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Project Spotlight: Decorative Glass Block Shower Wall & Partition on a Luxury Houseboat

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

Luxury Houseboat with glass block shower docked at Lake Cumberland Kentucky

Luxury Houseboat with glass block shower docked at Lake Cumberland Kentucky

Have you ever gone to a place where luxury boats are docked and thought how cool it would be to live on a houseboat with all the features and benefits of a high end home? It is just those kinds of dreams that companies like Thoroughbred Houseboats make into reality. If you can create it on land then Shawn Heinen (President of Thoroughbred) can usually make it come to life for a home on the water as well.

 

When a new customer of Thoroughbred’s came to visit one Thoroughbred’s existing houseboats one luxury feature that caught their eye was the use of a glass block shower wall. In this article you’ll learn more about this luxury houseboat, where it is docked and how the glass block shower and partition walls progressed from a design concept to a finished project.

 

 

Project Spotlight: Bathtub to Glass Block Walk in Shower Conversion – Adding Safety & Style

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

Existing bathtub before glass block shower conversion

Existing bathtub before glass block shower conversion

 

The problem: Although bathtubs can be a nice feature when bathing small children they can be a major source of danger for an older adult. Trying to step over the tub rail (which in some cases can be up to 20” high) into a wet tub/shower area has resulted in many injuries (especially for those with mobility challenges). Such was the case for an older man in his 60’s living in Grove City Ohio (a suburb of Columbus). His daughter contacted The Bath Doctor and Columbus Glass Block for some input and advice on how to not only make the existing shower area safer but also to add style and improve the value of the home as well.

 

 

 

Glass block walk in shower fold down seat and grab bar

Glass block walk in shower fold down seat and grab bar

Challenges with the existing bathtub/shower area – Here were the weaknesses of the existing space:

 

  • An old fiberglass tub that was hard to step into for showering.

 

  • No grab bar to make it safer to get into the shower.

 

  • The tub floor surface was slippery when wet.

 

  • Existing shower valve did not offer an anti-scald feature for safe water temperatures. There was only a stationary shower head which made it impossible to shower while sitting down.

 

  • There was no sturdy wall to grab onto in the tub.

 

  • The white fiberglass walls did not offer much style or interest to dress up the bathroom.

Using Italian Design Inspired Glass Blocks to Create Extraordinary Wall Window or Shower Projects

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

Glass block wall design with Italian inspired designs
Glass block wall design with Italian inspired designs
Exterior fluted glass block wall design
Exterior fluted glass block wall design

If you look at design trends in floor or wall tiles you need to first look to the European markets (and Italy in particular) for inspiration. In the glass block wall industry the drivers of style, texture and design leadership are also being driven by the Italians.

 

Most of what people are used to seeing in the United States are glass blocks of standard shapes and sizes that have smooth flat faces on the front of the glass units. While these blocks may be mass produced and are cost effective they may not inspire the wow factor in a contemporary or modernistic design project.

Well leave it to the Italians once again to innovate (and in this case these cool designs are now becoming available in the United States markets) with unique glass block designs.

 

Some of the new designs available today include:

 

  • Trapezoidal glass blocks that are shaped in a pyramid form to create a sleek design.

 

  • Exterior fluted glass blocks (called Doric) for residential or commercial interior walls which have a unique texture to the outside of the block.

 

  • Angular (called Fiero Milano) glass blocks that appear to jut out from the wall – if these don’t capture your attention nothing will!

 

The good thing is if you’re looking for inspiration these blocks are now becoming available in the U.S. markets.

 

What do you think about the look of these blocks? Please give your thoughts below.

 

If you need any help with the design and/or supply of these unique blocks contat Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Dayton and Cincinnati. For a complete remodeling projects using these materials contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-531-6085), Columbus Design & Remodeling (614-252-7294) or Bath Doctor of Cincinnati (513-742-6674).

5 Benefits of a Custom Solid Surface Countertop, Shower Wall, Base or Vanity Top

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

Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls
Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls

Are you looking for a luxurious, durable and green-friendly product to use for a shower wall, base, vanity top of countertop for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling but are confused by all the options? If so – you’re not alone. For a high end look the most popular options today included granite, marble, tile and solid surface. This article will present the biggest benefits when using solid surface materials for a bath or kitchen remodeling project.

How to Use a Hedron Corner Block for a Shower Wall, Bar or Decorative Column

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

Angled corner glass block shower and privacy partition wall

Angled corner glass block shower and privacy partition wall

Are you looking to add some interesting shaped or design to a glass block wall project but unsure how to accomplish this? With the development of shaped glass blocks you can turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary project. This article will focus on how best to use the 90 degree angled corner glass block.

Project Spotlight Update: Master Bathroom in Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Tub transfer & decorative glass block window in universal design home

Decorative glass block window in universal design

 Seldom does a new home building project come along that can inspire, educate and liberate any person’s ability to use and enjoy the home than the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) being built by Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband Mark Leder. Several months ago (see the related blog post below) I focused on one feature in this home (the glass block windows and glass mural window used in the master bathroom). In this post let’s look at some features in the master bathroom to see thoughtful universal design and green building practices in action (Please note – this home – which is being built in Columbus Ohio – will be open for public touring later this year or early next year).  
 
 

Project Spotlight: 5 ½ Tips to add class, character & style in a small bathroom remodeling project

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

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel sink

Step down glass block wall, glass counter with copper vessel

You may say it’s not possible to create a classy, stylish and unique bathroom in a space as small as 6 foot by 6 foot – but don’t tell that to Mat Forrest. When Mat and his partner got on a mission to invigorate and revitalize their small bathroom in California they were determined to create a top notch space and to not cut any corners in the process. Below you’ll learn tips and ideas that guided Mat through this small bath remodeling process.

4 Cost Effective Home Improvement Tips to Improve Resale Value

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

Solar sun tube used in a kitchen

Solar sun tube used in a kitchen

Bathroom improvement using bathtub liner & new acrylic wall surrounds

Bathroom improvement using bathtub liner & new acrylic wall surrounds

Is your attempt to sell your home giving you a major case of the blues? If so – you’re certainly not alone! Maybe it’s time to step back and evaluate your property to see what can be done (without breaking the bank) to improve it’s appearance, function and marketability. Consider the 4 tips below to breathe some new excitement into your home in the crowded and challenging real estate marketplace.

How to create a light transmitting glass block subway tile design for a kitchen, bathroom or commercial wall

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

Glass block wall using 4 x 4 x 4 blocks in a running bond pattern

Glass block wall using 4 x 4 x 4 blocks in a running bond

Looking for a cool way to add a subway tile design and have a light transmitting wall, backsplash or window? With the introduction of the newest size of glass blocks – the 4” x 4” x 4” – it is now possible to create a design that not only has the subway tile/running bond look but also one that can serve the dual purpose of being a window, shower or commercial wall. Learn more about the new block manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning, where it can be used and how it can create a unique residential or architecturally inspired space below.

4 x 4 x 4 glass block patterns for shower, wall or window projects
4 x 4 x 4 glass block patterns for shower, wall or window projects

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