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Get the Scoop on Wet Rooms (and Why They are SO Cool!)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Many Americans hear the term “wet room” and are left scratching their heads in wonder. Believe it or not, this bathroom design trend has already skyrocketed overseas, and Innovate Building Solutions is thrilled that it is finally making its way to the states. So, what exactly is a wet room and why would you want one? We’ll give you the breakdown and benefits of these super trendy bathrooms, from practical to fashionable—but first, we have to explain what wet rooms are not.Barrier-free-shower-base-in-a-bathroom-in-cleveland-suburb-of-avon-lake-PIC-2

Jazz Up Your Shower with Glass Blocks

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

yellow glass block shower

Let’s face it—for most homeowners, the bathroom is more of a practical space than a stylish one, and although you may not consider it often, it does contribute a certain ambiance to your home as a whole. Because it is used multiple times throughout your day, every day, there are some important questions to consider about the vibes you get when entering this essential room. Is it clean and sleek or cluttered and outdated? Can you relax during a hot shower or do you rush to get in and back out in a hurry? Is it boring or is it a space you actually enjoying being in? Believe it or not, revamping your bathroom can not only add value, but can also add new life to your home and make you feel more refreshed, too! 

5 Design Tips for a Roll in Shower for an Elderly Parent

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Roll in zero threshold shower and wet room

Roll in zero threshold shower and wet room

Updated March 9, 2019

If you worry about your Mom or Dad’s safety getting in and out of their tub or shower you’re not alone (being a 59 year old I can certainly relate to this challenge now with my Mom and in laws). Thanks to modern medicine it’s nice to know they’re likely to live longer – but it doesn’t mean the rooms in their homes or condominiums are designed for their current (and future) physical capabilities.

Roll in showers can be an excellent (and actually stylish) way to provide a safe and luxurious space to keep them in their homes. In the article below learn 5 practical tips to get the most function and style out of a roll in shower design. They no longer have to be institutional or ugly. 


Practical Benefits of Going High Gloss

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

high gloss showerHigh gloss acrylic wall panels don’t just give your space a luxurious, contemporary look—they offer fantastic practical benefits as well. Flexibility and durability are just two of the major perks of installing this elegant product that offers the same look as glass, but is actually 25 times stronger and weighs half as much. While the look is considered all the rage in Europe, it is just starting to catch on in the states and we couldn’t be more excited!

Four Innovative Ways Glass Blocks Can Rock Your Space

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

Glass Block ShowerFrom practical to extravagant, basic to beautiful, clear to colorful, at home or in the office, glass blocks can significantly change the look and overall feel of a space. Whether you are a commercial builder in Cleveland looking for unique features for client projects or a home owner with a bathroom practically begging for a makeover, glass blocks from Innovate Building Solutions are sure to give you the wow-factor you want.

You may be surprised to know that glass blocks aren’t simply limited to the kind of wall partitions you might see in commercial buildings or hospitals, although this is one of the most popular ways our customers use them.  We provide installation for a wide variety of projects, including these four innovative favorites:

Bathroom remodeling – part preparation, inspiration with a dash of improvisation!

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



Glass tile and marble shower with colored and frosted glass blocks

Creating a spa like experience in a 5′ x 8′ bathroom using glass tiles, glass blocks and nice cabinetry

When Susanne Nonekowski walked into her old “master bathroom” she knew something had to be done! As Susanne said, “What kind of a master bathroom has a linen closet instead of a shower, no natural light (just dim amber colored lighting from two sconces) and an entry which doesn’t even come off of the master bedroom!”

The design, function and aesthetic just didn’t work for Susanne and Jeffrey Nonekowski. This is where the preparation and inspiration began to convert this 5’ x 8’ half-master bath into a luxurious spa-like experience. Learn below how preparation, inspiration and a bit of improvisation turned this half bathroom (n the Oregon suburb of Toledo Ohio) into a high-style bathroom you might find in a hotel.


Universal Design Trends Explode as Baby Boomers Reach Retirement

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

Universal DesignAs baby boomers continue their slow and steady transition into retirement, a new trend is occurring that is expected to dramatically impact the landscape of the design and building markets. Many boomers are already serving as care providers for their elderly parents, while others are actively planning for the years ahead. While the generations before them may have eventually settled into assisted living facilities, the majority of boomers would prefer to hunker down right where they are…home sweet home. And we don’t blame them!

According to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s 65-and-older population will nearly double in the next 20 years, making it more important than ever to ensure that the place you call home is age-friendly. If you are looking to make your home last for a lifetime, Innovate Building Solutions can help, offering a variety of universal design options to improve accessibility without ever sacrificing style.

5 ½ Tips to a Safe & Stylish Bathroom for your Mom on Mothers Day

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

No curb high end shower with hand held shower and decorative grab bars

Luxury bathrooms can be safe and stylish!

You can do the usual this Mother’s Day – buy Mom flowers, take her out to dinner or buy her a new outfit – or what if you provided her with a gift she could use everyday which would add style and make her safer? This gift would be a new bathroom design.

Unfortunately as we age our mobility, vision and balance do not get better – which makes bathrooms (which are wet and sometimes dark places) dangerous. This article will identify 5 ½ practical tips to not only design a safer bathroom for Mom – but one which is more stylish as well!

Is this bathroom in the Caribbean or Wisconsin?

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

Caribbean themed blue colored glass block and tile shower

Caribbean themed blue colored glass block and tile shower

When Tony Brummel was designing his master bathroom he wanted the space to transcend where the home is physically located (which is in Middleton Wisconsin –not the warmest place in the world) and create the feeling of a Caribbean island. As Tony said, “I like the pretty colors and the sparkle of light created in our bathroom – it provides the feeling of being in the islands while still being in Wisconsin!”

Learn below how Tony combined features like a no barrier (zero threshold) blue colored curved glass block shower and recycled glass countertops to achieve a distinctive look and island feel.


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