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Use Glass to Update Your Workspace

May 19th, 2015

Glass Walls for OfficePicture this. You arrive at the office after a long, beautiful weekend and sit down at your desk. You look around and all you see is a dark, closed-off area full of walls, doors and partitions that separate you from your employees. While you are waiting for your computer to boot up, you realize what a bright and updated workspace would do for your productivity and happiness.

When you reach out to an interior designer, they explain that you need to incorporate glass walls into the design of the office, and here’s why:
 

  • Increase collaboration. Glass walls can alter the way the office space is used. They can help to create a cohesive team where everyone is working together to achieve results.
  • Improve communication. Employees will feel more comfortable approaching and talking with their coworkers when they can see the person that they will be talking with.
  • Encourage creativity. When its necessary to think outside the box, employees need an environment that encourages innovation. Glass walls are vibrant, open, and alive, to connect the ideas of everyone on the team.
  • Bring the outdoors inside. Employee comfort will be enhanced through the daylight that will come in from the glass wall panels.
  • Strive for honesty and openness. If you are looking for a way to build trust with your employees, then custom glass wall systems will demonstrate that nothing is hidden “behind closed doors.”
  • Create a new look and feel. Glass walls have a distinct modern design, which sends a message that your company is focused on the future. In addition to glass walls, adding glass shelving or glass backsplashes in the kitchen and bathroom areas can also create an updated aesthetic.
  • Save money. Glass is extremely durable, and it won’t go out of style. Don’t worry about your office space looking outdated in a few years, because glass will maintain a modern look for a longer period of time.

If you feel like the business owner we mentioned above, come visit our award winning glass showroom for ideas, inspiration – and a free consultation. Our experienced team will walk you through the products, layouts, hardware, color and style options that could take your office to the next level

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Glass Is Making a Big Impact on Kitchen Designs in 2015

April 15th, 2015

Kitchen Designs 2015Glass Is Making a Big Impact on Kitchen Designs in 2015

Take a step back granite; glass is hot and it is here to stay. Whether its countertops, backsplashes or other design elements, glass is trending.

Glass Countertops

This may be one of the hottest trends in kitchen designs this year. With its non-porous surface, glass is very hygienic and stain resistant. It also provides a durable surface, which is appealing to anyone who does a lot of cooking.

Glass also offers a lot of choices for buyers who are looking for a sophisticated feel. The countertops can be made of recycled glass and come in a wide variety of colors. Anything is possible; style choices are only limited by the homeowner’s imagination.

Glass Backsplashes

According to the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association, most designers rely on inexpensive ceramic (74%) or stone (60%) tile for kitchen backsplashes. However, glass is an increasingly popular option. The use of glass backsplashes was reported by 52% of designers in the latest study, compared to 41% of designers a year ago.

Colorful tiles give vibrant life to a kitchen and it allows homeowners to incorporate bold hues that they may not be brave enough to try on primary walls.

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming more than just a preparation or serving station—they are acting as home and decor furnishings. Consider incorporating glass or mirror doors on island storage units, or use glass that compliments the other countertops.

If you want to add one or more of these glass elements to your kitchen, let us know.

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In with the new universal shower design, out with the old.

April 1st, 2015

semi framelessHow many of you currently have or used to own a shower stall that looked more like a closet than a open area where you can wash in comfort and style. That claustrophobic design is now being replaced with a more universal concept that will work for everyone regardless of age, ability and changing needs. Sounds amazing, right? Well, what are you waiting for? Get started on adding a universal shower to your bathroom today.

According to HGTV, there are several features you want to include to make sure that the shower can work for everyone in your home for years to come to allow aging-in-place.

 

    • Seating – Some people need or prefer to sit while they are showering. By adding a bench or a fold down seat, all your bases will be covered.

 

    • Spray controls – Using an adjustable handheld shower spray will allow for flexibility since it has the ability to move to where the person is, whether they are sitting or standing. If you have children, it is best to install an additional overhead spray so that they don’t have to reach for the hose.

 

    • Flooring – To create a non-slip floor, use a non-glossy ceramic tile. Using glass mosaics with grout will work great.

 

    • Walls – Glass tiles all the way up the shower walls will keep the area clean, especially when the handheld sprayer tends to shoot water sometimes.

 

    • Lighting – The best place to install overhead lighting in the shower is where the person bathing won’t block the light, which means that it may not be directly centered over the shower stall.

 

  • Grab bars – This is especially important if there is a senior using your shower. Place them at the shower entry to prevent falls.

Get inspired by checking out our shower and tub enclosure gallery. If you are interested in planning how your universal shower would work, contact us at 301.977.3020 or visit our showroom.

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Use Glass Elements to Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger

March 18th, 2015

Do you feel like your kitchen is dark and confined? Don’t worry, there are plenty of ways to add light and create a more airy feeling by incorporating glass design elements.

Adding Glass to Cabinet Doors in KitchenSwitch out your cabinet doors for glass.
Changing the faces on your cabinets to glass will provide an open and airy feeling. Glass cabinets trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is since the eye can see past the cabinet door and deep inside of the space.

To achieve this effect, it is not necessary to change all of your cabinet faces to glass. It could be over-kill depending on the layout of your kitchen. But if you choose 3-5 cabinets that are strategically placed around the space, it will open up the kitchen.

 

Floating Glass Shelves in the KitchenAdd glass shelving.
To complement the glass in your cabinets, try installing a few floating glass shelves to display your china or spice jars. Open shelving can add a visual contrast to a traditional kitchen and it is a perfect way to break up stainless steal elements. Check out this large glass-shelving unit that makes the kitchen feel very spacious.

 

Add larger windows to kitchen to bring in more natural light

Make room for natural light.
A great way to make your kitchen feel larger is to incorporate more light. If it is possible, consider enlarging your kitchen window either widthwise or height wise. If you have a window over your sink, bringing it down will provide a sense of spaciousness. If adding or increasing the size of windows is not an option, try adding lighting that goes under your cabinets or shelving.

Glass Breakfast Bar

Use glass on your tabletop or breakfast bar.
Similar to using glass in your cabinets, being able to see through your tabletop or breakfast bar will make your eye see to the ground or countertop and it will make those areas feel much larger.

 

Colored Glass Backsplash

Pick a reflective backsplash.
You can make your kitchen appear larger by choosing a glass backsplash that reflects light, which will brighten up the space. Depending on the aesthetic you are going for, you can use mirrored, frosted or colored glass to bring your kitchen to life.

 

If you are interested in adding any of the elements listed above, contact us so our helpful staff can give you everything you need to understand your options and really get started.

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Making The Impossible Possible

February 20th, 2015

impossible glass breakfast barYou remember that amazing glass breakfast bar we did in Columbia? Well, we had such a great time working on this project, we wanted to give a little overview of how it happened.

The Draxls made an appointment with us as a last ditch effort after being told by two other companies that their vision simply couldn’t be executed. When they came in to the showroom they described what they were looking for – a glass top in front of a window with a “floating” look. We thought, wow this would be so cool but quite the challenge. The problem was that there was no “invisible” way to connect the glass top to the glass window. But, before we also told them it couldn’t be done, we asked for pictures of the area and started problem solving. We knew we could theoretically mount the glass into the sidewalls and make it work – the problem was finding the right bracket to execute that installation. Sounds easy right? Well, we quickly found that the bracket we needed didn’t exist. This small bump didn’t deter us though. We got to work designing a custom bracket that we knew could work in the space. We sent the plans to a metals fabricator, and they said they could make it for us. Once the custom brackets were completed we handed them over to the contractor to have him bolt them through the studs in the unfinished sidewall. Then he and his team finished the wall overtop of the bracket so you couldn’t see the mounting hardware.

From there, we made sure the glass was cut perfectly to work around the shape of the opening (which wasn’t perfectly rectangular and we had some grooves to work around). So we did a wood cutout (based on sizes we measured), set it on top of the brackets to make sure it fit and then we used that wood top as the template for the glass top.

 

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