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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 So why settle for a tiny shower which is uncomfortably small, outdated and/or a dark depressing?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 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.

5 ½ Amazing Glass Block Shower Designs with Personality

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

5 1/2 amazing glass block shower designs

Boring. Mediocre. Run of the mill. In a nutshell that’s what most glass block shower designs are like. Get one standard 8” x 8” x 4” wavy glass block, stack it on top on the next block, lay them up in a straight line, stick a door on the other side and call it done. Now you have your plain Jane shower. Woo hoo!

When I was growing up my Dad Joe would say the word “mediocre” was a dirty word. He challenged me, my brother Frank and sister Venera to be the best we could be. He wanted us to become the best version of ourselves and do it with with “personopoloy.” You may ask what is “personopoly?” It was my Dad’s funny made up word to us to lead our lives with our own unique personality.

In the article below I’d like you to go on a trip with me to see 5 ½ incredible glass block shower designs (our company had the pleasure of working on) which certainly aren’t boring or mediocre. These designs are distinctive because their owners were not afraid to let their uniqueness and “personopoly” show. They used persistence to find the right suppliers and contractors to make their dream showers a reality and wouldn’t take no for an answer!

7 Myths about Glass Floors and Bridges

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Flooring, Glass Floors

7 Myths about Glass Floors and Bridges

There is something mysterious about walking on a glass floor or bridge. You may ask yourself, “Is a glass floor as safe as a common wood floor? Do I have to experience the “thrill” of seeing through it (some people get scared looking through a glass floor)? Will it be too slippery to walk on if the surface is wet?”

In the article below I will take you on a journey to dispel the common myths surrounding glass floors and bridges. I will also provide you with a quick glimpse of some fun things you can do in a contemporary home or commercial building with this versatile and distinctive material.

 

Eye popping Piet Mondrian inspired colored glass block transom highlights a new studio office space

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Piet Mondrian Inspired Colored Glass Block Transom

Do you have a space in your home which is uninspired or underutilized because the materials used and the design make it an uncomfortable? Such was the case for Josefa Soto and Charlie Fabb with the room in the back of their home. The space was basically a “3 season room” gone bad!

According to Charlie Fabb, “As a result of the challenges in this room we basically used the space as a storage depot! The windows were large and single pane and very inefficient. There was no insulation in the walls making the space too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter.” Although this space had potential – it was currently a glorified storage room. As Charlie said, “Reclaiming this space was critical to make the entire home more live-able for our family!”

Charlie and Josefa didn’t just want any old functional room though – they wanted a space with which would show their interests and personality with some drama to capture the eye. See below 3 key steps Charlie and Josefa, with the help of Susan and Bob Dyas of Epic Group Ohio, used to transform this space into a fun and functional studio and office.

How to compare back painted color coated glass to high gloss acrylic wall panels

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

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

High gloss acrylic wall panels in a red color

If you’re an architect, designer, custom builder or homeowner you may be familiar with the concept of coloring the reverse side of a piece of glass to achieve a clean, contemporary and easy to clean wall surface, but you may not have heard about an alternative product – high gloss acrylic walls. While both of these materials can make a dramatic impact for a backsplash or shower in a home (or feature wall or boardroom application in an office) they each have distinct advantages which can impact which material is best for a specific project.

 

Project Spotlight: Using color glass block windows in a live work music studio

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

 

Live work music studio in Lynnwood Washington

Live work music studio in Lynnwood Washington

Can cool spaces create cool jazz music? Absolutely they can – especially if they are vibrating out of the home music studio of Charlie Bommarito in Lynnwood Washington (a 30 minute drive north of Seattle). When Charlie was looking to create a live work space for his music production business he wanted an inspiring, light-filled place that was private, functional and accentuated the beauty of the great Northwest.

 

Learn more about Charlie’s project below:

5 Places to Use Decorative Art Glass Tile Blocks

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

Art glass tile blocks in various sizes, design & colors
Art glass tile blocks in various sizes, design & colors
Close up view of a decorative glass tile block
Close up view of a decorative glass tile block

Being able to be cool, innovative and create a functional design is now possible for your next glass block shower, wall or window project. You might ask how – we’ll if you haven’t seen fused glass tile blocks you’re in for a treat. Decorative, stylish and one of a kind would be correct ways to describe these art glass tile blocks.

Fused glass tile blocks are simply hand crafted tiles made by fusing layers of colored and clear glass together in a kiln. These tiles come in various sizes, 73 transparent & 46 opaque colors, and are fused to glass blocks. Here are 5 popular places to use these tile blocks:

Glass Block Bathroom Window Design – Mix Up Sizes to Make Your Project Pop

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

Bathroom window using colored & frosted glass blocks in 8" x 8" & 4" x 8" sizes
Bathroom window using colored & frosted glass blocks – 8″ x 8″ & 4″ x 8″ sizes
Vinyl framed glass block window using 6" x 6" , 6" x 8" and 12" x 12" sizes
Vinyl framed glass block window using 6″ x 6″, 6″ x 8″ and 12″ x 12″ sizes clear and colored glass blocks

Why settle for a boring glass block bathroom window when you can be unique? Let’s face it most glass block windows look the same – one clear cube of block stacked on top of another. Mix up the sizes, add color or frosted designs – why design “inside the box” when you can design “outside the blocks?” Use these 7 points for a unique glass block design:

Product Spotlight: “Use colored and frosted glass blocks to add impact to your next shower, wall or window project”

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Glass Block, Kitchen Remodeling

glass block shower with color glass block

glass block shower with colored glass block accents

If you’re looking for a unique shower, wall or window consider adding colored or frosted glass blocks to your next project. Here are some specific design ideas for you:

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