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Choosing Glass Block Shower Walls That are Easy to Install and Built to Last

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

 

Glass block shower installation using vinyl stack prefabricated wall sections

Glass block shower installation using vinyl stack prefabricated wall sections

Glass block shower walls can be tricky to install (and the consequences of not using the best installation system can have bad effects down the road). So when I got a call from a homeowner in Oklahoma asking how they could get rid of the rust in the center of their existing wall I knew the time was right to put together an article on this topic. I’ve included a discussion about the two most popular ways to build a glass block shower enclosure (1) the traditional block by block method & (2) the vinyl stacking method). There is a basic description of each method and their relative advantages and disadvantages.

 

Project Spotlight: Small Bathroom Makeover – How to create space, style & improve function – Cleveland Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Finished small bathroom remodeling pic pedestal sink and floating glass shelves

Finished small bathroom remodel - pedestal sink and floating glass shelves provide more room & storage

 

Last week we posted an article about a small kitchen remodel we did for the Chipner’s (from the Fairview Park suburb of Cleveland). This week we’ll turn our attention to the small bath remodel portion of the project. The Chipner’s existing bathroom was tight on space & storage, did not provide enough lighting and there was mold present in between the tile joints in the tub/shower area.

 

Learn below how Cheryl Chipner in conjunction with Cleveland Design & Remodeling and The Bath Doctor divisions of Innovate Building Solutions developed creative solutions to turn this small 5’ x 7’ area into a functional and stylish space.  

 

How to Compare Bathtub Liner Installation Methods

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Butyl tape used in bathtub liner installation
Butyl tape used in bathtub liner installation

If you’re looking to improve an old steel or cast iron tub with a bathtub liner you may have heard that there are two installation methods being used which are (1) two sided butyl tape and (2)  liquid adhesive system that creates a hard surface between the liner and the existing tub. Read below the answer to the three frequently asked questions to evaluate these two installation methods.

The benefits and options of an exhaust ventilation fan in a bathroom remodeling project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

If your bathroom has mold, mildew, deteriorated plumbing fixtures, peeling paint, failing drywall/framing or cabinetry and doors that are warped you could benefit from the installation of a ventilation exhaust fan. Even if a home has an operable window the humidity caused by showers/tubs, whirlpools and toilets can leave behind the harmful effects of moisture and bad smells.

 

In the article below learn the benefits and options of a bath ventilation fan and other key considerations in choosing the right fan for your home.

How to Compare One Piece vs. Three Piece Acrylic Tub Wall Surround for a Remodeling Project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

How to compare 1 pc vs. 3 pc acrylic wall surround systems

Acrylic tub and shower wall surrounds have become a popular choice for remodeling projects today since they’re easy to clean, have no grout joints, are warm to the touch and are available in many colors and patterns. With that being said not all acrylic wall systems are alike. One big difference is one company in the industry (Bath Fitter) promotes a “one piece” system while all the other companies use a three piece systems. Learn below the advantages and disadvantages of each of these systems.

5 Reasons to Replace a Whirlpool or Soaking Tub with a Larger Shower

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Larger shower in a bathroom design
Larger shower in a bathroom design

 

Let’s face it just like fashion trends change so do home design and building trends. We use our bathrooms differently than we did in the past. Today the focus in bathroom design is on efficiency, function and comfort.

 

In bath remodeling projects today wasted space is being reclaimed to add safety, comfort, style and practicality – and one the by-products of this has been the overwhelming trend to remove existing whirlpool and soaking tubs and replace them with larger showers. Learn below 5 reasons why replacing a tub with a larger shower makes sense for how we live today.

 

How to Compare a Fiberglass Bathtub to an Acrylic Tub

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Acrylic bathtub used in a bathroom remodeling project

Acrylic bathtub used in a bathroom remodeling project

When most people look at a fiberglass or acrylic tub it may be hard at first glance to tell the difference between the two – or to know which one may be the better choice for a bath remodeling project. In the article below you’ll get a brief description of how both tub types are made and the advantages and disadvantages of both product types.

Project Spotlight: A Bathroom Remodeling Project that added Comfort, Space & Style

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

Bathroom remodeling with a curved glass block wall

Bathroom remodeling with a curved glass block wall

When the Goldblatt family used their old bathroom everything felt tight (starting with the old 3 foot by 3 foot shower), not very comfortable, and lacking in style. So when the shower door finally broke off the hinges they had enough and decided it was time to rethink this space. Since they lived in a smaller town in New Hampshire Mr. Goldblatt did not want to limit his options to only those products that were readily available so he used extensive Internet research to find unique, stylish and functional items to add a wow factor. Learn more below about the specific products used in this project:

7 Bathroom Remodeling Design Trends & Ideas for 2012 for the Cleveland & Cincinnati Ohio markets

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom remodeling trends style and function

Bathroom remodeling trends include style, function, long lasting materials

Can a newly remodeled bathroom be both stylish and functional? Incorporating the 2012 trends being seen in bath remodeling both are possible. Apply the trends below to turn a tired old bath area into a luxurious and safer room:

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