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5 Reasons You’re Missing Out if you Don’t Have an ‘Internationally-Inspired’ Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

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Updated March 31, 2019

(Highlighting cool innovations from the 2019 International Builders Show and Kitchen and Bath Show)

I consider myself to be a 100% Italian-American. My Mom and Dad are Italian. Their Moms and Dads were Italian. As far back as we know, all my family are Italian. However, when I eventually complete the ancestry kit I got for Christmas, I’m sure I’ll be wrong. Nobody is 100% anything.

If I were to buy a Ford Ranger, A Dodge Ram or a Chevy Silverado they all sound as ‘All-American’ as apple pie. However, it’s estimated approximately 50% of ‘American’ cars or trucks are made up with foreign parts. In fact, the #2 and #3 ‘American-made’ vehicles in 2018 where the Honda Odyssey Minivan and Honda Ridgeline pickup (isn’t that a Japanese company?).

You may ask, what’s your ancestry and cars and trucks have to do with an internationally-inspired bathroom and new product innovations from the International Builders Show? A lot, in fact.

You see, whether it comes to the car or truck you buy, your genealogy or the bathroom you’re looking to remodel the world of innovation and style is cooked up in a ‘world melting pot.’ If you ‘attempt’ to live your life as a ‘full-blooded’ American (like Opie and Andy Taylor and Aunt Bee from Mayberry R.F.D.) you’ll be missing out on great ideas, cost-effective approaches and trends developed around the world.

Not to be political here – but you need to keep those ‘border walls down,’ and those ‘international options open,’ if you want the coolest bathroom at an affordable price.

This statement was screaming out at me as I walked the aisles and staffed a booth (with the Norwegian company, Fibo Systems, who makes waterproofed wood-based shower wall panels – if you can believe that!) at the International Builders Shower and Kitchen and Bath Show this week.

In this article I’m going to argue (although I don’t like to argue a lot), if you don’t create an ‘internationally-inspired’ bathroom you’ll end up paying more and getting less than you deserve.

At the end of the article let me know if you agree with me or not. Could these internationally inspired bathroom products ramp up your next project?

6 Ideas to Rock a Small Minimalist Bathroom Design (without breaking the bank)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

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Updated March 31, 2019

You’ve looked at one too many issues of Architectural Digest to put up with your crappy, outdated 5’ x 8’ bathroom any more. You’ve asked yourself what the heck was the guy who built this home thinking when….

  • He slapped in a fiberglass tub/shower unit which yellowed, scratched and now looks awful.
  • He installed a floor-based double bowl vanity which takes up half the room.
  • He had a tile guy install teeny-tiny mosaic tiles with huge grout joints which are a pain to clean.
  • He didn’t include a window. It now feels dark, dingy and closed-in.

You dream of a sleek, uncluttered, simplified minimalist bathroom. You’re unsure, however, if you can make this style work in your tiny space.

It’s simple to do anything with a big bathroom and a big budget, but how do you make a minimalist design work in a small space without tapping into your ‘Bill-Gates Trust Fund’ (oops, I forget Bill forgot to write you into his will…. yet).

This article will show you 6 practical ideas to rock a design for a small minimalist bathroom without busting your budget. Let’s dig in.

 

7 Steps to Create a Contemporary Bathroom Which is Easy to Clean

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

 

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Updated March 24, 2019

If your bathroom is stuck in a Brady Bunch (or worse yet, Leave it to Beaver) time warp, I totally understand your pain. Here is a small sampling of the problems I hear from customers and see on project sites:

  • Little mosaic tiles on your shower floor which look as dirty as your dog after rolling around in the mud.
  • Cheap vanity cabinets with dated swirly marble tops and doors half falling off.
  • ‘High quality’ (sarcasm intended) framed sliding glass doors sitting on your tub. They’re not only hideous but can cause a slip and fall and be an ER visit if your mobility is not the greatest.

Let’s face it, your bathroom hasn’t aged gracefully. It looks OLD and dated!

And to capture the famous words of your Mother, “You’ve had it up to here (wherever ‘here’ is exactly) with your outdated, hard-to-clean bathroom. You’re determined to transform it into a contemporary space – if it’s the last thing you do.

The challenge is – where to begin? What products should you use? What products should you avoid like the plague?

In this article, I’m going to dish out 7 steps to create a contemporary bathroom which is not only stylish, but simple to clean. After all a cool looking space which is hard to keep up, eventually becomes a pain in your butt. I’ll also let you in on a secret. I’m going to use this 7-step process to help my wife Rose and I plan for the ‘empty nester’ home we’re beginning to think through (I can’t believe almost old enough to be an empty nester. How did that happen?).

I don’t want to age in place. I want to thrive in MY place!

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Home Organization & Storage

I don't want to age in place I want to thrive in place | Innovate Building Solutions

Updated March 17, 2019

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to “age in place.” I want to keep moving. Be active, vibrant – no matter what my age is. If you’re unfamiliar with the term aging in place it refers to someone who wants to stay in their home as long as possible (usually this is an “older” person – and I don’t want to include myself in this category).

When I think of the term “age in place” it feels like some dude getting old in one place. Aging… kind of like a stone. That is not my plan – even though I’m 57 with more than a few gray hairs. I’m looking to be active and enjoy my kids (and somewhere down the road – although not too soon – the grandkids). I plan to continue to beat my 22- year-old son in 5K races (my competitive streak still runs strong). I’m looking to have fun – laugh more and be serious less. More wackiness is a good thing in my book.

I want my home to work for Rose (my wife) and I today, and live well for us tomorrow. I know I could “end up” in an assisted living or even nursing care facility (and there could be a time where this is the best place for me to live).

Still I don’t want to age in place. I want to thrive in the place of MY choosing! I want to not only “control” (whatever that means) my destiny, but enjoy a home which is sleeker, cooler, better thought out – and fun to live in. Yes – I guess I want it all (ha! ha!).

The challenge becomes as an almost empty nester, and baby boomer (or just call me a dude who is 57 but can look 37 after my $9.99 bottle of hair coloring), how can I design my home (and master suite area) to work for Rose and me for a long time?

In this article I’ll look at 5 simple strategies to design a master suite area to go beyond aging in place to thriving in place. At the end of the article I’d love to hear your thoughts (and ideas) on how to thrive in place.

5 Awesome Tips for a Modern Spin on a Jack and Jill Bathroom

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

5 awesome tips for a modern spin on a jack and jill bathroom

A high privacy shower with etched glass blocks

Updated March 9, 2019

If you have a 13 year old daughter and a 17 year old son (like Ben and Melodee Diss of Powell Ohio – and also me!) you know a shared Jack and Jill style bathroom has the potential to turn into a major battleground for a brother and sister (especially if they need to use the space at the same time!). So what’s a family to do to make this room work efficiently and maximize the style, personal space and privacy of the kids using it? Let’s first take a look back at the Jack and Jill bathroom and then step forward (using this project) as an example of how to make it better for today’s modern family.

In the 1970’s when the Brady Bunch was popular (I might be dating myself with this reference) a hot home design concept was the idea of the “Jack and Jill bathroom.” This popular 70’s show which featured a newly blended family with 3 boys and 3 girls had the ultimate in a shared bathroom. The kids used a common space known as a “Jack and Jill” bathroom. In it’s basic form the Jack and Jill bathroom is a shared space between two bedrooms and has a locked door on each side. When someone is taking a shower or using the toilet they can lock both inner doors for privacy. In addition when a family member does not need complete privacy (for example when using the vanity sinks) the space can be shared.

While the shared, functional and stripped down bathroom might have worked for the Brady Bunch in the 70’s most people (and their kids especially) don’t want to live this communally today. We are used to nicer and more luxurious bathrooms and if the Diss’ kids (Alex and Angie) are anything like my 17 and 13 year old son and daughter (Parker and Jade) the less space they have to share with their sibling the better (my 13 year old daughter doesn’t want her brother checking out her stuff in the bathroom and I’m sure my 17 year old son feels the same way!).

So while the efficient 1970’s concept of the Jack and Jill bathroom still makes sense – it does need some alterations to fit today’s family. Let’s take a look at 5 cool tips the Diss family used (in conjunction with their remodeling contractor Mike Cheeseman Builders) to modernize and privatize a Jack and Jill bathroom.

“Susie Vila” Gets Her Black and White Bathroom

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Black colored solid surface stone walls with a NEO angle acrylic shower base

When Susan Tow (also know as “Susie Vila” by her friends for her passion for remodeling) began her yearly (and not very much fun) task of cleaning the grout in her master bathroom she didn’t realize the problems she was about to encounter. When she started scrubbing the grout joint – and then the tile – fell out to reveal a sopping wet backer board system. Then Susan noticed the tiled shower pan had also become waterlogged she came to the conclusion the time was right to upgrade and transform the bathroom into a low maintenance, high style black and white design she always dreamed of.

In this article I’ll look at Susan’s three goals and the products and construction steps she took to turn her vision into reality.

5 Design Tips for a Small Bath Remodel in 2015

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

5 Design Tips for a small bathroom remodel

In the late 1990’s and early 2000’s home building was about supersizing everything. McMansions with large rooms, vaulted ceilings in foyers, big living rooms and dining rooms were all the rage. The average size home in the 1950’s of 983 square feet had become bloated to 2,434 square feet by 2005.

As we get ready to celebrate the new year in 2015 trends have changed significantly. The average size of the home is now decreasing (this can be seen in the popularity of the book The Not So Big Home by Sarah Susanka). Features which have contributed to homes becoming smaller include tighter access to financing, improved design, and the desire for more green and sustainable spaces.

As homes are shrinking bathrooms are getting smaller as well – but this is not to imply style and function are becoming victims of this down-sizing process – quite the contrary actually. Learn below 5 fun and intriguing design tips to make a smaller bathroom more stylish and better performing!

Custom Products and 3 Planning Tips make a Bathroom Remodel in New York Stand Out!

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

PIC  1 custom products

In many bathroom remodeling projects it’s neither practical nor cost effective to change the overall layout of the space (moving plumbing and walls can be expensive!) – but this is no reason to settle for a “common looking room.” In the article below learn how a design-oriented do it yourself homeowner used custom building products (including cabinets, slate tile and colored glass blocks), installation systems (a prefabricated glass block wall with a custom base) and 3 planning tips to not only transform the looks of a unique “L-shaped” bathroom – but increase it’s functionality as well!

Curved glass block shower with colored blocks

Natural products and abundant light highlight a Westerville Ohio bathroom remodeling project

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

Glass block shower slate floor westerville remodel

Caryn and Pat Knott just knew it was time for a change in their master bathroom. A room-eating soaking tub in the corner, curtains which blocked out the light in two large windows, and a small stand up fiberglass shower all screamed out the look of the 1990’s! Learn below 3 key steps Caryn and Pat (along with their remodeling contractor – Dan Skubak of Skubak Builders) used to transform this space into a more useful, light-filled and natural feeling master bathroom environment.

5 ½ Tips to a Safe & Stylish Bathroom for your Mom on Mothers Day

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

No curb high end shower with hand held shower and decorative grab bars

Luxury bathrooms can be safe and stylish!

You can do the usual this Mother’s Day – buy Mom flowers, take her out to dinner or buy her a new outfit – or what if you provided her with a gift she could use everyday which would add style and make her safer? This gift would be a new bathroom design.

Unfortunately as we age our mobility, vision and balance do not get better – which makes bathrooms (which are wet and sometimes dark places) dangerous. This article will identify 5 ½ practical tips to not only design a safer bathroom for Mom – but one which is more stylish as well!

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