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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.   

Sam Adams Brewery Reduces Energy Costs in Hard to Reach Industrial Factory Windows – Cincinnati Ohio

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

Sam Adams Brewery Factory Windows Before Installation
Sam Adams Brewery Factory Windows Before Installation
Sam Adams Industrial Glass Block Windows with Aluminum Channels
Sam Adams Industrial Glass Block Windows with Aluminum Channels

The problem: Sam Adams Brewery had old rusted metal framed factory windows the size of several large garage doors which were 50 feet off the ground. These windows were single paned, the steel frames were rusted, air was flowing in through some broken sashes that would not close due to rust. The windows (in addition to being very high up) were only reachable by working around a maze of pipes and water tanks. Sam Adams wanted this installation to be completed in a short amount of time to minimize wasted energy costs while the new windows would be installed.

How to Choose a Sidelight for Your Front Door Entrance

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

Operable Acrylic Block Sidelights with Transom Window
Operable Acrylic Block Sidelights with Transom Window
Steel Front Entry Door with Decorative Art Glass Sidelights
Steel Front Entry Door with Decorative Art Glass Sidelights

Nothing drives down the curb appeal, resale value, and appearance of a home more than an unwelcoming front door entrance. A nasty door, dark or unsafe front entrance can really be a turn off. So – how can you jazz up, spruce up and crank up this critical space? Two ways (1) Upgrading your entry door and (2) Add or replace your sidelights.

This article will provide you with questions and answers to lead you to your best choice in a side door light panels.

How to Choose the Right Type of Vinyl Replacement Windows

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

White double hung vinyl replacement window tilts in for easy cleaning
White double hung vinyl replacement window tilts in for easy cleaning
Bow woodgrain window in a family room
Bow woodgrain window in a family room add light & seating

Are your old single pane metal framed or wood framed windows hard to operate and costing you a lot of money in excessive heating and cooling bills? If so the time is right to upgrade to a vinyl replacement window. The options and types of windows are varied. Here’s the answers to 5 frequently asked questions to guide you through the window selection process.

Project Spotlight: Serpentine S Shaped Glass Block Shower Wall and Base Design

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

Serpentinve glass block walls ready for shipment
Serpentine glass block walls using vinyl stack spacer system ready for shipment
Serpentine glass walls set on custom ready for tile shower base

Ah, the beauty, style and sophistication of a serpentine wall – stunning, dramatic, an architectural masterpiece. If you’ve seen the brick serpentine walls at the University of Virginia or the curvy, stepped concrete wall arising out of the Ohio River in Cincinnati you know how cool an S shaped wall can look. But – have you ever seen an S shaped wall made of glass blocks for a residential shower design? Have you ever thoughts about using a curved wall in a bathroom, kitchen, basement or commercial space? Are you intrigued? Read on.    

5 Reasons you Don’t Need to be Afraid to Convert your Tub into a Shower Enclosure

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

Tub replacment with acrylic shower wall surrounds and a framed glass shower bi pass door
Tub to shower conversion acrylic shower wall surrounds framed glass shower door
Curved glass block shower walk in shower wall in a tub space
Curved glass block shower walk in shower wall in a tub space

Maybe you’ve been told by a realtor, friend or relative – don’t get rid of your tub you’ll kill your resale value. While I’m sure these people are well meaning I’m not sure they are in touch with how most people live and use their bathrooms and shower/tubs areas today. Here’s 5 reasons you can feel confident a tub replacement will add value to your home:

7 Steps to Create a Safe and Stylish Universal and Accessible Shower Design

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

Universal and accessible wet room shower design

Universal and accessible wet room shower designWalk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Walk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Walk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Showers and bathtubs can be dangerous places for most anyone. Climbing over a bathtub rail, water and soap on the floor, a dark shower area which limits visibility are just a few common problems. How do you solve these challenges and create a relaxing, inviting shower which is safe as well? Read on to learn how:

Is now the time to take advantage of bargain basement existing home prices?

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

Cash home buyers

Buying a home with cash can save on purchase prices A shower that was converted from a bathtub space

Bathtub converted to a shower
Bathtub converted to a shower

Have you pulled money out of the stock market over the last few years looking for a safe place for your capital? Do most of your investments carry low interest rates? If so – the timing may finally be right to consider buying a home or condominium for your personal use, rental, or resale.

You may say – real estate – you’ve got to be kidding! With continued tight lending practices cash buyers have all the cards – and there’s a lot of cards (i.e. home supply) available. With the large stock of foreclosed homes and short sales (sales where the value of the home is less than what’s owed on the mortgage) you can find great deals (note: cash buyers can often buy homes for 5 to 10% less in an already depressed market). These existing homes will likely come with a “price” – they often need remodeling and renovations.

Here’s some remodeling tips to consider to maximize the value of a newly purchased home:

5 Tips to Design a Cool Curved Glass Block Shower and Partition Wall

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

Curved glass block shower enclosure wall
Curved glass block shower enclosure wall
Blue colored glass block kitchen bar
Blue colored glass block kitchen bar

Why have a generic space when you can make it cool? Most people assume a curved shower or partition wall is way beyond their budget – and if you’re looking at a curved, bent and tempered glass wall you’re probably right. But there is an answer to get a cool, modular and functional radius wall without having to hit up your friends and relatives for a loan – it’s with glass blocks. Read these 5 tips to achieve a cool, practical and fully customizable shower wall or partition wall for a bathroom, kitchen, basement or commercial renovation project.  

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