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Master Bathroom Design – Contemporary Meets Rustic in a Log Home

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

NEO angle glass block shower in a log home in PA

“Nothing is set in stone with interior finishes in our log homes,” said Joe Dymond of Jim Barna Log Homes. When Joe makes this statement he means it. Although most people associate log homes with a rustic interior design – many owners today have a broader decorating vision for their new home. Such was the case when Joe called me about combining contemporary glass blocks with traditional rustic elements in the master bathroom of a home he was building in Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Ken and Laurie Rittle. In the article below see how contemporary can meet rustic when you combine a flexible builder with progressive and creative homeowners.

How to Make a 4’ Wide Walk In Shower

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

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Herb called earlier this week and said “I love the open look and feel of a walk in shower but I only have a 4’ wide space. Is there a way to make a walk in shower in a space this small?”

The short answer I gave to Herb is yes it’s possible…..the longer answer is it takes careful planning and access to the right products. The article below will present 3 strategies to make a walk in shower in a 4’ wide space.

My Customer’s Top 5 Fears of a Glass Block Walk In Shower

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

Doorless glass block shower in Martinez California with a curved wall

Mary was practically in tears when she called me. She had seen all the pretty pictures on Pinterest and the Internet of glass block walk in showers and now after talking to her friends and her bathroom remodeling contractor she was encountering one fear after another. Intellectually she understood the acronym about fear (which is False Evidence Appearing Real), but she had no good answers to the following concerns which were coming up:

  •  “I think glass blocks will be too heavy for the floor” her husband Bob said.

 

  •  “Don’t you worry about a glass block wall tipping over?” (Joan – her best friend).

 

  • “I’ve never installed a glass block wall before.” (her favorite remodeling contractor Rico).

 

  • “Isn’t water going to come out of that shower if it doesn’t have a door?” (Joan).

 

  • “I’m really not sure how to make a curved glass block wall work with the shower pans I normally create.” (Rico)

The article below details the facts I was able to share with Mary and her contractor Rico to turn her vision of a glass block walk in shower into reality.

How to make a large shower without making your bathroom bigger

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

One level lipless larger shower in a remodeling project

Larger shower uses a one level wet room installation and natural light to “live” even bigger!

 

Let’s face facts – most existing master bathrooms do not fit the needs or desired aesthetic qualities for relaxation and comfort desired by their owners. In many ranch and cape cod style homes built in the 1960’s and 1970’s the combined tub/shower unit in these small 5’ x 7’ bathrooms are difficult and dangerous to get into (and the ugly curtains or framed sliding glass doors don’t add to the ambience either!). Even many of the larger bathrooms built in the “McMansions” of the 1990’s and 2000’s allocated space incorrectly with a monster sized soaking/Jacuzzi tub (which is seldom used) along with a small phone booth sized stand up shower (which is cramped – but used every day).

According to a recent study by the inspirational housing site Houzz.com 66% of owners want larger showers. While this is a nice concept how can you turn this dream into reality for your home? The article below provides 3 steps to make a larger shower without increasing the size of the bathroom.

A unique glass block walk in shower adds style and function to a Columbus model home

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

Glass block walk in shower in Truberry Jerome Village model

Glass block walk in shower in Truberry Jerome Village model

Standing out in the new home market can be tough – that’s why Truberry Custom Homes was looking for a unique edge when building their Jerome Village model in the Plain City suburb of Columbus Ohio. Two rooms which are critically important to new home buyers are kitchens and master bathrooms. Learn below 5 key design and construction features used in the curved glass block shower Truberry decided to use in their new model home.

Repurposing space over a garage leads to a dramatic and open bathroom remodel!

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

Larger completed bathroom remodel with walk in glass block shower and acrylic pedestal tub

Larger completed bathroom remodel with walk in glass block shower and acrylic pedestal tub

While the house Rick and Lenore Seymour purchased in New Harbor Maine had a nice open 30’ x 30’ room above a garage which could serve as a “mini apartment” (it had a small kitchen, a small bathroom and a bedroom) – the space simply did not fit the needs and vision for their home. Rick and Lenore had a vision of a larger, contemporary bathroom and a spacious master bedroom.

 

Area over the garage was re-purposed in this remodel

Area over the garage was re-purposed in this remodel

Learn below how Rick and Lenore re-purposed the space and used contemporary bathroom product selections (like a large glass block walk in shower and a stand-alone acrylic tub) to rejuvenate this space.

How to use a colored glass block partition and shower walls to dress up a condo remodeling project

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

Striped colored glass block shower wall

Striped colored glass block walk in shower wall

Why settle for a boring bath remodel project for your condo? This was certainly not going to be the case when Erna Hammer of Cleveland Heights Ohio decided to venture into doing 2 bath remodeling projects before moving into her condo in an older vintage style complex. As Erna said, “I really like bright colors, and the retro look of the glass blocks really connects with me. So the idea of using colored glass blocks for a walk in shower (for the full bath) and for a separator wall (for the half bath) really made sense to me!”

Learn below how Erna (with the help of Jeff Merrell, John Fronek, Steve Vlk and Jon Exton of Cleveland Design and Remodeling) used the colored glass block system from Innovate Building Solutions to create pop and a dramatic look for her two bathrooms.

2014 Bathroom Design Trends can create a mind-blowing bath space

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom remodel with an earth tone color scheme

Bathroom remodel with an earth tone color scheme

If your bathroom is a tired, outdated and just a “utilitarian” space 2014 might be the right time to embark on the remodeling project you’ve always dreamed about. In this article learn how 2014 bath design trends are combining luxury, relaxation and functionality to create an experience which will make you love stepping into your bathroom.

5 New Options in Acrylic Shower Bases

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Round acrylic "arc" base with sliding glass doors

Round acrylic “arc” base with sliding glass doors

The advantages of acrylic shower bases are many. They don’t yellow (like fiberglass), are warm to the touch and cost effective, easy to clean and non-porous to name a few. With all of these advantages though acrylic bases have not traditionally been thought of as an exciting choice…until now.

In the video and article below see how the Fleurco line offers a broad range of options, styles, and increased functionality for a new construction or bathroom remodeling project.

Dramatic Bathroom Remodeling Project in Black Hawk Colorado – Part 1

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

Glass block shower in a bathroom remodel in Black Hawk Colorado

Glass block shower in a bathroom remodel in Black Hawk Colorado

During a bathroom remodeling project, great things can happen when contractors, suppliers and homeowners work together on design and delivery. Tina Crabb, of Black Hawk Colorado, was looking to give a facelift to a master bathroom in a home she and her husband purchased 15 years ago. The old bathroom was dated and the jetted spa tub took up too much room and was seldom used.

In Part 1 of this series learn how Tina, in conjunction with Jeff Pettus (owner of general contracting company Snowline Designs) and Ray Visco (owner of Visco Tile and Stone), identified and used innovative bathroom accessories and other products to create an impressive bath design which combined dramatic style and long term functionality (note: Part 2 of this series focuses on the quality driven installation approach used Jeff and Ray to make sure the project lasts).

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