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6 Truly Remarkable Things about Glass Floors and Stairs

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

6 remarkable things about glass floors and stair treads | Innovate Building Solutions

You’ve reached the stage of life where you’re not afraid to express yourself.

You’ve reached the stage of life where you’re not going to put up with bad design.

You’ve reached the stage of life where you can finally spend some money on you, your wife or significant other (not just the kids anymore).

These qualities of expressing yourself, demanding remarkable design and having a few dollars to splurge on yourself, fit homeowners who use glass flooring and glass stairs to a tee. If they were looking for cheap, boring and run of the mill they WOULD NOT be installing a horizontal glass feature.

Yes – owners of glass floors will use glass bridges and decks for ordinary reasons (moving light from one level to another)– but usually they are installing this product to create an extraordinary experience. And when you look at it– shouldn’t life be about creating extraordinary experiences anyway?

If you’ve ever walked on the glass floors at the CN Tower or the Tinamen Mountain in China, you’d know ‘pedestrian’ would not describe that experience!  Wild, wow – (or, it could make me pee my pants) would be more fitting – depending on your perspective.

While glass flooring is a remarkable product, many people are confused by them.  IMHO (In My Humble Opinion)– they are a ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not” flooring system if there ever was one.

In this article I’d like to take you on a ‘glass floor and stairs’ walking journey. You’ll learn 6 things which are truly remarkable about glass floors and stair treads. At the end there will be a quiz. No, it won’t be the dreaded ‘pop quiz’ you sweated over in Junior High math class. In this quiz, I simply want you to tell me which of these 6 points is most remarkable to you. Now – let’s step out onto the glass floor ledge (sounds exhilarating and scary – doesn’t it?) and see what’s so cool about these floors.

 

How to create an outstanding glass bridge which will not fail

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

How to create an outstanding glass bridge which will not fail

When you think of words to describe the most outstanding bridges in the United States (the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Brooklyn Bridge in New York or the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Florida) what words come to your mind? If I’m guessing right it might be exhilarating, breathtaking, fun, beautiful and maybe a bit scary. The word which is not in this list – boring. Now image a bridge which not only spans between 2 points but one you can see through – now that’s a wow! This describes a glass bridge. You many have heard or even walked on – if you were gutsy enough – some famous glass floors like the CN Tower in Toronto or the Tiananmen Mountain “walk of faith” (I have to say no thank you to this one!).

scary glass bridge on Tiananmen Mountain in China walk of faith bridge

“Walk of faith” bridge

You may be thinking why should I care about a glass bridge since my home (or business) is not trying to span over the East River, the Pacific Ocean or even capture a breathtaking (top down) view of a famous city? When you look at the basic benefits of any bridge they look to connect 2 spaces. In the case of the glass and suspension bridges and floors mentioned above they make the connection between 2 places with a dramatic flair which cements an experience in your mind.

When you look at your custom home or business why should you settle for the same old same old design when you can add flair and drama to create a truly unique space? Imagine how people visiting your home will react while walking over a clear or colored glass bridge! If you’re a business who wants to wow potential clients or new recruits a space which stands out from the crowd is essential (isn’t this why you hired a professional architect or designer to plan your project?). Here are 3 unique advantages of glass bridges which make them one of the most distinctive features in a new home or commercial building:

  • 1) Moving light through a glass floor – Perhaps you live in a row home in the city and the lower level of your home where you have your office is dark. A glass floor can help you move light into this space. Or perhaps you have a restaurant and want to get light into a lower level seating area – another distinctive advantage of structural glass.

Glass flooring bridge in an upscale luxury home

  • 2) Visually connecting two spaces – One of the most interesting factors of a glass floor or bridge is it can be designed to be see-through. If you have a lower level wine cellar you can see through the floor to this feature. Maybe you’re into sports memorabilia and you want other to see your favorite jerseys on display, or want to uniquely exhibit your company’s products by creating a horizontal “showcase.”

Glass floor bridges to connect spaces in a hockey lounge to the rink

  • 3) Creating wow factor – You want to add colored light through a horizontal space to create a kaleidoscope of colors below. Now this is a wow feature not to be missed!

In the article below I’d like to take you beyond the fun benefits of a glass bridge and dig into the design nuts and blots, safety, privacy and style considerations which make this product work in a luxury home or business.

How to use glass floor panels to connect spaces in a custom home

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Floors

Structural Glass Floor panels to connect inside and outside spaces Creating a custom home should not only be about creating a distinctive looking interior – but also about embracing the character of the lot and home’s facade as well. Urban renewal custom home in Kansas City MissouriThis dual objective to leverage the inside and outside assets was certainly paramount in a recent Kansas City urban design home project for builder Jane Kietzman and her husband Randy Kietzman (the architect on the project).

In the article below learn how Jane and Randy created a stunning design element and a visual connection between the inside and outside of this newly built custom home (located at 2405 Forest Ave. in the Beacon Hill area of Kansas City) by incorporating glass floor panels.

 

 

How to make a glass floor or steps safe and private – 5 design features

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

Clear glass bridge in an upscale home

Many people love the “cool factor” of a glass floor or glass stair project but there are frequently concerns if the floor will be safe to walk on and if it is private enough (i.e. can a woman wearing a skirt not have to feel self-conscious walking on the glass surface). Let’s explore 5 design features which are critical to ensure not only a stylish project – but also one which is safe and private as well!

Glass stair treads add impact to a dramatic landscape water feature in Columbus Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Floors

Structural Glass Stair Treads Over Water Feature in Columbus

When you’ve got a beautiful view why hide it? Such was the thought of Rusty McClure about the stunning water feature in the back yard of his Columbus Ohio home. Imagine rushing waters colliding with rocks down a steep hillside with steps and landings leading to the Olentangy River – very cool and dramatic. With that being said Rusty saw even greater potential which could be gleaned from the landscape. The wooden stairs – while essential to travel down the hillside – were blocking the view of Rusty’s illuminated rushing water feature.

Wood stairs and railing in a Columbus landscape design

Rusty thought why not open up the view with some glass stair treads? Learn below how Rusty combined the structural glass products obtained through Innovate Building Solutions with the expert installation team of Mike Shurig Remodeling to create one inspired landscape design!

Glass Floors – Cool or Creepy? 9 Factors to Consider

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

When you’ve looked at a luxury home or architectural magazines and seen a glass floor or glass bridge has you’re reaction been “ooh – that’s cool” or “ooh – that’s creepy?” Glass floors tend to get a strong reaction…one way or the other. In the article below learn 9 factors which make glass floors cool or creepy (and how to eliminate some of these scary elements).

Laminated Glass Floor Systems – Benefits & Uses

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

Structural glass floor system in an office

Structural glass floor system in an office

If you’re looking to create a buzz around the interior design of your building project and want a functional way to move light through various floors (or levels) of a space a laminated glass floor system may be the answer. Learn below the top benefits of these flooring systems and where they are frequently used.

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