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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

Project Spotlight: Improving Bathroom Safety & Function while keeping a Cool Retro Design

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Before - Clawfoot Tub with Old Shower Rod & Curtain

Before - Clawfoot Tub with Old Shower Rod

The McGuires (who live in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio) had a problem – how could they retain the black and white retro design of their bathroom while making it safer, easier to use and also upgrade the looks without the cost and aggravation of gutting the space.

The main challenges were:

  • A cast iron clawfoot tub which was dangerous to get in and out of.
  • An old brass curved shower rod and stationary shower head which were outdated and covered the view of the decorative tile design.
  • An existing pedestal sink 30” tall which required excessive bending.
After - Walk in Glass Shower Enclosure Keeping Retro Tile Design
After – Walk in Glass Shower Enclosure Keeping Retro Tile Design

3 Design Tips for an Extraordinary Patterned Glass Block Window, Shower, Wall or Bar

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

Colored and frosted glass block shower wall checkerboard design

Colored and frosted glass block shower wall checkerboard design Glass block sizes and colors in a random window pattern

Glass block sizes in a random window pattern

Glass block sizes in a random window pattern

Glass blocks stacked on top of each other – that is the single glass block design known by most people. The cool thing is this building material doesn’t only provide a means for a functional window, shower, wall or bar (with one block stacked on top of each other) – it can create a one of a kind window, shower or wall design through the use of patterning as well. Here’s 3 tips to turn an ordinary project into an extraordinary one.   

How to Compare Tile Shower & Tub Wall Backer Board Systems

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Close up of wedi waterproof wallboard

Close up of wedi waterproof wallboardDurock cement wall board for tile shower

Durock cement wall board under tile

Durock cement wall board under tile

In tub and shower remodeling often it’s what you don’t see (the wallboard system behind the wall) that’s as important as what you do see (the decorative ceramic or natural stone tiles inside the space). The reason is – water can be the enemy of long lasting walls. So – how do you fight against damage (mold/mildew/wall deteriorating) caused by water and condensation in a bathroom? Choose the right tub and shower wall backer system. This article will advantages and disadvantages of the 5 most used systems (in no particular order).

How to Choose a Tile Design & Pattern for Bathroom Walls & Floors

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Decorative tile border around window and tub surround

Decorative border around tub and glass block window

Small bathroom tile patten and design
Unique small bathroom tile floor and wall designs

Nothing makes a bathroom uniquely yours like choosing the perfect tile design and pattern. The challenge can be the selections are daunting. What’s the best tile pattern, size, shape, color, surface or grout for the floors, the walls, or the tub or shower stall? So where do you begin? Consider the 6 ½ tips below to guide you through this process.

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