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How to use lighting, mirrors, vanities and color to transform a condominium bathroom

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

Robern wall mounted cabinets with Lighting and mirrors

Robern wall mounted cabinets with Lighting and mirrors

Product selection can make or break the feel and function of a small condominium bathroom remodeling project. When Erna Hammer (of Cleveland Heights Ohio) decided to take on remodeling one bathroom and creating a second half bathroom the trips she would take to Welker McKee Supply (working with Cindy Wildman) resulted in her transforming her old bathroom into a sleek, functional and retro-inspired work of art!

Old vanity before bath remodel

Old vanity before bath remodel

 Learn below about Erna’s cool and bathroom-changing product selections. 

 

9 Tips to Convert a Closet into a Stylish and Functional Half Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

A closet turned into a cool retro half bathroom in Cleveland Heights

A closet turned into a cool retro half bathroom in Cleveland Heights

When Erna Hammer purchased her 1,350 square foot condo in an older vintage building in Cleveland Heights she knew she would have some remodeling projects ahead. One of her goals was to expand her single bathroom condo to a 1 ½ bathroom unit but to do it in a fun and functional way. Learn below 9 product and design tips that were used to transform this 3’ x 6’ closet into a cool and useful half bath.

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If your bathroom is a tired, outdated and just a “utilitarian” space 2014 might be the right time to embark on the remodeling project you’ve always dreamed about.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.

Introducing a Luxury Acrylic Shower Base Line with an Innovative Bench Seat

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Luxury acrylic shower base with a bench seat | Innovate Building Solutions

Allessa 60 x 32 luxury acrylic shower base with a bench seat built in

Updated March 2, 2019

If you’re looking for an innovative, space-saving and function-enhancing acrylic shower base you need to look no further. The new line of Alessa and Urbana shower bases combine the benefits of using 1, 2 or 3 wall glass enclosures with a bench seat which adds safety and function. Learn more about the benefits and features of this new line below.

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.

How to Create a Luxury Glass Block Shower with a Frameless Glass Door

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

Frameless pivoting glass shower door with glass block walls

Frameless pivoting glass shower door with glass block walls

Many times the question comes up from contractors and consumers on how can a frameless glass door be incorporated into a glass block wall. In the article below learn a unique approach developed by Linda Ewing of Studio GlassWorks in Middleton Wisconsin along with her installation team to connect the glass door to the glass blocks as well as other cool features of this project.

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.

Introducing Designer Shower and Tub Wall Panels with Real Stone Look

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Designer tub or shower wall panels

Designer tub (or shower) wall panels

If you’d like to have the look of natural stone in your shower stall or tub enclosure but thought the cost was out of reach – think again! In the video and article below learn the benefits and uses of a cost effective, low maintenance shower and tub wall panel system which is rapidly growing in popularity.

Combining advanced digital imagery with a ¼” thick PVC backed composite

Design Imaging of Orem Utah combined their knowledge of computerized imaging to replicate the look of large slabs of stone and marble. These images are then bonded to a PVC backing and sealed to create designer shower or tub wall panels.

Benefits of designer wall panels

Some of the benefits of this PVC backed composite wall system include:

  • Wall panels are light and easy to install even for a do it yourself consumer. They can be cut with a carpenter’s knife.
  • Creates the look of real stone at ½ the cost.
  • 20 different patterns provides a large degree of design flexibility for any decorating theme.
Golden beaches shower wall panels with a glass block wall

Golden beaches shower wall panels with a glass block wall

  • No grout joints eliminate the maintenance associated with tile projects.
  • There is no need (or expense) associated with having to seal the panels.
  • These wall panels can be installed over old tile to reduce installation time and disposal costs (note – make sure the tile walls are not spongy to ensure there is no mold behind the backer wall).
  • Easy to install corner shelves, recessed niches and accent borders improve the look and functionality of the enclosure.

Uses

The primary use of this material is for tub enclosures and shower stalls, but it can also be used for kitchen backsplashes or any other area where a natural stone look is desired.

Purchasing designer wall panels or finding a contractor

On a nationwide basis this material can be purchased by a homeowner or contractor through Innovate Building Solutions. On a regional basis The Bath Doctor of Cleveland, Akron and Columbus Ohio can provide installation service.

What additional questions or comments do you have about these designer wall panels? Please comment below.

If you’re looking for more information or an estimate to install these designer shower or tub wall panels contact The Bath Doctor of Cleveland (216-531-6085) or Columbus (614-252-7294).For nationwide direct product sales call Innovate Building Solutions (877-668-5888). For complete bathroom remodeling contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-658-1270).

 

Glass Block Shower Wall adds Style to Texas Bathroom Remodel

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

Inside view of shower with custom glass block wall and decorative paduk wood trim in a Texas remodel

Inside view of shower with custom glass block wall and decorative cocobolo wood trim in a Texas remodel

When Debi and her husband George were looking to remodel their small Texas bathroom their goals were to combine an easy to clean and user friendly walk in shower with and to use unique wood elements. In order to use every available inch of space the couple removed a wall to pick up 2′ in width (so the final dimension of the space was 7.5′ x 7.5′ – see pictures during demolition below) and used a pocket door to help with space restrictions.

texas bathroom during the demolition process

Bathroom during the demolition process – plumbing was kept in the same location

The finished bathroom was a stylish door-less shower highlighted with a one of a kind glass block design with several unique uses of durable species of wood in the trim, ceiling and cabinetry. Learn more about this project below.

The Walk in Shower

As Debi said, “We were looking to convert our little bity bathroom into a larger walk in shower. We did not want to incur any costs associated with moving the plumbing, but wanted to invest our money in this remodel on high quality finished materials that would last – and also include the wood features that George loves!”

This focus on high quality, low maintenance and stylish products resulted in the following selections: 

  • Decorative glass block shower wall with cocobolo trim – Working with Lillie Burton from Innovate Building Solutions 3 glass block patterns (Vue, Decora and Seascapes) were combined with a “sunset” colored glass blocks and decorative glass tile blocks to create a distinctive design. The wall was trimmed with cocobolo wood – which is an oily, dense wood which has red, brown and white colors naturally inherent in the wood. Wow – what a cool combination! (note – yes it is fine to use this cocobolo trim in a wet shower environment due to the dense nature of this species of wood).
Decorative colored glass tile block wall using decora vue and seascapes patterns

Decorative colored glass tile block wall using decora vue and seascapes patterns

Close up of cocobolo trim surrounding glass block shower wall

Close up of cocobolo trim surrounding glass block shower wall

  • Happy Floors  12” x 24″ porcelain tiles in Bambu Beige– Debi just loves the abstract look of the  porcelain tiles which were laid horizontally from the floor to the ceiling. The big sized tiles are not only nice and stylish to look at, but they result in fewer and smaller grout joints.
12 x 24 Happy Floor Tile Bambu Beige in shower walls

12 x 24 Happy Floor Tile Bambu Beige in shower walls

  • Teak flooring used on the ceiling – This room takes on a stunning and warm appearance with the use of teak flooring on the ceiling of the entire bathroom.
Teak ceiling from inside of shower

Teak ceiling from inside of shower

The Use of Custom Wood

The cool use of durable and decorative wood does not stop at the shower. In the main portion of the bathroom George built a custom bathroom cabinet and vanity with ribbon wood and birch trim. The vanity used a Kohler ledges undermount bathroom sink in a ember color. The cabinets were topped off with granite.

Ribbon wood and beech trim  cabinet with rock door knobs

Ribbon wood and beech trim cabinet with rock door knobs

Custom vanity with ribbon wood and beech trim and a Kohler Ledges sink

Custom vanity with ribbon wood and beech trim and a Kohler Ledges sink

In addition George made a custom towel rack that looks like a small ladder – what a fun and functional use of wood!

Custom towel rack by George

Custom towel rack by George

While Debi and George were very hands on with this project (creating the cabinets, towel stand, glass block wall installation and final wood trim details) – they also had help in the final result. The construction and build out was done by Kitchen and Bath Wizards and the glass blocks were provided by Innovate Building Solutions.

What do you think about Debi and Georges’ walk in shower? What experience do you have with using wood products in a bathroom environment. Please comment and ask questions below.

Learn More About Frosted Block Windows

To learn more about the frosted protect all glass block windows or get a free estimate on a glass block window, wall or shower project visit or call span itemscope itemtype=”http://schema.org/LocalBusiness”>
Innovate Building Solutions
on a nationwide basis (877) 668-5888) or for a local project their divisions including

Columbus Glass Block
(614) 252-5888),
Cleveland Glass Block

(216) 531-6363),
West Side Glass Block

(216) 398-1020) or
Mid America Glass Block

(513) 742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton and Akron
(330) 633-2900).

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