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Our top 10 remodeling blog posts of 2016 – Innovate Building Solutions

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

Our top 10 remodeling blog posts of 2016 - Innovate Building Solutions

Thank you for reading our remodeling blog this year! Your support has resulted in the blog growing over 2x what it was in 2015 – and I can’t thank you enough.

Before writing posts for next year I wanted to give you a glimpse into those articles you liked the best and some input about trends and happenings in the remodeling industry. You’ll see from the list below your interest in showers (walk in showers, shower design, shower kits and even shower accessories) was through the roof. For the articles written about glass blocks you showed most interest in the “secrets nobody tells you about glass block windows” and the unfortunate departure of Pittsburgh Corning as a manufacturer (it’s always disappointing to see a US manufacture decide to exit an industry and take jobs with it!). Lastly – although I only wrote two articles on a cool tiny home project you were all over it. If you missed any of these blog posts, please go back and take a look by clicking on the article title links below.

Without further delay let’s get to the top 10 remodeling blog posts for 2016! I will tell you the top story was completely surprising to me (I never would have “thunk” it).

Pittsburgh Corning to Stop Glass Block Manufacturing – Now What?

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Pittsburgh Corning to Stop Manufacturing Glass Blocks in Port Alleghany Pennsylvania

Updated February 22, 2019

Another American company (Pittsburgh Corning the only domestic manufacturer of glass blocks) decides to idle a 79 year old plant in Port Alleghany Pennsylvania and permanently lay off 75 workers. As someone who has bought Pittsburgh Corning (P.C) products, likes glass blocks as a building material or is a fan of U.S. made products here’s 3 questions you’ll want the answers to:

  • (Question 1) Why did Pittsburgh Corning close their United States manufacturing plant making glass blocks? Could this plant closing have been stopped?
  • (Question 2) I already have a window, shower wall or commercial project made with Pittsburgh Corning glass blocks (or was planning a future project with P.C. materials). What should I do now?
  • (Question 3) What is the future of the glass block industry? Can I still use this product for my home or commercial building? What do the product options look like without Pittsburgh Corning in the market? Is the future of this industry bright or bleak?

I’ll explore this decision Pittsburgh Corning made (now almost 3 years ago) and give you a feeling how the market has evolved today.

 

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 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.

How to Use Acrylic Blocks vs. Glass Blocks for Window Openings

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

Operable Acrylic Block Bathroom window

Operable Casement Style Acrylic Block Bathroom window

I’ve been asked the question over and over – should I use glass blocks or acrylic blocks for my window project. While I will tell you I admittedly have a bias (I’ve been in the glass block business for over 25 years) my companies sell both glass and acrylic products and I try to recommend what’s best for the customer. Here are my pointers on how to choose between these 2 different materials:  

How to Choose the Right Glass Block Sizes, Shapes and Installation Process for your Shower Wall

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

Glass block shower wall using 6

For many glass block shower wall projects you’re working in a tight space. The trick is to figure out how to create a cool shower design in a small space? Consider these tips to help you solve this challenge (or even how to create a walk in shower in a space as small as a tub enclosure):

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