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Project Spotlight: Improving Bathroom Safety & Function while keeping a Cool Retro Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Before - Clawfoot Tub with Old Shower Rod & Curtain

Before - Clawfoot Tub with Old Shower Rod

The McGuires (who live in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio) had a problem – how could they retain the black and white retro design of their bathroom while making it safer, easier to use and also upgrade the looks without the cost and aggravation of gutting the space.

The main challenges were:

  • A cast iron clawfoot tub which was dangerous to get in and out of.
  • An old brass curved shower rod and stationary shower head which were outdated and covered the view of the decorative tile design.
  • An existing pedestal sink 30” tall which required excessive bending.
After - Walk in Glass Shower Enclosure Keeping Retro Tile Design
After – Walk in Glass Shower Enclosure Keeping Retro Tile Design

3 Design Tips for an Extraordinary Patterned Glass Block Window, Shower, Wall or Bar

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

Colored and frosted glass block shower wall checkerboard design

Colored and frosted glass block shower wall checkerboard design Glass block sizes and colors in a random window pattern

Glass block sizes in a random window pattern

Glass block sizes in a random window pattern

Glass blocks stacked on top of each other – that is the single glass block design known by most people. The cool thing is this building material doesn’t only provide a means for a functional window, shower, wall or bar (with one block stacked on top of each other) – it can create a one of a kind window, shower or wall design through the use of patterning as well. Here’s 3 tips to turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary one.   

How to use 5 decorative window options to stylize a vinyl replacement window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Window grids inside 2 double hung windows

Window grids inside 2 double hung windows

Cherry woodgrain window trim
Cherry woodgrain window trim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why have a boring vinyl replacement window when you can have a beautiful window by choosing decorative window options that can make your home stand out? The reality is a vinyl replacement window doesn’t need to have the look of a boring looking white box anymore. Learn below how you can use both decorative and designer window options to improve the looks and curb appeal of your home.

How to Compare Tile Shower & Tub Wall Backer Board Systems

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Close up of wedi waterproof wallboard

Close up of wedi waterproof wallboardDurock cement wall board for tile shower

Durock cement wall board under tile

Durock cement wall board under tile

In tub and shower remodeling often it’s what you don’t see (the wallboard system behind the wall) that’s as important as what you do see (the decorative ceramic or natural stone tiles inside the space). The reason is – water can be the enemy of long lasting walls. So – how do you fight against damage (mold/mildew/wall deteriorating) caused by water and condensation in a bathroom? Choose the right tub and shower wall backer system. This article will advantages and disadvantages of the 5 most used systems (in no particular order).

How to Choose a Tile Design & Pattern for Bathroom Walls & Floors

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Decorative tile border around window and tub surround

Decorative border around tub and glass block window

Small bathroom tile patten and design
Unique small bathroom tile floor and wall designs

Nothing makes a bathroom uniquely yours like choosing the perfect tile design and pattern. The challenge can be the selections are daunting. What’s the best tile pattern, size, shape, color, surface or grout for the floors, the walls, or the tub or shower stall? So where do you begin? Consider the 6 ½ tips below to guide you through this process.

How to Use a Tridron Angled Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

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

Prefab Angled Glass Block Walk In Shower Walls

Prefab Angled Glass Block Walk In Shower WallsEmerald Green Colored Tridron Angled Glass Block

There are many times in designing a shower or partition where a straight wall does not fit the design or desired shape of an enclosure or room. While shape can add style – it is also known to add significant cost to a project as well.

If you’re looking to create an angled glass wall or column what cost effective options do you have? One product to consider is the use of the 45 degree angled glass block wall using a Tridron shaped unit. Below you’re learn more about this block – from it’s size, patterns, advantages and disadvantage to it’s decorative options.

Emerald Green Colored Angled Tridron Glass Block
Emerald Green Colored Angled Tridron Glass Block

How to Choose a Shower Drain Cover & Strainer

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Square drain cover

Square drain cover

Linear trench drain cover
Linear trench drain cover

If you’re looking to convert a tub into a shower enclosure or want to replace an ugly existing shower stall with something nicer you don’t want to forget about your shower drain cover (also known as a strainer or grate). In this article you’ll learn the definition of a strainer (or cover), the 3 strainer shapes, and 6 questions to consider when choosing the best cover or grate for your project.

How to Use a Decorative Arched Round Circular Oval or Fan Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

Arched window to add light into a 2 story foyer

Arched window to add light and style to a 2 story foyer Interior view of a round top fan window in a living room

Creating style, flair and improving light transmission can not only help to “turn a house into a home” (like Luther Vandross might have said) – but it can create curb appeal and resale value as well. There is probably no better way to improve the look and increase natural light into a home than by using a decorative window.

There are many types of decorative windows but this article will focus on arched, round, palladian, circular and fan windows. You’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, types and uses of these types of decorative windows.

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