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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 So why settle for a tiny shower which is uncomfortably small, outdated and/or a dark depressing?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 Tips to Brighten up and Open up a Guest Bathroom

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

Walk in shower with glass blocks in a guest bathroom remodel in Columbus Ohio

Frank and Sandy Hicks are no strangers to the remodeling process. They have completed many projects on a part-time basis in the evenings and weekends during the 44 years Frank served as a full time air traffic controller. I was so impressed with their custom home with an open floor plan in the countryside in Lancaster Ohio. This home is a testament to Sandy’s interior design inspiration and Frank’s construction expertise.

 

Although Frank and Sandy’s home is beautiful their needs and styles have changed during the years they have lived in this home. They had grown tired of their dark, cedar-lined guest bathroom with a small 3’ x 3’ fiberglass shower in the corner of the room. As Sandy said to me, “The time had come to lighten up and brighten up this space.” Using Sandy’s eyes for design and Frank’s knowledgeable construction hands learn 5 tips you can use to brighten up and open up your guest bathroom and create a spa-like atmosphere.

 

Custom Products and 3 Planning Tips make a Bathroom Remodel in New York Stand Out!

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

PIC  1 custom products

In many bathroom remodeling projects it’s neither practical nor cost effective to change the overall layout of the space (moving plumbing and walls can be expensive!) – but this is no reason to settle for a “common looking room.” In the article below learn how a design-oriented do it yourself homeowner used custom building products (including cabinets, slate tile and colored glass blocks), installation systems (a prefabricated glass block wall with a custom base) and 3 planning tips to not only transform the looks of a unique “L-shaped” bathroom – but increase it’s functionality as well!

Curved glass block shower with colored blocks

Curved Glass Block Office Walls – Advantages and Design Considerations

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

Curved glass block office wall

Moving light through an interior office space can be challenging – and the bar gets much higher if you’d like the glass walls to provide privacy and be curved! Such was the case for Anomatic Inc. (a custom design and manufacturer of anodized aluminum packaging products) when they ventured into building a new facility in the New Albany area of ColumbusOhio.

 

Learn below the advantages Anomatic has realized from choosing a curved glass block wall and the design and installation approaches used by Columbus Glass Block and Ruscilli Inc. to create a nice looking long-lasting installation.

How to Design a Curved Glass Block Shower or Partition Wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Curved glass block shower wall using curved blocks

Curved glass block shower wall using curved blocks

The process to design a curved glass block wall is not rocket science! Yes – you heard that right. Many people want the benefits of a curved glass block wall (which can be less costly and sturdier than custom curved and bent flat glass) but they are unfamiliar with the design, fabrication and installation approaches required to create a curved glass block wall.

 In the article you’ll learn where to use this type of wall, how the product, fabrication and installation approaches in “tight curves” vary from “sweeping curves,” and  also identify unique ways to personalize your wall.

Curbless & Doorless Curved Glass Block Shower just one of many features highlighting a Room Addition in Simi Valley California

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

 

 

Curved glass block shower with a curbless entrance in Simi Valley California

Curved glass block shower with a curbless entrance in Simi Valley California

If you live in California being thoughtful about space is essential whether you’re remodeling or adding a room addition. John W. of Simi Valley California used careful planning and a high level of construction skills to add a 357 square foot addition which included a new master bathroom, hallway, and office/laundry room. In the article below learn about some of the features (both seen and unseen) that John included that not only works efficiently and effectively – but also looks great as well.

 

Plan of Simi Valley Room addition adding a Master Bath, Hallway and Office/Laundry Room

Plan of Simi Valley Room addition adding a Master Bath, Hallway and Office/Laundry Room

5 Tips to Use Glass Block Sizes, Shapes & Colors for a Unique Window, Shower or Wall Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Colored and frosted glass blocks using 4 x 8 and 8 x 8 blocks in a bath window

Colored and frosted glass blocks using 4 x 8 and 8 x 8 blocks in a bath window

When most people think of making a glass block window, shower or wall they envision 8” x 8” units being stacked on top of each other – but why settle for a boring look when you can jazz things up using different sizes, patterns and colors? Learn 5 tips below to add some pop to your next glass block project.

Curved & Bent Glass Shower Enclosures – Cool, but can they be affordable?

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

Curved sliding glass enclosure corner base 54 x 54 size

Curved sliding glass enclosure from Fleurco using a 54 x 54 acrylic base

There is nothing quite as sleek, stylish and contemporary as a curved glass shower enclosure – but the question is can they be affordable? Learn below the benefits of these systems, the most popular types of curved glass showers, where they can be used and what are some of the more cost effective options.

How to Select a Curved Arque Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

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

Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks

A curved wall can be cool, sleek, and contemporary design – this can really make a shower, wall or partition stand out. The problem with this type of project for most people has usually been cost. The creation of the Arque finishing block (by Pittsburgh Corning) and the 22 degree Variant block (by Mulia) has created a cost effective solution to this problem. Below you’ll learn more about these products (their sizes & patterns, advantages and disadvantages and decorative options).

How to Choose the Right Glass Block Sizes, Shapes and Installation Process for your Shower Wall

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

Glass block shower wall using 6" x 8" blocks and curved glass block

For many glass block shower wall projects you’re working in a tight space. The trick is to figure out how to create a cool shower design in a small space? Consider these tips to help you solve this challenge (or even how to create a walk in shower in a space as small as a tub enclosure):

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