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7 incredibly smart (and 3 incredibly stupid) shower designs you can learn from

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

7 incredibly smart (and 3 incredibly stupid) shower designs you can learn from | Innovate Building Solutions

The difference between a smart shower design and a not-so-bright one is with a smart design you want to spend time in the space. You’d like to linger and enjoy the relaxing message of the water. You want to sit on the bench seat and unwind after a long day taking in the ambiance of the lighting and décor. Conversely, a poorly designed shower will cause you to spew out a few choice words which got you in detention back in Junior High. A low-quality shower system makes life miserable. Its design makes the shower hard to use, and difficult to clean. It has a style which makes you feel you’re living in a throwback episode of The Brady Bunch or Leave it to Beaver (if you don’t remember those shows let’s just say they go waaaaay back!).

Whether you’re drooling over a cool, sleek, contemporary shower design you love in a magazine, Parade of Homes or friend’s house– or putting up with an elbow smacking, nightmarish decor, moldy unit you’re embarrassed to have anyone see – you can learn from good and bad shower designs to get the new shower of your dreams.

In this article, I’m going to take you on a journey to experience 7 incredibly smart – and 3 incredibly stupid – examples of shower design.  At the end let me know what you liked (and didn’t) about these showers. A shower design is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Get a design which not only works for you (and whomever you’re sharing this bathroom with) but also one which gives you pleasure, at a budget you can afford. Let’s check out the incredibly smart, and some not so smart, examples below.

5 Critical Facts to Get A Higher Return on Your Remodeling Dollars Now

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 critical facts to get higher returns on your remodeling based on the 2016 Cost to Value Study | Innovate Building Solutions

Do you struggle with where to start first when it comes to remodeling or fixing up your home? Does your home resemble The Money Pit from the 1986 movie with Tom Hanks and Shelly Long? If you were taking a multiple-choice quiz about what need to be done at your home would you click the box that says “all of the above?”

Knowing where to put your hard-earned remodeling dollars can be confusing. Is it best to fix the broken windows, doors or poorly insulated walls or do a major addition to gain more space? Do you get bigger returns from a kitchen or bathroom remodel? If you redesign and remodel your bathroom to “age in place” will this improvement hurt you when you go to sell your home?

It’s easy to come up with these questions – the answers, though, are not so obvious. So, this brings us back to the question where should you put your remodeling dollars to get the biggest bang for your buck (or conversely should you even give a hoot about return on investment?).

Every year an extensive research team puts together the Remodeling Cost/Value Study to dig into these questions and provide you and I with the answers. My goal in this article is to not bore you with stats. I say this even though I will confess to being a bit of a stats geek. I’m so strange I took 3 statistics courses while majoring in Business at Carnegie-Mellon University. You’ve got to be a bit touched to do that (ha! ha!).

In this article, I’m going to focus on 5 critical facts (which don’t require you to like statistics) so you can get the best return on your remodeling dollars. At the end of this article I’m going to share with you my IMHO (In My Humble Opinion) how I look at return on remodeling personally (my opinion as a financially conservative building material supplier and contractor may surprise you). Let’s check out these 5 critical facts.

Innovate Predicts Top Bathroom Trends for 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

glass block in bathroomThe bathroom as we know it is changing in 2015, moving past basic functionality and into a new realm of relaxation and comfort. Designers and homeowners alike are looking beyond how our rooms look and best serve us, envisioning how they make us feel as well. From large, spa-like showers to low-flow toilets and grout-free walls, here are some of our design predictions for New Year:

  • Out with the outdated bathtub, in with the new, expansive shower. The spa soaking tub that was extremely popular in the 1990’s is meeting its demise after evolving into a clutter catch-all for many years. Homeowners will begin utilizing this wasted space by building bigger, better showers in 2015 with features

Why Converting Your Tub to Shower Makes an A+ Upgrade

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

zero threshold shower tub to showerBelieve it or not, the 2014 school year is only a few short weeks away, and as we were thinking about the sometimes mind-boggling mathematics many of our children will soon face in the classroom, we asked ourselves an important question. When it comes to bathroom remodeling, what projects “make the grade” for safety, ROI and overall aesthetic appeal? While there are endless ways to revamp your space, remodeling doesn’t have to be complicated, and by simply converting your tub into a shower, you can have an affordable new look with great benefits! Check out Innovate Building Solutions’ “report” on why bath to shower conversions make an A+ upgrade.

4 ½ Stylish Bathtub to Shower Conversion Ideas

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

The need to ditch the bathtub has never been higher. With the desire of older homeowners to age in place, and fewer people having the time to take baths, the number of bathtub to shower conversions has been growing steadily. While tub to shower replacements are not a new concept you’ll learn in the video and article below 4 ½ new ideas to add both function and style to these projects.

3 Steps to Create a Handicapped Roll in Shower with Style

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Luxury roll in shower with a stationary shower screen

Luxury roll in shower with a stationary shower screen

Physical mobility challenges should not prevent someone from having a stylish bathroom – no matter how big your bathroom is! If you, or a loved one, is in a wheelchair it is now possible to remodel a bathroom and design a roll in shower which is both stylish and functional. Learn below 3 steps to make a roll in shower really look sharp.

5 Questions about Accessible Barrier Free Wet Room Shower Systems

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room

Barrier free shower pan from AKW for an accessible wet room

As people are looking to stay in their homes longer the need for accessible showers has never been greater. Since most people have not remodeled their bathrooms for accessibility they generally have a lot of questions going into the process. Some of these questions might include:

 

  • What is needed to make a showering space accessible? What is the difference between a zero threshold shower and one that is barrier free?

 

  • What options are available in zero threshold showers? Can they be used with various types of floors?

 

  • Who(m) can install this type of product? Is it something I can do myself?

 

  • Do I need to follow ADA guildelines?

 

  • Where can I get a shower base and the proper accessories to make my space accessible and also provide a way for a caregiver to assist in the showering process?

 

The article below will provide answers to these questions and also offer some information on what type of accessible showering system to consider:

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