When you think of a basement (or cellar) what comes to mind? Dark, dingy, dirty or musty are some of the most common images. If you want to transform your basement into a man cave or a family friendly space one key will be proper lighting so the room’s lighting will work for any event, party or movie you want to watch. This article will look at 7 common – and not so common – natural and electrical lighting options to turn your scary basement into a place you’ll really want to hang out.
There is something very cool – yet mysterious – about walking on a glass floor. While the versatility of glass shows itself everywhere (from windows in the home, to drinking glasses, to eyeglasses to decorative art pieces) it’s certainly seen as strange novelty for most to step onto a glass walkway. With the invention of advanced glass flooring systems (which typically incorporate glass pavers and laminated glass floor panels) it’s now possible to design distinctive glass floors, bridges and walkways. These applications are not only architecturally dramatic – but are safe, stylish and engineered to last – but there is a catch. The catch is to use these top 5 design tricks to maximize the benefits of your floor to get the best results. Let’s explore these 5 design tricks.
I have to admit my fascination with glass has grown exponentially with increased exposure to contemporary and modern home design. The light, shine, flexibility and clean open spaces created with glass are a magnet for my eye. Since I’m a guy who hates even having a North elevation in my home (note – a North elevation is the darkest side of a home) it’s natural for me to like the effects created by the combination of light and glass. The flexibility of glass designs, textures and colors to create expansive views (or obscure them) make this material a contemporary designer or owners dream. The article below will highlight 7 unique uses of glass in a modern home.
Renewing a part of a cities’ core is not for the meek at heart. Urban renewal requires a clear sense of purpose, a passion to see what can be, and a healthy dose of practicality. When Randy Kietzman (an architect) and Jane Kietzman (a custom home builder) in Kansas City Missouri had a vision to build a home in Beacon Hill with great views of the city (but an area which didn’t have the best reputation as a place to live) they started on a difficult challenge which would eventually yield inspirational results.
Learn below how Randy and Jane have used purpose, passion and practicality to help re-energize the Beacon Hill area and make progress toward their vision of a completed subdivision which will at completion have 20 homes or as Randy says, “20 Works of Art.”
Glass flooring has made its way to Paris, putting a new spin on the classic tourist experience at the Eiffel Tower. The new glass floor installation highlights a stunning birds-eye view of the city from approximately 187 feet in the air—something that visitors are unlikely to forget. Although it is one of the latest attractions to capitalize on the glass flooring trend, the Eiffel Tower is not alone in its endeavor to give visitors a cool new view. Designers, architects, home builders and homeowners are seeking solutions for incorporating glass floor and stair systems in their spaces with the help of Innovate Building Solutions.
Innovate’s modular glass floor systems are engineered to safely stand the test of time, supporting large amounts of weight with a durable aluminum grid and structural supports. These prefabricated systems can be installed
Paris has long been known as the “City of Light” and just last month, the Eiffel Tower further enhanced the tourist experience by incorporating a feature that makes it even more breathtaking—a new glass floor on the first floor that highlights a different kind of view of the sparkling city. Visitors and Parisians alike can now enjoy the classic views that the Eiffel is known for and glance 187 feet below on the glass landing.
While the Eiffel Tower is just one of the latest worldwide attractions jumping on the glass flooring trend, this product isn’t limited to inspiring landmarks (SkyView at the Grand Canyon) and commercial buildings like the Willis Tower in Chicago. Many homeowners are wondering how to incorporate dramatic glass floor elements, like the ones available at Innovate Building Solutions.
Many people love the “cool factor” of a glass floor or glass stair project but there are frequently concerns if the floor will be safe to walk on and if it is private enough (i.e. can a woman wearing a skirt not have to feel self-conscious walking on the glass surface). Let’s explore 5 design features which are critical to ensure not only a stylish project – but also one which is safe and private as well!
You may have seen photos of trendy glass floor designs on the internet or even experienced seeing and walking across a glass floor for yourself while shopping, browsing in a museum or going for a ride on a glass bottom boat tour. The following major tourist attractions not only helped to enhance the reputation of this one-of-kind design feature, but have inspired other commercial and residential buildings across the world to follow their footsteps along the same (glass) path.