interesting shaped or design to a glass block wall project but unsure how to accomplish this? With the development of shaped glass blocks you can turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary project. This article will focus on how best to use the 90 degree angled corner glass block.

How to Choose between a Steel, Fiberglass or Wood Front Entry Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Fiberglass front entry door and sidelight system with decorative glass
Fiberglass front entry door and sidelight system with decorative glass

Let’s face it options in entry door systems can leave most any dazed and confused. There are 3 main types of doors – steel, fiberglass and wood – and countless accessories (hardware, finishes, locksets, knockers, kick plates etc.) which can make the front door selection process daunting. To simplify this decision this article will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the 3 entry door types to begin your selection process (most door accessories are available across each of the 3 door types).

Project Spotlight: Pool House Bathroom with a Serpentine S Shaped Glass Block Shower Wall and Base Design

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

Pool house room addition with serpentine glass block shower wall
Pool house room addition with serpentine glass block shower wall

When the Mills family starting thinking about a creating a unique and functional pool house bathroom they were looking for construction products with style and substance. Working together with Larry Harp and Jon Innis of L & J Contractors of Cookville Tennessee (a high end builder and remodeler) the Mills family identified products to make a one of kind bathroom design that were also “smart” (meaning they provided long term ease of maintenance and kept costs down over the long run). Learn more below about the products used in this 1,800 square foot room addition project.

Project Spotlight Update: Master Bathroom in Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Tub transfer & decorative glass block window in universal design home

Decorative glass block window in universal design

 Seldom does a new home building project come along that can inspire, educate and liberate any person’s ability to use and enjoy the home than the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) being built by Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband Mark Leder. Several months ago (see the related blog post below) I focused on one feature in this home (the glass block windows and glass mural window used in the master bathroom). In this post let’s look at some features in the master bathroom to see thoughtful universal design and green building practices in action (Please note – this home – which is being built in Columbus Ohio – will be open for public touring later this year or early next year).  
 
 

Project Spotlight: 5 ½ Tips to add class, character & style in a small bathroom remodeling project

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

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel sink

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel

You may say it’s not possible to create a classy, stylish and unique bathroom in a space as small as 6 foot by 6 foot – but don’t tell that to Mat Forrest. When Mat and his partner got on a mission to invigorate and revitalize their small bathroom in California they were determined to create a top notch space and to not cut any corners in the process. Below you’ll learn tips and ideas that guided Mat through this small bath remodeling process.

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

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