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How to Select a Curved Arque Glass Block for a Shower Wall, Partition or Decorative Column

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

Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Arque curved glass block from Pittsburgh Corning
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks
Curved walk in shower wall using Arque glass blocks

A curved wall can be cool, sleek, and contemporary design – this can really make a shower, wall or partition stand out. The problem with this type of project for most people has usually been cost. The creation of the Arque finishing block (by Pittsburgh Corning) and the 22 degree Variant block (by Mulia) has created a cost effective solution to this problem. Below you’ll learn more about these products (their sizes & patterns, advantages and disadvantages and decorative options).

How to Select a Glass Block Finished End Block for a Shower or Wall

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

Glass block end block combining two sizes - 4" x 8" x 3 1/8" end block
Glass block end block combining two sizes – 4″ x 8″ x 3 1/8″ end block (Designed by Joel Breitigam JB Design)
End block finishing unit in a walk in shower wall
End block finishing unit in a walk in shower wall

Although many people like the idea of a glass block wall – the question is how do you finish off the end of the wall to make it look good. The development of the glass block finishing unit created an excellent solution to this problem. Below you’ll learn about this product, it’s advantages/disadvantages and decorative options.

Are Vinyl or Wood Awning Windows the Right Choice for your Project?

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

3 kitchen awning windows used below picture windows
3 kitchen awning windows used below picture windows
Awning window hinged at top crank at bottom opens out
Awning window hinged at top crank at bottom opens out

Would you like to get fresh air into your home without worrying about rain coming in? Or would you like to add an operable window above a sliding patio door or below a fixed picture window? If so – an awning window may be in your future. In this article you’ll learn the definition of an awning window and about the advantages, disadvantages and where to use this type of window:

Vinyl or Wooden Crank Out Casement Windows – Are they your best Replacement Window Choice?

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

Vinyl Crank Out Casement Bathroom Windows
Vinyl Crank Out Casement Bathroom Windows
Exterior view of custom casement window
Exterior view of custom casement window

Are your windows hard to reach, clean, open or detract from the curb appeal of your home? If so a vinyl or wooden casement crank window may be the solution for you. Learn more about the advantages, disadvantages and where to use this type of custom window below:

How to Choose the Right Type of Vinyl Replacement Windows

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

White double hung vinyl replacement window tilts in for easy cleaning
White double hung vinyl replacement window tilts in for easy cleaning
Bow woodgrain window in a family room
Bow woodgrain window in a family room add light & seating

Are your old single pane metal framed or wood framed windows hard to operate and costing you a lot of money in excessive heating and cooling bills? If so the time is right to upgrade to a vinyl replacement window. The options and types of windows are varied. Here’s the answers to 5 frequently asked questions to guide you through the window selection process.

Project Spotlight: Serpentine S Shaped Glass Block Shower Wall and Base Design

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

Serpentinve glass block walls ready for shipment
Serpentine glass block walls using vinyl stack spacer system ready for shipment
Serpentine glass walls set on custom ready for tile shower base

Ah, the beauty, style and sophistication of a serpentine wall – stunning, dramatic, an architectural masterpiece. If you’ve seen the brick serpentine walls at the University of Virginia or the curvy, stepped concrete wall arising out of the Ohio River in Cincinnati you know how cool an S shaped wall can look. But – have you ever seen an S shaped wall made of glass blocks for a residential shower design? Have you ever thoughts about using a curved wall in a bathroom, kitchen, basement or commercial space? Are you intrigued? Read on.    

5 Reasons you Don’t Need to be Afraid to Convert your Tub into a Shower Enclosure

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

Tub replacment with acrylic shower wall surrounds and a framed glass shower bi pass door
Tub to shower conversion acrylic shower wall surrounds framed glass shower door
Curved glass block shower walk in shower wall in a tub space
Curved glass block shower walk in shower wall in a tub space

Maybe you’ve been told by a realtor, friend or relative – don’t get rid of your tub you’ll kill your resale value. While I’m sure these people are well meaning I’m not sure they are in touch with how most people live and use their bathrooms and shower/tubs areas today. Here’s 5 reasons you can feel confident a tub replacement will add value to your home:

7 Steps to Create a Safe and Stylish Universal and Accessible Shower Design

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

Universal and accessible wet room shower design

Universal and accessible wet room shower designWalk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Walk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Walk in glass block shower, decorative grab bar, corner seat

Showers and bathtubs can be dangerous places for most anyone. Climbing over a bathtub rail, water and soap on the floor, a dark shower area which limits visibility are just a few common problems. How do you solve these challenges and create a relaxing, inviting shower which is safe as well? Read on to learn how:

Is now the time to take advantage of bargain basement existing home prices?

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

Cash home buyers

Buying a home with cash can save on purchase prices A shower that was converted from a bathtub space

Bathtub converted to a shower
Bathtub converted to a shower

Have you pulled money out of the stock market over the last few years looking for a safe place for your capital? Do most of your investments carry low interest rates? If so – the timing may finally be right to consider buying a home or condominium for your personal use, rental, or resale.

You may say – real estate – you’ve got to be kidding! With continued tight lending practices cash buyers have all the cards – and there’s a lot of cards (i.e. home supply) available. With the large stock of foreclosed homes and short sales (sales where the value of the home is less than what’s owed on the mortgage) you can find great deals (note: cash buyers can often buy homes for 5 to 10% less in an already depressed market). These existing homes will likely come with a “price” – they often need remodeling and renovations.

Here’s some remodeling tips to consider to maximize the value of a newly purchased home:

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