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Glass Blocks are not Dead! 5 Ways a Classic Material has Evolved

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

 - new products and contemporary glass block designs

Warning – This article may be controversial to some.

I have to admit with many designers, decorators and architects I hear the following comments:

  • Glass blocks are dated.
  • Glass blocks are an old school material.
  • Aren’t those blocks just for basement and factory windows?

While the use of glass blocks for functional (not too sexy) projects like basement,  bathroom or factory windows makes sense for security and  improved energy efficiency, the material has evolved dramatically with some cool designer products no one seems to know about. Why are glass blocks seen as dead or dated? Why is this product the “Rodney Dangerfield” of building materials (i.e. it gets no – or minimal – respect)?

I would contend the marketing of these cool products has been woefully under-promoted. With this lack of promotion a common refrain of designers is often, “glass blocks are dead.”  They aren’t dead – the problem is no one really knows what’s cool and hot with them.

In this article I’m going to take you on a journey to see how this classic material has evolved into a contemporary element which can fit into a home or business with a modern design aesthetic. Let’s take a look at 5 specific ways glass blocks are being resurrected right now “from the dead” into a new modern design-forward building material.

 

7 Myths about Glass Floors and Bridges

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Flooring, Glass Floors

7 Myths about Glass Floors and Bridges

There is something mysterious about walking on a glass floor or bridge. You may ask yourself, “Is a glass floor as safe as a common wood floor? Do I have to experience the “thrill” of seeing through it (some people get scared looking through a glass floor)? Will it be too slippery to walk on if the surface is wet?”

In the article below I will take you on a journey to dispel the common myths surrounding glass floors and bridges. I will also provide you with a quick glimpse of some fun things you can do in a contemporary home or commercial building with this versatile and distinctive material.

 

Master Bathroom Design – Contemporary Meets Rustic in a Log Home

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

NEO angle glass block shower in a log home in PA

“Nothing is set in stone with interior finishes in our log homes,” said Joe Dymond of Jim Barna Log Homes. When Joe makes this statement he means it. Although most people associate log homes with a rustic interior design – many owners today have a broader decorating vision for their new home. Such was the case when Joe called me about combining contemporary glass blocks with traditional rustic elements in the master bathroom of a home he was building in Quakertown, Pennsylvania for Ken and Laurie Rittle. In the article below see how contemporary can meet rustic when you combine a flexible builder with progressive and creative homeowners.

Modern glass block shower system introduced at Columbus Home & Garden Show

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

Modern and Contemporary glass block shower design with clear and frosted blocks

Even a classically timeless material like glass blocks can need an update to stay fresh with today’s building styles. The trend now is for bathrooms to be designed with sleek and clean lines and the new “Contempo” glass block shower line from Innovate Building Solutions is targeted to leverage how bathroom fashion is evolving.

Learn below how this “Contempo” series of glass blocks is being combined with minimalist shower bases and contemporary wall panels (or tiles) to reinvigorate the look of the bathroom.

5 Design Ideas to Modernize a Glass Block Wall or Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Modern shower with colored glass blocks and a circular skylight

Updated February 23, 2019

Yes – I’ve heard the arguments that glass blocks are dated or that they are an “80’s” product – but I’m not sure people who make this claim are aware of how this material has evolved. This is not your Grandfathers glass blocks (or your Fathers Oldsmobile anymore). The article below will show you 5 design ideas to modernize a glass block wall or window which will you cause to pause about your thoughts of this as an outdated building material.

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