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4 Super-Practical Tips to Prevent Flooding through Basement Windows

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

4 super practical tips to prevent flooding through basement windows | Innovate Building Solutions

Has your basement ever flooded? Maybe your home sits low in relation to the street level and you’ve got nasty old basement windows which aren’t prepared to stop a fly let alone a bunch of rain crashing down at one time. If you’ve been the unlucky recipient of a flash flood and were the “winner” of rain or storm water in your lower level– you know what a pain it is to dig out. Drenched carpets, furniture ruined, paneling and finished wall destroyed. Floods are a mess to clean up.

Your basement problems today

Your basement walls, windows and land around your home needs to protect against floods. However, in many cases your windows, walls and land are not prepared to do the job. The first problem is most basement windows are the red-haired step-child of your home. They are cheap single pane metal or wood framed windows the original builder put in years ago. They “offer” virtually zero insulation value. They are rotten, rusted but perfect for Halloween with their dirty spider infested spookiness. Do you want to deal with these windows or would you rather they just go away peacefully?

Another problem is the land and window wells may not be equipped to handle a lot of rain at one time. The earth around your home has moved. Your lawn and landscape beds have settled and not in a good way (as a 50 something year old guy it kind of reminds me of my gut). The window wells are filled with leaves, gunk and junk. The walls, windows and ground around your basement leave a lot to be desired.

The opportunity your basement can provide

If you have a home though, you know it’s nice to have a light filled basement. Basement windows can bring light into your lower level rec rooms, man-caves and hobby and crafting rooms. They can make finished rooms look bright and airy (if the windows aren’t rusted shut or in such bad shape you don’t dare to open them). In addition, the basement is a low-cost opportunity to add space for you, your family and your hobbies (note: it’s much cheaper to remodel a basement than to do a room addition).

A remodeled Cleveland Ohio basement adds lower level living space | Cleveland Design and Remodeling a division of Innovate Building Solutions

The lower level can also be the perfect place to create a cool room for your teenagers to hang out (versus being God-only-knows where with their friends) or a fun man cave or hobby room. It is an important place to store valuable furniture, books, family pictures and equipment. Whether you have a beautifully remodeled finished basement or just want to make sure your things don’t get waterlogged you’ve got to develop a game plan to protect again the elements messing up your things.

The question becomes what can you do fix leaky basement windows, deal with a messed-up landscape and protect your finished lower level from being damaged by Mother Nature? Check out these 4 practical tips to button up your home so you won’t be digging out from a rainwater problem you could have avoided.

5 Reasons Glass Block Basement Windows are Sexy!

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

5 reasons glass block basement windows are sexy | Innovate Building Solutions

You may think I’ve gone nuts. How can glass block basement windows possibly be sexy?? If there is a definition of YUCK it’s got to be basement windows. Most existing metal or wood framed basement windows are nasty. In almost every case when I – or a member of our company – visits someone’s basement to look at a project they say, “Sorry for the mess down there! Do you want me to clean off the dirt and cobwebs from the windows?” Yes – existing basement windows are anything but sexy.

So how can replacing a metal or wood framed basement window with glass blocks add some sex-appeal to your basement (if that’s even possible)? How can they make you happy taking trips to your basement to do the laundry or hang out in the rec room – or at least make it a bit less depressing? Read on and see.

Basement Remodel Goes Beyond Man Cave to Fun & Functional Family Space

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

Basement remodeling How to go _beyond_ the Man-Cave1

Sure – man-caves are cool – but why limit lower level living space to guys? For Sarah and Joe Chaulk of Alexandria Ohio (a rural area outside Columbus) two factors contributed to their transformational basement remodeling project. First and foremost was to have a place for their adult daughter to sleep (beyond a air mattress) when she visits from Cincinnati. Second – they needed to fix their wet basement (which had recently flooded) to provide a fun space which could be enjoyed by the whole family. In the article below learn how Sarah and Joe (along with their expert craftsman and contractors Randy and Mike) started literally from the ground up to transform a musty basement into a contemporary, fun and functional lower level living space.

Make Father’s Day Epic by Transforming Your Basement into a Man Cave

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling

basement remodelRight now, your basement is filled with boxes, and tools, and toys…oh my! But if you can look past the collecting dust on the old furniture that you’ve been stashing away, you will see a space full of potential for a family fun room or a great getaway for dad. While remodeling the basement might seem overwhelming at first, finding a great contractor to work with can relieve the weight of stress from your shoulders. Cleveland Design and Remodeling, a division of Innovate Building Solutions, can assist you with developing a plan that will meet your expectations, all while staying within your budget!

Aside from offering fun and functionality to the basement, home owners in Akron and Cleveland will find that remodeling the unused or underutilized space adds tremendous value, both to the property and to their social lives, either as a family or through entertaining friends. Remodeling the basement also allows home owners to upsize their current home without being forced to find a more spacious new one. Utilizing basement space is also a very cost effective alternative to doing a new room addition.

If you want to give the man in your life a gift he will never forget this Father’s Day, consider making a plan to create a room in your basement that’s filled with things for him to enjoy. Man caves are a popular choice for basement remodeling in the Cleveland area, and can include all of dad’s favorite features—from large flat screen TVs, to cozy oversized couches, to pool tables, to wet bars—the possibilities and customization options are endless!

At Cleveland Design and Remodeling, we work with home owners, interior designers and architects to bring your basement remodeling vision to life. Be sure to check out our online gallery of photos for ideas and inspiration, or follow Innovate Building Solutions on Pinterest.  For more information about our company or to get a free estimate, call us at 216-658-1270. We look forward to hearing from you soon! Happy Father’s Day!

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:

Basement Remodeling – Cost Effective Space is Right Below Your Feet

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

Basement Remodeling Family and TV Room
A remodeled basement family room area
Home theater room in a basement
Home Theater Room

Are you trying to figure out how to add space without it adding up to big bucks? Maybe you’ve got a family member moving in, a teenager that “needs more space,” or you’d like an additional bathroom or home office. If a room addition is out of the question you may want to look right below your feet – remodeling your basement. Here’s 5 1/2 tips to lead you through the basement remodeling process:

Remodeling Trends 2010 & 2011 – How to get the biggest bang for your buck

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

Basement Remodeling to add cost effective living space
Basement Remodeling Adds Cost Effective Living Space vs. a Room Addition
Steel Entry Door for curb appeal and high cost/value relationship
Steel Entry Doors Add Curb Appeal and Provide a Great Value vs. Cost

Maybe at no time in recent history is it more important than now to spend your money wisely. We’re just pulling out of a recession (at a slower pace than most would like), housing and resale prices are still depressed, and unemployment is coming down (very slowly).

So – if you’re in a home that’s in desperate need of several home improvement projects where should you begin to get the most return for money spent? Is there some type of statistical guide to help you prioritize remodeling projects based on the market value they will add to your home? Fortunately the answer is yes!

Every year the remodeling industry with the assistance of Realtor magazine, the National Association of Realtors, Specpan (an on line market research company) and HomeTech Information Systems (an estimating software developer) team up to complete the Cost to Value Report. Here’s a quick recap of the findings:  

5 Reasons to Use a Tinted Acrylic Block Window

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

Sun and Solar Block acrylic block window wall
Tinted Acrylic Block “Solar Block Plus” Window Wall
Sun Blocking Acrylic Block
E 3 Sun Block Acrylic Block in 8″ x 8″ or 6″ x 6″ sizes

Are your carpets washed out from the sun? Are your heating and cooling costs chocking the family budget? Would you love to cut off the view of nosey neighbors? If you’re experiencing any of these problems you’re not alone. Here’s 5 reasons you might want to replace an old window with a sun blocking acrylic block window:

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:  

“If you can’t sell your home, remodel it”

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

Bathroom remodeling project

Let’s face it selling a home in today’s economy can be very difficult – and getting a high resale price for your home right now might be near impossible. With this sales environment more homeowners are choosing to remodel a bathroom, kitchen and other high usage spaces of a home. You might be asking how you can improve your home, do it with a cost-conscious budget in mind, and maximize your home’s long term value. Here are some pointers to consider:

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