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13 1/2 Frequently Asked Questions about Glass Block Basement and Bathroom Windows You Need to Know

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

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The Fall cold snap has arrived. If you’ve stepped into your freezing-cold cast iron tub/shower this morning you know I speak the truth.

Conversely, if you’re not ‘enjoying’ your drafty, ‘spooky-spider-infested’ basement windows when you’re doing laundry, I bet you’d be glad to have new windows. You’ve dreamed about a first-floor laundry room, but in the meantime, you’d be happy to make this ‘dungeon’ of a basement a bit better.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know your bathroom and basement windows have seen there better days. As a matter of fact, they saw their better days 20 years ago!

If you’ve ‘had it up to here’ (as Mom used to say) with rusted, rotten and drafty basement and bathroom windows I can feel your pain.

So, you’ve decided to ‘kick the digital tires’ and look into glass block bathroom and basement windows to replace your drafty, bug-infested, practically falling out ‘window gems’. You think glass block may be the answer. One problem is your contractor doesn’t seem to know squat about this product.

Like Colonel Nathan Jessup in my favorite movie A Few Good Men might say, you not only want the truth, you need the truth (in this case to determine if glass blocks windows are a sound solution for your basement and bathroom window replacements).

I’m a guy who has owned a glass block business since 1985 (I don’t want you to think I’m old so let’s say I started in the business at the age of 9). My company has put in over 750,000 glass block windows in the Cleveland and Columbus Ohio markets. Over the years I’ve learned a couple of things about these windows I’d like to share with you.

My goal in this article is simple. I’ll give you ‘the skinny’ on glass block windows by answering 13 ½ frequently asked questions. I want to make sure you’re not duped by a contractor or interior designer with misinformation I hear all the time about this product.

Let’s dig into the FAQ’s.

The 7 Biggest Blunders with Glass Block Bathroom Windows (and 7 Tricks to Fix Them)

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

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I’ve been around the (glass) block (OK, I know that’s a bad play on words) a long time. I started in this business in 1989 (I like to tell people I was only 11 years old at the time, but nobodies buying it). In these 30 years I’ve seen a lot of glass block bathroom window jobs. Some supplied and installed by my business, others not.

Glass block is thought of as a ‘masonry’ product (mortared together block by block with an old, grizzly mason). Homeowners and contractors struggle with masonry-built glass block windows. They’re not sure how to design their window. They don’t know how it should be installed into a framed opening (since most bathroom windows aren’t installed into concrete blocks or poured walls, like basement windows).

This lack of knowledge (and the bad information they get along the way) results in some UGLY-looking jobs which don’t last. My business has seen (and fixed) many of these ugly jobs (or you can call them blunders).

The fact is these blunders (AKA crappy jobs) didn’t have to happen. In fact, glass blocks can be simple to design and install…if you know a few tricks.

In this article my goal is simple.

First, I want to identify the top 7 blunders I’ve seen in my waaaay too many years in the biz.

Second (and most importantly), I want to give you practical ideas (or tricks), so you don’t fall in the ‘bad project’ trap. I want you to have a bathroom window which looks sharp and is designed, fabricated and installed to last (I was going to say to Infinity and Beyond, but that sounded too corny).

So, let’s dig into the 7 biggest blunders (and practical ideas to fix them) of glass block bathroom windows.

How to install a glass block shower window

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

How to Install a Glass Block Shower | Innovate Building Solutions

Updated January 27, 2019

When Jim called me he knew exactly what he wanted – which was a high privacy glass block window to replace a badly worn and chipped wood framed window in his shower. The product selection decision was not tough for Jim – the concern he had though was how to properly install this glass block shower window to have an installation which would last. Jim asked me 4 questions which are typical for people doing this type of project:

1. What do I need to remove from the existing opening (the window sashes, the frame or everything)?
2. How do I prepare the sides of the opening and secure the glass block window?
3. How do I trim the inside of the window?
4. How do I finish the outside?

In the article below I’ll dig deeper into Jim’s questions to make it easier for anyone to have a successful glass block shower window installation.

How to turn a phone booth sized shower into a distinctive walk in enclosure

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

Curved glass block shower remodel in Rapid City South Dakota

The words “cramped” and “shower” are frequently synonymous! This was certainly the case for Ellie Hinseth of Rapid CitySouth Dakota. As Ellie said, “Getting into the old fiberglass 3’ x 3’ shower stall was a pain – it basically felt like being in a phone booth!” In the article below learn how Ellie (in conjunction with her general contractor Loren Kuper) were able to use a mix of techniques to reconfigure, remodel and redesign the bathroom to open up and alter the existing space for a beautiful end result.

Bathroom remodeling โ€“ part preparation, inspiration with a dash of improvisation!

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

 

 

Glass tile and marble shower with colored and frosted glass blocks

Creating a spa like experience in a 5′ x 8′ bathroom using glass tiles, glass blocks and nice cabinetry

When Susanne Nonekowski walked into her old “master bathroom” she knew something had to be done! As Susanne said, “What kind of a master bathroom has a linen closet instead of a shower, no natural light (just dim amber colored lighting from two sconces) and an entry which doesn’t even come off of the master bedroom!”

The design, function and aesthetic just didn’t work for Susanne and Jeffrey Nonekowski. This is where the preparation and inspiration began to convert this 5’ x 8’ half-master bath into a luxurious spa-like experience. Learn below how preparation, inspiration and a bit of improvisation turned this half bathroom (n the Oregon suburb of Toledo Ohio) into a high-style bathroom you might find in a hotel.

 

How to Create a Luxury Glass Block Shower with a Frameless Glass Door

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

Frameless pivoting glass shower door with glass block walls

Frameless pivoting glass shower door with glass block walls

Many times the question comes up from contractors and consumers on how can a frameless glass door be incorporated into a glass block wall. In the article below learn a unique approach developed by Linda Ewing of Studio GlassWorks in Middleton Wisconsin along with her installation team to connect the glass door to the glass blocks as well as other cool features of this project.

How to Choose a High Privacy Glass Block, Acrylic Block or Vinyl Shower or Tub Window

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

Glass Block Shower Window with Colored Glass Blocks

Glass Block Shower Window with Colored Glass Blocks

 

Let’s face it – how to replace a shower window can be very difficult to figure out. Many bathrooms in older homes have wood or metal double hung windows right in the middle of the shower/tub area. While this was not a problem when these homes were built in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s (when more people took baths vs. showers) they just aren’t practical any more. The water from the shower penetrates the wood or metal frames in a shower and causes the frame to decay or rust. So how do you solve this problem without losing the benefit of natural light, increases safety and air flow and moisture control of having a window? Read below about 3 possible shower window options and their advantages and disadvantages.

Project Spotlight Update: Master Bathroom in Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL)

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling

Tub transfer & decorative glass block window in universal design home

Decorative glass block window in universal design

 Seldom does a new home building project come along that can inspire, educate and liberate any person’s ability to use and enjoy the home than the Universal Design Living Laboratory (UDLL) being built by Rosemarie Rossetti and her husband Mark Leder. Several months ago (see the related blog post below) I focused on one feature in this home (the glass block windows and glass mural window used in the master bathroom). In this post let’s look at some features in the master bathroom to see thoughtful universal design and green building practices in action (Please note – this home – which is being built in Columbus Ohio – will be open for public touring later this year or early next year).  
 
 

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.

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:

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