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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.

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:

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