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7 Crucial Steps for a Stylish Low Maintenance Shower Installation

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

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I took the all-too-familiar call from James and his wife Linda.

Linda started out saying, “Mike – I HATE the ugly white fiberglass stand up shower in our hall bathroom, and the tile shower in the master is a mess. The grout joints are black and nasty. I’ve finally convinced James it’s time to blow up these 2 bathrooms now that the kids are “mostly” grown and out of the house (she mentioned her son Michael was on the 6-year college plan and almost ready to graduate). I am not going to deal with the maintenance or an ugly shower again. I’ve had it.”

James chimed in and said, “Linda and I went to the local big box store only to find the same crap we have right now. Lots of ceramic tiles. Basic cheap fiberglass shower pans and walls in stock sizes which won’t work for our tile shower. I am thinking about installing this job myself. I tried to ask the guy with the orange smock the steps to get this job done. He was clueless. Linda and I need your help with two things. First, what stylish, low maintenance products are out there? Second –I’m not sure what the right installation steps are. Can you help us?”

I understand where Linda and James are coming from. As a homeowner – no matter how handy or construction-savvy you are – you’re not researching shower products or installing a new shower every day (hopefully this will be the first and LAST time you do this). So – if you want a cool shower, which isn’t a pain to clean and maintain and don’t want to screw up the install (or have a contractor you hire mess it up either) you need to know the right steps to “get ‘er done” (as Larry the Cable Guy would say) right the first time.

In the article below I’ll look at 7 crucial installation steps I shared with Linda and James for a stylish low maintenance shower. For this project I would recommend to take your time. Be methodical. When you get this job done using the right steps, you’ll end up with the shower which is cool AND done – once and for all!

How to overcome your boring builders-grade white shower stall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

How to Overcome the Boring Builders-graded White Shower Stall | Innovate Building Solutions | #ShowerSystems #WhiteShowerWalls

When you moved into your suburban family home 18 years ago you and John certainly weren’t financially set up to live in the lap of luxury (not that you are now either!). The boring, white shower stall in your first-floor master bathroom was already getting dull. It had some dirt and stain marks on the shower floor. The ugly thin-glass framed sliding glass door wasn’t quite falling off the hinges, but it wasn’t a thing of beauty either. You never knew cleaning the bottom track of this door would get you spewing out so many 4-letter-words a sailor would blush. The plastic shower tree you hung off the shower head isn’t a thing of beauty – but what they heck – it’s getting the job done (even though the soap and shampoo oozes out the bottom). You don’t complain.

You have had more than your share of costs to deal with raising Chris and Emily (you never imagined how expensive raising them would be).  Now with the kids “almost” off the payroll (Emily already has her first “real” job as an Account Executive with a tech company and Chris is rounding into year 4 (lucky you – sarcasm intended) of his “5 year” college plan. The end of funding the kids is ALMOST in sight.

Now it’s time for you and John to finally enjoy more vacations and ditch the ugly master bathroom shower you’ve been putting up with for 18 years. But how can you get a shower which is fun, stylish, comfortable and low maintenance without draining your wallet and sucking up all your vacation funds?

In this article I’ll look at 7 smart ideas you can use to blow up your boring, white dirty-looking builders grade shower without using up all your mad money. We’ll take a “bottom up” (starting with the shower floor pan, then the wall surrounds and finally the enclosure) look at how you can transform your shower.

3 Steps to Add Style to a Tiny Home or Houseboat Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

3 Steps for a Tiny Home Houseboat Shower

You’ve seen this nightmare look before. Flimsy plastic shower panels in a tiny home which look like they belong in a beat up old RV – or a yellowing fiberglass shower pan in a houseboat that screams “I got a cheap home center clearance special!” Just because you own or are building a home where you need lightweight materials which will “travel” well doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or style.

Whether you are a DIY enthusiast looking to build an efficient tiny home to live off the grid or are having an upscale houseboat professionally built you can rest assured that lightweight and innovative building materials are no longer mutually exclusive. In the article below I’ll take you on a mini-journey (this “journey” will go from the shower pan up to the shower wall panels and finish with the glass enclosure) to show ways to add style to a tiny home or houseboat shower…without busting your budget.

Does thickness matter in shower wall panels?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Does shower wall panel thickness matter

If you’re a do it yourselfer or a homeowner looking eliminate the hassle of a tile shower you may be looking at grout free shower wall panels. Like many things these days the choices can be varied and complex. Here are some possible options:

 

  • Thin and inexpensive shower panels made of MDF (medium-density fiberboard) or fiberglass.

 

  • Slightly thicker and moderately priced panels including PVC backed faux stone panels or acrylic walls.

 

  • Thicker, and usually most expensive options, includes optical grade high gloss acrylic or stone solid surface panels.

The question becomes does thicker and more expensive panels automatically make the best choice? In my opinion, the short answer is no. In the article below let’s explore 5 factors – which along with material thickness – can help you make your best choice.

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

5 Things Nobody Tells You about Shower & Tub Wall Panels

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Things Nobody Tells You Shower Tub Wall Panels

If you’ve ever been subjected to an in-home sales presentation from a hard-selling acrylic shower or tub wall salesmen – you know some of the “facts” surrounding grout free shower and tub wall panels “spun” quite a few ways. These reps may tell you their system is the only right one for your bathroom, or they have the only “one-piece” system or that it’s not possible to install grout free shower and tub wall panels yourself. As the owner of Innovate Building Solutions (we wholesale and install 5 different lines of tub and shower wall panels) I can tell you choosing the right system for your project is not a “one size fits all” situation. There is no one product which is “the best” (note – if there was one best solution we would not offer 5 lines ourselves!).

My goal in this article is to shatter some of the myths and half-truths being told by high pressure sales people who have one goal in mine for your project….their commission! Read on to uncover some of the mysteries regarding grout free wall panels.

Choosing Glass Block Shower Walls That are Easy to Install and Built to Last

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

 

Glass block shower installation using vinyl stack prefabricated wall sections

Glass block shower installation using vinyl stack prefabricated wall sections

Glass block shower walls can be tricky to install (and the consequences of not using the best installation system can have bad effects down the road). So when I got a call from a homeowner in Oklahoma asking how they could get rid of the rust in the center of their existing wall I knew the time was right to put together an article on this topic. I’ve included a discussion about the two most popular ways to build a glass block shower enclosure (1) the traditional block by block method & (2) the vinyl stacking method). There is a basic description of each method and their relative advantages and disadvantages.

 

Shower Enclosure and Base Design – One Size Does Not Fit All

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

Curved glass block walk in shower wall decorative tile border expanded polystyrene base

Curved glass block walk in shower wall decorative tile border expanded polystyrene base

If you’re planning to convert a tub into a shower or just want to replace an old shower stall with an up to date unit you know the choices can be daunting. To simplify this process follow the 3 steps below or visit Cleveland Design & Remodeling at The Great Big Home & Garden Expo at booth #964 this week for additional input or advice.

7 Accessible Bathroom Home Modification Ideas to Add Safety, Style and Function

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

Accessible shower with a bench seat and roll under sinks

Accessible shower with a bench seat and roll under sinks

Walk in bathtubs add safety and style

For an aging parent or someone with special needs an existing bathroom can be a dangerous place – slippery floors, low toilets, bathtub rails and shower curbs to step over, narrow doorways and hard to reach light switches are all obstacles to overcome. You may be wondering how you can make an accessible bathroom that is useable and stylish. Here’s 7 ideas to consider for your next bathroom remodeling project:

Your bathroom remodeling project – Be Inspired!

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

Falling water home by Frank Lloyd Wright

Falling water home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright Remodeled bathroom

Remodeled bathroom
A remodeled bathroom

On a recent trip to Nemacolin Woodlands (a fantastic vacation spot) my 11 year old son met another boy his age from New Jersey. After talking to the boy I learned that he motivated his parents to drive him all the way from New Jersey to this vacation spot in Pennsylvania (about a 10 hour drive) because he wants to be an architect and wanted to see Fallingwater (the famous home designed by Frank Lloyd Wright). I thought to myself how cool is it that an 11 year old boy would be excited enough about home design to be able to get his parents to take him this far just to see a house!

This young man should be an inspiration to us all. Why settle for a boring bathroom remodeling project when you can design something with a sense of wow and/or a feeling of tranquility? Why “settle” for a bland bathroom when with a little planning you can have something extraordinary? Here are some ideas to inspire your bathroom remodeling design:

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