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Using a Bay Window to Open up a Master Bedroom, Kitchen or Living Room

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

Family room bay window picture window center casement side windows
Family room bay window picture window center casement side windows
Outside view of bay window with operable double hung side windows
Outside view of bay window with operable double hung side windows
 

Does your master bedroom, living room, kitchen or dining room feel dark and closed in? If so your home could benefit from the addition of a bay window. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options, and places to use a bay window:

Are Vinyl or Wood Awning Windows the Right Choice for your Project?

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

3 kitchen awning windows used below picture windows
3 kitchen awning windows used below picture windows
Awning window hinged at top crank at bottom opens out
Awning window hinged at top crank at bottom opens out

Would you like to get fresh air into your home without worrying about rain coming in? Or would you like to add an operable window above a sliding patio door or below a fixed picture window? If so – an awning window may be in your future. In this article you’ll learn the definition of an awning window and about the advantages, disadvantages and where to use this type of window:

How to Choose the Right Glass Block or Acrylic Block Basement Window

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

Glass block basement window with air vent
Glass block basement window with air vent
Acrylic block egress window
Acrylic block egress window

Are you looking to replace your drafty, easy to break, single pane metal or wood framed basement windows? Are you looking for a window product that will give you the biggest bang for your buck? Today’s cost-conscious buyers are increasingly choosing glass block and acrylic block windows to reduce their energy costs and improve family safety and security. Learn below the answers to the 7 Questions to make the best selection in an acrylic or glass block basement window.   

Vinyl or Wooden Crank Out Casement Windows – Are they your best Replacement Window Choice?

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

Vinyl Crank Out Casement Bathroom Windows
Vinyl Crank Out Casement Bathroom Windows
Exterior view of custom casement window
Exterior view of custom casement window

Are your windows hard to reach, clean, open or detract from the curb appeal of your home? If so a vinyl or wooden casement crank window may be the solution for you. Learn more about the advantages, disadvantages and where to use this type of custom window below:

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.    

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