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Why settle for a tiny shower?

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

 

Why settle for a tiny shower | Innovate Building Solutions

When you take a shower is it an elbow banging, sardine-stuffed-in-can, clown-jammed-into-a-Volkswagen type of experience? Maybe your shower is “functional,” but it’s not a place you enjoy. Since the bathtub is hardly ever used, showers now rule the bathroom landscape. Day in and day out they are the workhorses of our morning or evening routine. So why settle for a tiny shower which is uncomfortably small, outdated and/or a dark depressing?

This is the question Kerry Danielsen asked about the cramped 48″ x 32″ shower in her West Winsor, New Jersey home. The challenge for Kerry (or for any of us who are adventuresome enough to embark on a bathroom remodeling project) is how can I make my limited square footage work? How can I create a bathroom which is luxurious, comfortable and durable (after all who wants to spend good money remodeling a bathroom only to see it fall apart in a short time)?

Fortunately for Kerry she had a “trick” (‘er, or should I say a friend) up her sleeve to guide her through this process. This friend is also an award-winning architect (now that’s the perfect kind of friend to have during a building project), furniture designer and graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University (that’s also my alma-mater so that can’t make him too bad!). He is Jonathan Nelson.

When I talked to Jonathan and Kerry recently about the project Jonathan joked and said, “Mike – we basically created a shower with a bathroom attached!” The challenge becomes how can you create a spacious, luxurious larger shower in a smaller bathroom while providing enough space for a vanity, and toilet? You don’t want to end up looking like an episode from “Honey, I Shrunk the Rest of our Bathroom just to put in a Larger Shower!”

Let’s go on a journey to see how this bathroom remodeling project evolved from a good plan on a sheet of paper to a space which is not only built to last, but is built to be enjoyed …. each day.

5 1/2 Critical Tips You Need to Successfully Trim a Shower Window

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

 

5 1/2 critical tips to successfully trim a shower window | Innovate Building Solutions

Isn’t the window in your shower a pain in the butt? I bet you’ve asked yourself on more than one occasion, “why the heck did a builder put a see-through window smack dab in the middle of our shower? Was the guy who built this home an exhibitionist? Didn’t he also know water would be hitting on the wood trim surrounding this shower window sill each and every day and eventually the wood will rot out?”

Now, you’ve got a problem. Everyone in your family is after you to do something about this deteriorated window trim. The challenge is where to start? What’s the right solution to fix this trim?

The other day I was talking to Jeff Spurio, a Shower and Window Design Consultant, and we were discussing how frustrating shower windows are for homeowners. While it may be tempting to rip down the old and put up some new trim (something certainly more waterproof than wood!), simply retrimming the window may not be the best solution to get your shower (or combined tub/shower unit) problems behind you.

As Jeff told me, “Mike – as in life – I guess we need to step back and see things in a wider perspective. See what’s going on not only with the window trim, but to think about questions like do we even have the right window and are the shower walls built to last?” As the old saying goes, “it doesn’t make sense to put lipstick on a pig.” It certainly doesn’t make sense to put new trim around a shower on its last leg or a window which doesn’t open or provides no privacy.

In this article, I’m going to give you some inside tips Jeff shared with me explaining how he helps people to not only think through selecting the right trim to use around shower windows, but most importantly to develop a solution to make sure their entire showering system (walls, window and trim) will perform well (and look nice) over the long run. Let’s take a peak at 5 ½ tips (yes – the ½ tip is important as well) Jeff shared with me to help you get the right window trim AND the right showering system.

Benefits of Using Acrylic vs. Glass Blocks for Windows

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

Slider windowsSo, you’ve decided to freshen up your windows with a new look but now the debate is on…should you use acrylic blocks or glass blocks? Innovate Building Solutions is a nationwide supplier of both acrylic and glass block products and we believe that choosing the best product is really based on our customers’ personal needs and expectations. In the sections below, we’ll help you weigh the benefits of both options based on your budget, overall goal for the space, and priorities for function.

How to Choose a High Privacy Glass Block, Acrylic Block or Vinyl Shower or Tub Window

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

Glass Block Shower Window with Colored Glass Blocks

Glass Block Shower Window with Colored Glass Blocks

 

Let’s face it – how to replace a shower window can be very difficult to figure out. Many bathrooms in older homes have wood or metal double hung windows right in the middle of the shower/tub area. While this was not a problem when these homes were built in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s (when more people took baths vs. showers) they just aren’t practical any more. The water from the shower penetrates the wood or metal frames in a shower and causes the frame to decay or rust. So how do you solve this problem without losing the benefit of natural light, increases safety and air flow and moisture control of having a window? Read below about 3 possible shower window options and their advantages and disadvantages.

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.

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:

7 Projects Using a Lighter Vinyl Framed Glass Block Window

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

Colored and Frosted Glass Block Vinyl Framed Window
Bathroom window with a vinyl framed and colored and frosted glass blocks
Den windows using glass block vinyl framed system
Den windows using lighter glass block vinyl framed window system

To many people glass block windows are just too heavy a product to use. The cool thing is they’ve gotten lighter now since that there are 2” thick glass blocks which are built inside vinyl frames. These windows are not only strong (since they are constructed with vinyl spacers between the blocks), but they also come in a wide variety of colors, frosted and etched patterns and are easy to install. Wondering where you can use these windows ….here’s 7 projects to choose from:

5 Tips to Select an Acrylic Block Casement Egress Basement Window

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

Basement egress window
Acrylic block basement egress window
Acrylic block casement window hinge close up
Hinge design of casement style acrylic block escape window

If you’re starting a basement remodeling project and looking to add a entertainment, game, exercise or bedroom local building codes will require the use of an emergency exit egress window. Here are 5 tips to help select the right acrylic block window for this project:  

How to Choose a Shower Window for a Remodeling Project

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

Glass block bathroom window in a shower area

Glass block bathroom window in a shower remodeling project

Casement style operable acrylic block window

Casement style operable acrylic block window

Figuring out the right shower replacement window can be difficult. Although it’s nice to have the sunlight and ability to get air flow through this window, the fact that it’s located inside the wet shower area presents privacy and frame deterioration concerns not normally associated with most windows. Here is the low-down on different types of shower windows to consider: 

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