Glass blocks – while they might be seen as an ageless and timeless product – have really come into their own with innovation new additions for 2013. Learn below the top 5 glass block products for windows, walls and shower to use in a custom home or remodeling project in 2013.
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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.
If you look at design trends in floor or wall tiles you need to first look to the European markets (and Italy in particular) for inspiration. In the glass block wall industry the drivers of style, texture and design leadership are also being driven by the Italians.
Most of what people are used to seeing in the United States are glass blocks of standard shapes and sizes that have smooth flat faces on the front of the glass units. While these blocks may be mass produced and are cost effective they may not inspire the wow factor in a contemporary or modernistic design project.
Well leave it to the Italians once again to innovate (and in this case these cool designs are now becoming available in the United States markets) with unique glass block designs.
Some of the new designs available today include:
- Trapezoidal glass blocks that are shaped in a pyramid form to create a sleek design.
- Exterior fluted glass blocks (called Doric) for residential or commercial interior walls which have a unique texture to the outside of the block.
- Angular (called Fiero Milano) glass blocks that appear to jut out from the wall – if these don’t capture your attention nothing will!
The good thing is if you’re looking for inspiration these blocks are now becoming available in the U.S. markets.
What do you think about the look of these blocks? Please give your thoughts below.
If you need any help with the design and/or supply of these unique blocks contat Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Dayton and Cincinnati. For a complete remodeling projects using these materials contact Cleveland Design & Remodeling (216-531-6085), Columbus Design & Remodeling (614-252-7294) or Bath Doctor of Cincinnati (513-742-6674).
Being able to be cool, innovative and create a functional design is now possible for your next glass block shower, wall or window project. You might ask how – we’ll if you haven’t seen fused glass tile blocks you’re in for a treat. Decorative, stylish and one of a kind would be correct ways to describe these art glass tile blocks.
Fused glass tile blocks are simply hand crafted tiles made by fusing layers of colored and clear glass together in a kiln. These tiles come in various sizes, 73 transparent & 46 opaque colors, and are fused to glass blocks. Here are 5 popular places to use these tile blocks: Continue reading “5 Places to Use Decorative Art Glass Tile Blocks” »
To many people glass block windows are just too heavy a product to use. The cool thing is they’ve gotten lighter now since that there are 2” thick glass blocks which are built inside vinyl frames. These windows are not only strong (since they are constructed with vinyl spacers between the blocks), but they also come in a wide variety of colors, frosted and etched patterns and are easy to install. Wondering where you can use these windows ….here’s 7 projects to choose from: Continue reading “7 Projects Using a Lighter Vinyl Framed Glass Block Window” »
Whether you’re watching a fun show on the Food Network or enjoying a holiday gathering around a kitchen island – the desire to have a fun and functional kitchen has never been hotter. If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project here’s 9 tips to make your finished space stand out: Continue reading “9 Kitchen Remodeling Tips that would make the Food Network Stars Proud” »
- When most people think of universal design the words that come to their minds might be institutional or boring – and that might have been true in the old days but not anymore!
- When one of my companies (Columbus Glass Block) was asked to sponsor the Universal Design Living Laboratory Project (a new home being built in Columbus Ohio which incorporates Universal Design and Green Building Concepts) by two friends of mine – Rosemarie Rossetti and Mark Leder – I had no idea of the level of cool elements that would ultimately be designed into their home. Continue reading “Universal Design Can Be Cool – Using a Decorative Glass Block Bathroom Window to Dress up a Home” »
Unfortunately you have to face the facts – while you’re enjoying the colors of Fall, Old Man Winter is just around the corner. Poorly insulating windows will not get any better and re-caulking again and again becomes less and less effective. Here are some advantages you’ll realize using glass block basement, bathroom and garage windows: Continue reading ““Block up your windows before Old Man Winter sets in”” »
Figuring out the right shower replacement window can be difficult. Although it’s nice to have the sunlight and ability to get air flow through this window, the fact that it’s located inside the wet shower area presents privacy and frame deterioration concerns not normally associated with most windows. Here is the low-down on different types of shower windows to consider: Continue reading “How to Choose a Shower Window for a Remodeling Project” »
Why should you design a kitchen that looks like what everyone else has when you can jazz it up with a contemporary flair of color and style? When most people think about using glass blocks they usually picture them in a bathroom or basement setting, but glass blocks in your kitchen provide a focal point to make the room really pop. Here are 3 ideas to consider for your kitchen. Continue reading “How to use a glass block bar, wall, window or column in a kitchen remodeling project” »