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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.

6 Fun & Colorful Glass Block Window Ideas to Jazz up your Home

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

6 fun and colorful glass block window ideas to jazz up your home | Innovate Buidling Solutions

I love sunny falls days in Ohio where the leaves have turned multiple shades of yellow, green, red and orange – yet we still get near summer (in the low 70’s) temperatures. Life was made to be enjoyed surrounded by light, color and not too cold temperatures (unfortunately the winter will not be too far behind– bummer). You might ask what does all this talk about the crispness and colors of Fall leaves have to do with glass block windows? Well – I’ll tell you!

Glass block windows are a “workmanlike” product. Trustworthy – built thick and strong like a tank to protect your family and keep intruders out. Functional – they keep the nasty winds from whipping through your basement windows. Private – helping get light in places like bathroom windows without worrying about peeping Tom’s looking in. But maybe, just maybe, glass block windows can be about more than that!

Have you ever thought about a glass block windows as fun, colorful or even a piece of art (while still doing the “dirty work” of protecting you and your family against high energy bills and intruders)? This may be a “Ripley’s Believe it or Not” moment for you – but this timeless material can actually be fun and functional.

If you’re remodeling or building new home this Fall take a peek at some imaginative and evolutionary things you can do with glass block now! Life (and your windows) doesn’t need to be lived in “black and white” any longer. Don’t be afraid to jazz up your windows with pattern and/or colors to give them your unique sense of style. Check out these 6 ideas.

How to Tame the Countryside with a Classic Fiberglass Door and Glass Block Windows

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

“The open landscape is beautiful and peaceful but it also is tough on the wear and tear of our home. The winds can whip around here something fierce and have made our doors and windows break down quicker than we would like,” said Kelly Persichetti of Carroll Ohio.

Fiberglass front entry door in Carrol Ohio

I originally met Kelly in September of 2013 to look at a wood framed picture window (which was part of a 3 lite bay window) in her master bathroom where the frame had deteriorated from the harsh winters and winds which travel through the open fields surrounding her country home. This frame had caused the energy efficiency of the window to be compromised and the decision was made to replace the picture window with a frameless glass block system. At that time we talked briefly about the two double hung windows to the left and right of the master bathroom picture window and also about some maintenance challenges and performance issues with her current steel front entry door and storm door.

By the summer of 2015 Kelly decided to replace the two flanking double hung windows and to upgrade to a fiberglass entry door and an extruded aluminum storm door. In the article below we’ll take a look at how Kelly tamed these problem doors and windows in her beautiful Carroll Ohio country home.

Modern glass block shower system introduced at Columbus Home & Garden Show

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

Modern and Contemporary glass block shower design with clear and frosted blocks

Even a classically timeless material like glass blocks can need an update to stay fresh with today’s building styles. The trend now is for bathrooms to be designed with sleek and clean lines and the new “Contempo” glass block shower line from Innovate Building Solutions is targeted to leverage how bathroom fashion is evolving.

Learn below how this “Contempo” series of glass blocks is being combined with minimalist shower bases and contemporary wall panels (or tiles) to reinvigorate the look of the bathroom.

How to turn a phone booth sized shower into a distinctive walk in enclosure

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

Curved glass block shower remodel in Rapid City South Dakota

The words “cramped” and “shower” are frequently synonymous! This was certainly the case for Ellie Hinseth of Rapid CitySouth Dakota. As Ellie said, “Getting into the old fiberglass 3’ x 3’ shower stall was a pain – it basically felt like being in a phone booth!” In the article below learn how Ellie (in conjunction with her general contractor Loren Kuper) were able to use a mix of techniques to reconfigure, remodel and redesign the bathroom to open up and alter the existing space for a beautiful end result.

How to Create a Luxury Glass Block Shower with a Frameless Glass Door

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

Frameless pivoting glass shower door with glass block walls

Frameless pivoting glass shower door with glass block walls

Many times the question comes up from contractors and consumers on how can a frameless glass door be incorporated into a glass block wall. In the article below learn a unique approach developed by Linda Ewing of Studio GlassWorks in Middleton Wisconsin along with her installation team to connect the glass door to the glass blocks as well as other cool features of this project.

Frosted Glass Blocks Create a Cool Mood, Privacy & Unique Style to any Room

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

 

Colored & Frosted Glass Block Shower Wall Using Finished End Blocks

Colored & Frosted Glass Block Shower Wall Using Finished End Blocks

Are you looking for more privacy (without having to use blinds or curtains) for a bathroom window (or basement window for that matter)? Do you want to move some colored light from one space to another while having a understated look? If so – frosted glass blocks are an option to consider. Learn below what a frosted glass block is, the various options available and where they can be used to create add privacy, create a cool mood or just provide a decorative look in a residential or commercial space.

 

Combining Old & New – Glass Block Showers are not just for Modern Homes

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

Curved glass block shower

A curved glass block shower surrounded by a claw foot tub

Old Italian Home with a Satellite Dish

Old Italian Home with a Satellite Dish

Just like this 1850’s Italian home shown above with a satellite dish that I took a picture of during a recent trip abroad combining a modern looking glass block shower into a more traditional, Tuscan or ornate type of architecture can be just the unique element you may be looking for. Here are some unique design ideas for your next shower remodeling project:

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